I live in Colorado.... my favorite place to camp is in the San Isabel national forest. Mountains are very wet there so you get a lot more than just ponderosa pines. But! Its cold here already camping might not be the best option in the mountains...canoeing or white water rafting would be a bad idea to BC the rivers here are fed by snow melt and were getting snow up in the mountains so all water will be freezing cold..there's also trails that you can hike and camp on that goes through the entire state...altitude would be your enemy here..on the bright side we have legal weed and its top notch ...I have a spare bedroom or kind of an office but its got a futon in it. Your more than welcome to stay I've got a few buddies that own guns I don't own any..even have a friend with land to shoot on...let me know...and don't worry if you pass my feelings won't be hurt...
I forgot to mention garden of the gods its in Colorado springs, co(I live here).... its beautiful and awe inspiring. There's so many places in Colorado you have to see.. to many to list if your interested pm me...
Hey man, as mentioned in the PM I sent I am now back into the groove of research and planning, and I'll pop you a message as soon as I hit the "Colorado" stage of it in a few days time. Canoeing is a dry sport for me (not a huge rapids fan, prefer tranquil waters) so it isn't necessarily a write off, but like you say, altitude is the trick!
While I know you don't plan to go to Oregon, I would suggest you at least think about it if you've got time. The Willamette Valley is beautiful place to visit, though it is a bit wet this time of year. Silver falls is a great park for a good hike.
Sounds interesting, I'll check out the weather and have a look!
Since you'll be out west you could check out the Pacific crest trail which runs from Mexico to Canada.
I'll certainly investigate it!
If you're passing through L.A. proper I might be able to host you for a night or two on my couch. Will have to clear it with my fiancee and landlord first.
However, if you're interested in hiking and national parks and such in southern California I think I can help you out. I'm a wildlife biologist and know a few cool spots to visit.
If the couch situation at my place doesn't work out, perhaps we could spend a day or two camping. I could definitely show you some cool stuff over a weekend camping trip. Maybe even murder you, too! Who knows?
It all depends on when you're passing through CA. If after Feb 15 I'll be working (hopefully).
Hey man, thanks very very much for the offer! I'd love to chat with you about your work, which sounds amazing, and be shown around by someone who knows what they're doing. My flight back is from Phoenix and departs on the 18th Feb so I'll be well out of CA by that point! Unless of course I find I'm really enjoying myself and can just get a Greyhound Express a few days before.
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As luck would have it for you, Big Bend National Park is in West Texas. Probably one of the few areas of scenic note in Texas besides the Piney Woods area of East Texas.
That was one of the things on my list, I need to see whether it's worth the cost and time involved in coming out! Certainly it's one of the top spots nearby, but it's kinda in the wrong direction for me to be travelling in, but I have all the time in the world so who knows?
I don't know I thought El paso was nice plus I could head across the boarder to Juarez, Mexico to have some tacos. San Antonio was nice but a confusing city to figure out the Alamo was cool.
There is the grand canyon to see in Arizona.
I'm looking at the Grand Canyon at the moment, and Sedona and Flagstaff before then, as well as the Tonto National Forest and so on! I've thought about dipping across the border, but I know almost nothing about Mexico - what's the safety there like?