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sfpcjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:57 PM
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America The Beautiful - what's your favorite place?
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 11:37 PM by sfpcjock

Lake Tahoe


The forests are about 10,000 years old. They are my God.



Emerald Bay at dusk - can you see the emerald?


Heavenly's Monument Peak




Tahoe Nevada shore near Sand Harbor


Flume Trail over Tahoe's Sand Harbor, Nevada side


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susanna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:00 PM
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1. The upper peninsula of Michigan/Lake Superior region in general.
Lovely.

Sorry, no knockout pics on this computer. :-)
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 07:55 AM
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50. Went there on vacation last summer
Loved it.
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boomerbust Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 09:57 PM
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90. This Wisconsin Boy
Loves the U.P. If I ever hit the lotto I'll have a home on a lake in Marquette County.
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NRaleighLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:00 PM
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2. Ocracoke Island, part of the NC Outer Banks. No better place to escape!
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caledesi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:49 PM
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31. america's best-kept secret!
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taterguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 05:32 AM
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42. Shhhhhhhhhhh, don't tell anyone about it, it'll get too crowded
The fact that it has no golf courses, arcades or large hotels might keep it unspoiled for a while.







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stuntcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 01:12 PM
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143. oh right on
I haven't been out there in years now.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:02 PM
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3. A rocky beach in Newport, RI. nt
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Justitia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:55 PM
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35. Me too! I could walk the Cliffwalk every day of my life. -eom
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:55 PM
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36. And here we are, trapped in Houston and DC! nt
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Justitia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:02 AM
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38. LOL! I've been lucky to go to Newport for the last 3 summers - I love it there!
Newport is one of the greatest places anywhere - each time I went there I made the trip longer.

Ahhhh....now I miss Newport and my beloved Cliffwalk.....sniff....sniff
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Veritas_et_Aequitas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:03 PM
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4. Here's one of mine - a river near where I used to work.
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Broken_Hero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:05 PM
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5. SE Alaska
where I grew up, the most beautiful place, I've ever been too...damn, do I miss it.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:07 PM
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8. Petersond, I don't have any pix of Southeast
but I posted a few from around here (Southcentral) further down this thread.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:07 PM
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9. never been to Alaska but
I always find pictures of Alaska simply mesmerizing
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:05 PM
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6. I'm where I want to be, in Alaska




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OffWithTheirHeads Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:12 PM
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16. Yosemite
My first wife and I would quit our jobs every summer and backpack through Yosemite to the point where we took two months to get used to using hot water again. I don't think anything beats Yosemite. Neither did Ansel Adams or John Muir. Pretty good Company, I expect.
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Sequoia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 11:16 AM
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138. I miss that place so very much.
I told my hubby that when I die to sprinkle my ashes in Mariposa Grove. Or chuck off Half Dome viewing area. But what you and your wife did every summer...that's royal !!!
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-28-09 10:52 AM
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155. would love to visit you......
;)
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:06 PM
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7. Got this nice easy chair upstairs. Sometimes facing the kitchen stove is
that place. Right now I kinda like where I am.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-28-09 10:53 AM
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156. heheh....great answer.....
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:09 PM
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10. Bodega Bay.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:10 PM
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11. That's another one of my favorite places.
I used to live in Bolinas back in the very early '70s.
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:10 PM
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13. i love going to Doran State park, that is the best kite flying beach ever.
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OffWithTheirHeads Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:17 PM
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19. Your a Bolo? Where?
I used to live on Fern Rd.

Never chopped down a sign.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:30 PM
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29. I lived in a houseboat for a little while with a bunch of people
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 11:34 PM by Blue_In_AK
and then up on the Mesa, I think it was Birch Road or something? (It's been a long time ago, but that's where my oldest daughter was born.) And then I lived in Bill and Debbie Beckman's little guest house. They had a plain white geodesic dome...I don't remember the address. I lived in a little house across from the Water District - I think that's what it was; some "town" building anyway -- and another big odd-looking place out in a meadow. Oh, I lived out on the cliff for a little while, too. It was kind of a peripatetic lifestyle I was living in those days. :hippie:
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OffWithTheirHeads Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 09:16 AM
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57. What a small world. That Geodesic dome was right behind my house
Edited on Sun Jan-25-09 09:16 AM by tmfun
When did you live there? I was there in the early 70's
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:41 PM
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67. I was in Bolinas from 1971 to 1974.
Edited on Sun Jan-25-09 12:46 PM by Blue_In_AK
I was living in Bill and Debbie's guest house (it was just a little 12 x 12 cabin) from September 1972 until the following April, with my little baby Heather. Do we know each other?

I used to play my flute on the beach a lot.
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OffWithTheirHeads Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 04:56 PM
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72. I don't know if we know each other but I'm sure we've seen each other
I was the guy with the Old English Sheepdog and I drove a baby blue Porsche 911. Played tennis a lot at the court downtown.
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Sequoia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 11:28 AM
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139. I was driving down the coast one summer and came upon that place.
And now we live closeby in the little country city. We had been living in beautiful Santa Monica and drove down the coast on our way home. The tide was in and I thought what a beautiful place to live. And it is.
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:10 PM
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12. Easy: Upper Lehman Creek, Great Basin Nat'l. Park, NV
My family's most special favorite place for 5 generations.
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Avalux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:10 PM
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14. Pennsylvania Grand Canyon -
PA mountains in general. I grew up there and can't help but get emotional when I go home (from flat Texas).

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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:20 PM
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22. Those don't look much like mountains to me.
:D
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Avalux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:23 PM
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61. All in the eye of the beholder.
They're certainly not grand and snow-capped like out west, but they're MY mountains. :hi:
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Lugnut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 12:16 AM
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102. Mine too.
I live in the western Pocono Mountains. PA is a beautiful state.
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stuntcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 01:15 PM
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144. that's my kinda mountains
the green kind.. that's a beautiful picture!
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 10:08 PM
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94. OMG, so much GREEN!!! That what I love about the Appalachians!
Never been there, But I have read that the SW Appalachians are the most biodiverse area in the whole continental US, just really green and verdant.
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:12 PM
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15. My property.
I enjoy it a lot.
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NeedleCast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:14 PM
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17. Pacific Coast Highway
Had the chance to drive the PCH from San Fransisco to LA (well, almost to LA) last year. It was really a great experience. Trying to go back this spring and drive from San Fran to Portland, OR.
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:21 PM
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23. It's beautiful!
I loved Carmel when I lived in California as a kid. Then I came to the Oregon Coast. Spectacular! So I finally moved here and I love it! I even lived in Montana, which is also beautiful, but nothing beats the ocean.

http://www.pacific101.com
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NeedleCast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:38 PM
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30. My favorite part are all the little secluded beaches and places to stop
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 11:43 PM by NeedleCast
I could probably spend a month driving from LA to Portland and still not get to stop and do everything I want to do.

That drive is no joke though. I don't know, but I bet that road has claimed it share of lives. A lot of times, there's nothing between you and a 300 foot plummet into the Pacific ocean except a foot or two of dirt with no guard rail. I don't think I'd try to drive on it at night.




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GaYellowDawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 10:01 PM
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92. I drove it at night, as fast as I could...
... having grown up in East Tennessee, I'm used to very windy roads with hardly a shoulder between you and a fatal drop. I had a great time driving it, too, but upon retrospect think it may be the single stupidest act of my lifetime.
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Believing Is Art Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:56 PM
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37. Love the PCH
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 11:57 PM by Believing Is Art
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Sequoia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 11:33 AM
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141. I did that and the other you mention.
We drove from Stewart's Point north of Jenner to Santa Monica down the coast highway. Long before that I was in the air force and drove from Seattle to an area close to Sacramento before going over there. There's only a small section of the PCH I haven't covered, but Oregon was beautiful although that road with the sheer drop to the cliffs was pretty narly. Tillamook was very fine. So is their cheese!
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Mira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:15 PM
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18. This is my own photo - after I arrived at the Grand Canyon and lost my ability
to stand up for being overcome by emotion.
I have others, but this is the one that was waiting in photobucket.
I think, actually, it might be Bryce Canyon that might win for me. I felt like I was in church the whole time, and as a PK who gave up church decades ago that's saying a lot.
If anyone wants to see a shot of mine from there, just ask.
:)




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sfpcjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:23 PM
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25. Sure. Go.

Horseshoe Bend, Page Arizona





We were on the viewing deck at the top of the gondola ride at Heavenly Valley when this glider took a few passes by. They were so close you could easily hear the wind over the wings as they passed



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Change has come Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:18 PM
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20. The Grand Tetons
Jackson Hole, Wyoming



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sfpcjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:28 PM
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27. Amazing place! We even got to do whitewater rafting
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:18 PM
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21. Heceta Head
It is perfection. Crashing ocean. Fascinating tidepools. Mountain rising right out of the sea with beautiful old growth forests. Historic bridge and lighthouse. Everything I love in the world.



But there are alot of beautiful places in this country.

http://www.scenic-america.com
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Tinksrival Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:08 AM
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39. The Pacific Northwest, Oregon
This midwest city girl fell in love.

Oregon Coast





Face Rock



The Columbia River Gorge



Mt. Hood



Mt St Helens



Crater Lake





Soon as my house sells I'm Oregon bound!

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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:42 AM
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40. Can't wait to have you!
Our unemployment rate is creeping up to 10% though. Be sure you have a job! Any ideas where you want to move?
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Tinksrival Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 06:50 PM
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82. Hubby landed his job in august
He has been in Lake Oswego since September. We fell in love with Oregon back in 2002 when he did some contract work.
Well, after six years we finally got the opportunity we were looking for this past summer and ended up putting our house on the market in September the day of the biggest one day drop in the stock market in history! I cried all that week. Scared to death the kids and I wouldn't see hubby again!
We don't want to leave the house empty as it is our best investment but man, thanks to these greedy bastards our equity is shrinking. We had three showings this weekend so I have my fingers and toes crossed.

So far we've been up the coast then we drove the Columbia highway though the Hood valley, out to Smith Rock, John Day fossel bed, Sisters, Bend, Rogue River Valley, Crater Lake, then dipped into Calli to see some Redwoods than back up the coast again.
I can't wait to move and explore all the rest of Oregon and then start over and do it again!

:hi:
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 07:54 AM
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49. Oregon is a wondrous place
North Falls, Silver Falls State Park



Willamette Valley

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Tinksrival Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 07:45 PM
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83. Oh, I forgot about Silver Falls!
How could I do that! We were there in the fall. Golden leaves the size of my head! So cool to hike for a couple hours and see seven different water falls!
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Sequoia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 11:35 AM
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142. Mt. St. Helens? Isn't that it before it blew up?
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Tinksrival Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 03:18 PM
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151. look closer
The top is missing.



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Sequoia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-27-09 10:28 AM
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153. Okay, right. Thanks.
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:22 PM
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24. I can't say I have one. I seen some beautiful places,
but then I'd always wish I was home. I can honestly say that there is nowhere that I am longing to visit. I'm happy right where I am.
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:27 PM
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26. Tetons
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Subdivisions Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 08:48 AM
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120. I have to agree. I lived in the Jackson Hole area for a time and
it's the most beautiful place, any time of the year, that I've ever seen I used to work every day with the Tetons in the background (at least when it wasn't shrouded by clouds and snow showers).
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Adsos Letter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:28 PM
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28. Northern Arizona, and the whole Grand Canyon area.
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 11:29 PM by Adsos Letter
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:34 PM
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64. Me, too. Including the Navajo reservation.
I just love it there.
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ChazII Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 05:49 PM
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80. Make that 3 votes for
that part of Arizona. Although, I will admit I love my desert area here in the valley. We have great sunsets 350+ days of the year.
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Hawkeye-X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:51 PM
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32. "The purple majestic mountains"
which is my home, and the inspiration of the song...



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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 05:30 PM
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77. Beautiful. Just beautiful.



If God ever dies I'm sure this is where he will want to be buried. :eyes:

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Sequoia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-28-09 10:49 AM
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154. Awesome!!! Saving this one. Thanks.
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:52 PM
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33. Northern New England: Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine.


The more isolated the better.


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shintao Donating Member (288 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:53 PM
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34. Highway (Coast) 1 - SW San Francisco
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sfpcjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 05:25 AM
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41. VirtualParks.org - Quicktime panoramas
Edited on Sun Jan-25-09 05:40 AM by sfpcjock
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Le Taz Hot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 05:32 AM
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43. Yosemite National Park
Edited on Sun Jan-25-09 05:33 AM by Le Taz Hot
I've no idea how to post pictures. Zion & Bryce are my numbers 2 & 3.

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sfpcjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 05:45 AM
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44. Click on "HTML lookup table" in Message options
Images No tags needed - just type the URL starting with http:/ /
Images must be in gif or jpeg format
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taterguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 05:47 AM
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45. To post pictures get an account at Photobucket or similar photo sharing site
Upload pics from your computer to the site.

Then copy and paste the direct link into your post
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taterguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 06:27 AM
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46. New River State Park, southwest Virginia
There are some other places I've been with more spectacular scenery, ie, Grand Canyon, Monterey, but the New River is close to my house and a place I can escape to on a regular basis.








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fight4my3sons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 05:30 PM
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76. I love the New River
went to Radford for a year or so, actually I spent more time hanging out around Blacksburg than going to school, then lived up in Floyd for a while. I loved it down there. :hi:
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 06:42 AM
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47. Hana, Maui and Vermont's Northeast Kingdom
About the NEK, from Wiki:

The Northeast Kingdom has been listed in the North American and international editions of "1,000 Places to See Before You Die", the New York Times best-selling book by Patricia Schultz. In 2006, the National Geographic Society named the Northeast Kingdom as the most desirable place to visit in the country and the ninth most desirable place to visit in the world.<3>
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeast_Kingdom

About Hana, from Wiki:

Hāna is located at the eastern end of the island of Maui and is one of the most isolated towns in the state. It is reached mainly via the Hāna Highway, a long, winding, 52 mile long highway along Maui's northern shore.

Near Hāna are several swimming holes in the Haleakalā National Park.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hana,_Hawaii


I have lots of close contenders. Love the Pacific Coast Highway, parts of the southwest, including the Jemez Mountains of NM, Chaco Canyon is magical. Nantucket, the Vinyard, parts of Cape Cod and Block Island. The Upper Peninsula in MI. I could go on and on.

But the NEK (my home) and Hana, a place I've spent a lot of time in, strike a chord in me. And oddly, it's much the same chord. They both remind me of each other, and they couldn't be more different, geographically, flora and fauna wise, or climate wise.
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KillCapitalism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 06:46 AM
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48. South Florida/Everglades








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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 08:39 AM
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118. That's my least favorite place.,
I grew up and lived there most of my life until I finally wised up and moved here to North Georgia, just northwest of Atlanta. South Florida is too hot and humid, too many bugs and too much crime.
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 09:10 AM
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124. There's no place on earth like the Everglades. Literally.
I love going to Shark Valley and just taking in the beauty.
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stuntcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 01:20 PM
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145. I love that gator
He looks like he's cheesing for the camera.

Moss is something I love about the South.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 08:09 AM
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51. Flint Hills in Kansas
Don't laugh. They are gorgeous, unspoiled and rarely traveled.









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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 08:13 AM
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52. Wow, Kansas has hills!
The only part I saw was flat as a pancake- but full of corn and sunflowers as far as the eyes could see.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 08:32 AM
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54. They built the interstates in the flattest parts of the state
But one of them does touch an edge of the Flint HIlls. I went to college near the hills and spent many memorable weekends camping there. Before then I didn't even know they were there and I had lived in Kansas all my life.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 08:58 AM
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55. Yep- it was on the interstate to Denver, But I gotta say, the sunflowers were amazing
Never seen anything like it. Big ones, too! For miles and miles.
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Terran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 08:14 PM
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84. I'm not laughing...parts of Kansas are beautiful!
I've driven Hwy 50 from Wichita to Jeff City in MO and much of that was lovely.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 10:19 PM
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95. WOW!!! They look very similar to Buffalo River State Park in Minnesota
I :loveya: tallgrass prairie!
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 11:14 PM
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98. It really is gorgeous
I picture Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family in that wagon looking for a place to settle down and build a home.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 08:03 AM
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111. I used to read those books all the time when I was a kid!
And I've been to Plum Creek, MN, the town near where they settled while in Minnesota. Very cute little town!
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 08:29 AM
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115. LOL! I made a holy pilgrimage to DeSmet, myself....
Had to see where they all lived during "Silver Lake", "Town on the Prairie", etc. :blush:
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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 01:31 PM
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148. My g/f's dad lives near Walnut Grove.
And on the other end of that road is the Sod House.
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stuntcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 01:22 PM
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146. Those are beautiful
That's my kinda scene, green and rolling.
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 08:14 AM
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53. Niagra Falls
from the Canada side. ;)

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a la izquierda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 09:11 AM
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56. A few neat places in Oklahoma
Here's Lake Murray at Sunset. Roman Nose State Park is really pretty too.
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 09:27 AM
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58. Blue Ridge Mountains

Georgia

One of my favorites

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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:28 PM
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62. definitely very beautiful
love the blue ridge mountains.
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stuntcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 01:23 PM
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147. the best place on Earth
it's a True Fact.
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catnhatnh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 09:54 AM
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59. Quiet Backroads New Hampshire
<a href="This image link contains an illegal code" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 10:13 AM
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60. Favorite little corner of the world: Northwest Nebraska and South Dakota's Badlands--
Not the usual picturesque mountains and lakes, but stark, isolated and beautiful in its own way:

Fort Robinson, Nebraska





Toadstool Area, Nebraska



Badlands, South Dakota



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Earth_First Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:29 PM
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63. I'm a big fan of Adirondacks
White Mountains/Mount Washington, NH
100-mile Wilderness from Baxter to Monson, ME
Acadia, N.P.

The East Coast has it's gems too!

:hi:
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Dulcinea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:38 PM
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65. The upper Allegheny River in western PA.
I spent my childhood boating there & still go back every summer. If there is a God, I'm closest to him there.

Also Florida's Panhandle Gulf Coast. Best beaches in the world. I like going in late May before it gets crowded.

I like being near water. It soothes me.
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phusion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:39 PM
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66. The desert Southwest
The first pic is mine from Valley of the Gods, UT:




and my beloved New Mexico:


I will always call the area home.
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madmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:59 PM
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70. I love the desert south west area and New Mexico is my favorite.
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1776Forever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:50 PM
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68. St Augustine Florida - Because of the architecture and history. Love it & miss it dearly!
Edited on Sun Jan-25-09 12:51 PM by 1776Forever
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 09:11 AM
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125. Perhaps my favorite town in America.
I love St. George Street.
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pink-o Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:55 PM
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69. I'm a city person. I spent 5 years in London, lots of time in Rome and Paris
Edited on Sun Jan-25-09 12:56 PM by pink-o
As far as I'm concerned, New York City rivals any of them. It's the greatest place in the USA, a uniquely American city on a parallel to any old-world European one.

I took this pic by the Chrysler Building last fall:







Of course, my own city is pretty awesome!






And this was last May when I took my friend to DC, which I also love (even more so since last Tuesday!!!)



America, indeed the Beautiful! Feelin' Reeeeaally patriotic these days!!
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 03:10 PM
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71. Beautiful. And I love the idea of the forests being your god. I may have to copy
you on that.
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Mz Pip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 05:08 PM
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73. Yosemite National Park.
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 05:15 PM
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74. Glacier Bay
Bryce/Zion
Road to Hana
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OnyxCollie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 05:20 PM
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75. Death Valley.
It's my favorite place on earth. I've been there six times. I want my ashes scattered off Augereberry Point.


Canyonlands is nice, too.
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fight4my3sons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 05:42 PM
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78. Shawangunk Mtns (the Gunks) in New York
When we still lived in NY my husband and I spent a lot of time there. He climbs and I hike. We got married at the Mohonk Mt. House. There just is not a more beautiful place to me.
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 05:44 PM
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79. Canada.
NT!

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GentryDixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 05:56 PM
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81. My sister works at Heavenly in the Winter!
She lives in So Lake Tahoe. :-)
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sfpcjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 03:22 AM
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105. View of Tahoe from Heavenly's Monument Peak
is amazing. We had a blast in '07 mountain biking all over the back country around the Y in South Lake Tahoe, and took the MTB course at LTCC where we met about 20 other riders of different abilities.
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 08:22 PM
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85. You've got to be out of your mind
there's just too much beauty to pick one. Here's one of my favorites

Dallas Divide Colorado
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sfpcjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 03:28 AM
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108. I want to learn more about the Rockys and Denver
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Terran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 08:25 PM
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86. Missouri...seriously
The state no one thinks about. It's actually got some very exotic geology and topography. I'm a California native, but have loved living here for 15 years.

Below: various views of Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Camden County (central MO)





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TuxedoKat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 08:54 AM
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121. That is so true!
I lived in St. Louis, Missouri for 8 years and thought the state was beautiful. Did you ever drive over to Alton, IL for antiquing and then drive up the great river road along the limetone bluffs, see the Piasa Bird, have lunch in Elsah Landing, visit Pere Marquette State Park? Then you can take two ferries from that point one over the Missouri River and one over the Missippi back to St. Charles, MO. That was a day trip that I took many out-of-town guests on. There is also a beautiful red-covered bridge about an hour south of St. Louis, I think only one of four left in the state. It must be made from black walnut because when you walk through it, that is what you smell.
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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 09:40 AM
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130. Yes, it is
The Ozarks has some very beautiful scenery:









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Mendocino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 09:28 PM
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87. Na Pali Coast -Kauai
Glacier Point-Yosemite

Valley of the Ten Peaks-Canadian Rockies

Mt. Kathadin-Maine

Never Summer Range-Rocky Mountain NP

Big Sur-California

Old Woman Bay-Ontario

Cloud Peak Wilderness-Wyoming

Porcupine Mountains-Michigan

Green Turtle Cay-Bahamas

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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 09:44 PM
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88. Buffalo River State Park, Minnesota
Edited on Sun Jan-25-09 10:01 PM by Odin2005
One of the few remaining areas of virgin tallgrass prairie the the US. Gorgeous wild-flowers and 6-foot-tall grass. It is like a sea of grass, including waves!
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tonycinla Donating Member (135 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 09:55 PM
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89. Two places
ST John American Virgin Islands,American Southwest especially Navajo and Hopi reservations......
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Redneck Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 09:59 PM
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91. New England granite, ayup...
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 10:03 PM
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93. I love the sierra nevada mountain range too
Tahoe I have childhhod memories at Emerald Bay we made a big adventure
of getting out to the island with the castle and "surrive" It was a
wonderful experience .

I go Camping for 9 days every July on the John Muir Trail .
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sfpcjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 03:14 AM
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104. JMT thrills
Edited on Mon Jan-26-09 03:29 AM by sfpcjock
Where's that place with the sheer drop-off where you hug the boulder to get by... in Kings Canyon NP? Is it on JMT?

We detoured through the Ionian Basin with the giant rocks last time in Kings Canyon. :scared:
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 05:25 PM
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152. Sounds like the John Muir/ Pacific Crest Trail
We camp at Florence Lake a Trail Head about midpoint on the Trail .

Don't do much back packing anymore .. With kids it's not as easy.



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GaYellowDawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 10:28 PM
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96. Lots of places... but I'll try to mention some I didn't see.
Nantahala National Forest, in North Carolina:





and in the autumn...



I also really like Muir Woods:





Fall Creek Falls State Park, Pikeville, TN, is nice:



Sapelo Island, one of Georgia's barrier islands, is hardly developed:



http://farm1.static.flickr.com/218/501289477_785d119eea...

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Aviation Pro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 10:28 PM
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97. Mallory Square, Key West at sunset.....
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 11:24 PM
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99. I like the Tetons and Yosemite...
for different reasons. Also, I like the desert around Tucson and the backside of Cumberland Gap National Park, going up by Shilala Falls. The huge trees around Sequoia National Park are beautiful also.
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 12:05 AM
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100. What, nothing man-made? Perhaps my favorite place is St. Augustine, FL
Edited on Mon Jan-26-09 12:06 AM by JCMach1
Oldest city in the U.S.

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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 08:08 AM
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113. Not to nitpick, but the Mound-Builder culture sure had cities.
The largest, Cahokia, had around 30,000 people IIRC. So St. Augustine is only the first EUROPEAN city in the US. ;)
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 11:30 AM
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140. I've been on the street with the moss strewn oak trees.
Magnolia Avenue, isn't it? It ran right behind one of the hotels we stayed there. At the end of that street there used to be a real cool lemonade stand run by a Vietnam vet who lost an arm. It was a pretty cool, funky place to hang out. I wonder if it's still around.
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smalll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 12:08 AM
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101. Acadia National Park,
Mount Desert Island, Maine.
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RandomKoolzip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 02:07 AM
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103. Chicago's Lakefront trail and beaches in the summer...
Southern Connecticut (specifically, Stony Creek) in the autumn...

And pretty much anywhere else the First Amendment of the Constitution is utilized, tested, upheld, and defended the rest of the year. It's a great fuckin' country.
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MadBadger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 03:23 AM
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106. The Terrace at Memorial Union at The University of Wisconsin-Madison - on Lake Mendota
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sfpcjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 03:43 AM
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109. Point Reyes and Mt. Tam Panoramas, No. California
Edited on Mon Jan-26-09 04:04 AM by sfpcjock
Panoramas in Point Reyes National Seashore

Pigeon Point lighthouse
- Santa Cruz, CA

East Peak, Mt. Tamalpais State Park, Kolly - I've mountain biked here hundreds of times. Better than the thumbnail looks.
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TWiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 04:38 AM
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110. Try the Cascade / Glacier Mountains along U.S. 2 sometime
They are breathtaking. I have never seen more rugged mountains than the Cascade.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 08:11 AM
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114. I love this thread and all the fondness for so many places.
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ProfessorGAC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 08:30 AM
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116. Me Too, Cali
It is a nice thread to read, indeed.
GAC
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 08:34 AM
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117. The tiny jewel that is known as Martha's Vineyard.
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.dwool...

I feel so peaceful when I visit the Vineyard. Edgartown over the 4th of July looks like an early 19th century New England small village, with bunting on every building, looking like it did in the days of the early American Republic.

A fun and beautiful place to visit. I take a catamaran out of Quonset, RI, which can be a rough ride when a storm kicks up in the Atlantic...all part of the "charm"!
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 08:42 AM
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119. Someplace local, I'd say Letchworth State Park in WNY
"Grand Canyon of the East", just about half an hour's drive from my house.



Farther afield, the Adirondacks--love 'em.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 08:55 AM
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122. San Francisco.
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timtom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 08:57 AM
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123. Devil's Hopyard, East Haddam, CT.
Used to go to picnics with my parents in the late 40's.







to name a few.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 09:11 AM
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126. Vermont, Carmel and Big Sur, Hocking Hills
I used to go to Vermont every Autumn, my father used to live in Carmel, and I attended a grade school run by liberal hippie types in the forests of Hocking Hills in the early 1970s:



















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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 09:17 AM
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127. Let's not forget the Republican version of "America the beautiful":


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stuntcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 01:33 PM
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149. right..
"Grow grow grow! Push out the deer and we can pack a few more babies into this acre."
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 09:18 AM
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128. New England, with its fall foliage and covered bridges
Any season of the year, really...

My heart belongs here. Couldn't imagine living anywhere else on earth.






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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 09:22 AM
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129. The natural springs of North and Central Florida.
Edited on Mon Jan-26-09 09:25 AM by Tommy_Carcetti
Wakulla Springs:


DeLeon Springs:


Blue Springs:


Silver Glen Springs:


Rainbow Springs:


Alexander Springs:


Juniper Springs:


Poe Springs:


Salt Springs:


Wekiva Springs:



And my all time favorite, Ichetucknee Springs:


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LibDemAlways Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 09:49 AM
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131. Tahoe is beautiful. I just wish the local planning
commission had more respect for the natural beauty and not littered the south shore in particular with miles and miles of ugly strip malls and cheap motels.

My favorite place in all the world is Yosemite valley:

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kwassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 10:21 AM
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132. Point Lobos, California










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BuelahWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 10:39 AM
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133. I love Chicago
Mostly because it's the only big city I've been to with such friendly people. But they have some beautiful sites too.






This is part of the Lincoln Park Zoo.



My beloved Chicago History Museum


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stuntcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 10:43 AM
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134. North Carolina mountains!!!
The most beautiful place in the world, to me-


North Carolina's nice, for the Blue Ridge on one side and the Outer Banks on the other side. And the piedmont in between.
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 10:50 AM
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135. Elephant Rock, Washington coast


http://www.panoramio.com/photo/5254372

This is the last wild stretch of the US west coast.
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ceile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 10:53 AM
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136. Taos ski valley
Santa Fe is a close second.
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Sequoia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 11:02 AM
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137. Stop it, I keep changing my wallpaper !!
Wow, those are beautiful but I think the forest of Western NC are even older.

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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 01:47 PM
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150. Dolly Sods, WV
A professional album:

http://www.jonathanjessup.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?al...


It's nearby and chock-full of happy camping memories......


Of course, I also like this place very much.....




and this place:

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