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Old 11-04-2011, 06:25 PM   #11
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I like the idea of the BLM land. We've ended up parking in driveways of friends houses mostly, and I'm excited to wake up in the wilderness for once.
The whole purpose of having a SMB is so you can go where most people never get to go. See a dirt road and take it. The adventure is seeing what's around the next bend at places you've never been. The best camping is being all alone, miles from the nearest road, with nothing but open spaces around you and the vast sky above you. Get off the pavement and discover the real world!!!!
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Old 11-04-2011, 07:59 PM   #12
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That Northern california Coast above San Francisco is, to me, one of the most beautiful areas in the Western U.S. The one thing that I do miss about being on the mainland with the rest of you guys is being able to jump in your vehicle and just drive. My favorite drive was a dirt road along the redwood coast that ends, when you are driving north, at the mouth of the Klammath river. If you are up there, I hope that you have the time to check it out. The state parks up there are very nice too, and pretty uncrowded as I recall due to the driving distances from major population centers.
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:42 PM   #13
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Go to Amazon and search for these authors: Peter Massey, Jeanne Wilson, and Angela Titus. As a team they have written four series of books: the Backcountry Adventures series, the 4WD Adventures series, the 4WD Trails series, and a series in which the name of a state comes first, then the word Trails, then possibly one region of that state. This last series includes: California Trails South Coast Region, California Trails North Coast Region, California Trails High Sierra Region, California Trails Northern Sierra Region, as well as others in California, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. They have one other book, not in a Series: Guide to Moab: UT Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails.

Books in the first two of the series named above are 8.5" x 11" x 1" to 1.3" thick and cover more area. The third and fourth series are 6" x 9" x 0.3" or so and cover less area. Basically, the smaller books are the larger books broken down into smaller chunks of information. The first two are more cost efficient for total info. about large areas, except for the ones out of print, which can fetch astronomical sums for used copies. Individual small books cost less than individual large books, but all of the small books collectively for a state can cost more than the large book(s) for that state.

You will also find books for these regions by other authors, and can find a smaller selection of books, again-by other authors, detailing Wyoming, Oregon, New Mexico, and Alaska.
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