Wow! Thanks for all the ideas, everyone!
Risen, I am headed N from Oakland around the 9th, and then headed S from Oakland around the 15th.? I have been camping in the Southern Los Padres (by Santa Barbara) and I did some serious backpacking on the Channel Islands. I have also been to Sequoia National Forest a couple times. I tend to always be trying to find swimming spots or Hot Springs! The hot springs are always really interesting experiences for sure. I have also gone to quite a few places North, up through the NW. I have always wanted to go to Yosemite, too, but it isn't super dog friendly and the idea of the crowds intimidate me.
Love the ideas of Lake Chelan (and excuse to go to Idaho) and small hippie bakeries.
Y'all got the extras of my trip covered! Awesome!