tclose, you are right there in the heavens very own yard. My son is a policeman in Portland Or. and has been in your area rafting and camping few times. He has nothing but great things to say about the area and would be more than happy to retire there he has said. One of his son's was camping in that general area this past summer for a week. (not sure eactly where) From all the pictures Ive seen it is truely beautiful there.
I have always wanted a 25-06, that should be a good round for you for wolf. The 7mag is a great long range gun as well and I've heard nothing but good things about the 6.5-06. There are just too many great guns out there and only so much funds..
I got the Creedmoor to shoot some types of matches they have at the club that you have to use a AR platform. I liked it better than a AR in .308 because of the accuracy and extended range out of it. It is fairly new to me and I've been pretty happy with it so far, I have just this week got dies for it.
Idaho reminds me of a ole Indian prayer were he says while praying, "In old age walking on a trail of beauty, living again may I walk". He wanted to live to old age so he would have the wisdom to appreciate all the things and the beauty around him. A lot of truth in that.
Have a good'n