Friday, August 18, 2017

Major Crash

Ever wonder what an ATV that rolls down the side of a mountain looks like...

Let's hope the rider was able to get off before it started to roll.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Imogene Pass

Gene's friend, Sue, had never seen the San Juan Mountains so we took her up to Imogene Pass which overlooks Telluride at 13,114 feet. Click on photos to enlarge.

I'll bet these young people wish they had my energy <grin>

Cheap RZR wash 

Attractive couple posing for the cover of RV Living Magazine

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Stony Pass

Stony Pass is an easy but rough trail east of Silverton that takes you up onto high alpine meadows that are currently covered with wildflowers...

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And then you descend through a forest of aspens...

We returned via Cinnamon Pass to Animas Forks and then back to Silverton for dinner at Handlebars. It was a long day's ride that left me worn out by the time I arrived home.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

RZR Riding

Gene, a fellow RZR owner that I rode with in Moab, is in town which was just the excuse I needed to take the RZR up into the San Juan Mountains. We rode Yankee Boy and Governor Basin until the afternoon rain chased us off the mountain.

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Lake near the top of Yankee Boy

The wildflowers are out at the higher elevations and are absolutely beautiful

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Poughkeepsie Gulch

While Black Bear has the reputation as one of the more dangerous trails in the San Juan Mountains, Poughkeepsie Gulch is the more challenging trail, mainly, because of "The Wall". Although I rode down it last year, I was curious to see if I could ride up it this year.

What I discovered is that I could not make it up the wall under my own power, at least, in a hailstorm (bad weatherman). Fortunately, Bill winched me up to the top.

Those white streaks in the photo are hailstones
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Photography was limited due to the bad weather but I did get one shot that I liked...

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Black Bear Pass

Much to my surprise and delight, I awoke this morning to clear skies and no rain in sight. This was all our small group of jeepers needed to take off for the mountains. If there is one trail in the area whose fearsome reputation scares away a lot of off-road enthusiasts, it is Black Bear. Death, dismemberment, worse than listening to Nancy Pelosi are just some of the words used to describe it...

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Fortunately, in my opinion, it is not nearly as bad as it is made out to be. Any relatively experienced driver, who does not have a paralyzing fear of heights, can make it as long as they take it slow and easy. There are a couple of switchbacks that will get your attention as you pay a severe penalty for making a mistake...

If you do make the ride, you are rewarded with awesome scenery...

Oh, and there are some mountains and other stuff...

My dash cam recorded the entire ride but it was over 2 hours long so I edited it to show what I believe is the more interesting section between "the steps" and the big waterfalls near the end. Run time is ~33 minutes...

If you have the bandwidth, I recommend watching it at 1080p resolution

Click here to listen to C.W. McCall's Black Bear Road.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Monsoon Season

The first three weeks in southwestern Colorado, I did not see a drop of rain; it was sunny every day. However, starting last week it began to rain just about every afternoon and has slowly gotten worse. Here's the forecast for the next ten days...

I think I will buy a new Xbox One S with a bunch of video games and put Domino's Pizza on speed dial.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Grand Imperial Hotel

We took Ken and Faye's friends from Mississippi up over Corkscrew...

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Hiking at ~12,400 feet is a little hard on the lungs

 And into Silverton for lunch at the Grand Imperial Hotel (est. 1883)...

World Famous Lacey Black

My kind of fine art

Visiting these old mining towns is like stepping back in time.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Yankee Boy & Governor Basins

Ken, Faye and I took the jeeps up Yankee Boy and then Governor Basin hoping to see the mountain wildflowers in bloom. It turns out they do not plow Governor Basin and we ran into an impassible snow drift near the top. It also appears that the heavy snowfall this past winter and spring have delayed the flowers.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


One of the things I enjoy about the RV lifestyle is making new friends and sharing a common experience. Tonight, I joined my park neighbors for pizza at a local micro brewery...

Friday, July 07, 2017

Corkscrew/Hurricane/California Passes

As you can tell from previous posts, the San Juan Mountains south of Ouray, CO are a postcard factory. Everywhere you look is a "Kodak moment"...

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Friday, June 30, 2017

CR 31 & FR 825

CR 31 & FR 825 are easy trails that parallel Highway 550 south of Ouray. CR 31 takes you by a number of old mines/buildings and FR 825 gives you panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys...

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Colorado Full Sized Trails

Colorado now has "Full Sized Trails" that require vehicles such as Jeeps and SUVs to display an Off Highway Vehicle Permit. Here's an excerpt from Stay The Trail Colorado:

"In addition to the many miles of Off-Highway Vehicle trails and ‘roads open to all vehicles’, there are a number of Full Size Trails open for recreational travel in Colorado. Although these trails allow for full width vehicles, they differ from most BLM and U.S. Forest Service roads as they are designed for recreational, motorized use rather than simply for transportation. A Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Permit is therefore required on any licensed/plated vehicle that is used for recreation on these trails. This $25.25 permit must be displayed on any full size vehicle traveling these trails even if that vehicle has a currently registered license plate from Colorado or any other state."

Click here to see a list of trails that require a permit.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ophir Pass

John, Sharon, Bill, Ken, Faye

Alta Lake