Saturday, September 23, 2017

No Dieting This Week

One of the things I am enjoying here in the Dallas-Forth Worth area is the variety of restaurants. For lunch today I had deep-fried catfish, fresh-cut fries and hush puppies at Logan's Fish House. It may not be good for the heart but my taste buds loved it...


Plus, it's a classy place to eat...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Munzee Bash

I had planned on attending the Munzee Bash in McKinney, TX this weekend but as the list of attendees grew to ~140, I decided that is too many people in one spot for me to enjoy the event (the older I get, the less I like crowds). A lot of players in the top 100 list are in town and are putting up some pretty impressive numbers...


In as much as I tend to stay in small towns that are "Munzee challenged", it is fun to be in a metropolitan area where there are points to be captured just about everywhere you go. I will be here for another six days so it will be interesting to see what my score will be at the end of my stay...



If you have an interest in becoming a Munzee player, download their app and then scan the image below to receive 50 points...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ole Towne Cotton Gin RV Park

I used RV Park Reviews to discover this unique RV park that was once a cotton gin facility. The owner was kind enough to give me a tour of the old plant...




It's simply amazing what you can run into while traveling.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Alligators & Sand Dunes

When you think Colorado, you probably don't think alligators and sand dunes. Yet, within a twenty minute drive of my campsite, I discovered both.

Colorado Gators Reptile Park - is a family owned park that has a surprising variety of reptiles and other critters. As soon as you enter the facility, you are met with a reassuring sign regarding your safety...


And just in case this retirement thing does not work out, I have added "Gator Wrangler" to my resume...


More critters...




Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve - protects the tallest sand dunes in North America. Be sure to visit their website to learn how these dunes were formed.

Note how small the people in the foreground of the photo look as compared to the dunes
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

San Luis State Wildlife Area

Although I really enjoyed my time in the Montrose, CO area this summer, it was time to move on. I have decided to take a six week road trip traveling through southeast Colorado into Texas and then work my way west to Arizona for the winter.

My first stop is the San Luis State Wildlife Area near Mosca, CO. As pointed out on their website, the park's water system has become cost prohibitive so there is no water or sewer. However, the sites are available at no charge along with 11 television stations (via antenna), Verizon 4G service and free 50 amp power!  "Life is good"

View from the RV

Home, sweet home

Friday, September 08, 2017

Lake Havasu Heat

Yesterday, I dropped my Jeep and RZR off at the Havasu Falls RV Resort in Lake Havasu City where I will be spending the winter. It was 104 degrees F at 7:30 p.m. Glad I will not be going back until November 1st.


On I-40 my truck developed a vibration that suggested I might have a tire separation. I stopped at a Big O dealership in Kingman and sure enough, the right rear outside tire was separating. What I was not expecting was the left rear inside tire had no air in it due to a large hole; the outside tire was holding it up so that it was not easily visible. Three hours and $1400 later, I had a new set of tires on the truck.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Extreme Rock Crawling

As soon as I up-fit my jeep with a winch, 40” tires, roll cage, high lift jack, first aid kit, oil absorbent material and a bucket, I can try these trails west of Montrose, CO...



The following photos are not dead-ends but the beginning of the trail aptly named Boulder Canyon...



I am told it gets worse the further you go!  I think the bucket is for when you throw up.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Sign of Autumn

The aspens up on the Grand Mesa east of Grand Junction are beginning to display their fall colors...

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Although the temperature was in the mid-90s in the valley, it was 64 degrees at ~11,000 feet. As you drive down the south side of the mesa, you pass the beautiful Island Lake...

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Colorado - 2017

Once again, I had a terrific summer exploring the San Juan Mountains south of Ouray. I stayed at the Centennial RV Park, a well maintained park where the hosts went out of their way to make me feel at home. Most of my neighbors had jeeps which gave me someone to ride and socialize with. Click here to see a slideshow of my version of back-to-school's "what I did this summer".

Black Bear Pass

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Another Reason To Own A Jeep

My Jeep Rubicon is my fun vehicle. Although the Ford F-350 Crew Cab is great for towing the fifth wheel, it is a beast to maneuver. It takes a two acre field to turn around in and don't even think about going through a drive-thru. The Jeep, on the other hand, is nimble enough to zip in and out of tight spots at the mall and I can go off-road where mountain goats fear to tread.

While looking at various YouTube videos, I came across another reason to own a jeep...


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Owl Creek Pass

Owl Creek Pass is a scenic ride on a dirt forestry road between Highway 550 north of Ridgway and Highway 50 east of Montrose. Although there were some rough patches (think rumble strips), a passenger car could easily make this trip.



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Gramblr

I have not used Instagram very much as I take most of my photos with Nikon cameras and did not want to go through the hassle of transferring them to my smartphone. Today, I did a Google search and found there are a number of ways to upload photos directly to Instagram from a PC. Unfortunately, the procedures that did not involve downloading software did not work with my Windows 7 operating system and Chrome browser.

This left me with the downloading software option. I suspect professional photographers like my friend, Sunny Weathers, use a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom but I am much too lazy to learn how to use such sophisticated software so I went with Gramblr which is so simple the "learning curve" is almost flat. Click here to view my Instagram photos.

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.