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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Corkscrew Pass

Bill, Ken and I took the jeeps up over Corkscrew Pass in the San Juan Mountains south of Ouray, Colorado...

Friday, June 16, 2017

EBT Card

I've got to get me one of those Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. Last winter in Lake Havasu, I watched a lady pay for her items with an EBT card and then walk outside and get into a new Cadillac Escalade. Today, the lady in front of me used her EBT card and then got into a late model Mercedes-Benz. Does anyone know if you can choose which luxury automobile you get with your card or do you just have to take what they give you?

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Unique Rock Crawler

After reading the following trail rating for Blag Flag at Area BFE,
  • Expert trail. No Exceptions
  • Do not attempt without a day to spend and at least three vehicles.
  • You must winch anchor yourself at the last ledge at the top for YOUR SAFETY. If you roll, you could die. Drive at your own risk!
  • Min. 40″ tires, Lockers, Winch, spare parts, SPOTTERS and 3 Vehicles – Do not attempt alone!
I started looking at YouTube videos of extreme rock crawling machines that could complete such a trail. Here is a video of a custom built vehicle with a design that I have never seen before. What makes it so unique is its ability to adjust its wheel base from 100 to 136 inches while climbing...

Update (6/4/17): If I thought the above vehicle was unique, take a look at this beast...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Area BFE

Keith, Punkin, Charlie and I rode the RZRs over Strike Ravine to Area BFE, an area known for its extreme rock crawling trails. Fortunately, my RZR 900 XC made it look easy... <grin>

There were a few obstacles I decided to save for next year...

They even post a politically incorrect sign to let you know when you have left the property...

Friday, May 26, 2017

Day Canyon

One of my favorite signs in Moab is "Rockcrawling: an all day five mile trip". I think they must have had Day Canyon in mind when they wrote it. Although it is only five miles down to the overlook of the Colorado River, it takes the better part of the day to do it round trip.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

San Rafael Swell

Sunny, Stormy and I drove our jeeps over to the San Rafael Swell to do some exploring and hike Little Wild Horse Canyon, a narrow slot canyon. Knowing that once we left Green River finding a gas station would be harder than finding an honest politician, we filled-up our vehicles which gave me the opportunity to photograph this sign...

Sure "sign" you are in the western states

We had to fire our guide as he kept getting lost. If Sunny did not have expert map reading skills, we would probably still be there. We did, however, stumble into some interesting sights/sites...

Ancient pictographs 

Old uranium mine

On the way to the slot canyon, we passed some awesome rock formations north of Goblin Valley...

Unfortunately, we were prevented from hiking Little Wild Horse Canyon by deep water...

Next time I will bring my bathing suit & water wings

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Fruit Bowl Part Deux

The last time we visited the Fruit Bowl, no one was there. Today, the slackliners were out in force and doing amazing, if not frightening, things...

Here's Stormy's video of the young lady above jumping off the cliff...

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Drone Crash

Last week I crashed my drone at the bottom of Gemini Bridges. It was in a location that I thought only someone who could rappel from the top could get to so I chalked it up as being lost and left it. Now the story of its recovery is a case of truth being stranger than fiction...

Stormy went online to a drone forum and left a post regarding my crash. This week another individual, who had lost his drone in the same area, saw Stormy's post and contacted him to say that they had found my drone while looking for his. He also mentioned that he had hired someone to rappel down and pickup up his drone.

Yesterday, Sunny & Stormy rode out to the Bridges to watch the recovery effort. As fate would have it, the man that was hired to pickup the drone was late and another separate group rappelled down and found the drone. After confirming with the rightful owner that he had not hired those individuals, Stormy raced to the bottom of the canyon and retrieved the drone from the group.

He then met with the drone owner and they exchanged machines, a win/win for everyone. Unfortunately, my drone was damaged beyond repair. Here's the video of its last flight and crash...

Many thanks to Bart Davis and Stormy for their efforts in recovering my drone.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rainbow Terrace

Leyman led a group of three jeeps over Rainbow Terrace, a scenic trail north of Moab...

Most of the ride was quite easy, however, there was one section that made use of the jeep's four wheel drive low and lockers. Here's a Stormy Weathers School of Rock Crawling video that makes it look easy...

Here's my dash cam video of the climb...

Monday, May 15, 2017

Poison Spider / Eagles Dare

I led a group of side-by-sides up Poison Spider and then over to Where Eagles Dare. These two trails together have a rating of 7 which makes it an "entertaining" ride...

Poison Spider Arch

Overlook where we had lunch 

The "Unusual Suspects" at Where Eagles Dare

The descent from Where Eagles Dare