Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Life is Good in a Jeep

Tuesday we finally began our 2009 Jeeping! We started by going over Ophir Pass and headed for Silverton with no real plan in mind. I didn't really get any outstanding photos due to the overcast skies, but I admit sometimes it's relaxing to not take a photo every 3 minutes and just sit back and enjoy the trip all for myself. This first photo is of the shelf road of Ophir Pass, the only scary part of the trail if you are scared of heights. There is still quite a bit of snow around the summit.
We arrived in Silverton just in time to see the Durango Silverton train leaving after lunch.
We drove up toward Animas Forks and saw the sign for Stony Pass and thought we would check it out. We ended up driving the whole pass, turning around where the sign said it would be 47 more miles to Creede.
I'm not sure what happened to this vehicle from Montana! Must be an interesting story. Maybe they tried to drive the pass before it was clear of snow and slid off the road.
I had no idea the summit of Stony Pass was so high! 12,650 feet! We had left all of our maps and guide books at home.
One more summit photo.
Most of the time I know several of the names of mountains that we see from the trails, but I have no idea what any of them are on this side of Silverton.
The road was in really good condition. It is rated as the most difficult of the easy trails. There are a lot of narrow, steep places that I'm sure my mother wouldn't like even if it was paved.
Jay tested the water to see if we could cross to Beartown. We decided we didn't have enough time, so he got his feet numb for nothing. :)
The deer were curious as to what we were doing up there. We also saw around 20 marmots, all racing around the road and up and down the mountains.
Back to civilization in Silverton. This is the Silverton City Hall.
Lastly is my girls with the guy at Handlebars. I ate a great chicken fried steak!! Jay had the trout. If you are wondering why there are no pictures of Garrett, he stayed in town with his friend and left with him for an overnight trip to Durango. Next time we drive over Stony Pass, we plan on camping near Creede and possibly visit the Wheeler Geological Area. If you have never heard of Wheeler, you should Google it and look at the photos. It's a pretty amazing and little known place.

8 comments:

Barb said...

Hi Lisa,
Looks like a fun day of jeeping. That pass and the road leading over it look pretty scary! I love the pictures - you and the Sony are doing great. Hope your weekend is sunny and warm (wishful thinking...).

Sandy said...

Hey, I was on that train…in 1981! You are so blessed to be able to have such daily adventures!

Lorrie said...

Great pics.

~Cheryl said...

Those weensey roads hanging onto the side of a mountain are exactly what my dad always drove when we had visitors from out of state!

EcoRover said...

Sure enough a Montana driver. Be OK if they'd stick to holding a beer in just ONE hand...

Seriously, though: Jeeps are Famous.

But Land Rover are Infamous!

Jacob said...

Oh boy! What a great time you must have had, but I'd probably have stayed home...can't stand heights!

Which means especially small dirt roads on the sides of tall mountains with no guard rails...

Wasn't always this way...

Lois said...

Gorgeous pictures Lisa! Looking forward to more.

Margaret Ann said...

OOOH YES~Ophir Pass...another of my favorites...I even drove over that one...on a rented jeep from Ouray...only problem was the shelf and oncoming traffic heading coming up...a bit hairy for this flat lander! :) Another great memory stirred! Thanks for sharing! :)