Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Next up for our Jeeping day we drove home on Black Bear Pass. It opened a few weeks ago but we hadn't been on it yet this year. This first photo is looking down at highway 550, the Million Dollar Highway. As you can see, I was in the backseat again so Jim could sit up front.
There were several marmots to greet us at the summit.
Garrett is a few inches taller than me now.
Our nephew Josh, Garrett, Jay's dad Jim and Jay.
This is where the fun begins, on the steps.
Looking down at Bridal Veil Falls.
Ingram Falls and the Black Bear Mill, a good place to get out and play.
I can't even tell what Josh is standing on here.
While the guys were climbing around, I walked up to a bunch of Columbines when I saw this freaky moth. It's a white-lined Sphinx and looks like a cross between a moth and a hummingbird. It wasn't scared of me and I just kept taking pictures of it. It was pretty fascinating.
That's Jim and our Jeep below the Black Bear Mill.
Jay is behind the waterfall here, but you can barely see him since he had on a brown shirt.
Jay and Jim were checking out the road while Garrett and Josh climbed around. This area of the road was actually quite a bit wider than it has been in years. We guessed that the road crews must have had to build the roads up to get a dozer up here to repair the damage from the avalanche in March. If there ever was an "easy" year to do Black Bear, this is it! This pass is scary enough that we don't know very many people that have been over it that live in Telluride. No joke--a couple of years ago we found someone's dirty shorts laying on the rocks near Ingram Falls.
Climbing around the waterfall doesn't really count unless you get your feet wet.
The sun was really shining on Bridal Veil Falls by the time we got to the bottom of it.
At the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls, we ran into some of Josh's friends from Oklahoma that he knew were somewhere in the area that day. Lana was kind enough to share this photo with me that she took before we left. I indirectly knew Lana from Facebook and made the connection that she is the photographer that Jay's sis knows. Lana's website is Shutter By Me and she also has a fan page on Facebook. She's an awesome photographer, so check out her photos!
We took Jim and Josh on a Jeep tour Monday starting with Imogene Pass.
It wasn't as warm on the summit as it was a couple of weeks ago, plus it was super windy, which is normal at 13,114 feet.
The always spectacular Red Mountains.
I think the wildflowers are at their peak this week.
After stopping for gas in Ouray, we drove over Red Mountain Pass to Silverton. I didn't get any pictures of that since I was kind of limited in what I could do from the back seat. We at lunch at the new barbecue restaurant in Silverton called Thee Pitts Again. This is a new location for the restaurant located in Glendale, Arizona that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on Food Network. The food was great and we will definitely be back!!
One of the first places we take people that are visiting us is on the gondola. Jim and Josh were laughing about something here while Jay looked semi-bored.
Garrett spent a month in Oklahoma at Jay's dad's fixing up his first car, a 2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport. Jim and our nephew Josh drove it up here on a trailer last week and brought Garrett back home. It's a fun Jeep to drive and is actually the kind I've always liked more than the red Grand Cherokee we used to have. Garrett is way excited.
We also loaded up the CJ-7 and Jay's Triumph Spirit to send them back to Oklahoma with Jim to sell. Hopefully the CJ's final destination will be the family's home who we bought the CJ from four years ago.
Even though Jay already has some new toys in mind to buy, it was a little sad to let the CJ go. Here it is on Tomboy Road three years ago.
We actually used to be able to cram all three of the kids in the back seat of that Jeep. This was when we did Engineer pass three years ago.
On that same trip we ended up doing Black Bear Pass in the dark, something we'll never forget. A mud slide had taken out the entrance to Ophir Pass, the way we planned to get home from Silverton, and since the CJ is so scary to drive on Red Mountain Pass, it was actually safer to drive home over Black Bear in the dark. I mean, really you have to stay on the road no matter what, so that shouldn't sound like a scary road at night, right?
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Newspaper Rock is in Utah right on the side of highway 211, about 25 miles before the entrance to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. I've never seen so many petroglyphs in one place, over 200 square feet!