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Monday, December 31, 2007

2007 Slideshow

Sunday, December 30, 2007

South of Superior Lake

A person wonders what the story is behind every abandoned vehicle.

Drove by this storage bin during the night.

Near Olympus Mine in the Paradise Range

Explosives bunker.

I met the man who uses the water from this well and he told me that so did three other residents of this remote area.

The documents in this claim marker have turned to dust.

Remote grave site and an abandoned mining cabin.

Barstow, below in the fog, from the Mud Hills.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Kramer Hills

Preparing to set up camp

Sunset without the FWC

Hawes Radio Relay Facility
Photos of the facility.
From Wikipedia:The bunker was demolished by the BLM and USAF in April-May 2008 after two local teenagers were found murdered in the bunker on January 5 after a botched robbery attempt. The prime suspects are being tried for the murders.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Quick trek to the Panamints

Mahogany Flats, Panamint Mountains
We met a friend in Trona and headed for the Flats to hike Rogers and Bennett because we had skipped them when hiking to Telescope Peak ten years ago.

Bennett Peak from Arcane Meadow

Trail to Rogers Peak from Arcane Meadow

Summit of Rogers Peak with Death Valley in the distance

Charcoal Kilns in Wildrose Canyon

We also paid a visit to the Anthony Mill Ruins

Anthony Mill Ruins

My favorite spot at Anthony Mill

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Beef Basin, Utah

We did not see another vehicle during our entire time in Beef Basin and no complaints about that from us.

Beginning the descent into Beef Basin

One of the many ruins in the basin.

We had planned to continue on into Canyonlands but were concerned about the condition of the stream crossing before the park boundary after the recent rains.

Another thunderstorm but a beautiful photo opportunity.

One of the hazards of the back country.

A plug solved the problem until we reached civilization.

This photo was taken after a tremendous thunderstorm and hail storm blasted through our position east of Beef Basin.
After many years of tent camping we were pleased to be snug in our FWC.

Nice looking buck spotted alongside the road.

Exiting Cottonwood Canyon after visiting Beef Basin

Thursday, July 19, 2007

San Juan Mountains, CO

Camp near Stoney Pass preparing to hike two of the nearby mountains. Our favorite spot was being used by the shepherd who was herding hundreds of sheep between Sheep and Canby Mountains.

Approaching the summit of Sheep Mountain 13,291

On the approach to Sheep Mountain

The summit of Canby Mountain 13,478

Some of the sheep in the area.

Hoodoo on the CDT

Mine near Stoney Pass.

A couple of bucks near the road east of Stoney Pass

Fording the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River entering American Basin

Summit of Handies Peak 14,048

Camping in American Basin
It was so darn pretty here that we stayed for two nights.
Hiked Handies Peak from this camp.

Met a backpacker near our camp in American Basin and gave him a ride into Silverton the next morning.

Jan's favorite BBQ in Silverton.

Descending west side of Ophir Pass

Descending west side of Ophir Pass

Just east of Bolam Pass.

Camp west of Bolam Pass

Near Slumgullion Pass

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Imogene Pass, San Juan Mountains, CO

Camp Bird Road

Fording Sneffels Creek

Mine near the trail.

Climbing some rock steps on way to Camp Bird Road, Imogene Pass Road

Fording Imogene Creek near Upper Camp Bird

Cabin at the Hidden Treasure Mine

Portal at Hidden Treasure Mine

A small herd of deer grazed around our camp most of the evening including this curious young buck.

Our camp on the east side of Imogene Pass near the Hidden Treasure Mine

Entering the Alpine Zone east side of Imogene Pass

Driving down the east side of Imogene Pass

Imogene Pass and the guy in the JEEP said we would not make it with a camper. His last words were, "See you back in Telluride."
I think the east side is a more difficult drive than the west.

Nearing the summit of Imogene Pass Road

Entering Savage Basin east of Telluride

Cimarron Mine ruins

At the Cimarron Mine, Imogene Pass Road

Penn Tunnel, Imogene Pass Road

Driving up the western side of Imogene Pass Road after departing Telluride.