Tuesday, July 24, 2007
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
Posted by Mr. Johnson at 6:51 AM
Thursday, July 19, 2007
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
Posted by Mr. Johnson at 6:38 AM
Sunday, July 15, 2007
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.
Posted by Mr. Johnson at 9:19 AM
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
The geyser erupted more than 40 feet in the air as I moved the truck into position for the photo.
The bubbles before the blast but no danger because it is a cold (CO2) geyser.
We camped here waiting for the geyser to erupt and it did at 11:48 PM. Very cool to watch by the lights of the truck but made for poor photography.
Friendly Odonata in these parts.
Posted by Mr. Johnson at 10:18 PM
Sunday, July 8, 2007
We camped here for several nights while hiking six peaks in the area and watched some satellite television in the evening.
10,551 Point camp near Mount Terrill.
View from 10,551 Point camp near Mount Terrill.
View of Mount Marvine from UM Pass
We hiked Mount Terrill from a spot near here.
Herd of Elk that we encountered on the hike to Mount Terrill.
The summit of Mount Terrill 11,547
Found along our approach to Mount Terrill
Summit of Monument Peak 11,047
Camp on an eastern ridge overlooking Fish Lake.
The device hanging from the tree branch at the front of the truck is a Sunshower so Jan can freshen up.
Jan enjoying the view of Fish Lake after her shower.
At this camp a herd of cattle terrorized Jan during the first night.
Near Farnsworth Reservoir
Farnsworth Reservoir camp
Farnsworth Reservoir at dusk
Posted by Mr. Johnson at 11:26 PM