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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.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Crystal Geyser, near Green River, Utah

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.
The geyser erupted again at about 10 AM

Friendly Odonata in these parts.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Fish Lake National Forest, Utah

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
Near Magleby Pass

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.

Farnsworth Reservoir
At this camp a herd of cattle terrorized Jan during the first night.

Near Farnsworth Reservoir

Farnsworth Reservoir camp

Farnsworth Reservoir at dusk