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This year we spent a month on the road, mostly in Colorado.
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The following series of posts are a subset of the photos from the full trip report that I created here:
http://christineboyce.com/roadtrip2012/Index.asp

There are a number of panorama pics, but we're limited to 640 px width here on the forum. So if you'd like to see larger versions of these, check out the link above.


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Grand Canyon

On the road to the Grand Canyon we stopped at the Roadkill Cafe in Seligman, AZ, one of the few remaining sections of Route 66. We made it inside just before one serious thunder storm:
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That afternoon we caught a break in the rain and went to see the canyon:
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The next morning we did some sight-seeing near Desert View on our way East.

This is Lipan Point. Note: I've been experimenting with Panoramas, which is why some of them aren't perfect.
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This is the Desert View watchtower:
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Shortly after that it started to pour again:
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Thanks for the trip report and all of the great photos. Looks like you had a fantastic time!

Bob in Oakland, Calif.

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spacedoutbob wrote:

Thanks for the trip report and photos. Looks like you had a fantastic time!

Bob in Oakland, Calif.


Thanks, Bob. There are many more to come.

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Silverton

We took the kids to a photo parlor in town for a fun portrait:
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At the end of a long day, the same 2 kids that can fight non-stop ended up cuddling
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I can't wait. It's nice when you can take the kids along for a great vacation trip like you did, It will give them many happy memories that they will pass on to their kids.

Bob in Oakland, Calif.

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Silverton - continued

We decided to run part of the Alpine Loop that we'd missed last year, including California Pass, Hurricane Pass, and Poughkeepsie

Our first stop was at Animas Forks. Since we'd spent a lot of time here last year, we only stopped for a few quick pics.
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From there we started up California Pass
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This is a panorama I put together of the top of California Pass:
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This is another panorama I put together of the top of California Pass.You can get a little crazy with these and really distort the image.
In this case, the ridge on the right and the ridge on the left are actually the same ridge, 180-degrees apart.
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We had planned to run Poughkeepsie Gulch over to 'The Wall' for fun, but as we started down the trail a heavy thunder storm rolled in:
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So we turned around and headed back toward an easier trail - Hurricane Pass:
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The storm passed by and we got some great views on our way down Hurricane Pass:
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Rather than heading straight back to Silverton the easy way, we turned up Corkscrew Pass:
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View from the top:
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Back in the forest at the bottom:
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Back in town we found a group of Factory Jeep guys who were staying in our campground and doing some field-testing on a couple new prototypes.
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They were loading up to head back to Mighigan
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In this picture you'll see some warping of the tailgate around the license plate. Apparently this prototype has some rigidity issues, which is what they were out here working though.
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spacedoutbob wrote:

I can't wait. It's nice when you can take the kids along for a great vacation trip like you did, It will give them many happy memories that they will pass on to their kids.

Bob in Oakland, Calif.


Yeah - I did the same with my parents growing up, and those are some of my fondest memories. So I'm enjoying doing the same things with my own kids now.

Every summer we hit the road with the kids and try to take them to see something they've never seen before.

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Ouray, CO

Taking the 550 over Red Mountain pass from Silverton to Ouray provides many spectacular views.
The top of the pass was still covered in snow last year in June. This year in July there was no snow to be found.
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These are some of the curves and cliffs that people on the forums are always talking about. They're really not so bad, especialy with the 25 MPH speed limit for much of the drive.
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Wildlife in town...
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We spent a few hours at the Ouray Hotsprings, so I put together a panorama of that too:
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We had an afternoon thunderstorm while walking through town, so we took shelter and waited it out
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Waiting out the rain, the kids found a store that had a patio deck with bean bag chairs.
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Ouray - continued

The next day we made a loop over Ophir pass, through Telluride, and returning over Imogene Pass. Telluride is one of our new favorites.
We skipped Blackbear Pass, as I think Christy would've killed me if she survived the fear, but we did drive up from the bottom to see Bridal Veil Falls.

Starting out on 550, heading back toward Silverton to get to Ophir Pass:
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Quick run up to Bridal Veil Falls:
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Then we stopped in Telluride for lunch and a gondola ride
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Then we returned to Ouray over Imogene Pass (called Tomboy Mine road on the Telluride side of the mountain.
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