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Posted: 12/01/14 02:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In case you missed Part 1 of our 2 week trip

Part I Clicky

We made it down the hair raising switch backs of the Burr trail
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watch out for the resident Yeti at the bottom.
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We headed south to check out Lake Powell
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there is so much to check out you want to stop every mile or so, you could spend a week exploring just this area
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we reached the viewpoint to Lake Powell and the Bullfrog marina
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Wolfy II did great on the washboard roads it was Bretts Tooth that jiggled loose
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some more amzaing scenery along the way: each layer represents how many years again?
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we pulled into Stanton Creek Primitive campground.
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and found a pretty sweet campsite, again we had the place to ourselves
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It was about 70 degrees and the kids got right to work
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perfect day
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we hit the road on the 276 to the 95 and continued South/East totally out of the way towards our final destination in Colorado Springs
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Decided to head down the Moki Dugway
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set up camp at goosenecks state park
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another geology lesson
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and then a geography lesson
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from four corners we headed into Durango and back to civilization and checked into a hotel to regroup and eat at some restaurants. I have been a hilton honors member for about 7 years and have never used my points. After 7 years of staying in Hilton hotels I had 85,000 points but it cost 35,000 points to stay at the hampton inn in Duragno!
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to try and take the longest way possible we headed north on the 550 to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National park, since we brought all the snow gear we were hoping to encounter some of the white stuff
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it was nice at first, but soon turned extreme and it started to snow harder and harder
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no guard rails! lucky we had a lead blocker in front of us
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Snow Storm Video Clicky

amazing town of Oury
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and now we pause for this commercial break...
My new Torklift tie down system is the bomb, I love my fastguns, so easy to adjust when needed. I feel very safe with these things holding my camper on. I only wished I brought a rubber mallet to knock off all the ice! I must have added several hundered pounds of ice to my rig.
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It pretty much snowed all the way to Black Canyon NP, the snow is a bit different on the feet than so cal beach sand. I still had my flip flops on and my DW went out barefoot for this pic. The kids were the smart ones and stayed in the truck
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we scrambled to to get our winter gear and found the campground
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we were the only ones in the campground and notice the sign "no fees in winter" [emoticon]
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this is what all the other campsite looked like
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it got down to 8 degrees and despite keeping the furnace at 70 degress and the wave 3 on high the entire time we still had the condensation freeze up
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the thermal pane windows worked great, someone needs to invent thermal window frames, still trying to figure out how to handle the condenstaion issue with 4 people in an 8ft camper.
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we lounged around in the snow for a few days burning about 2 gal of propane per day then headed east on the 50 to Colorado Springs for Thanksgiving
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seeing this sign before Monarch Pass was a bit disturbing
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all was well no avalanches
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we made it into Colorado Springs depsite the major wind gusts for some family fun, horseback riding
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Air Hocky, (don't let the name penny arcade fool you in Manitou Springs, Air Hocky cost $1)
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and some hiking around the garden of the gods
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It is crazy it took us over a week to get to CS but one day to drive home. We left CS at 6am and arrived home in SD about 11:30pm. What an epic trip! Can't wait for the next one [emoticon]

Nolan


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Posted: 12/01/14 02:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Superb! Great report. Where is that silly like button?????????


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Posted: 12/01/14 02:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That's something one might not have expected: swim suits to snow shoes in the same trip. The Burl Trail 'switchbacks' are no comparison to the Moki Dugway, huh?


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sweet trip. Now you know why I went with foam panels that completely cover the windows and frames. I get no condensation build up as there are no exposed metal or class surfaces. Drawback is that you can't see out the windows while in use


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Posted: 12/01/14 03:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great trip..


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Posted: 12/01/14 07:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A very incredible trip. You covered the gamut of time in geology, weather in climatology, made it back to sea level in a day and had fun doing it, fabulous! Funny too, just looked at your picture from Moki Dugway and we're camped five miles away tonight on our way home. We took our girls down Round Valley when they were young as well. We have much in common it seems. Except that you're young and I'm not, dammit. Thanks for the trip, I enjoyed it!!

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Posted: 12/01/14 07:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Awesome Nolan. How was Gunnison? Part 1 of the trip was great too.


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Posted: 12/01/14 08:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Excellent report. I have lived in Colorado my whole life yet you still gave me some places I need to check out. Thanks for sharing your trip...


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Wonderful trip report Nolan. Really enjoyed both Parts 1 and 2. The wife and I covered just about everything you and your family did this past April and May when we were gone for two months. We also enjoyed the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park just outside of Montrose, Colorado in mid May and got caught in a four foot snowstorm pummeling the front range of the Rockies. That was an experience we'll never forget as we were holed up in our camper for a couple of days waiting for the road to clear at Monarch Pass. Anyhow, you did an excellent job on your trip report with really nice photos. Thanks for sharing.


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Thank you for trip and photos.

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