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Posted: 12/02/15 12:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We spent the last couple weeks spending our Thanksgiving traveling the back roads from So Cal to Colorado Springs trying to avoid as much freeway as possible, and trying to keep warm while doing it. Funny how I always wear flip flops, but this trip I never even thought about them. Instead of driving to Vegas from San Diego Via the 15 freeway we decided to head the back roads to Route 66 to the Amboy crater

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there is a nice somewhat level parking lot with walking paths around
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we decided to just camp right in the parking lot, nobody around and the stars were just amazing
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its a pretty easy hike to the crater, although my guide book said you could drive to it but that is long gone.
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we just tackled the crater head on
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it was pretty sketchy in places, but we Made it to the top (its a lot easier if you hike around the backside)
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there are some great lava formations
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The next day we headed into the Mojave National preserve to check out the Kelso Sand Dunes
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Of course all our shoes came right off, and sand was everywhere
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nearing the top
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hero shots
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views looking west
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and north, soda dry lake in the far distance
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and south
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we continued on through Aiken Mine Rd
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to this stellar campsite at the Lava Tube
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we even had a storm roll in for some great desert pics
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we continued on Aiken Mine Rd, up to the mine which was pretty sketchy with all the sharp volcanic rocks and the road being washed out in several places, definitely a 4wd required road
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the mine
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abandoned camper shell of long ago
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this road passes through some dense Joshua tree forests
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we followed it all the way to Cima Rd and the 15 fwy. It was nice to be able to air back up at the gas station there in about 10 minutes as they have an air hose that is always running with plenty of air
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we continued on through Primm and to Lake Las Vegas, as I had to work the next several days in Vegas,

From there we headed to Brian Head, UT to catch the opening day $25 lift tickets, and just camped in the parking lot for a couple days
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continuing on and avoiding the freeways, we headed east on hwy 143 to Hwy 12

and decided to check out the lampstand
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found a nice campsite with no snowcat noise during the night [emoticon]
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the lampstand
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temps for most of the trip: we kept it pretty toasty inside the camper, the wave 3 heater worked in combination with the furnace, and we really liked the carpet kit which made the camper feel cozy
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we headed out through the Burr Trail
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and headed NE on Notom Rd
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it should be renamed rubberneckers road as I almost drove off the road in several places checking out the scenery
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we continued on and hit HWY24 and ended up in Grand Junction, CO. We remembered last year Gunnison National Park has free winter camping so we had to keep to our zero dollar budget on campground fees, and had some more snow play fun
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we headed on HWY 50 to a sweet little spot on the Arkansas River,
I can only imagine how crowded this place can get in the spring/summer
and we had it all to ourselves
along hwy 50
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and the Arkansas river
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we always have to make time for a little b-ball
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we spent thanksgiving in Manitou Springs, CO, my aunts driveway looking up towards Pikes Peak
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and caught a bunch of that weather heading home, it sure was nice paying in the low $2 range for diesel [emoticon]
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I am really so glad I went with the Torklift system these last couple years, I always used the happijacs and wished I would have made the change sooner. It is so nice to be able to adjust the fast guns on the fly, as the road conditions for us change frequently which require different tensions. Thanks Torklift
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some hitch hikers we picked up, and yes I put the rubber mallet to use [emoticon]
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hope you all enjoyed the trip, until next time
Nolan

* This post was edited 12/02/15 08:40am by anutami *


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Posted: 12/02/15 03:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That's getting your moneys worth.


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Posted: 12/02/15 04:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great shots of the lava tube, and of the scenery along the way!!
Linda and I are going to do the Mojave Road in a few days, and have our fingers crossed we don't get too much snow on this trip.
One year we got snowed in at Carruthers Canyon, and had a good time in spite, but really cold in a tent with the Jeep.

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Posted: 12/02/15 04:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looked like a real range of temperatures. Thanks for sharing.





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Posted: 12/02/15 07:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What a great time. Back and forth between snow pants and shorts was making me dizzy!!! You are fastly turning into one of my Heros for the amount of time you're able to use your TC!!!


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Posted: 12/02/15 08:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another great trip! You and your family sure get a lot of fun out of your camper. Nice photo of the cactus with the red needles. Well, OK, the other photos are fine, but I thought that one was special.


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Posted: 12/02/15 09:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice looking trip. How did you pack all the different clothes?


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Posted: 12/02/15 09:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What a great trip that you and your family took, Nolan. Very nice photos that you took also. HWY 50 from Grand Junction to Gunnison is a beautiful drive. Did you get to spend some time around Montrose to see Black Canyon? If you didn't, then you need to include that on your next trip to Colorado. Overall, you and your family had a wonderful time exploring everything on your journey and that is what matters most.


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Posted: 12/02/15 04:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for posting. I like the camping by the Arkansas river pic the best...


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Posted: 12/02/15 09:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well done! Those kids have the best adventures.


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