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post #1891 of 2044 Old 07-23-2013, 08:04 AM
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MoC many of the trails you'll see were made by a group of young men know as the Civilian Conservation Corps. They were hired during the depression to hack trails through the West. Seeing that railroad cut into the side of the mountain could very well be one of the projects they did. They made roads were none had been. Mostly with a pick and shovel, and some dinamite. Mules packed in supplies to them. The guys lived in barracks much like the military does. Some people even say that this was an effort to get our young men ready for the upcoming war, WWII. The program was all government ran and in reading about it the work was hard. No slackers were allowed. As you know I'm not much on anything big government but this was a rare time when people really worked hard for tax money that supported them. Just imagine these young punks today having to work for that welfare check or food stamps!

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Looks awesome. Beautiful scenery.

Jim, I know what you mean about the depression workers. Most of the bridges around here were built during that time, along with the local lake, which was a spring fed creek that was dammed up.

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I am so jealous...keep posting photos!

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Victory, made it to Aspen. Parents watching the kids. Pictures from today's adventure coming late late tonight.
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Victory, made it to Aspen. Parents watching the kids. Pictures from today's adventure coming late late tonight.
Uh-Oh! Nights that started out like that for me NEVER ended well!!!!! I have embarrassed myself in over 15 states, 6 or 7 countries, and 3 continents. Behave yourself- I never could.

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Today was a truly incredible day. I will apologize in advance for really blowing up the bandwidth. I took over 300 pictures today and picked these to share. They in no way do this trip justice.

This is coming down in to Ouray this morning for our ride with San Juan Jeep Tours, which is the oldest jeep tour company in Colorado.





They don't use all jeeps anymore. In their active fleet is 2 J-20's, a Cherokee Chief, and 2 dodges. We ended up in a dodge since our group was a little bigger than could fit in one Jeep.

The trip today was to a jeep trail they call "highway to heaven." It private land that they lease so know other company or private party can go up it. The ride took us to the peak of a mountain that was just under 14,000. You can see it here between the gun sites far off in the distance.



Our guide was Jean,who owner the company,and he was awesome. He was full of knowledge and just a great guy. We made several stop along the way and here are 2 shots that I thought were cool. The first is just a sweet set of falls.



Second picture is cool as well and plays in to a little history I will share. This whole area was formed by a massive volcano. If you look closely in this picture you will see an area that looks like ripples. Geologist have determined that the ripples were the sand bottom of the sea floor. The ripples were originally made by wave action like you see at the beach and were "cast" when the volcano blew.

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The peak were drove to was actually in the center of this volcano. The ride up to the peak was nothing short of spectacular. If you watch the video the surrounding mountains make a circle around this peak and they were the edges of the volcano crater. It was somewhere around 50 miles wide.



The last 15 minutes was up a grade that was measured to be 58%.








At the very top was a flat area that was about the size of a large house.


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The view was breath taking. There was nothing within sight that was taller than we were. You could just see everything 360 degrees around you.








This was shot on the way down that gives a good feel of the ride and grade.


These two pictures I thought were cool. In the first one gabby is pointing to the reflection of the peak we went to in the water.



This second one is on the peak and she is pointing back down at the lake.



After coming back down he took us threw several old mine sites / ghost towns.













Once the tour was over and we made it back he let me go poke around his shop. There were several old jeeps around that were once used on the tour. Two J-20's, 2 CJ 2A's, and one last one which is my "jeep of the day." Its a Willy's wagon that was once used. There were actually 2 of them.




Anywho... We made it in to Aspen tonight. Nothing really planned for tomorrow other that just chilling around town. Maybe a short hike.

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Moc, how do you guys and girls make out in that thin air? 14000 ft has to be tough for us living at or near sea level.
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Moc, how do you guys and girls make out in that thin air? 14000 ft has to be tough for us living at or near sea level.
Not bad at all sir. We have been up at altitude the since Sunday and are acclimated now. I am sure if we hiked to 14,000 that would be a different story.

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the pics of your daughter pointing are terrific! Private property, huh? I would love to own a piece of that country, gorgeous indeed!

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the pics of your daughter pointing are terrific! Private property, huh? I would love to own a piece of that country, gorgeous indeed!
The lake area was all public. Not really sure how much was private but it was a huge chunk. We passed through a locked gate where the private began about 10 min up the mountain. The jeep tour guy said the leased it from a California guy. Must be nice to own your own mountain 20 min outside Ouray.

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MoC I always enjoy your vacations! I can't help but think that your kids will never forget these times as long as they live. You and your wife won't either. In looking at your pictures I'm thinking how nice it would be to have that kind of country in my back yard, bet you think that too. How's the temps out there? Keep the pictures coming !!!!
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Thanks Jim.


A little warmer than this year than last, but not bad at all. The rain is not an issue. Durning the summer is rains pretty much every day here. Usually just a quick shower / storm that cools things off a bit.

Nothing picture worthy today. Played golf and and spend money shopping.

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Great pics MoC! You guys are making some awesome memories. I need to make my way back out there. It has been years. Pretty sure at 14,000 ft I would need oxygen or both lungs would collapse.

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I was actually thinking about you up there. I the other party was a 58 year old lady who had a lung removed 11 months ago. She brought oxygen but never used it.

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