Monday, October 3, 2011

Great Western Roadtrip 2011

Driving for days on end is not our strong suit. The drive from Seattle to Colorado to LA to the John Muir Trail and back to Seattle was broken into small, manageable pieces by day bikes, quick rock climbs, short backpacking trips, visits with friends, brewery tours, and a few national park layovers. Some scattered images from our trip...

Berkeley Pit - read more here. A giant, toxic pool that threatens to poison the ground water around Butte, Montana.

I don't know about you, but I might have quietly taken this down on May 22nd.

Thermophile-crazed coloring around thermal pools in Yellowstone.

Taunted by bugs in the Winds of Wyoming.

Views from camp in the Wind River Range.

Wildflowers everywhere.

Cirque of the Towers, Wind River Range, Wyoming as seen from Jackass Pass.

The Jackass (pass) itself.

The Winds sure are pretty. Big sky moves in over the mountains as we drive the 100 miles of dirt road away from the trailhead.

One of many rainbows encountered on the trip. This time, it was a double complete rainbow (although hard to tell from the picture), at a rest stop where we had stopped to cook dinner.

Great mountain biking outside of Laramie in Curt Gowdy State Park.

Beautiful skies in Colorado after finishing our section of the Colorado Trail.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison: deep, dark, and tall. I guess a bit like most canyons, but still pretty impressive.

Culturefying ourselves at Mesa Verde.

Already in the high 90s at 8AM, Joshua Tree National Park.

Kickin' it in Pt Reyes National Seashore with Chris Andree.