Report From the Road: More pictures of the Alpine Loop Jeep Tour

In my last Report From the Road, I showed you pictures I had taken with GoPro camera mounted on the hood of the Jeep. In this post I want to show you the ones I had taken with My Nikon AW 110 Camera.

Best-me-mountains.

Jee-me-mtns-right

The first thing we had to do was decide if we were going to leave the top on the Jeep or take it off. While we all knew it would be cold with it off we decided that was a price we were willing to pay. So Forrest took it off (a job that takes less than 30 minutes) and we are all so glad we did. The view with it off is so much better than with it on. We just bundled up and I think we were all pretty warm.

Forrest took the top off for us, and we were all so glad he did!

Forrest took the top off and we were all so glad he did!

I hope you enjoy seeing these photos even a tenth as much as I enjoyed taking them! If you do, you are in for a real treat!

Climbing up into the mountains.

Climbing up into the mountains.

Getting up above treeline. judy getting her 15 minutes of fame.

Getting up above treeline. Judy getting her 15 minutes of fame.

There was wreckage from the old mines everywhere we went.

There was wreckage from the old mines everywhere we went.

Nearing the top of Engineer Pass.

Nearing the top of Engineer Pass.

Jeep-lunch

Here we are eating a delicious lunch off the tailgate of the Jeep (the best possible way to eat a lunch!). Behind us is Engineer Mt. After lunch we climbed it.

Me on top of Engineer Mt.

Me on top of Engineer Mt.

 

Judy eating lunch.

Judy eating lunch.

These are the kinds of scenes that make owning a Jeep or paying for a tour so worthwhile. I love the forest but so often the trees obstruct your view and all you see is, well, more trees. But if you can get above treeline you can start to take in these kinds of inspiring and life-changing views.

We just had to stop along the way and be awestruck by the view.

We just had to stop along the way and be awestruck by the view.

Indescribable!

Indescribable!

That's a big view!

That’s a big view!

After lucnh we headed down off Engineer Pass and continued on the Alpine Loop to Silverton and then drove 550 back to Ridgway. These are all new shots because the GoPro battery died.

After lunch we headed down off Engineer Pass and continued on the Alpine Loop to Silverton and then drove 550 back to Ridgway. These are all new shots because the GoPro battery died.

I love photos of mountain streams!

I love photos of mountain streams!

Jeep-stream-use

Jeep=stream

I can't resist! If you are sick of them by now, just scroll on past!

I can’t resist! If you are sick of them by now, just scroll on past!

back on 550 heading toward Ridgway.

Back on 550 heading toward Ridgway.

The little mountain town of Ouray , CO is just 9 miles south of Ridgway. A wonderful little place!

The little mountain town of Ouray , CO is just 9 miles south of Ridgway. A wonderful little place!

More of Ouray.

More of Ouray.

I hope you enjoyed out little tour of the Colorado Rocky high-country. In our next post we run away from an approaching winter storm by driving just 3 hours to Moab, Utah where the scenery is as different as if we were on another planet. But, it is every bit as beautiful in it’s own way. Stay tuned to this same bat-time, same bat-channel!!

Bob
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27 comments on “Report From the Road: More pictures of the Alpine Loop Jeep Tour
  1. Rob says:

    From time to time when I’m on the road I think about all the mountains and those who went before us.
    I’m driving but some years back ‘someone’ was making this same trip on foot or with a horse. They stopped at one of those passes and looked at all the hills still to go.
    One step at a time…..
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    • Bob Bob says:

      Rob, I thought about that at the Mogi Dugout. When the pioneers came to cliffs like that and they couldn’t get around them, they got out rope, block and tackle and lowered their wagons, livestock and themselves down them. Those people were brave!!
      Bob

  2. Joni says:

    Hi Bob and Judy;

    Beautiful!! I sure am going to have to make that trip one of these days. And just when I think I am all geared up for my trip now you have me wanting/needing a better camera?? Thanks again for sharing.

    Joni

    • Bob Bob says:

      Joni, it’s not the camera, it’s the person using it! Do a google search on “taking better pictures” and you will find lots of articles on it. Study them and your photography will improve.
      Bob

  3. Yolanda says:

    Great photos! Looks like you guys are having too much fun. Thanks for taking us along.
    yolanda

  4. Don McKee says:

    Great shots Bob,I have traveled that part of the country myself,Sure is good to get my memory refreshed on how great it is in that area.
    Keep up the great work!

  5. OpenSpaceman says:

    Awesome…just awesome!

    Great job documenting the jeep tour. I had a CJ7 back in ’85 with a hardtop…I loved it. The top sat in a buddies backyard most summers, right where it belongs.

    • Bob Bob says:

      OpenSpaceman, the removable top really is one of the best features of a Jeep. There are lots of vehicles that are just as good off-road, but not many let the top come off as easily!
      Bob

  6. LaVonne says:

    Aughh… so JEALOUS! Thanks for sharing your trip with us, Bob. It’s good to know I don’t have to save up for a Jeep to enjoy these views in person. I will definitely be taking that Jeep tour some day!
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  7. judy says:

    If you look carefully at some of those jeep pics, you’ll notice that Forrest gives new meaning to living on the edge!!!

    • Bob Bob says:

      Judy, how could you tell, your eyes were always closed!

      Just Kidding, but Forrest is so comfortable behind the wheel of that Jeep that he could drive to a 1/2 inch of certain death and not bat an eye. Judy, on the other hand, batted her eyes real often!

      Oh well, she laughed all the way up the Mogi Dugout so I am going to cut her some slack.
      Bob
      Bob

      • Joni says:

        Judy Hon…keep your eyes open…and a hand wrapped tight shut around something solid!

        Joni (who rarely blinks but my fingers have to be pried open often *laugh*)

  8. Mario says:

    Excellent job highlighting the tour Bob , these pictures so vividly demonstrate the immense beauty of that part of the world. It really gives you a good “high” being up on those mountains.
    The AW110 is doing a great job with a well matched skill from the owner, I read the review on it and it seems to be on the “upper end” of “point and shout’s” as far as price and picture quality ($329CAN ) and it is “bulletproof” as well, it seems to have a very good balance of portability and picture quality and it is obvious.
    I was wondering if there is a possibility that a link could exist at the bottom of each pic leading to a location were the FULL RESOLUTION would reside , it would be so nice to have the ability to see these great photos at 100% resolution. ( just a thought )

    Bob, looking at the photo “me on the Engineer Mt.” what comes to my mind is an <> ! . . this photo “speaks to the soul” , you really seem to be in a “special place” !!

    When I was in the Boy Scouts, to get into the Eagles group you had to earn the title by completing certain difficult tasks requiring courage, strength(physical and mental),and most of all love for Nature. Your lifestyle alone, demonstrates the above qualities , so today you and the rest of the group have honourably earned this title ! ( lol ).

    Forrest and Beth are two lucky souls having secured a spot in such a beautiful part of Nature.I wish them both the best , they sure are on the top of my list when my travels bring me on that part of the country. This type of tours should be on everyone’s “at least once in a lifetime” list, there is so much to see and absorb “out there”!
    Glad you are enjoying the experience , looking forward to Moab pics ! Keep well .

    • Mario says:

      Bob, looking at the photo “Me on the Engineer Mt.” what comes to my mind is an “Eagle” readying for his majestic flight over the the peaks ! . . this photo “speaks to the soul” , you really seem to be in a “special place” !!

      PS. I had to resend this sentence as it was cut off from my previous message between the symbols

    • Bob Bob says:

      Mario, I am very happy with the AW 110. I especially liked it on the rafting trip where i didn’t have to worry about it getting wet. I prefer my Canon G12 but it is broken and I am nowhere near a Best Buy to get it fixed. My ideal camera is a Canon G1X. It is very similar to the G12 except it has a much larger sensor, about the size of the ones used in DSLRs. But it is very expensive.

      There are two reasons I don’t publish high res photos:

      1) The time it takes to upload them. Sometimes I have a fast connection but generally it is medium speed, sometimes it is slow.
      2) I don’t have a lot of bandwidth, bigger pictures would eat it up.

      I upload lots of pictures each month and the time and bandwidth full-res shots would take are just too much for me.

      I’m glad you are enjoying them!
      Bob

  9. Linda Barton says:

    Great pictures.I really enjoy your pictures and trips. There is so much beauty in this country, so much to see in the USA I cant imagine leaving.Thanks

    • Bob Bob says:

      That is exactly how I feel Linda! People talk about retiring to a foreign country to live better on less, but that has no appeal to me. I love the beauty and variety of this country!! it’s the good ole USA for me!
      Bob

  10. DougB says:

    Ignorance is bliss – I keep thinking on your mountain stream shots that I’d sure like to dip a cup (or my face) into that cold, flowing water and take a long, long drink. That has GOT to be the best water in the world, no?
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    • Bob Bob says:

      Doug, you know it is so high up in the Rockies it probably is safe to drink. Notice I said “probably.” I’m not going to taste it to find out.
      Bob

  11. son antix says:

    Wonderful photos. I must say i get pleasure from your photos in addition to excursions. There exists a lot magnificence in this particular state, a lot to determine in the usa When i can’t visualize leaving. Thanks.

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