Jeeping is what it’s all about…

The area around Ouray is spectacular. More pics of that to come…but for us, the best way to see it is simply to drive into the mountains. No, not on the highway or ‘normal’ roads; we go off the road to get to the tops of the passes. Passes that reach upwards of 13,000 feet. These roads we drive on are old mining roads. Cuts in the mountain so the transport of men and equipment was possible to extract the rich materials. These roads are still used today, only now for the ability to enjoy the landscape, and have a little fun. They’re not very tame roads though. Rarely are they flat and level, and just as rare are they smooth and rock free. They travel sometimes straight up a part of a mountain, places you wouldn’t normally drive. It’s fun, but not for the faint of heart. It sounds scarier than it is, but there’s places where you’re literally a foot (maybe less) away from the edge where a road has literally been cut into the mountain side. No place to turn around, nothing to do but be careful, and press on…sound fun? 🙂

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“Recommended High Clearance, 4 Wheel Drive, Short wheel base”

Jen was standing on flat ground. Even when we're above her, you're still looking over the windshield at us.

Jen was standing on flat ground. Even when we’re above her, you’re still looking over the windshield at us.

Driving over rocks...took this picture to show the way the axles move...

Driving over rocks…took this picture to show the way the axles move…

 

...not a whole lot of room here! This is a famous part of Black Bear Trail coming down into Telluride, Colorado

…not a whole lot of room here! This is a famous part of Black Bear Trail coming down into Telluride, Colorado

Gotta be careful, but not too difficult

Gotta be careful, but not too difficult
About the drop offs...see what I meant?

About the drop offs…see what I meant? Props to Jen for taking this photo!!

 

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