Summer 2005
The Great West...

For the third year in a row I was able to take 3 weeks in July and head out west for hiking, sightseeing and camping.

The first 1,000 miles.... nothing! That only gets you to the edge of Colorado!

Dot 1- Mt Princeton 14,197 ft.  4 days acclimatizing, camping and hiking. Climbed Mt Princeton and back in a mere 10 hours (ugh)

The long view 11,000 ft.. easy part done
12,000 ft nothing but bolders
Summit (O2sat= 78% for those who care)

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (CO)

sand trapped by the Rio Grande 900 ft high

Petroglyphs National Monument (N.Mex)

see the turtle?

Petrified Forrest National Park (AZ)

Largest Petrified trees in the world

Meteor Crater (AZ)

from a distance
big hole (500ft deep, 4,000 ft across)

Grand Canyon (AZ)

note "fog" from forrest fire

Zion Canyon (UT)

tall sandstone and a zillion people

Bryce Canyon (UT)

be sure to camp at the canyon
take the long hike!

Yellowstone Nat. Park (WY)

buffalo hangin near a mud pot

Black Hills (Custer State Park) SD

Needles highway..

from the top of Harney peak (~ 7,200ft)

Badlands of ND

Books Read: 6 Books- all Clive Cussler books-- Dirk Pitt (action/adventure), no brain needed to read - novels

Miles Hiked- enough
Pounds Lost- 6
Miles driven- 6,000
Days spent- 21