San Juan Overland 2014 (Part 1)

Last week we headed for the mountains of Colorado but not just any part of Colorado.

We headed to the high adventure, soaring altitude San Juan mountains.  I enjoy this area for many reasons.  The area is full of history and remnants of a different time. People actually lived up here-- a special stock of people.  Seeking their future, working hard to find that special treasure, just over that pass, perhaps tucked away under this outcropping.  

 

The ghost towns and pilings, all markers and reminders of their devoted efforts to build and embrace their dreams. One can only imagine all the aspirations, loves, losses and joys that were lived out on these sites before they were forced to go back down, to return to what some would call "the real world".   As we climb to walk through these ruins, we recognize how each log cut and placed, every nail driven, every stone moved is a testimony to their time spent here.   Our amazing overland journey covered about 150 miles in low range as we absorbed the vistas framed by wildflowers and accompanied by the chirps of our friends, scurrying through the rocks. 

 As hard as we try to capture the surrounding volume of vastness with our cameras, it is still true that nothing matches actually being there.  If only we could bottle the crisp air to flow out of these photos to waft your hair and fill your senses.

Beyond the thrilling trails, our evenings were richly immersed in the fresh beauty and embrace of the mountains as they seemed to grow up around us to engage the expanse of stars.  No city lights to cloak the beautiful dark here. 

Beyond the thrilling trails, our evenings were richly immersed in the fresh beauty and embrace of the mountains as they seemed to grow up around us to engage the expanse of stars.  No city lights to cloak the beautiful dark here. 

 The occasional breeze, the rushing of the nearby stream and the splashing of its waterfall, as we melted with our dreams into our bedding, were all comforting reminders that we were here.  We were actually here!

 

On this overland trip we used our new rooftop tent, The Loft 36, and several other new products that will be announced in the near future.  We will also be making available miscellaneous replacement and repair parts should your gear become too familiar with a tough obstacle such as a low-hanging branch or rock out-cropping.

 

The Loft is for sale on our "Gear" page.

We are back home now and I will be posting more soon.