Taking the 4Runner Off-Road
Our good hiking friend Brad Post got excited when we bought our new 4Runner. He wanted to take us 4-Wheeling. We packed up the car and headed up towards Tincup Pass, an easy Jeep road that we could cut our teeth on. After the camping and driving, we dropped into Crested Butte to visit Lisa's sister, while Brad and company headed back over Hancock Pass.
Lisa, Lonny, and Brad Brian, showing off the rock that we decided we didn't want to drive over Brian, showing the first rock to cause minor body damage to the 4Runner (crushed running board) Stopping for lunch below the Pomeroy Lakes The Allie Bellie Mine Brad and Andrew gathering dryish wood Andrew making himself useful Lonny and Andrew Lisa, after having getting hit by Brian (who was killing a mosquito)...Brad going in for another kill Brian, finally splitting a log after much effort Everyone enjoying their fire-roasted corn Eating corn by the campfire Relaxing by a campfire Time-lapse + green laser = fun A green laser swept through smoke Wildflowers in the morning Sunrise, captured by Lonny Lisa, caught mid-cough Brian driving up Tincup Pass Just below the summit of Tincup Pass Shari, staying warm in the car The summit of Tincup Pass Brian, navigating the 4Runner through a stream crossing Driving into Taylor Park, the Collegiate Peaks in the distance View from the summit of Cumberland Pass It's practically a Toyota ad! A water tank on the way up to the Alpine Tunnel Part of the old Denver, South Park and Pacific railbed Brad and Shari examine what's left of the caved in Alpine Tunnel Brian and Lisa at the Alpine Tunnel The Alpine Tunnelm from farther away The Alpine Tunnel railway station The Alpine Tunnel grade road View that the Alpine Tunnel route ascended (you can see the stretch of green along the righthand valley wall) The 4Runner The Post's Landcruiser crossing the Palisades The 4Runner, before crossing the Palisades Tomichi Pass, as seen from Hancock Pass Brad heading up Hancock pass without us Mt. Crested Butte The Elk and Ruby ranges, from Mt. Crested Butte A ground squirrel eating a carrot that a school kid gave him A ground squirrel eating a carrot that a school kid gave him Another friendly ground squirrel A fox up on Mt. Crested Butte Gothic Mountain A field of wildflowers outside of Crested Butte A field of wildflowers outside of Crested Butte Lauri Dinner at the Secret Stash Rainbow on Mt. Crested Butte Taylor Park Taylor Park Cottonwood Pass at Sunset Sun setting on the backside of Mt. Princeton Cottonwood Pass at Sunset