Thursday, May 20, 2021

Lori & Chris leave, and driving around the O'Haver Lake area

Doing some picture catching up.

Here's a picture of  Tuesday evening,  it was time for some medicinal therapy inside their habitat module after dinner courtesy of Chris.

For the record, we'd reduced the level on the Gentleman Jack Monday evening!  The Tincup whiskey on the other hand was opened Tuesday evening, it was however, a smaller bottle.  Just saying.

Wednesday, after the previously reported muddy driving with the Sammy, around 3PM, the wet weather produced a grand finale: Hail!

As you can see, it was only pea-sized hail so no damage to the vehicles.  Afterwards, Chris & Lori came by the VRRV to say their goodbyes.  They're continuing the journey towards Oregon and Chris' camp hosting gig.

Safe Travels my friends!

The weather cleared up around 5PM or so, with the sun actually peeking out among the clearing clouds.

As the sun set however, the clouds moved in again, darkening the landscape.

Thursday, May 20

Sunny skies for the most part and a high of 65°F (18.3°C)!  The only downer was the wind, it was pretty gusty and robbed one of the warmth imparted by the sun.

I drove over to the O'Haver Lake area after an errand run into the nearby town of Salida, CO.  The Sammy and I explored familiar trails, sections of which were quite muddy I might add.  On FR 204, I took it to its end at a private property's fence line.  The view was pretty good:

Heading back towards O'Haver Lake

One of many Aspen Groves in the area

I drove towards Marshall Pass but would find a locked gate closing the road a bit further up from O'Haver Lake.  The road is closed for utility work (according to the sign) through May.

Turning around, I took pics on the way back towards O'Haver Lake:

O'Haver Lake

Returning to the BLM area south of Poncha Pass, it was time to pose the Sammy near the same spot as Wednesday's evening's overcast shot for comparison:


CCjon said...

Were you thinking you could cross Marshall Pass or was this to see how close you could get?

Interesting ceiling structure of the monster rig, does it extend higher or is this just the design of the underside struts?

redlegsrides said...

CCjon I wanted to summit Marshall Pass as part of recce.

The habitat extends no further upwards.

Blaze Our Way said...

Ahhh!! I wish we could have stayed and visited O'Haver with you. Sammy looks so tough covered in mud!!!

Thanks for the video of Stewie. Seems like such a monster. Would have been fun to see it going through the mud at the entrance. :)

@CCJon, the structure you are seeing is the underside of the bed. "Snugs" up to the ceiling when stored and lowers for nighttime use.

Blaze Our Way said...

P.S. I'm not sorry for the consumption. It was mighty enjoyable. :)

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Lori for responding to CCjon, I think you would have enjoyed the ride to the lake and the explorations associated with it. 99% of the mud is gone now and most of the ruts created by it when it was wetter.

SonjaM said...

Wishing safe and undisturbed (by technical issues) travels to Lori and Chris, and the same for you, Dom with your recce projects.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks SonjaM, I believe they've arrived at intended site....