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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-05-2001, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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July4 in the San Juan Mountians

It was time for the Princess' first real non-towed road trip so we decided to go up to Silverton, Ouray, then over Imogine Pass to Telluride to watch the fireworks.
The trip offered SPECTACULAR vistas and was well worth the trip!!!
Here's my baby all outfitted for Colorado with hardtop, wide flairs and hard half doors ... we go rained on pretty good above Durango but we kept fairly dry despite no door windows [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img].

Ouray was full of Jeeps and people. We had a great dinner at a place called "The Pinon Grill" and spent the night there. I'll give it 3 stars...
It was the morning of the 4th and we went to the community's 4th of July breakfast benifiting the Ouray Search & Rescue orgainization, watched the parade, then we headed toward the famed and much anticipated Imogine Pass.
As I said, the scenery was fabulous ...

And here we are ready to tackle (crawl, actually) the last leg to the 13,100 ft. sumit, the second higest in the USA [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif[/img].
At times I had to avoid looking down the shear drops off the edge of the narrow winding trail. Other times when I did glance down at particularly dangerous points, a quiver of fear would shiver up from my scrotum then lodge in my throat ... Jacque just kept her eyes closed !!! ... she's turning out to be a real trooper [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]!

The prize at the top were the fabulous 360 degree views!!!

We got to Telluride in the late afternoon, had dinner down town with friends who live there ... our table was right next to Darrel Hanna and company!! woo, woo!!... then saw the most spetacluar fireworks show I've ever experienced.
The whole town plus a few thousand visitors all went down to the end of main street to the community park when it got dark.
The mortars were set only slightly higher than the crowd and quite close buy.
The shells exploded almost directly overhead ... the closest I've ever been to any and the explosions thundered and echoed off the steep mountain cliffs that surround the town. WOW! ... we're going back for more next year for sure!
What a great trip!
We'll just have to wait and see what Jacque writes as her impressions of this adventure ... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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so did you get laid or what...?

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But John, still no frickin hood!![img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]

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Once again, I give you straight '10s' on the photos. I grew up in Colorado and have been contemplating a move back. Your pics make me wonder what I am waiting for.

Yeah, agee with Brad that you gotta get on that hood. Dining in the company of Darryl Hanna with your engine bay exposed??

Looking forward to the better half's write-up.

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Jaffer.. I have to congradulate you on your restore.. that jeep looks perfect.. need a hood??????????????????????????? Hehe.. what kind of seats do you have?

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Your next trip there you need to go up the the Telluride airport and see if you can catch a plane to see the views. I fly down there a lot for fun, and the mountains are jaw dropping. T-ride is a great little town, you see some odd stuff there.....[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Did you get a chance to eat at the bakery? "Baked in Telluride". I would love to see the fireworks there, I went there for the National Hangliding championships, that was sweet, they do some trick stuff. During summer they have festivals every week, I have been to the wine festival, the bluegrass festival, and the mushroom festival. What can I say, it is Telluride. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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Those pics bring back some fond memories Jaffer. The wife and I Honeymooned there in 93. What a great little town. We mountain biked all over the place. What a great time. A friend of mine bought a little house at the base of the mountain back in the late 80's for a song. Now it is worth like 1.5 million. Damn, wish I had that kind of foresight.

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Thanks, Jaffer! You made me homesick big time! I lived in Dolores for six years, just a short drive from Telluride.
Where'd you get the seats and what are they out of?
Very nice pics!

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looks like a great time, we should set up a SWB 4th of July run for next year and get everyone from the SWB forum up there for a run, One of my Jeeps should be up for the ride by then [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]. I have been wanting to go to Colorado so bad for some wheelin...

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OK, Bill and Muddy-
The seats are out of a '94 Grand Cherokee.
They're grey leather with full tilt back and are VERY comfortable.
I found some Grant weatherproof coverlets made of nylon with a plastic membrane and elastic corners from Summit that can be quickly unrolled and slipped over the seats when it starts to get really wet, muddy or sandy.
The bracket alignment is identical fore and aft but I had to make straps of steel flat stock for the front holes and angle iron (for strength) in the rear to shift them over and inch or two sideways ... easy to do ...

And yes, I'm gonna paint the hood and get it on finally. I can't take much more razzing. One TJ guy in Telluride spoke up on the street and said "Hey, that would be the nicest CJ I've ever seen if it had a hood on it!"
OK, OK. Nuff said ...
I had one ready and primed but decided to switch over to the one off the '77 because it already has the windshield hold down braketery holes drilled and it is made of a much heavier gauge than the '83 version which will add support to the lowered windshield and is much less susceptable to denting. Hoods and I don't get along and I've had the worst luck with them unmounted. No matter where I store them up on my hill, the wind always grabs them and slams them around. Last week it even grabbed the older one while it was in my garage and tried to suck it outside ... gotta get it nailed down to the Jeep soon or it will self destruct!
Glad you guys like the pics! Sounds like I stirred up some past fond memories, and maybe gave a few of you the itch. I highly recommend anyone to visit this area. There are 24 popular documented trails from easy and enjoyable ... we crossed back over the mountians to Silverton yesterday over Ophier Pass which was not near as difficult. Then, a little farther south is another pass that goes from Rico on the West side of the range and drops down on the East side directly into the Purgatory ski area above Durango ... one of our favorite camping areas.

Jacque was writing this morning of her take on the trip and she read me a little of it. It sounds like we will be in for an amusing take of this little vacation trip from her point of view.
Gad, the things I put her through ... weening her to Jeepin with 8+ trails ...[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]!!

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