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"Sunday rode around the main park road to the eastern end, to Los Alamos residence, to Tres Papalotes, down into the Solitario and Burnt Canyon trailhead"How were the roads on this drive ? What are you driving ? No pictures at all ??
Quote from: alan in shreveport on January 12, 2019, 06:34:22 AM"Sunday rode around the main park road to the eastern end, to Los Alamos residence, to Tres Papalotes, down into the Solitario and Burnt Canyon trailhead"How were the roads on this drive ? What are you driving ? No pictures at all ??Ha, sorry! That day I was a passenger in my buddy's Toyota FJ. I'd done most of that drive back in 2010 on my own, so I pretty much just enjoyed the scenery but didn't take but a handful of photos. I find sometimes I become a slave to the camera, and enjoy sitting back and watching rather than futzing with the technology. Sometimes, not always.As far as the roads; the main park road was fine, as has always been my experience. Only some washboarding on some of the hills, but no biggie. I'm in a Toyota Tacoma 2wd and it was easy. The drives to the campgrounds, Pap. Col., and Fresno Vista were rougher. Pap. Col. is short though and not that difficult. FV is longer, kinda slow going for me mostly to avoid flats, overhanging succulents, etc.. Don't know that I would take that road in a regular passenger vehicle. The Llano loop was pretty smooth, too.The road down to the Solitario and Burnt Canyon seemed to me, in 2010 in my Tacoma, very difficult for my 2wd. But last week with my friend's FJ it seemed pretty easy. I honestly don't know if my perception/memory is wrong, if the road is better, or it's just the difference between being a passenger in an FJ vs. driving a Tacoma. Here's a link to my flickr album from my trip in 2010 https://flic.kr/s/aHsjF9SdL1 which has photos that I didn't take this time. Oh, forgot to mention; we passed by "the bar" but didn't stop. Someone was there.
Thanks for the info. I've been wanting to go to the Solitario but so far have not "manned up" to give it a try. I have a 4wd pickup but my limiting factor is the driver - me. I did drive to Manos Arriba a couple of trips ago and it was ...exciting. we did make it out in one piece but that was not a given ! One of these days ... And thanks for the link. There is one picture of a really bad washout , did you go thru that in your 2wd or find a way around it ?
Sunday rode around the main park road to the eastern end, to Los Alamos residence, to Tres Papalotes, down into the Solitario and Burnt Canyon trailhead, back up to what was new to me, the Llano loop and Puerto Chilicote TH. I took almost no pictures on that drive, but had to stop at this view of twisted and folded rock from the East Llano leg looking back East.
I got my usual site at Seminole (#10), which was almost empty, except for the trailer/rv across from me which kept their whole site illuminated all night long because....?
Clearly, you looked like a killer......+1 on the sunrise!!!!!! I've never seen a better one. Also, the wind has been really unpredictable this season. Mule Ears, Flash, and I were all in BBNP the week of December 8-14, and it see-sawed back and forth between calm(ish) and hurricane(ish). Sounds like you made the best of the shutdown. Congrats on a successful beginning to retirement!!!! Think of all the trails you can explore now.
The cool thing is, I can hear it coming as it sweeps through the ocotillo and creosote bushes on the surrounding hills. The gusts can sound like a train sometimes.
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