|How we dealt with the rain:-)|
We woke up on our first morning and as we were having coffee, I looked up and wondered what I was seeing.
A young bull moose come for breakfast
|She was able to get this one|
|The over flowing Clear Creek|
Look closely you can see our coach way out to the left
|Another shot, the coach is nearer the middle in this one|
I said we'd know more about our pump after we went up to Blue Mesa over Slumgullion Pass, 11,530'. Well that part of the trip didn't solve it. Turned out it was about 45 degrees out and there was absolutely no traffic so I never went faster than 30 mph which didn't put much strain on the engine. We didn't think of the serious hills, not passes, on the way from Lake City to Blue Mesa Reservoir, where we did run too hot, up to maybe 210 or so, still not right.
We went into Gunnison for lunch to a place we'd been about 3 years ago and enjoyed, Twisted Fork. It was just as good as we remembered.
|Jan's delicious Vietnamese tacos|
|My amazing Dragon Noodles|
We found out very quickly that we had completely forgotten Monarch Pass, 11,312 just a few miles out of Gunnison, duh. We kept our fingers crossed and I was able to nurse it up in 3rd gear at 1800 rpm and was able to keep the temp to 212df. But darn it is not right!
|And a pretty nice view from our site|
|The wax valve and you can see the 2 hydraulic lines|
So in the meantime we have been busy, one of our goals was to finally get the galley faucet taken care of and we did, it still took 2 trips to the store, but it's now all done!
We've done quite a bit of exploring around the area up to Estes Park, back through the mountains, down to Deckers, up to Boulder to visit the Liberty Puzzle factory, and have had a great time in the Denver area, we like it a lot. Quick mention, if you have never heard of Liberty Puzzles, they are without a doubt the very best jigsaw puzzle available, they are high quality, made on maple plywood, extremely intricate, and very difficult to do, and they are made in Boulder.
|Through the canyon to Deckers|
|Lots of snow near Estes Park|
|Beautiful fresh Copper River salmon ready for the grill|
|Baby bok choy grilling|