For those of you in Ellensburg / Central Washington area, select images from my Taylor Bridge Fire photo project will be on display at the Museum of Culture & Environment on the CWU campus. The opening reception is Thursday, October 10 at 5:00 pm. You are welcome to attend.
The last time I had camped at Walupt Lake was in the late ’70s when I was still in Jr High. It was a campout with my Dad’s co-workers. At the time, we camped in an old canvas tent. The thing I remembered most about that trip is that it poured down rain relentlessly. It rained so hard that getting a fire started was impossible. One night was enough of that, and everybody packed up and headed for sunny skies in the Cle Elum area.
Thirty-five or so years later, I’m taking my daughter on the last camping trip before school starts. Thunderstorms were forecast (deja vu?), but only a 30 percent chance, not enough to deter a Pacific Northwest camper.
We had two nights before us. Instead of our normal overland camping (a new location each night), we decided to base camp and stay in one location and “relax”.
After about four hours of sleep, we hit the road from the 2013 FJ Summit in Ouray, Colorado for home early Sunday morning. Our goal for the night was Pendleton, Oregon which would make for a relatively short trip to home in Ellensburg, Washington on Monday.
There wasn’t a lot of highlights other than stopping at In-N-Out in American Fork, Utah for lunch. Except for a few mountain ranges we drove through, it was mostly desert, shrub-steppe and farmlands along the way. The high temperature on the way home, according to the on-board Toyota Tacoma thermometer, was 106 degrees. With temperatures in that range, we didn’t spend a lot of time outdoors.
We originally planned on attending another organized group run at the 2013 FJ Summit in Ouray, Colorado, however after being on the road for five straight days of early today mornings and late nights, we decided to catch up on a little sleep. On top of that we needed more still photos and video of the ARB Toyota Tacoma.
Today was our first organized trail run of the 2013 FJ Summit in Ouray, Colorado.
We met up across from our hotel at 6:45 AM and were on the road at 7:00. We had a total of four Toyotas on the run, two Tacomas and two FJ Cruisers.