“Line-up for trail run, FJ Summit, Ouray, Colorado”
After three days on the road, we were finally able to drive some of the roads around Ouray, Colorado on the first official day of the FJ Summit.
Originally, we planned on spending the day with another company at the event, however, after a slow start to the morning, we broke off from the main group and headed up on our own to get some of the commercial photos we needed.
“Driving down US189, Heber City, Utah, 2013″
Today’s blog post wil be short and sweet, more photos than text.
We ended up getting a late start from our night’s stay in Coalville, Utah.
“Views along US191, Gallatin County, Montana”
After nearly 16 hours on the road since we left our hotel in Belgrade, Montana, we finally reached our hotel for tonight’s stay in Coalville, Utah. During today’s adventure, we visited four different states and two national parks. All this as a side trip on our way to the 2013 FJ Summit in Ouray, Colorado.
We were on the road this morning by 6:00 AM. From Belgrade to West Yellowstone, it’s approximately 90 miles of beautiful country. This put us at the West entrance of Yellowstone at a good time, however, there were already a lot people there ahead of us.
At our first stop along Madison River, we had a bull bison walk by about 20 feet from the vehicle (while I was outside taking landscape photos), then a herd of cow elk with several calves immediately after that. That was our wildlife viewing for the entire time in Yellowstone.
“Toyota Tacoma and Xventure Off Road Trailer”
A few months ago, my son asked if I wanted to ride along as he drives a company vehicle to the FJ Summit in Ouray, Colorado. How could I say no to this opportunity.
The day was finally upon us. And instead of driving the fastest route to Ouray, we decided to take the scenic route through Montana, Yellowstone and Wyoming before reaching Colorado. At least, thats the plan.
On our final night of camping on the Olympic Peninsula, after a very peaceful night, we awoke to the sound of a very loud Jake Brake from a Logging Truck (I assume) on US 101.
On that note, I got up and built a nice fire with the remaining wood from the night before. Then, after picking up camp, we made the short walk on a level trail to the overlook of the waterfalls (hence the name Falls View Campground).
“Waterfalls, Falls View Campground, Washington, 2013″
After viewing the waterfalls, we made the short, but steep hike down into the canyon to see the Big Quilcene River. Continue reading