Trip – July 2004

The Trip of July 2004. Initial itinerary is:

Fri 7/2 (if not 7/1) depart. Arrive Jones Valley same day.
Sun 7/4 depart Jones Valley. Arrive Raton, NM – 760 miles.  Map.
Mon 7/5 Raton to Lake City, CO – 250 miles. Map.  We’ll pass thru the Creede area and the headwaters of the Rio Grande.

We’ll go over Slumgullion Pass which is about where Jennifer was asking just what I meant by the primitive campground on Lake San Cristobal near Lake City, which was formed out of the Slumgullion Slide.  To call it a gorgeous lake is a serious understatement.  Here is a view from about where we camped in “ought one.”

Stay at Henson Creek RV Park. We have reservations on the beach.  Some area photos.
Tue 7/6 Mess around town, arrange for jeep.
Wed 7/7 Tour of Alpine Loop — full day trip. More here.
Thur 7/8 Depart — Jennifer: 938 miles back to HSB … arrive Saturday. Map

I will be headed to the Paonia rally and not far from Lake City will pass the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.  Jennifer will remember the fantastic road from there past Crawford where Joe Cocker’s place is, and on to Paonia.

That’s about the plan for the first stage. From Paonia I’ll trail along with some of the “rolling rally” to Spokane Washington before I break off to head to Portland, Oregon for my judicial conference.

The “Rolling Rally” group’s schedule:

7.11 Sun. (PM) Paonia, CO to Vernal, UT (210 mi)

7.12 Mon. Vernal, UT to Jackson, WY (320 mi)

7.13 Tues. Jackson, WY to Pine Creek, MT (196 mi)

7.14 Wed. Pine Creek, WY to St. Mary, MT (340 mi)

7.15 Thu. St. Mary, MT to Spokane, WA (315 mi)

7.16 Fri. Spokane, WA (0 mi)

7.17 Sat. (PM) Spokane, WA to Winthrop, WA (188 mi)

7.18 Sun. Winthrop, WA to Queets, WA (324 mi) On Saturday I’ll peel off for Portland and leave the group. Will be in Portland until 7/21. I like the rest of this route … may use it for my own return.

7.19 Mon. Queets, WA to North Bend, OR (378 mi)

7.20 Tues. North Bend, OR to Shingletown, CA (368 mi)

7.21Wed. Shingletown, CA to Lee Vining, CA (364 mi)

7.22 Thu. Lee Vining, CA to Cedar City, UT (422 mi)

7.23 Fri. Cedar City, UT to Cortez, CO (444 mi)

7.24 Sat. Cortez, CO to Tucumcari. NM (430 mi)

7.25 Sun. Tucumcari, NM to DFW
Links to “stuff we might see” and places to stay along the way: North Cascades National Park
Olympic National Park
Glacier National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Zion National Park
Cedar City, UT C of C
Crater Lake National Park
Grand Coulee Dam
Jackson, WY Lodging
KOA Cedar City, UT
KOA Jackson West – Teton Village
KOA Livingston (Pine Creek) WY
KOA St. Mary, East Glacier, WY
KOA Vernal, UT
Lee Vining, CA
Livingston, WY Lodging
Port Townsend / Keystone Ferry Schedule
Port Townsend / Keystone Ferry Fares
East Glacier Lodging
St. Mary Lodge
Trinidad, CO Lodging
Vernal, UT Lodging


About Gil Jones

CPA/Attorney/Judge by training and trade. Hobby nut at heart with BMW m/c, computers, ham radio, kayak fishing, photography, hiking and, starting in 2010 some semi-serious running and bicycling (road and mountain bikes). Retired after 16 years on a Texas District Court bench and since 2013 have been mediating cases. I am a Credentialed Distinguished mediator (TMCA).
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