Exploring Again and Recording a route over Stampede Pass WA

So Steve and I took most of the day starting with breakfast at Chick Fil A in Puyallup WA then on to Greenwater and turned off at NF 70 to come out at Easton and Hwy ! 90. It was pavement for a while and then gravel roads and more gravel roads up to 5,000 feet elevation and back down to around 2,000 feet elevation. It was a lot of fun and Steve has a true GPX of the main road now so he will explore spur roads and other points of interest on his motor cycle. For another time we lost some railroad tracks on the I 90 side of the trip but we will figure out where they are hiding!!

This was the best scenic area for taking pictures on the whole trip and the fog burned off just at the right time for Mount Rainier to be visible with some low clouds hanging on.

Appears from the clouds

Steve caught me getting out of the Jeep.

Three action shots in the same area just for fun.

And a copy of our route for the day almost 49 miles of gravel roads.

Trip to Mount Rushmore and the Tetons!

So we traveled 3123 miles from home going to mount Rushmore via Walla Walla WA then through Lolo Pass and the Clear Water river to Montana. Our goal was to see mount Rushmore and the badlands and we also went to Deadwood and Bear Country USA.

Before reaching Walla Walla WA we came upon this view point where the Walla Walla River joined the Columbia river.

Leaving Walla Wall WA we entered Idaho and Lolo Pass where we had the Clear Water river along side of the road for most of the trip.

Here is the first stop in South Dakota the Iconic Mount Rushmore exhibit.

Next stop was the Badlands Still in South Dakota.

And last but not least one of the Tetons Peaks leaving Wyoming on the way home

New door pockets to replace sagging net style pockets

Replaced the net style door pockets (why Jeep used them is beyond me) with custom made hard pockets. Only did the front passenger and driver side door pockets as the others are not ready to throw away yet. Makes a real difference in appearance and holds things safely in place. About a twenty minute project using a sharp knife and small sharp scissors to remove the netting, no tools required to install the new pockets  except patience.

Today’s Project

Today I finished the 7 day process of making Canadian style bacon. Out of the Traeger Pellet smoker at 150 degrees and now on the cooling rack, then into the refrigerator and tomorrow I will break it down into three chunks for future use. Sliced like thick bacon fried or just heated up in the microwave it is ready to eat.

Cooling before a night in the refriferator

Bryce Canyon Utah update

We went to Utah to visit my fathers small farm after not having been there for many years and on that trip we included an excursion to Bryce Canyon national park. Below are some of the pictures from with in the park that I really like. In a few short miles the landscape just keeps changing.

Panoramic view across the canyon looking towards the ever poplar Moab Utah area!

Defiant trees cling to life

Amazing how this one pinnacle stood the test of time

A group of Hoodoos

Notice the vegetation on top

Entire rim of this part of the canyon is made up of Hoodoos.

This lone dead tree is on the edge of the canyon standing in defiance to the weather

Hoodoos on a ridge

A fine Balancing act

GPX Mapping A Future Route

A friend of mine and a co worker for many years is a motor cycle enthusiast both off road and on road and he was wanting to create a GPS record around the  perimeter of Capital Forest. Since I had the jeep we decided to travel the route together in the jeep and record our route which came close to 90 miles of forest roads and took most of a day, but we now both have our own route usable with our GPS devices. We traveled from roughly 200 feet elevation on up to 2600 hundred feet. I learned a lot about a new software and had a great time.

Steve on our first stop and where we had lunch

Log landing with Steve

First break and lunch time at a Landing turned into a primitive camp site with a view

Lunch break in Capital Forest

From the landing across a valley you can see a logging tower where they drag the trees to load on trucks for the trip out!

Logging/ Tree Farming

A bonus view while working our way across a ridge. A view of Summit Lake through the trees.

Summit Lake

Another view of Summit lake, clear cuts and homes.

Another View of Summit Lake

And the result is a GPX route for our future use.

End of the day results