We traveled up from our campsite over Medano Pass which is somewhere over 10k feet, down into Sand Dunes National Park, across the high desert plains and finally into the eastern portion of Rio Grande NF southeast of Stormking Mountain. The climb up Medano Pass was not hard. There were a few steep rocky sections that flexed the suspension but we never lost traction. Apparently we didn't start taking pictures until the descent...
where the park service was nice enough to warn of the dangers of river crossings.
We climbed past these houses and climbed on nicely groomed gravel roads to about 10,000 feet where, passing a $14/night NF campsite, we turned off the main road onto a 4wd drive trail and quickly found an awesome campsite.
Speaking of this, for those of you traveling with families you will know how hard it is to keep the little ones even semi-clean. At night we would use the spray nozzle from our water supply to spray the kids legs off, then we would wash theirs legs, etc. with a washcloth and soap and rinse. It worked pretty well. We also tried to use sleeping bag liners so we could wash the liners rather than the entire sleeping bag.
Here is the day's mileage. Not many miles but we did make a stop for gas and groceries in Del Norte. Still a slow, long day.
We traveled across the Rio Grand NF, north over Stormking Pass and through some incredible alpine meadows with little two-tracks crossing through them. Then we headed southwest down Cebolla Creek Road towards Lake City.
The next morning I went for a bike ride that lasted all of twenty minutes because of the elevation. I felt pretty pathetic.
Packed up and ready to go. I'm helping Bailey in through the rear sliding rwindow. This was his normal mode of entry.
Ring-around-the-rosy with the girls.
Apparently Larkin didn't like the macabre ending of the song.
Larkin's favorite place to play.
Day 9: a stop for lunch in the Aspens on Cebolla Creek.
We tried to sneak in some photos of the two of us when we could. Good thing our photographers are getting older, taller and a little more skilled at using the camera:)