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Old 08-02-2013, 01:38 PM   #181
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Glad we had a great time together. And remember, without emergency steaks it ain't a road trip.
On my next roadtrip - steaks will be one of the things I am sure to pack. They make for the best 'roadside' lunch/dinner!

I probably would have overlooked bringing steak along for the ride, but thanks to you, it's now on the list!

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DAY 7, the final day.

The last day we had a lot of driving to do, so we only had one stop. The stop was Mt. Evans, which is the highest drivable point in the entire North America.

This road is paved, so anyone can go there.





In the clouds

And that my friends is the end of the trip. The following morning I dropped the wife off at Denver international, and hit the lonely road back home. This trip was a tad bittersweet for me, since this is the last adventure this Jeep is going on. In the next month or so I will be trading it in for a 2014 Rubicon, but nevertheless, we had some good times. I urge you guys to take a road trip at least for one of your vacations. Doesn't matter what car you have, how far away you want to go. Don't plan too much, just pick a direction, and hit the open road, there are a lot of amazing things to see in this great country of ours that many never get to see, and it's all in their own backyard. Until next time, maybe I'll see some of you guys on the road during my travels.
What color?? Long live the Crush! :-)

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If you did encounter an issue how would you get in contact with somebody to help? I know you mentioned certain trails there were other jeeps but certain trails I bet there isnt much traffic. I am guessing there is no cell reception and the range of a CB radio wouldnt be enough...
If you are seriously going off into the bush, I always advise people to rent a satellite phone. They are cheap to rent (4-5 bucks a day) but expensive to use (4 bucks a minute.). They can be an excellent insurance policy and I bet you'd rather pay $4 a minute for a tow truck call rather than walking 16 miles back into a town and get help there.
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:59 PM   #184
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What color?? Long live the Crush! :-)
Probably ampd. I'm sad that jeep killed off gecko and crush, but hope they come back with at least one crazy color.
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:15 PM   #185
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My god man! Easily one of the best posts i've seen on any forum so far. Thanks for taking the time to put all this up.

EDIT- Any where to find out whats done to your JKU?
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:27 PM   #186
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My god man! Easily one of the best posts i've seen on any forum so far. Thanks for taking the time to put all this up.

EDIT- Any where to find out whats done to your JKU?
My jeep profile (click under my screename) should have most of my mods. I think the only thing I didn't add is the EVO protek skid system and the light bars. Everything else is definitely there. Thanks for the positive feedback, much appreciated.
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Probably ampd. I'm sad that jeep killed off gecko and crush, but hope they come back with at least one crazy color.
Indeed! Amp'd is close to Crush... Would be my choice.
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:14 PM   #188
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Just wanted to add a small note for those of you interested in doing this trip...remember, a lot of these passes are high in the mountains, and some of these trails don't open until late june, early july, or NEVER. Plan ahead and verify that the trails are indeed open, and open all the way through. I don't want someone driving all the way out there only to realize the trail still has 10 feet of snow on it. BTW, after seeing those trails, you know who the biggest bad a$$es are? The plow drivers that plow some of these trails!!!! I couldn't imagine driving a plow on those shelf roads!
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I say we take up a collection and send this man on another vacation. These write-ups are epic. Thanks for taking the time to share your adventures with us. By the way - you took "emergency steaks" on both road trips. Any "emergency Absolute" tucked away in the Jeep?
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:28 PM   #190
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I say we take up a collection and send this man on another vacation. These write-ups are epic. Thanks for taking the time to share your adventures with us. By the way - you took "emergency steaks" on both road trips. Any "emergency Absolute" tucked away in the Jeep?
I actually don't drink, but I do usually keep a small bottle of vodka in the car for emergencies, and yes, Im serious, especially for kids. Old russian trick. If god forbid you are ever in an extremely remote place and something serious happens (someone slips and breaks a bone), unless you have some spare prescription pain killers, a few swigs of vodka will numb the pain. It is used for dire emergencies only, and I keep it in a regular bottle so cops don't think Im drinking it. It is also a disinfectant, but unlike rubbing alcohol, you can drink it.
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This was an awesome pictorial and write-up. Can't wait for your next trip.
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Maybe states will start paying you to come visit and post about it to increase tourism!
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:56 PM   #193
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This was an awesome pictorial and write-up. Can't wait for your next trip.
Neither can I. My next one will be a little closer to home. Going to wait until the fall, then head up to NH to White Mountain National Forest (the only damn national forest "near" NJ for a little camping and exploring. I may also go to Vermont and hunt for a 100 year old locomotive trapped in the forest.
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Maybe states will start paying you to come visit and post about it to increase tourism!
I am currently trying to turn this into a career. For a very long time, I have worked a job I don't love because well, that's what you do. I have had an epiphany that there are people out there that do what they absolutely love and get paid for it, so why can't I? I have a family, so I have to do it far more cautiously, but still.

One of my favorite movie lines of all time from Shawshank Redemption...

"Get busy livin, or get busy dyin." I have lived to work for too long. I have let too much of my life pass me by. It's time to work to live.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:09 PM   #195
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DAY 7, the final day.


And that my friends is the end of the trip. The following morning I dropped the wife off at Denver international, and hit the lonely road back home.
...it was the whole "wife sleeping and 18 wheeler" thing wasn't it. So she made you drive home alone...like a time out.

Hey, if you need a good marriage counselor in Jersey, let me know.

(Thanks for investing the time to create an enjoyable read!!!)

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...it was the whole "wife sleeping and 18 wheeler" thing wasn't it. So she made you drive home alone...like a time out.

Hey, if you need a good marriage counselor in Jersey, let me know.

(Thanks for investing the time to create an enjoyable read!!!)

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Thank you for an amazing write up!! I really enjoyed this and being stuck in CA for another 4 months until I make my move to CO for school makes these next 4 months feel like an eternity!
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DAY 6

We got up this morning, on our way to Vail for the night. However, before that, we decided to do something a bit more physical, and decided to do the hike to hanging lake. Now, Im not what anyone would call a seasoned hiker, not to mention, this hike is pretty physically demanding (large elevation gain) over rocks, and at a decent elevation, and even after almost a week of being up in the mountains, the lack of oxygen did hit us sea level dwellers a bit.

The hike is basically over terrain like this,





My wife has a bum knee (ACL surgery a few years ago) and a small problem with her foot, so we had to take it very slowly.

I filled up two water 1L water bottles with Colorado's finest






Goin up!


Under attack again...


Finally, after 1.8 miles, we arrived at hanging lake.

Really a beautiful sight to behold. The color of the water is incredible.

Remember the two 1L bottles of water I filled up? This gave me a chance to use my new toy, something I recommend any outdoorsman to have in their arsenal..
It's a Steripen. It is a UV light that purifies water and makes it safe to drink, essentially rendering any bacteria or virus harmless. It's $60 on amazon, and on a single set of decent AA rechargables, it will purify 400L of water (45 seconds per liter.) Worth every penny. Remember, this PURIFIES water, it doesn't filter it. If the water is nasty, this will make it safe to drink, but it will still taste like sh!t.


The rest of the day we spent relaxing in Vail village.
I can't think of the name but it begins with a 'P' and is about 25-30 bucks at most outdoor outfitter and its a filter that attaches to any camel back type hydration system (I use an msr). It comes with multiple pre filters and you can use it on hot water tanks if you loose water in your home to keep the crap out. I use that and my whisper lite to filter water when I'm in the backcountry.
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I just reread the entire thread with my lady... She was quite impressed. I am hoping i can convince her that we need to make this trip but from the left coast! Good Stuff!!!

P.S. You could probably make driving the NJ turnpike look like an experience of a lifetime with your skills.
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I can't think of the name but it begins with a 'P' and is about 25-30 bucks at most outdoor outfitter and its a filter that attaches to any camel back type hydration system (I use an msr). It comes with multiple pre filters and you can use it on hot water tanks if you loose water in your home to keep the crap out. I use that and my whisper lite to filter water when I'm in the backcountry.
The steripen kit I got from amazon actually comes with two prefilters.
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I just reread the entire thread with my lady... She was quite impressed. I am hoping i can convince her that we need to make this trip but from the left coast! Good Stuff!!!

P.S. You could probably make driving the NJ turnpike look like an experience of a lifetime with your skills.
Haha thanks but sadly even I can't make NJ interesting.
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Thank you for an amazing write up!! I really enjoyed this and being stuck in CA for another 4 months until I make my move to CO for school makes these next 4 months feel like an eternity!
Are you kidding? I'd kill to wheel around Northern California around the redwoods, sierras, and Tahoe, not to mention northern Nevada. In fact, my next trip will probably be out there.
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Great write up and photography! Makes me want to dust off the Old D700 and get out there and shoot.
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Neither can I. My next one will be a little closer to home. Going to wait until the fall, then head up to NH to White Mountain National Forest (the only damn national forest "near" NJ for a little camping and exploring. I may also go to Vermont and hunt for a 100 year old locomotive trapped in the forest.
I'd be interested to see what you find on this trip. I've been pondering quite a while about doing something similar from here in MD. I spent a majority of my childhood in New England and can't wait to go back to explore again.
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I'd be interested to see what you find on this trip. I've been pondering quite a while about doing something similar from here in MD. I spent a majority of my childhood in New England and can't wait to go back to explore again.
NH and Maine have some nice places to explore, as does Vermont, but the hippies there are shutting trails down one by one.
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I am currently trying to turn this into a career. For a very long time, I have worked a job I don't love because well, that's what you do. I have had an epiphany that there are people out there that do what they absolutely love and get paid for it, so why can't I? I have a family, so I have to do it far more cautiously, but still.

One of my favorite movie lines of all time from Shawshank Redemption...

"Get busy livin, or get busy dyin." I have lived to work for too long. I have let too much of my life pass me by. It's time to work to live.
For what it's worth your pictures and commentary would make an outstanding coffee table book at the very least. Could probably sell some of those pictures to national geographic or something too. Again, bravo for the awesome post.
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Fantastic post and journey. I'll admit to being a bit jealous. I just got home from Tahoe on Thursday. I cried about not having my Jeep with me so much that my wife was sick of hearing it. Did a lot of hiking. I did the Rubicon Trail on an ATV a few years ago.

Why are you getting rid of your Jeep? It looks awesome and you clearly have invested some coin in it.
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Fantastic post and journey. I'll admit to being a bit jealous. I just got home from Tahoe on Thursday. I cried about not having my Jeep with me so much that my wife was sick of hearing it. Did a lot of hiking. I did the Rubicon Trail on an ATV a few years ago.

Why are you getting rid of your Jeep? It looks awesome and you clearly have invested some coin in it.
Im getting rid of this one for for a 14 Rubicon. All the parts will swap right over. At this point, Im looking at serious coin in upgrades, so it only makes sense to get a Rubi. Lockers, a front D44, a 4:1 transfer case, electronic disconnects, etc will cost me 3X more aftermarket than getting a new one (which I'll take a $5000 hit) fully under warranty.
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I've read all 7 pages of this thread and am sitting here in anticipation of your next adventure.

Great story telling and photography! You sir, have a gift and thank you for sharing it with the rest of us!

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