photos below are what we saw.
Vince and I were headed to the same place: Overland Expo in mid-May
in Flagstaff, AZ. Sadly for Vince, his transfer case ate
itself around Amarillo, TX and he had to be transported to La
Junta for repairs. His rig was in the shop when we
arrived. This is an ex-mil M935 6x6.
worry, Tony, your rig is getting attention.
1700 is a work-in-progress effort.
firm, Terry Lee Enterprises, just completed a substantial
build-out on this 1550L.
more 1300L rigs for sale at Terry Lee Enterprises.
truck on the left is a 1017A just like Thor (albeit without an
enhanced turbocharger/intercooler that Thor currently has) with
a GXV box.
had been in contact with other friends Mark and Gail and
discovered that they were only a few hours to our west so we
headed out and joined them at Mesa Verde National Park in
southwest Colorado. Those two trucks made an impressive
sight in the parking lot of the visitor's center.
traveled before with Mark and Gail. They have a U500 with
a GVX box (living quarters).
hooking up with Mark and Gail, we traveled to Hovenweep and then
west to Blanding, UT. In Blanding, we decided to check out
the local dinosaur museum. The displays were much nicer
and more detailed than we expected, so we were pleasantly
surprise that we got our $5 worth. Above is a skeleton
that was excavated in the local mountains.
the recurring themes in the museum's displays was the recent
realization that dinosaurs likely had feathers, or
proto-feathers, like modern birds. In the above display,
the figures show the "historical" depiction of a dino along with
the now-accepted form on the right. Feathers or not, these
were some bad beasts -- check out the foot claws on this bad
had a number of nice specimens but this one caught my eye.
This beast might have been arboreal, but likely not a flying
creature. The front claws show that this creature was
highly adapted to climbing trees. Plus, those gnarly teeth!!
a recreation of a skeleton that was found in a nearby
quarry. This dino was a plant-eater, but well armed for
Blanding, UT we rolled north to Moab and then on to Dead Horse
State Park. The wind had been blowing hard all day making
visibility poor. Dead Horse overlooks the huge canyon of
the Colorado River. This is one of the best views in
west we could see Canyonlands National Park. The dirt road
on the far canyon wall is the famous Shaffer Trail that descends
the cliff walls to the valley below.
east we could see the La Salle mountains and the potash settling
company that is mining the potash does it in an interesting way:
water is injected into the strata containing the potash.
The potash is dissolved and the solution is then pumped into
huge ponds that allow the water to evaporate leaving only the
decided to do a remote camp so we took a dirt road from the park
area into the brush on top of the mesa. In the waning
evening light we could see the huge sandstone formations on the
flanks of the La Salle mountains from our camp site.
north of our camp there were huge sandstone monoliths in the
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