The man way the woman way: Jeeping the Southwest
Colorful Colorado lives up to its name here in the Southwest. It has not only spectacular beauty but the best and most incredible jeep trails. In the southwestern range you will find anywhere from 9,000 to 14,000 ft trails and they are definitely not for the faint of heart. If you have angina or heart trouble make sure you have your meds.
Being the newbies my husband and I thought we would give them a try. I mean why not right. So the 2 middle age jeepers head up the mountain and travel up like they are pros.
The woman way is purchase my books, and scour all the blogs looking at which trails to try first. To locate the correct trails use my gps or garmin and map out all the roads I need to follow. I mean you see how well that worked with the RV parking right?
The mans way get in and go. Don’t look at anything, just drive the jeep up the mountain. It’s a jeep, there is a mountain, lets go. There might have even been a grunt or two in there somewhere.
So being the wonderfully considerate wife that I am. I forgo my woman way, books, trails ect and I jump on board with the man way. I am flexible like that. Jumping into the jeep we head towards the mountain we were off hair blowing in the wind (well mine anyways).
Our route was through Gladstone past the Durango mine incident and straight up towards Hurricane Pass. We managed to make it quite far before even having to really place it into four wheel drive. So the two newbies wait until it is really necessary to place it in 4wd and of course it is on a switchback next to a ledge drop off. I mean really you really don’t need to worry right?
Well maybe not if you have driven the pass or even bothered to look it up but why do we need to do that? So for about what seemed like 10 minutes right before we had to break the jeep book out, to make sure we were doing it right, on the switchback, on the ledge with a 12,000 ft drop down, with the wife trying not to utter a word, we get it in gear.
I have to say being on the side of a 12,000 to 14,000 foot drop barely wide enough for your vehicle to fit makes you think and wonder (for a catholic) man I hope I made a good confession. A couple of times we stated to each other, we are way to old for this crap and the words no sooner coming out of our mouth and we pass a couple in there 70’s. So not to be out done by the old folks we forge on.
At times having to maneuver the jeep around other jeeps trying to get up the same mountain with a sheer drop off and really only space for 1 jeep. Talk about adrenalin! I would say this is definitely enough of a pump for an adventure junkie.
The jeeping trails in Colorado are fantastic and whether you do it the man way or the woman way you are sure to get not only a great view but a great ride. Most of our big trails don’t open up until around June or July due to snow pack and then close sometime in October usually again for snow pack.
I would love for you to come visit my home state and it’s incredible hiking and jeeping trails. So if your making a weekend trip or longer from out of the area and if you need a place to stay please use my website booking link or go to travelwitht.mtravel.com. It’s how I make a living on my blog. If you book anywhere I post about let’s say a hotel I make a little money. In Silverton I have Teller House listed. All the hotels in the area are period style places and reminiscent of the old west. They are a classic way to stay the night and enjoy what the little town has to offer. Especially since these beautiful trails are right by the area.
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