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Old 07-04-2011, 10:12 PM   #1
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Spent the weekend driving around NW Utah, NE Nevada and SC Idaho. Finally had a trip that didn't involve tow trucks and/or spending $3000 on repairs. The rig ran great and is a real treat to drive off road. Of course my buddy's Syncro Adventurewagen also did fine and he spent about a third as much as me.

Spent the first night at a favorite place called Rocky Pass in the Grouse Creek mountains in NW Utah. Beautiful place. The next day we visited Nancy Holt's Sun Tunnels sculpture near Lucin, UT. Filled up the Syncro in Montello, NV and headed to Grouse Creek, UT. They were having their annual Independence Day Rodeo. I was the only hippie there. Spent the night in Utah in a cave up in the hills--whoops: wrong memory. Spent the night in NE Nevada among the burned Junipers. Had to have a fire to fend off the no-see-um type creatures. Tried not to start a huge grass fire--succeeded. Went back into Utah via the Goose Creek Rd. Had a bath in Trout Creek--you do not want to see that.

Had a chocolate shake at the JB's in Burley, ID, then set off for the wonderful old abandoned university in Albion, ID. Neat place. Was watched by a fabulous owl and checked out his/her pellet when vomited. Headed south then east to Malta, ID, hung a right and spent some time at the remains of Strevell, ID.

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Nice view


Camping


Sun Tunnels


Rocky Pass, UT


Peak and clouds, NE Nevada


Actually used the expedition kit!


Fat guys trying NOT to start a grass fire


Ghosts


Wonderful owl at the old Albion Normal School site, Idaho.


Owl pellet


Last chance gas, Strevell, ID


Stolen Freedoms

A quick, but busy little mini trek.

Z

PS: I f'n love the SMB despite the problems I've had. I love hearing the turbo spool up. The security I feel when that bottomless torque pulls us up a steep trail. It's super comfy too.
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Old 07-05-2011, 05:54 AM   #2
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Re: Driveabout

Looks like a fun trip.

I love the pic of the owl. He looks super pissed-off.


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Old 07-05-2011, 11:36 AM   #3
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Camper jacks are stolen freedoms? I don't get the sign.
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Camper jacks are stolen freedoms? I don't get the sign.
There used to be a fellow living there, but it seems he was robbed while absent. Looks like jacks and generators were stolen, among other things.

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Re: Driveabout

I plan on relocating to NE Nevada in 2-5 years. Elko/Montello area. Sounds like a fun trip you had.
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Old 07-19-2011, 02:22 PM   #6
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Zeta,
Thanks for the memories. I lived in this part of Utah/Idaho many years ago. It is fine country from a an "outback sort of way". In the late 60's/early 70's I used to drive through Montello NV and wish I lived there. My now EX threatened to leave me then. I should have moved......then. Grouse creek (crik) was a hot fishing spot.
I'm still thinking Montello would be a fine spot to settle and finish this term. 640 acres for $65,000.!!!
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