Mountain Trip - Fall 2010
It felt great being in the Rockies after a three year hiatus! The Fall temperatures were cool and crisp. And while some
of the Aspen trees hadn't turned yellow yet, others had entered into their annual autumnal golden glory. Very nice.
The town of Red River, NM is pretty quiet this time of year. Fall is when many locals take their vacations, and there
aren't many autumn tourists. So a few restaurants & shops were closed, but that's a small price to pay to have a
tranquil mountain town practically all to ourselves. I apologize if this page took a while to download - there were a
lot of really good photos this year.
18 people made all or part of the trip, including:
Dan Stone, Brad Stone, Chuck Mandernach, Nancy & Stan Ferguson, Shelley, Tim & Debbie Speck,
Audrey Speck, Trevor Speck, Chip & Judy Speir, Daniel Speir, Rick & Leti Carson, Steve & Sally Mills
Chuck (left) and Dan having a chat under the Aspen trees at the Old Pass
Some other cute pictures at the Old Pass
Audrey trying out Dad's CRF150 which has a 200cc kit in it
The hammock got a lot of use this trip!
Rick, Myself, Dad
Heading to dinner
The gang at "Sundance" Mexican-food restaurant. Dad isn't in the photo because he took the picture.
On the way to the Middle Fork Lake trailhead
Judy hiking up the trail to Middle Fork Lake
Rick (left) and me hiking up to Middle Fork Lake
Rick at Middle Fork Lake (elev. 10,845 ft)
We did more trout fishing this year than in the past - resulting in a wonderful fish dinner
Dad (left) and Rick in front of Cabin #20
From throwing washers to waiting for cookies to finally bake in the high altitude, mountain trips provide a
lot of fun for kids
We often ate breakfast at either "The Old Tymer's" or "Shotgun Willie's", but on this particular morning Nancy
& Chuck cooked a great breafast for us
Chuck and Stan & Nancy under some beautiful Aspen trees on the way up to Goose Lake
Goose Lake (elev. 11,630 ft)
This is a very high mountain lake. In fact, it's four hundred feet higher than the top of Greenie Peak (see below).
Chuck (left) and Dad (in the truck with Shelley & her daughter) crossing the Red River at the Goose Lake trailhead. The river
crossing was a bit deeper this year. Dad drove his Chevy Tahoe all the way to the lake. That's a tight & tricky trail, with steep
drop-offs in places - impressive!
Wheeler Peak (elev. 13,161 ft)
A few of the more intrepid members of our gang hiked to the highest point in New Mexico!
From left to right: Daniel, Audrey, Chip, Trevor
Chip at the top of Wheeler Peak. Funny picture!
The old foot bridge crossing the Red River at the Goose Lake trailhead is being replaced by a
60-foot long bridge (right picture) capable of handling dirt bikes and four wheelers. But most of us will still cross
the river the old fashioned way - it's more fun to splash through it!
Daniel with a nice trout
Ducks on a foggy morning near the Rio Colorado Lodge's trout pond
Debbie and Judy made a heavenly pancake breakfast one morning
Greenie Peak (elev. 11,221 ft)
From left to right: Daniel, Audrey, Trevor, Brad (me), Chuck, Stan
Having a hotdog cookout at Midnight Meadows
Enjoying being outside
Washers and Cornhole were big hits again this year
The annual walk across the cold river
Eating at Texas Reds Steakhouse and then walking back to the cabins. Dad was kind enough to pick up all our
tabs for that fabulous meal.
The very neat fish hatchery in Questa
The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge - at 650 feet it's the 5th highest bridge in the U.S.
Stan & Tim baking some fresh trout and grilling chicken & sausage. It was a terrific meal.
Trevor enjoying some wonderful trout
Debbie and Dad fixin' a fantastic soup dinner
Feeding a doe some bread
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Goose Lake/cabin area
Shelley's gal catching a trout
Dan talking to Shelley's daughter via walkie-talkies
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