Mountain Trip - July 1993
I didn't have a web site at the time of this trip so I'm having to
create this page many years later.
Most of these pictures were "captured" from a video tape I shot of the trip.
Thus, the pictures on this page look somewhat grainy.
This was the "father/son" trip. It consisted of me & dad, Chuck & Kent Mandernach,
Richard & Byron Down. It was a wonderful trip. We camped out for the first
few days in the Lake City, Colorado area - what a beautiful part of the country. From our
campsite we could take rides into Ouray, Silverton and Teluride. And along the way we saw some
truly majestic sites like California Pass, Black Bear Pass and Cinnamon Pass. After a few
days in Colorado, we drove to Red River, NM and camped out north of the tennis courts there.
I had the pleasure of going on a lot of vacations to the mountains as a kid/young man in the
1970's and 1980's. But for some reason I skipped a few years before going on this trip, so
I sorta consider the 1993 trip the first in a new era of mountain trips which lasts till
this very day.
*** Cinnamon Pass (elev. 12,620 ft) ***
Here's a group shot of everyone that went on the trip that year. From left to right: Chuck
Mandernach, Dan Stone, Kent Mandernach, Richard Dowd, Byron Down, Brad Stone (me). From our
campsite near Lake City, CO we had to cross over Cinnamon Pass each day to get to the other
trails. I didn't mind, it's a beautiful spot!
*** The Rio Grande River ***
On the way to our first campsite at Lake City, CO we stopped at the North Clear Creek Falls on the Rio Grande River. Very impressive!
*** Kent Mandernach ***
We had to briefly pause to let a large herd of sheep move off the trail to Silverton. Once in
Silverton we ate at our favorite hamburger joint, The Handlebars Restaurant, before riding back
*** California Pass (elev. 12,930 ft) ***
Chuck, Kent and I took a beautiful ride over to California Pass, CO. This picture
doesn't do the scenery justice - it was really something special.
*** Byron Dowd at Goose Lake ***
After we left Colorado, we camped out in the Red River, NM area. The Goose Lake ride is one of
my favorites. Goose Lake is a beautiful mountain lake not far from Gold Hill, NM. If I remember
correctly, Byron caught several small trout that day including the one pictured.
*** Richard Dowd summiting Gold Hill ***
Richard had recently undergone heart bypass surgery when this picture was taken. So climbing to
the top of Gold Hill (the 14th highest point in New Mexico at 12,716 ft) was a heck of
an achievement! The view from the top of Gold Hill is awesome.
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Camp scene near Lake City and riding to California Pass
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