So I was able to get out of the house today and do some wheeling.
It was a fantastic day, hardly a cloud in the sky.
I started everything off right with indulging in a little piece of heaven, in the form of a double cheese burger with cajun fries from Five Guys Burgers. I think I may start off every wheeling trip in this fashion from now on.
Anyways, I went out to Kenosha Pass and ran up the North Twin Cone Peak trail.
The trail itself is clean and clear and free of snow. In fact, there isn't much snow left up there at all.
There were a few other folks out on the trail today, including a USFS Fire Patrol truck. A couple people in jeeps had some issues. One kid in a 1990 Jeep Wrangler was having issues with his jeep not running for more than a few seconds. Another guy that was there asked him when was the last time he checked his fuel filter. The kid said, "well let's see", and proceeded to open his air intake box and take out his air filter and look at it. Then he said, "well it looks ok". The rest of us standing there waited for a minute, wide eyed, to see if he was just kidding. But he was totally serious. So the other guy says, "no, that's your air filter there, buddy". The poor kid was obviously embarrassed, and didn't know much about his jeep. But we had a look at it and diagnosed it as a clogged fuel filter. So I crawled under there and beat on it a couple times with a wrench and then it ran just fine. We got him turned around and headed back into town. The ironic part of this, was that this kid was driving his friend up the peak to fix his friend's jeep. Turns out this other kid had an old 1970's something Wrangler that the engine mounts had broken on and the motor had slid forward and rammed the fan into the radiator and cut the radiator all apart. I'm telling you, you can't make this stuff up. So, after we sent the first kid with the clogged fuel filter back down the trail, another guy in a jeep took the second kid up the trail to where his old Wrangler was at. Turns out it was broke down almost at the top. A couple hours of wrenching, and they had it running again. With new motor mounts, and a new radiator. It seemed like they had it under control, so I just went on up to the top.
I reached the top at 4:00pm on the dot. The view was, of course, outstanding. I've included some pictures. Like I mentioned before, the trail is clear. No snow. There are a few little drifts still hanging around on the north face, but they're far away from the trail.
After I came down off the trail, I decided to see if Guanella Pass was open yet. It was, and I drove on over from Grant to George Town. Another set of fantastic views.
Overall, a fantastic day.
^In some of these pictures you can see over to the Red Cone area. It's still got some snow on it, up high.
So after I left Kenosha Pass and was headed towards Grant, these guys were hanging out on the side of 285. They were looking kind of skinny after the winter.