The next morning (which is actually from when the wound picture was taken; we were both too freaked to get one that night), we loaded up and headed back down to Westcliffe for gas and to head across the mountains to the dunes.
Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of the wet rocks that I neglected to shut off my ABS for
Closer to the bottom:
and a shot of Ron's Jeep:
They were having a car show downtown:
We gassed up, and noticed there were several BLM firetrucks gassing and heading south as well.
The nice lady at the gas station told us we were out of luck, as they had just closed Medano pass due to a large fire in the area. So, one pass down due to ice, one due to fire.
The next part of our trip revolved around the Springs area, so we plotted a course North on back roads
that took us into the back side of, as the locals put it, "a big damn hole in the ground:"
which is all touristy, certainly, but neiter of us had ever been, and it is impressive.
I did neither this:
Funniest sign of the whole trip:
and across the big hole:
And North, to the next leg of our tour...