Kent and Geri’s 2012 summer trip to Montana including Yellowstone and Grand Teton add-ons. Photos by Kent and Geri Meireis All Rights Reserved.
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Geri and I recently spent a long weekend in San Francisco visiting a college and lifelong friend Gregg Foss. Gregg showed us a great time starting with the Henri Cartier-Bresson photo exhibit at SFMOMA followed by lunch in the Mission with Sara Broome, a friend transplanted in the city from Colorado.
The next day we woke up early for a bicycle tour of the city. Gregg’s neighbor Phil joined us for the three hour ride up and down hills through parks, out to the ocean and back to Noe Valley.
We finished off the day going to see a show called Beach Blanket Babylon with another group of friends in North Beach. It was a very funny semi drag show known for it’s giant hats (head pieces) and wigs.
The morning before we flew back to Denver, we got up before sunrise and took Gregg’s dog Jesse for a walk in the park at the top of Bernal Heights. A perfect place to view the sun rising over the east bay. It’s was great to see Gregg getting into shooting pictures with his new LUMIX point and shoot camera with a Leica lens.
Last week I had the most fun I’ve ever had on a bicycle! My friend Sergio invited me to join him and two other friends to ride The White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park. This in normally about a 100 mile loop but since part of the 4-wheel-drive road was washed out in a rain storm in Oct. we had to do an out and back ride.
This trip began and ended as a tough-love kind of adventure. We started out driving though a snow storm in the Colorado mountains arriving in Moab, Utah at about 1AM. We met up with the other two guys, Bill and Ralph the later that morning and packed up for a couple of nights and camping and three days of mountain biking.
The route is a 4-wheel-drive road with plenty of climbs, descents and sand bogs to make it a fun challenge. The loop is on kind of an island of land between the Colorado River and the Green River which made for lots of great overlook views. The name White Rim comes from the fact that the rim around the canyon is made up on a white rock that contrasts against the red sandstone of the Utah desert.
This was a research trip for me as Geri and I want to do the entire loop next fall. I learned more than I expected about being prepared for going so deep into the wilderness. When you get on your bike in the morning you better have everything you need until you get to camp that night! Traveling with a sag vehicle is great for hauling all the water and camping gear etc. but you need to have a tough, reliable 4-wheel-drive with a good battery and perhaps back up and a full tank of gas.
On the third morning we woke up to a dead battery and we were 65 miles from the visitors center! There was one set of camps open beyond ours and luckily there happen to be one group who camped there and came by our camp about noon and we were able to get a jump start. Then when we were about half way out we realized that we had started with only 3/4’s of a tank of gas and might not make.
Some how we managed to get to our next campsite at the Deadhorse State Park. By then we were getting use to setting up camp in the dark.