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"Our travels took us to this landing where there was a very steep drop off in front of us and a bit of an incline to reverse up to get turned around. We were a little behind schedule and finally wrapped up to go home around 12:15am.
When we finally had our gear loaded up, I turned over the engine on the bus and put it in reverse to back away from the cliff only to hear the sound of grinding gears in the 40 year old transmission and find that I had completely lost my reverse gear. The mood instantly changed to "how the heck are we going to get out of here?". We both checked our phones only to discover that there was no service and by this time it was 12:40am.
I started to walk up the logging road to a higher elevation where I finally picked up one bar of service. I immediately called my best friend to explain my situation and within a few minutes he was on his way to pull us out. We hooked up the chain to the rear end of the bus only to find that we were not able to pull old Roxy out with the little Honda CR-V he had brought to save us.
The night ended up with two more trips into town before we were able to get Roxy free, and at 4:45 am we decided that we would just sleep in the old green girl and drive out in the morning."
-Jarett Juarez @jarettjuarez
Vehicle - 1975 VW Bus
Camera - Canon 5DMIII
Lens - Sigma A Series 50mm f.14
Done as a breezy day hike or a multi-day getaway, South Colony Lake offers an incredible spot to pitch a tent at the base of Colorado’s iconic 14k+ peaks.
Shane took this time-lapse as the Milky Way made a full appearance over his camp spot above Crater Lake.
At times it may have more mud than snow, but if winter camping in the South Prong Loop of Caprock Canyon State Park looks this good, then we’re all in.