Pics of your VAN! Post up!


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Long weekend at the Sand Dunes in southern CO with our 11yr old and some friends, then over Medano pass on the way home. We ran Medano E to W a few years ago, but this time we ran W to E (and every year is different on these trails).

Hedy did fine over the pass, which includes some really deep/soft sand on the West side (inside the Sand Dunes National Park) and some narrow loose/rocky climbs throughout. Helped free a rental Jeep from the sand - ladders work!

Definitely working the '4x4' system in a few areas, but not a difficult trail (or I wouldn't try it with a 7000+lb van)

Camp dinner with my sweetie
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Headed out - some sand (not a deep section). Jeeps climbing out of water crossing #1 in the background (about 10 crossings in total, many ~18-24" deep)
Sweet tree canopy
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lunch/coffee stop
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Some shallow mud pits - nice mud step just out of view.
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Over the pass - surrounded by mountains on all sides.
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Air-up time. Sangre De Cristo mountain range in the background (which is what Medano passes over)
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Been slowly transforming this old church van into a family adventure wagon. Don’t know why this church needed a V10…but I’m not complaining. Just got took the fam on a 4600 mile, cross-country road trip.

Made an obligatory stop at the Grand Canyon.

Decided not to run over this Corvette.

Enjoyed a quiet day at Bolsa Chica State Beach.

Convinced my wife to let me stop and talk to the owner of this beast.

Lots of other great memories, but here’s at least a couple van pics I thought I could post up.

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Long weekend in the van. Over Cottonwood pass (now fully, then off-road to a dispersed site near Taylor Lake for a night. The next day, south through Lake City to Mill Creek campground for a few days. Over Cinnamon Pass, then home through Glenwood Springs (and an evening soak). Arrived home quite late (near Boulder) - but no I-70 traffic!

Not bad for Thrs afternoon - Sun night adventure.
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Not a bad sunset looking toward Taylor Lake.

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Farkle (oldest son and wife)
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We bring a feeder to attract entertainment
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Headed to Cinnamon Pass
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Van campers (those kids have grown up camping/traveling in vans. So did my wife; she saw 48 states in a van as a kid!)

pass 3, fam.jpg Money Shot - (you wouldn't know there were 6-8 other vehicles up there, mostly razor-y things and jeeps... no other vans!)
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Well, speaking of vans on Cinnamon Pass, we went hit it from Silverton a few weeks ago:

CO by K A, on Flickr

A day or two before that we took Ophir over from Telluride.

CO by K A, on Flickr
Awesome! I was on my Dual Sport out there this summer and rode both those passes. The entire time I was wondering if my van could do it. Do you have 4x4? Mine is 2014 Ford E350 EB that is currently all stock, blank canvas, and was wondering how your van did on those passes. Thanks!