Ruby Meets the Tetons
Introducing…. Ruby: a 2004 Subaru Forester! After the Rover went out with such a spectacular bang, a big part of me wanted to keep living the drive-to-the-end-of-any-road dream and get another beast, but I elected to keep moving forward onto the more practical dream of driving something more reliable and fuel efficient. After visiting every used car lot in Bozeman looking for a manual that could tow, I found Ruby. I bought her on a Monday and hit the road on Tuesday with no better plan than to ‘drive south ’til it stops raining’. After a 2-week, 3,500 mile loop through Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, California and Oregon, across deserts and mountains to the Pacific Ocean, Ruby’s part of the family.
Perfect rainy day activity in Idaho. I wanted to get to know Ruby before hitching her up to the trailer so we picked up a roof rack big enough to hold our skis and hit the road the old-fashioned way.
Taking Ruby to the Moon
Crossing paths with a friendly rattler…he barely rattled at us!
Test drive on a playa lake in Nevada
Ruby meets her first UFO on the Extraterrestrial Highway in Nevada
Crushed Car Canvas
Mono Lake D.O.G. Driving up California’s route 89, one of my all-time favorite roads!
Ruby with Lassen Peak. A new national park for me! My list of never-seen national parks grows ever shorter…
Heading up Lassen
On the summit of Lassen… 100 years to the day after its last eruption in 1915! Happy Anniversary, dear volcano…
Mount Shasta from Black Butte
Hauling my ski gear up to the snow line on Mount Shasta. We skied from around 8,000 feet up to 10,000 feet. This summit is definitely at the top of the list for next spring!
Dreamski down Shasta
Oregon Coast Spring
Ruby Meets Boat
Pedal-kayaking in Coos Bay, Oregon
Dawn on Mount Hood. We woke up at 1am, were on the mountain by 2, on the summit at 7, down by 10.
In the Shadow of the Volcano
Skiing Hood’s Crater. We skied up to the Hogsback and down from here the day before we summited.
Climbing up the steep final pitch up the crater wall to the summit ridge
To the Summit!
Helens, Rainier and Adams from the top of Hood. Check 3 out of 4!
Getting a hitch put on Ruby for the teardrop is near the top of my to do list, but after spending last summer rolling around the West from one mountain range to the next, my goal for this summer was to find a place to really get to know on foot. What more could a hiker ask for than to land in Big Sky country?!
Pointing out my home mountain from the summit of Woodward Mountain. Summer project: hike from here to there!