Tuesday, October 25, 2016

October Fun...Part 1

Gopher Flats
Moab, UT
October 2016

After looking at the calendar,  I realized we have been busier than I realized wheeling with Dave and Lynn and MFFW.

First up was Fins and Things.  What a treat to follow The Perkins as we traversed steep slickrock climbs and descents with a few big ledges in between. 

Top of the World was on Dave's bucket list so we headed out Scenic Hwy 128 early one morning to check it off.  I love the 30+ miles (one way) we travel on 128 to get to the trailhead...such a beautiful drive along the Colorado past Castle Valley rock formations and Fisher Towers with the La Sals in the background.  

The highlight for me was my first time wheeling Pearl.  I had a great time on the easier lower section of TOTW as we drove out.  It's quite fun choosing the right line up, down and around small ledges.  It's not fun using the clutch and changing gears. Even so,  a few  "Wahoos !"  could be heard from the driver's side. 

The highlight for Dave's first time on TOTW was parking Rokelle on the ledge. Unfortunately, it was 12:00 noon and the lighting was horrible for pictures.  Note to self...dont arrive at the overlook at noon again !  
Heading home on 128... 

One of my favorite trails is Hell's Revenge.  Long, narrow and sometimes quite steep sections of trail on fins can't be bypassed and add to the scary fun of Hells.  There are four difficult ( well, to me they are extreme and thank goodness they have bypasses ) challenges on this twisty 7.8 mile  trail...three of which we have never driven Pearl on and most likely never will.  But its always fun watching others.  We have enjoyed this Moab classic twice so far this month...first  with Dave and Lynn and then with MFFW when we took out three vehicles that had never done Hells.

Did I mention the scenery on this iconic Moab trail?  Its amazing !  Everywhere you look there is beauty up close and as far as the eye can see.

 Here is Rokell carrying the Perkins and their puppy Daisy down the ledgy exit from Hells.

 On the Moab Friends For Wheeling run

Donavan and Stephanie rode behind us.  They have a 2015 stock, 2 door, manual Wrangler Sport...just like Pearl was a few years ago.  This was their first time wheeling..EVER!  Donavan is a natural with lots of motor cross experience.  I am pretty sure we will see them again in the spring with a "not quite so stock" jeep.

Its always a treat to head to the overlook with folks who have never been on Hells.  Its such a magnificent 360* view.  Parking with a group can be a little tricky !
Looking down on the Colorado and Hwy 128...

Following Donovan was Rick and Jody in a Nisan Xterra.  They did great on their first Hells outing.  

Glen dips into Mickey's Hot Tub.  Such a smooth driver that Glen is !   His Jeep YJ (which he stretched and built himself) is quite capable and fun to watch. 
This was Keith's first time in the hot tub in his new  Jeep buggy.  Glen spotted him in and out...

...a great show for sure !  

The thrill of the day was watching Keith (with a spot from Glen) climb The Escalator.  Its a two in one obstacle that gets you really tippy.  He did great and the second time up, he didn't need Glen at all.

October has certainly gotten off to a great start here in Moab. It's definitely our happy place and we are sure enjoying Gopher Flats !

 Our very good friends Jim and Barb Horne are right next door.
 The Tan Clan frequently can be seen watching under our motorhome for Lew (Jim and Barb's 12 year old Basset Hound) everyday with hopes of meeting up in the doggie park.  I think Sally is in love ! 

 The afternoons and nights are cool...just right for a visit by the fire pit !

 Look for part 2 in a few days...until then, let the good times roll !
Rokell leads the way on the north section of Fins and Things.       

Friday, October 14, 2016

Kane Creek Canyon Trail

Gopher Flats
Moab, UT
October 2, 2016

Joe and I have settled into a busy and relaxing routine here in Moab.  It's great being here and we are especially enjoying our time with Dee on her property at Gopher Flats in Spanish Valley.  Our good friends, Jim and Barb Horne, are also here.  It's beautiful with sunrise views of the LaSal Mountains to the east and sunset views of Moab Rim to the west.  It's quiet and peaceful and a friendly neighborhood setting with more good friends, Jeff and Susan, two doors down.  And if thats not just perfect, friends Dave and Lynn are spending the month in Moab (They have a site at Portal RV Resort.) to do some wheeling.  

Our first wheeling day with Lynn and Dave was a MFFW work day on Kane Creek Trail.  Its a beautiful, difficult trail that was in need of trail marking and GPS coordinates for "You Are Here" signs.  We spent the day adding reflective tape,  cutting back overgrown branches, and getting necessary coordinates as we watched the clouds carefully.

Of course, all work and no play makes for a dull day.  Here Melissa, our club president, crawls a huge boulder in a tight squeeze.

And Glen makes the "high" side look easy.

So, until next time, happy trails !  
Dee leads the way followed by Melissa.