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.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Leaf Peeping with Dee

Gopher Flats
Moab, UT
September 27, 2016

Leaf peeping is always at the top of our fall list of things to do.  Last week we joined Dee for a jaunt over the moderate rated La Sal Pass and then connected to the easy Geyser Pass which made a perfect loop through groves of scrub oaks, aspens and evergreens.  The weather was perfect...clear and crisp, the trails were cleared from fallen trees from the recent snow, and the leaves were gorgeous.

It's always a pleasure to follow Dee.  Our CB radios were full of chatter, laughter and lots of oohs and aahs. 

It was just the three of us so we could stop as many times as we wanted to take pictures. 


 When we stopped to take in the views at Mount Peale, Dee spotted a hawk in the top of an evergreen.  He was pretty far away. 

I zoomed in as best I could with my 70-300 lens.  It's always a thrill to see hawks.  He was busy scanning the meadow for lunch.  Finding nothing there, he made one swoop and was gone. 

The only other wildlife we saw was a flock of turkeys crossing the trail.

We did encounter a section of trail on Geyser Pass that was icy and slippery...that added a little extra excitement !

It was a delightful, peaceful day.    
Looking down on Moab Valley as we were heading home...and yes, Pearl was very muddy !

Until next time, happy trails !