June 16, 2013
Joe and I met Dee at Portal RV Resort here in Moab. Dee loves the outdoors. She enjoyed skiing, snow boarding, and biking while living in Colorado. She moved to Moab and is now a serious "wheeler" and quite involved in the 4X4 world here. She volunteers countless hours in assuring that others learn safety, grow in their ability, and have a "dang good time" doing what she calls "a passion" !
|Pearl and Roxanne meet!|
Anyway, Sunday morning arrived and with plenty of water and lunch packed, we headed out bright and early!
We have learned that airing down tires is a must...20 lbs. is good. We actually have had them aired down since we did Fins "N" Things with Doug. Joe did a quick check to make sure we were OK to go.
To get to Willow Springs Road from Portal, we turned left onto Hwy. 191 north and then right a few miles later onto Willow Springs dirt road.
Our first stop for the day was to see dinosaur tracks. These tracks were made about 165 million years ago.
Once inside Arches NP, we made the left turn towards Tower Arch.
We traversed several different terrains...slickrock, deep sand, and gravel. The sandy stretches are my favorite...especially when the trail is curvy with lots of steep banks !
I did manage to capture a few pictures other than our trusty leader...a view of Arches and the La Sal Mountains...which I have yet to tire of.
And a few wildflowers that have not parched.
...and is lacking in crowds or development. There is a trailhead located here.
Not only did we enjoy the curves...
...we also had a lot of laughs on the hills!
Joe and I are still learning the rules for "jeeping etiquette". When a potty stop is needed the code is 10-100. Girls go to the right and guys go to the left...why?...because girls are always right! I'm really liking that rule!
Sometimes an inch or two is the difference in a obtaining a Utah stripe or not! It's not uncommon for trees and stumps to be right on the edge of the trail.
We made a turn onto the trail that actually leads to the Tower Arch. Its not that far, but does have a lot of interest!
Dee is a wonderful teacher...Joe has learned so much! Sometimes a stop to strategize was needed. Dee usually points out more than one option involving different challenges and let Joe make his own choice.
Once the choice is made, it's time to swallow the butterflies and head up, or down whichever the case may be. This one was up...
A few more rocks and then a long part of the trail uphill in some really deep sand! Whoohoo! was the "word of the day".
A view of Klondike Bluffs ahead...
and then Tower Arch.
From the arch, a portion of the Tower Arch Trail to Salt Valley Road is a steep decline on a rocky ridge. The trail is rated moderate. High ground clearance and good articulation are recommended.
Dee is a great leader, a world of information, and so enthusiastic about "wheelin". Joe and I had a great Sunday drive! Experience is key in tackling some of these trails and there's no better way to gain experience and confidence than to follow someone like Dee.
All thumbs up!
Joe and I have made a great friend!
Thanks so much Dee!
Happy trails to everyone.
Y'all come back!