May 22-27, 2014
|Vic, Joe and The Big EZ|
Pam and Vic from www.thebigeztravels.blogspot.com rolled into Portal last Thursday.
We have been following each others blog for over a year so what a treat it is to finally meet in person. Our week of adventures began with Pam's huge smile, hugs and puppy treats for the Tan Clan. This is Pam and Vic's first time to visit Moab. Joe and I have enjoyed their enthusiasm to "experience" this small town surrounded by snow-capped mountains and red rock formations.
Imagine our excitement when a Jeep ride was mentioned. Early Friday morning, the four of us loaded up in Pearl and headed out Kane Creek Road for Hurrah Pass.
After several switchbacks that took us into the canyon, we cleared a few water crossings.
The trail then climbs a series of small ledges. Rains have washed out the trail in many places leaving boulders and narrow passes. Now that's a thrill!
When I down loaded pictures, I was shocked! There were not very many to choose from. It seems the girls in the back seat were too busy sharing stories about puppies, children, and life on the road to take pictures.
When Joe and I returned home, we found a note in the door from friends we met a year ago this month. Guy and Catherine are from Belgium. We met them on the Landscape Arch primitive hiking trail. Guy and Joe have stayed in touch thru e-mails and have planned on meeting here in Moab for many months.
Guy and Catherine really wanted to do Fins & Things (a difficult 4X4 trail in the Sand Flats Recreation Area) so Saturday morning Pearl once again "did her thing".
If you are not afraid of heights and have never ridden the fins...it is a breathtaking experience! Some places are "leather pinchers", but that only adds to the total thrill of the ups and downs and crawling on a mountain of sandstone.
We were lucky enough to follow a jeeper a few sites down from us at Portal...thanks Jim!
And fell right in line with the neatest family...thanks Daneka! We enjoyed our day with all of you.
|The picture doesn't show how really steep this is.|
|The black lines help to keep you on the trail.|
A stop for lunch...and what a feast it was! Everyone shares...fresh blueberries, deli rolls, salamai, oatmeal cookies...
A perfect ending to the day...dinner at the Moab Brewery!
Stay tuned...this energetic group is not done. Up next, exploring Arches NP.
I did see an egret at the Koi Pond in front of Belle.
I love my new Bird Guide...and after studying, my guess is a juvenile Snowy Egret because of the foraging posture and the details on the bill and leg color. What do you think?
The Tan Clan is also enjoying the great outdoors. All is good when we can enjoy sitting out with them.
|There is a really cute Fox Terrier next door the girls had to check out!|
Until next time, take care...
and happy trails!