April 21, 2017
Moab is a perfect playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Jeeping and hiking are at the top of our list of fun things to do, but there is so much more. Moab is a small town with a population of under 6,000 people. But with all it has to offer, tourists pour in by the thousands...ummm, make that hundreds of thousands or a million...to access thousands of square miles of amazing red rock landscapes and the waters of the Colorado River.
Joe and I are excited to say that we are getting lots of seat time in our new toy, a 1988 YJ we named Wile E. Last Friday, we joined Dee, Warren (a local), and Dave and Debbie (friends from Maryland who don't get to Moab as often as they would like) to do the Pickle. But first, to warm up, Dee suggested we run Mashed Potatoes...I like the way she thinks ! Mashed Potatoes is full of beautiful scenery as it runs high above Hidden Canyon along mounds of white sandstone (hince the name Mashed Potatoes) and into Bartlett Wash. But the main reason for my excitement was the Gravy Bowl. For years...gee that sounds nice!...Joe and I have taken the by-pass to this daunting deep hole that a jeep hardly fits into.
Our day started out heading up the shelf road to the trailhead. Dee lead, followed by Warren, then us, and Dave and Debbie.
Views as far as the eyes can see.
Up and over mounds of "mashed potatoes" add to the fun.
Then its Gravy Boat time. First Dee...
|One of those rare times there was no gravy in the boat !|
...next was Warren...
back up and get lined up,
and drive out...
...and last it was Dave's turn. Wahoo !
We all took a break after Gravy Boat to take in beautiful Hidden Canyon.
From there, a ride through Bartlett Wash among the old gnarly cotton wood trees...
...landed us at the Pickle trailhead (our hardest trail to date).
Charles Wells describes the Pickle as a short, hardcore route through a narrow canyon with three nasty obstacles.
Just a short ways into the canyon you are greeted by a tall double ledge...Obstacle #1.
Our lunch stop was in a curve in the canyon in the warm sunshine with the canyon walls blocking the wind.
|Dee parked alittle ahead of us more in the curve.|
Obstacle #2 required the correct angle which took us a couple of tries to get lined up. Here Warren watches as Dee makes the climb look easy in Blanche.
Obstacle #3 is a fun climb out of the canyon. Here we watch Warren crawl his way up...
...then it was our turn...(Thanks for the picture Dee. I am having so much fun riding in Wile E I haven't gotten many pictures.)
...and last out of the canyon was Dave.
From here it was time to head home. Warren made a left turn of Hwy 313 towards Hwy 191 and the rest of us made a right turn and went home via Long Canyon to Potash Rd.
What a beautiful ride...
|This narrow section on Long Canyon is called Pucker Pass.|
Until next time...
HAPPY TRAILS !