Good golly jeepers...June just flew by. Its been industrious, blooming, fun, crowned, celebrated and relaxing !
Industrious: Joe and I volunteered for 2 of the 3 Moab Friends For Wheeling work days. We had a total of 7 vehicles that made their way along beautiful Kane Creek Trail through the desert, along the creek, up the switchbacks with a purpose to install 4 "You Are Here" signs.
MFFW adopted the LaSal Loop Trail so on June 24 we high-tailed it to the LaSals for the annual clean up from winter. The roads were opened a couple of weeks ago just in time for us to clear them before summer traffic.
Trees were cut into manageable sizes and moved to the side. In our group, Glen did the cutting while Joe and Gary helped with the hauling.
|In a few spots, a strap and a jeep did the trick !|
The cooler temps and shade made for a pleasant work day.
|Glen climbs the bank on the right to cut. Joe waits...|
but my favorite were all the bushes of delicate wild roses that lined the trail.
I have enjoyed many walks early in the morning or late in the afternoon around Gopher Flats with camera in hand. Its fun to play with lights and shadows. This flower is two-toned...quite pretty with its red top and yellow underneath.
It's blooms are lemon yellow.
These beauties begin to wilt around noon.
I'll share one more...the Smoke bush/tree.
The large, loose clusters of purplish pinkish "hairs" look like puffs of smoke...hence the name. The foliage is a reddish purplish color from a distance, but when the light shines through them you can see the green. I did read fall is their "claim to fame" season as the leaves deepen to brilliant colors of purple, red and orange-yellow.
We have done lots of trails like Hell's Revenge, Fins and Things, Poison Spider, Gold Bar, and Golden Spike, Steel Bender...trails we have done many times, but new to Wile E. But, the most fun trail was Porcupine Rim we did a few weeks ago with Dee, Paul and Chris. Porcupine Rim is in the Sand Flats area so a fee/pass is required.
So what made Porcupine Trail so much fun this time? I drove ! I did a dang good job too.
No pictures here. I had my teeth cleaned and the dentist found not one, but two cracked molars...YIKES ! So, I sent a morning preparing for two crowns and as I write this, I am sporting two temporary crowns. The "real" ones go in the first of July along with a sudden drop in our checking account balance !
We enjoyed a very nice dinner at Jeffrey's to celebrate Dee's birthday and our anniversary.
Well, can't say enough about how much we are enjoying Gopher Flats and Moab. Its not all work and play either. Mornings after we go to the gym (3 to 4 times a week) are spent on the patio enjoying the cooler temps and a cup of Maverick coffee and cereal. Late afternoon are also good to for sitting outside.
perfect harmony !,
Until next time, take care and...
HAPPY TRAILS !
Up next, a special trail day to Polar Mesa.