Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Good Golly Jeepers

Gopher Flats
Moab, UT
June 2017

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...

Meadows full of green grass and yellow flowers  surrounded by huge evergreens were quite showy all day,

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.

The Evening Primrose bud opens around 9:00 pm.

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. 
 Yep, I drove the switchback with the canyon floor on my left, I drove right around Concentration Corner without batting an eye, I hugged the wall perfectly going down big ledges, and best of all I drove down and back up a difficult set of boulders, deep holes, and gnarly ledges that give this trail a 6 rating out of 10.  I hope to get Steel Bender under my belt next month so stay tuned!       

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.
Our home, 
perfect harmony !,
 the little things,



and sunsets.

 Until next time, take care and...


Up next, a special trail day to Polar Mesa.


  1. Well look at you getting behind the wheel! How fun, and a great new challenge!

    Looks like you are having a terrific summer. Cheers!

    1. Driving Porcupine Rim was a blast Lisa. It's been hot here in Moab the past few weeks. It's a good thing we are early risers and get a lot done before it gets too hot. It's strange that the hottest part of the day is around 4:00 pm.

  2. Now that is wonderful you taking on the challenge, nice t i.e. from ya'll wins and glad you having great time there.

    1. We love Moab George and Susie...can you tell? Looking forward to driving WileE again real soon!

  3. You are really having a "well rounded" time in Moab - beautiful and fun and productive. I know you had a great time driving the trails, it's all over your face :-))))) The flowers are lovely.

    1. Thanks Jodee! Time is flying by...can't believe it is almost July.

  4. Nice that your club is so helpful with the 4x4 trails and the Moab area. Great job getting those trees off the trails.

    Wahoo!!! You look so great behind the wheel. Your smile radiates your excitement. I can't wait to hear about Steel Bender! Congratulations!!

    Those crowns are real pocketbook drainers. Hope the all goes well:)

    Your home is such a beautiful spot. No Sally!?

    1. Sally is not a big fan of these days. She has a couple of favorite shady spots she claims very quickly before Jack or Dover can get to them. Thanks Pam.

  5. I love the way you take your pictures. You always find interesting subjects in interesting places. The sunset was amazing! And, so were the dogs and the butterfly and the flowers and so on and so on.

    1. Thanks Jeri. I've always enjoyed photographing anything in nature.

  6. Wow! Very impressive Gay, you on the driver seat! Congratulations.
    So many June celebrations to be very happy about, belated Happy Anniversary and belated happy birthday to Dee!