This has been a fantastic summer. Joe and I have enjoyed staying put for awhile. Of course, we have great friends here to spend time with, have made lots of new friends, and our new toy, better known as Wile E. Coyote, has been a blast ! Yes, it has been warm...um, make that toasty warm...but that has not deterred us from getting out early in the mornings and enjoying the trails. In fact, we added 222.6 miles of wheeling to Wile E's odometer.
Here are some highlights from June, July and August...
|Ber and Carole sharing maps and discussing options on Polar Mesa.|
|Following Ber on Onion Creek to Thompson Canyon then Polar Mesa.|
|Onion Creek is very colorful...and lots of fun. We crossed the creek 29 times.|
|Awesome fun following Jeff on Cliffhanger. Here we (Jeff, us, Glen and Dee) are parked at the overlook.|
|Jamie on Metal Masher...|
|Following Dee on Moab Rim is a treat ! Here we just climbed Devil's Crack on the cliff edge and are headed to the Z Turn. This trail starts out with a bang...and scary fun !|
|We had Moab Rim all to ourselves except for a couple of hikers. This was a bit scary...for real ! Our brakes gave away just as we descended Z Turn. Thank goodness for this boulder and a huge "whew moment" this happened before we got to Devil's Crack.|
|Hell' Revenge remains one of my favorite trails.|
|Thanks to Dee, we met a great group of Canadians led by Jay Malo. We joined them on several trails during the week they were here.|
|The first trail was Behind the Rocks...|
|Another day, we joined them on Pickle and Mashed Potatoes. I love this short and narrow canyon with lot of ledges called Pickle...|
|Wile E wiggles his way around and up through a very narrow spot. Locals say this is the spot that gave the Pickle its name.|
|Driving down the switchback on Gemini Bridges Road after Rusty Nail.|
|Dover enjoying a cool morning on Willow Springs Road.|
|Part of the trail in Arches NP is in a wash. Sometimes, it looks like the plants are tip toeing.|
|Another day on Cliffhanger Dee took this picture just as we were descending the Cliffhanger Obstacle. It shows how really close to the cliff edge it is. Going down you can hug the wall, but going up on the way out, you hug the edge...yikes!|
|Our only sunset ride was on 7 Mile Rim. This was a scheduled monthly ride for Red Rock 4 Wheelers and always a popular ride.|
|The late day lighting was perfect.|
|The sunset only so-so.|
|We always park below the Merrimac Butte...|
|...facing the Monitor Butte.|
Until next time...
HAPPY TRAILS !