Sunday, May 19, 2019

Beautiful Views !

Gopher Flats
May, 2019
Moab, UT

The other day while Wile E. (our 1988 YJ) was visiting Grand Tire Pros, Joe and I walked the few blocks of Main Street...downtown Moab.  

Moab has added a few more pieces of art and the roses this time of year smell heavenly.  

We enjoyed a yummy breakfast at the Diner and had a leisurely stroll through Back of Beyond Bookstore.  It's a quaint little store and very well stocked.  I bought two books...Birds of Utah and Sandstone County Wildflowers.

A few days ago, we joined Dee for a ride on the north loop of Steelbender.  As we began the morning, the skies were partly cloudy.   
The beginning of the trail...

But as the minutes ticked away, the skies turned to all cloudy.  We could see the rain in the distance and the air got considerably cooler.

We carry ponchos, but luckily it only drizzled a little bit.  Even when it is cloudy,  it is beautiful !

MFFW planned a Hwy clean-up for May 11th.  We have a section of Hwy 191 just north of Arches NP which we clean  every spring and fall. 

It usually takes a couple of hours and afterwards we always have a trail planned...all work and no play makes for a dull day !  So after our 2 mile roadside hike, it was off to do Rusty Nail.  Rusty Nail is challenging and exciting.  It is also a belly flopper and beautiful.  The air this day was crystal clear and the colors surrounding us were vibrant and sharp.  I didn't get any trail shots, but snapped these two with my phone as were climbing up Gemini Bridges Rd on our way out.   

Yesterday, we joined Dee, a group of five from Washington, a couple from Colorado, and a guy from Arizona on Behind the Rocks.  

BTR is fast becoming a favorite...maybe it was just the mood I was in and the great group we were with.  Yesterday was just plain fun ! (OK, so I'm not hard to please and I say that alot !) It's quite beautiful too with a combination of vistas that go on and on for miles and miles and wildflowers in every color of the rainbow and beyond. 

 Can you believe that gorgeous blue sky?  

Dee and Joe and I were so blown away by fields of Pale Evening Primrose.  None of us had ever seen so many.  Both side of the trail were almost looked like snow !
Dee was our leader.  I don't think I will ever learn my way around BTR.  There are so many intersections and ways to go.  

There are several ways...from mild to difficult... to run BTR with intersections everywhere.  It's still very confusing to me.  The Gate Keeper, a little warm up of what's to come,  lures you in, but that's not all.  Some obstacles like High Dive, and Up Chuck have legal bypasses, but there are many other large ledges both ascending and descending that  do not have names or bypasses.   We did a difficult route which took us out to White Knuckle Hill where we stopped, turned around, and then headed out the way we went in.   

This is High Dive...its alot bigger than it looks.  Dee spotted Sunny (from Arizona and the only buggy in our group) down.  The rest of us took the bypass !

Dee starts down the High Dive bypass...
WileE climbs Up Chuck...
Tyler and wife Aubrey ace a very tippy tall ledge where hugging the driver side wall is key...
One of my favorite sections is a short chute that Dee calls the Roller Coaster.  We followed Dee and behind us were Tyler, Sunny, and the gang from Washington.

Finally, the Prickly Pear are beginning to bloom.  

Well, I'll close for now.  I hope you enjoy your view where ever you are.  It's a beautiful country some of us call home and others come to visit.  So, until next time...



  1. You guys are having so much fun and your photos are stunning!

  2. Your pictures are incredible. It's easy to be happy in such beautiful country.

  3. What a lovely day on BTW! Of course, there is NO way you would catch me there. I would have to hike beside the Jeeps...haha! The High Dive looked plenty tall enough in your photo! Scary! I love the apricot colored prickly pear bloom. Very unusual. Your photos are beautiful!

  4. So much beauty in Moab area! Thanks for taking us there!

  5. Another great day giving back with your morning clean up and then a beautiful ride as your reward.