Sunday, May 21, 2017

Fruit Bowl Part Deux

The last time we visited the Fruit Bowl, no one was there. Today, the slackliners were out in force and doing amazing, if not frightening, things...




I am hoping Stormy's video of this young lady jumping off the cliff turns out okay
If so, I will post a link to it later

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Drone Crash

Last week I crashed my drone at the bottom of Gemini Bridges. It was in a location that I thought only someone who could rappel from the top could get to so I chalked it up as being lost and left it. Now the story of its recovery is a case of truth being stranger than fiction...

Stormy went online to a drone forum and left a post regarding my crash. This week another individual, who had lost his drone in the same area, saw Stormy's post and contacted him to say that they had found my drone while looking for his. He also mentioned that he had hired someone to rappel down and pickup up his drone.

Yesterday, Sunny & Stormy rode out to the Bridges to watch the recovery effort. As fate would have it, the man that was hired to pickup the drone was late and another separate group rappelled down and found the drone. After confirming with the rightful owner that he had not hired those individuals, Stormy raced to the bottom of the canyon and retrieved the drone from the group.

He then met with the drone owner and they exchanged machines, a win/win for everyone. Unfortunately, my drone was damaged beyond repair. Here's the video of its last flight and crash...



Many thanks to Bart Davis and Stormy for their efforts in recovering my drone.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rainbow Terrace

Lehman led a group of three jeeps over Rainbow Terrace, a scenic trail north of Moab...


Most of the ride was quite easy, however, there was one section that made use of the jeep's four wheel drive low and lockers. Here's a Stormy Weathers School of Rock Crawling video that makes it look easy...



Here's my dash cam video of the climb...


Monday, May 15, 2017

Poison Spider / Eagles Dare

I led a group of side-by-sides up Poison Spider and then over to Where Eagles Dare. These two trails together have a rating of 7 which makes it an "entertaining" ride...

Poison Spider Arch

Overlook where we had lunch 

The "Unusual Suspects" at Where Eagles Dare

The descent from Where Eagles Dare

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Back Way To Sego Canyon

We drove the jeeps over to Sego Canyon via several remote BLM roads north of Crescent Junction. The ride had a little bit of everything...

Unique rock formations

Panoramic vistas

Old buildings

Ancient pictographs

Classic cars
(Stormy says he can have this vehicle up & running in no time - covering up the bullet holes may take longer)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Strike Ravine

Stormy and I took his jeep down Strike Ravine this afternoon. Although it has a trail rating of 6, we made it with no problems in a stock vehicle; careful tire placement and a slow, steady pace was all that was required.


Monday, May 08, 2017

Fins N Things

Sunny has put together an excellent video of our Fins N Things ride...

Be sure to visit her blog at www.dawsongang.com

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Educational Video

One way to learn how to navigate difficult obstacles in a Jeep is to watch videos of highly skilled, professional drivers...


Footage courtesy of the Stormy Weathers School of Rock Crawlers

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Tower Arch

While Sunny and Stormy were giving family from NC a guided tour of Arches National Park, I went exploring in my Jeep. I took Willow Springs Road (BLM 378) to the Tower Arch and then Salt Valley Road (BLM 145) back to Highway 191. There was just enough rock crawling and deep sand to make it interesting.

Tower Arch

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Moab Car Show

The Moab Car Show featured an eclectic collection of classic and highly customized vehicles. Here's a small sampling of the ones I found interesting...

Stormy almost traded his Jeep Rubicon for this Buick rock crawler

I don't think the owner could make up his mind as to what he wanted

The perfect vehicle for clearing out those pesky "trail pluggers" ahead of you

Way too many gear shifters

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tusher Tunnel / 3D / Spring Canyon

Jack led a caravan of four jeeps over "3D" to the Tusher Tunnel and then Spring Canyon...

Intrepid explorers

Light at the end of the tunnel

Stormy testing the limits of the Rubicon

View from 3D overlook

Spring Canyon

Here's a five minute video of the drive down the canyon...


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Mineral Road Switchbacks

We drove BLM 129 (Mineral Road) from Highway 313 (Canyonlands Road) to the Colorado River. The views from the switchbacks going down the mesa are impressive...




Fruit Bowl

A while back, I came across an awesome 4K drone video of slack liners walking across the Fruit Bowl, so we drove the jeeps out there to see it first hand. Unfortunately, the site was empty and the lines had been removed but the scenery was still great...


Corona Arch Trail

We hiked 1.5 miles back to the Corona Arch, a massive 140 foot tall rock formation. The weather was just perfect; mild temperatures and a cloudless sky...

That's Bowtie Arch (left) & Corona Arch (right) in the background

Michele & Sunny training for Mount Everest

Years ago, a pilot named Tim Martin flew his airplane through this arch
(click here to see him flying)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Long Canyon

Here's a video clip Sunny shot last Tuesday of us coming down Long Canyon. The highlight of the trail is driving under a humongous rock that fell across the road some years ago...


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hells Gate

Here's a video of Preston and Greg climbing Hells Gate, an optional obstacle on Hells Revenge...


Who says there are no "real men" left

Update: Greg & Merry's video of an old man in a RZR 900 XC coming up Hells Gate...


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wings @ Moab Brewery

Once again, our group takes advantage of 25 cent wings at the Moab Brewery...


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Gooseneck State Park

Much to our surprise and delight, Preston & Lois, Cory & Cheryl and Greg & Merry from the Arizonian RV Park were already at Gooseneck State Park in southeast Utah when we arrived. A great time was had getting caught up in the afternoon and then sitting in front of a log fire and star gazing that night.

These are professional RVers, do not try this at home

View from my RV

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde is huge. It protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings...



Friday, April 14, 2017

Cascade Canyon

Sunny, Stormy and I took the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad up to Cascade Canyon and back. I had originally wanted to do the Soaring Tree Top Adventures, a series of 27 different zip lines that range from 56 to 1,400 feet in length but it was not open for the season as was the ride to Silverton. We had a perfect weather day which made for great photos and videos...





Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Very Large Array

If you saw the movie, Contact, with Jodie Foster, then you have seen the Very Large Array (VLA), a group of huge radio telescopes about 50 miles west of Socorro, NM. Fortunately, I had my friends, Sunny & Stormy Weathers, with me to explain the highly technical aspects of the VLA and related equipment...




Undoubtedly, the highlight of the trip was a fly-by from ET and friends...


Monday, April 03, 2017

Yuma Territorial Prison

If today's prisoners think they have it tough, they should have spent some time at the Yuma Territorial Prison when it was operational. The extremely small cells housing multiple inmates with only a bucket for sanitation must have been insufferable in the heat of summer...


Although the prisoners called it the "Hell Hole", ironically, the citizens of Yuma called it the "Country Club on the Colorado" as the prison had more modern amenities than most homes in town. Click on photos to enlarge.










Here's a photo of a typical cell block...


However, for those inmates that broke the rules, there were "dark cells" which allowed no light in at all and were pitch black. Now, if that was not bad enough, rumor has it that the guards would occasionally toss in a rattlesnake or scorpion. Yikes!

Lastly, the phrase "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" must have had this woman in mind...