Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Crime Scene

It appears one of those wild parties at the Hood mansion may have taken a turn for the worse...

Click on photos to see the grisly details


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Brrr

Traditionally, I head south to avoid the cold of winter. Perhaps, this year I should have headed east...

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Huh!?!

A record 94,610,000 Americans are not in the labor force. That's almost 30% of the U.S. population. Yet, the Labor Department reported an unemployment rate of only 5.1%. Is it any wonder that more and more Americans do not trust government.

Update (12/31/2015): Here's a graph showing that while the unemployment rate has dropped to ~5%, the number of people who have given up the search for work has risen to ~95 million...

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Off Off-Road

Here's John making sure Ron's tow strap works...

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Sand Hollow State Park, UT

Here are a couple of videos for you hardcore, adrenaline junkies that like to ride off-road...


Monday, November 30, 2015

The Jungle

It is not the still weight of the trees, the breathless interior of the wood, tangled with wrist-thick vines, the flies, reptiles, the forever fearful monkeys screaming and running in the branches...
but
a girl waiting shy, brown, soft-eyed...
to guide you
Upstairs, sir

William Carlos Williams

Sunday, November 22, 2015

RC Jet Rally

The Arizona Model Aviators held their 27th Annual Arizona Jet Rally at the Superstition Airpark this weekend. High winds limited the number of flyers but it was still a fun event to attend.

We were told this plane cost $15,000-$20,000




I used my Nikon D7100 for the following video. Unfortunately, between having to look through the LCD and the strong winds, the end result was not quite what I was hoping for but it will give you some idea of what it is like to watch these models in action...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Desert Rats

I suspect most people here in the park thought of John as just another "pretty face". But to almost everyone's amazement, he has real skills. Using a computerized sewing machine (that cost as much as my RZR), he created a "Desert Rats" flag for the whip antennas that our intrepid group of riders use when riding in the desert...

Muchas gracias amigo

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Bikini Photos

While surfin' the Net I came across an app called GooseChase that allows you to design digital scavenger hunts. As a test I created a "mission" here in the RV park where the highest number of points would be awarded for a photo of the ladies in the contest wearing a string bikini. Of course, I thought no one would submit such a photo but as usual I was wrong...

Monday, November 02, 2015

First Winter Ride

I joined Judy in her RZR 570 and we followed Charlie and Dave to Box Canyon...

The "Unusual Suspects"

Lunch at the south end of Box Canyon

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Roadrunner

I photographed this roadrunner behind the RV this morning...

They do not stand still for very long

No sign of Wile E. Coyote, however.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Are We Having Fun Yet

Friends from the Arizonian RV Park stopped by to spend a few days in Moab...




And in case you were wondering what the latest in fashionable foul weather gear for ORV riders is...

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Behind The Rocks

Don, Cathy and I took the jeeps Behind The Rocks south of Moab. It was a fun trip but the trail was rough as a corn cob so everyone was pretty well beat-up by the end of the day. Here's my first "jeep video"...

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Dome Plateau

Don and I took his jeep up to Dome Plateau northeast of Moab. Although most of the trail is relatively easy, there are a few spots where a 4wd vehicle is highly desirable. What makes the trip worthwhile are the interesting sights/sites along the way.

It pays to go with a professional

Unknown arch

"La Boca" arch

"Fisher Towers"
(photo does not do the view justice)

An old miner and his cabin

Cave home

Stairway to second floor

Saturday, October 03, 2015

New Friends

For the past couple of days, I have had the pleasure of showing two Australian families the off-road side of Moab. You could not ask for better company and the kids were an absolute delight to be around as they are bright, well-mannered and each with their own distinctive personality.

Click on photos to enlarge

Their first day in the Jeep

Happy campers

Expert ice cream eaters

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Government Waste

I just watched Rand Paul address Congress regarding government waste. Here are some excerpts:
  • We spent $300,000 last year studying whether or not Japanese quail are more sexually promiscuous on cocaine. 
  • We spent several hundred thousand dollars studying whether or not we can relieve stress in Vietnamese villagers by having them watch television reruns.
  • We spent $800,000 in the last couple of years developing a televised cricket league for developing Afghanistan. Do you know how many people have a television in Afghanistan? One in 10,000 people.
  • We spent $150,000 last year on yoga classes for federal employees. So not only do we pay them nearly one and a half times as much as the private sector employees, we give them yoga classes.
  • We spent $250,000 last year inviting 24 kids from Pakistan to go to space camp in Alabama. We borrow money from China to send it to Pakistan. It's crazy. It's ridiculous. And it should stop.
  • We spent a half million-dollars last year and the year before developing a menu for when we colonize Mars. We sent a bunch of college students to Hawaii to study this. $5,000 apiece we paid them. They got two weeks all expenses paid in Hawaii. And you know what a bunch of college kids came up with for the menu for Mars? Pizza.
Our national debt is now over $18 trillion dollars and rising; that's $154,000+ per taxpayer. Is it any wonder that people are angry and frustrated by Congress and politicians who care only about their own self-interest and cannot eliminate even the most egregious forms of government waste.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

No Passing Lane

Click on photo to enlarge

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Fall Foliage

I drove the jeep back up into the La Sal Mountains to explore some new trails and photograph the aspens. Most of the trails were either dead ends or got so rough I chose not to continue by myself. Fortunately, the aspens at the higher elevations were beginning to reach their full color...


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Up, Up & Away

The Flux Capacitor is charged to 1.21 gigawatts so as soon as I hit 88 mph, I should make this jump...

Top Of The World, Moab, UT

Monday, September 21, 2015

Top Of The World

I drove the jeep up to Top Of The World for this photo op...

Click on photos to enlarge


And if that was not scary enough...

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Geyser & La Sal Passes

Today, we rode the RZRs up into the La Sal Mountains and around Mount Peale via Geyser and La Sal Passes. It's a great way to escape the summer heat and see a completely different side of the Moab area.

Hopefully, the following photos will convey the beauty and variety of the mountains (click on photos to enlarge)...

Mount Peale

The leaves are just beginning to change

I never tire of riding through an aspen forest

Picture perfect mountain lake

One rough, rocky road

I even got to be "King of the Mountain" for a while...

Life is good

My throne

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Castle Valley

Gene, Nancy and I drove the La Sal Loop which takes you up into the mountains and through Castle Valley...

Click on photos to enlarge

It's 10-15 degrees cooler at the higher elevations

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Hells Gate

Today, I had the opportunity to take the RZR 900 XC up Hells Gate, an optional challenge on Hells Revenge...

Sunday, September 06, 2015

BFE & Behind The Rocks

On Saturday while the rest of the group was laying on the couch, eating chocolate bon-bons and watching Oprah, I was hard at work finding a way to drive our RZRs off-road to BFE and Behind The Rocks. Today, we used my super-secret route to ride both (almost).

Here's Mell thinking about running Black Flag on BFE...


Fortunately, "reason" prevailed over "valor" which considering the following description of the trail was probably a good idea:  
  • Trail Rating: Expert trail. No Exceptions
  • Description: Do not attempt without a day to spend and at least three vehicles. NOTE: Nobody has completed this trail!
  • Requirements: Min. 40″ tires, Lockers, Winch, spare parts, SPOTTERS and 3 Vehicles – Do not attempt alone!

However, here's a video of the "big dogs" conquering the first obstacle on Behind The Rocks...



In the process of exploring a new area Behind The Rocks, we discovered another arch...


On the way back from the arch, Gene's machine snapped a ball joint, which considering we were in the middle of nowhere and it's Sunday and the Labor Day weekend, was not good...


Fortunately, a local business that rents RZRs had a replacement part so that we were able to repair the vehicle on the trail and get everyone back home before dinner (clean living pays off once again).