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

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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...

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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...

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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).

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Yesterday's Photos

Mell, Rosa, Gene, Nancy and I ran Steel Bender in our RZRs. The toughest part of the ride for Gene was getting his machine off the truck...

Of course, no visit to Moab would be complete without stopping at Milt's...

Lastly, for you power-hungry RZR enthusiasts, here's the new turbo...

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Backcountry Exploring

Mell, Rosa and I started out on the La Sal Loop south of Moab with the intent of riding to Onion Creek via an unexplored trail...

About half way there, Mell gets a call from Moab Powersports indicating that the parts to fix his coolant leak had arrived and they could begin repair this afternoon. So, we split up and I continued on in my jeep. 

It took about three hours to go ~30 miles and I did not see another vehicle the entire time (I was not worried as I knew Mell would send Rosa to find me if there was a problem). As always, the scenery here is spectacular wherever you go...