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Old 01-09-2011, 01:33 AM   #1
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Island in the sky Moab 1/9/2011

Just a few shots from a day trip we did on the spur of the moment, it's not even half way through winter & I am going Bat crap crazy! This is from "Island in the sky" Canyonlands, Moab. The red rocks stand out with some snow around, it is very pretty out there.

Taken from above Sheafer switchback trail

Looking down on White rim trail

White rim trail is down there somewhere

Sheafer switchback trail


SSBT again


La Sal mountains in the background

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Wow. Absolutely beautiful, Julie. Surreal.
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It's breathtaking, we live at the base of the mountains in the background, so it was about an hour from home
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Wow Julie. Glad all that white stuff won't be around when I am. Beautiful pictures.
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Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 You sure live in a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing. I'll bet Jeff wasn't on the side by side that day. Looks cooooooooooooooold!!!
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Great Pics! We wheel in Moab every year during spring break. This year we will be their in June. Have you ever ran the "White Rim trail"? From what I've read it sounds like a fun trail.
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Great Pics! We wheel in Moab every year during spring break. This year we will be their in June. Have you ever ran the "White Rim trail"? From what I've read it sounds like a fun trail.
I was down there a couple months ago & it was closed. Might have to call down there or else Julie will chime in, she knows everything about that place!!
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That is some beautiful scenery. I hope some day I can make it out there for some wheelin. Thanks for sharing.
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Was someone nice enough to give you a ride up there or did you take a long hike?


I dont see any pics of the jeep!
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Great Pics! We wheel in Moab every year during spring break. This year we will be their in June. Have you ever ran the "White Rim trail"? From what I've read it sounds like a fun trail.
I have not done it but I did hear someone say it is not a very hard trail. It's long so sometime we want to do it in a couple of days, camping for a night or two.
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Was someone nice enough to give you a ride up there or did you take a long hike?


I dont see any pics of the jeep!
Oh no I took the Jeep, it's in the park so the roads up on the top are sealed. Here is a pic' of it up the top.(second pic) We did hike a short distance to some of the view points, easy hikes.There are beautifull picnic area's & some camping for hikers. Down in the valley is where the 4x4 trails are. The "Sheafer switchback" trail is closed & it's a good thing as you can see by the first pic'Sheafer Switchbacks
Tiny Jeep at the top
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Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 You sure live in a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing. I'll bet Jeff wasn't on the side by side that day. Looks cooooooooooooooold!!!
No way! he hasn't had it out much last while it's far to cold. We did go up behind our house a week or so ago, I went on my quad & he took RZR. It was before it got real cold & with plenty of clothes on, hats & gloves it wasn't bad & it was good fun! Didn't stay up there for long, maybe an hour
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No way! he hasn't had it out much last while it's far to cold. We did go up behind our house a week or so ago, I went on my quad & he took RZR. It was before it got real cold & with plenty of clothes on, hats & gloves it wasn't bad & it was good fun! Didn't stay up there for long, maybe an hour
Nice, You two are livin the dream!!! Congrats
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I have not done it but I did hear someone say it is not a very hard trail. It's long so sometime we want to do it in a couple of days, camping for a night or two.

Thanks, we ran "Salt Creek and Horse Canyon" a few years back, it wasn't a hard trail but it was beautiful. We find ourselves running the same trails every year and it is nice to see something different every once in a while.
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I have not done it but I did hear someone say it is not a very hard trail. It's long so sometime we want to do it in a couple of days, camping for a night or two..

Sounds like my kind of trail!!!
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Sounds like my kind of trail!!!
It's not hard enough for you but I know one that I want to try & you guys should come to

I think it would be a camping trip, it's about 50 mile south of Moab, in Canyonlands, so lets plan it sometime, maybe' a long weekend
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It's not hard enough for you but I know one that I want to try & you guys should come to
I think it would be a camping trip, it's about 50 mile south of Moab, in Canyonlands, so lets plan it sometime, maybe' a long weekend
Sounds like fun Julie. I hope you know I don't have to drag my azz all over the mountainside to have fun. Following you does "hurt" sometimes, lol. A camping trip sounds fun. I took the back seat out a few months ago & wonder if a guy could actually sleep back there with the front seats pushed all the forward? I'll have to climb back there & check it out. I hate tents!!
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Moab is great any time of the year. Got to love red rock and snow!
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I have not yet done Elephant hill. But I know it's exactly my type of trail: semi-difficult, interesting, pretty. Not named "Carnage" or "metal Masher." I am getting tired of those, and really going more and more for the awesome scenery shots.

Here's a video of me on the white rim/shaeffer trails, but it's even prettier in your snowy photos.
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Great Pics! We wheel in Moab every year during spring break. This year we will be their in June. Have you ever ran the "White Rim trail"? From what I've read it sounds like a fun trail.
The White Rim trail is all about the scenery. A stock Wrangler could easily do the whole thing. But sometimes, a 90 mile trail in one of the most beautiful places is exactly what you need, right? You may not be able to "brag" that you made it, but man, it is so pretty.
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I go for all kinds of trails easy to extreme. White rim sounds like a trail I would like to take my wifes JK rubi on. The Jk get better gas milage than my modified TJ. Every trip to Moab is awesome with the senery.
Just a side note: Why did they stop jeeps from driving all the way to Gemini bridges?
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I have not yet done Elephant hill. But I know it's exactly my type of trail: semi-difficult, interesting, pretty. Not named "Carnage" or "metal Masher." I am getting tired of those, and really going more and more for the awesome scenery shots.

Here's a video of me on the white rim/shaeffer trails, but it's even prettier in your snowy photos.
Where isn't it pretty in Moab? maybe' you should join us on Elephant Hill too if we could get a few vehicles together would be great
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Sounds like fun Julie. I hope you know I don't have to drag my azz all over the mountainside to have fun. Following you does "hurt" sometimes, lol. A camping trip sounds fun. I took the back seat out a few months ago & wonder if a guy could actually sleep back there with the front seats pushed all the forward? I'll have to climb back there & check it out. I hate tents!!
You can bring your camper can't you? we would take ours. I hate tents too, bears scare me.
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You can bring your camper can't you? we would take ours. I hate tents too, bears scare me.
I guess if we stay two or three nights we would bring the trailer. Gaylene would have to follow me down in the Jeep while I pull the trailer with the Super Duty. For just an overnighter it wouldn't be worth bringing the trailer, plus I thought you were talking about a really long trail that would require sleeping over in the boonies.

I worry more about the hard ground, scorpions, spiders & snakes than bears, lol.
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I guess if we stay two or three nights we would bring the trailer. Gaylene would have to follow me down in the Jeep while I pull the trailer with the Super Duty. For just an overnighter it wouldn't be worth bringing the trailer, plus I thought you were talking about a really long trail that would require sleeping over in the boonies.

I worry more about the hard ground, scorpions, spiders & snakes than bears, lol.
Alrighty then, we will make it worth while & camp for at least 2-3 nights, that way it's worth your trip & maybe' we can find some other trails as well I know there is some ruins & Indian writing so I am sure we can fill in a few days
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Just a side note: Why did they stop jeeps from driving all the way to Gemini bridges?
According to the signs they have posted, it was a combination of the last 100 yards being heavily used and they didn't want to damage any of it in the future. It has become a very popular site to see. And, I can imagine, with more and more SUVs' able to get there it was only a matter of time before another accident happened.

I kinda like the fact that you have to walk a little bit to get there. Let's me stretch my tired ole legs a bit. And, the trail maintenance the local Jeep club did with the local govt was a nice touch. Shows we aren't all about tearing it up!!
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I was up there last year, about October & we walked the last bit to get under the bridges. The trail has changed at the end a lot too, it's all rocky wash from the sand dunes on. The year before we rode 4 wheelers right up to the cave at the end & it was open so it's been in the last few months that they have closed the trail.We had a couple of heavy rain storms & seems as though it got washed out, it's changed somewhat. You can still get up the top to the same carpark as usual though
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JFC, you being a Moab local I was wondering about a trail you can see from Metal Masher. When I climb up "Rock Chucker" and walk over to the overlook looking south you can see a trail that looks like it starts near the steep hill just south of Gooney Bird rock. Is this a public trail or am I seeing things? It look like it runs up the canyon to the east and below the Rock chucker overlook.

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