Greetings, kiddies, time for our annual trail report. Armed with a recently-lifted Jeep Rubicon Hard Rock and just enough knowledge to be dangerous, we headed west from Ohio and spent a week tooling around in the glorious red rock of Moab, Utah.
We left Ohio on Friday evening, getting into Moab on Sunday night, with stops in Dayton and Hays, KS, along the way. We started out easy on Monday, hitting the Potash Road out of Moab and heading towards Island in the Sky via the Shafer Trail.
Our beastie, a 2015 Rubicon Hard Rock with a Gobi rack, on stock tires with a newly-installed Teraflex 2-1/2" lift installed by Simpson Family Jeeps in Conneaut, Ohio.
View of the Colorado River from a spot named Thelma and Louise Point.
View of the Shafer Trail switchbacks.
Blue Jeep against the red rock.
After a stop at the Canyonlands Visitor Center, we headed back towards Moab via Long Canyon.
There's only one "bad" spot on the Long Canyon road, a little rock hump near the top in an area called Pucker Pass. We ran across a family with a full size pickup truck stuck at that spot. The wife was starting to freak out a little, thinking they were going to have to hoof it back to town...we calmed her down and assessed the situation...
...and with a little tug, we got them on their merry way. We later saw a guy with a Subaru headed towards the top, and suggested that he not attempt it.
The photogenic spot along Pucker Pass.
We noticed an annoying rattle coming out of our back end, so as Linda drove slowly, I hung onto the rack and tried to figure out where the rattle was coming from. No luck.
After a great dinner at the Moab Brewery, we headed up to Dead Horse Point, hoping to see some lovely sunset light on the canyon walls. No such luck. We saw storms off in the distance and a little lightning. The fun part was the literal electricity in the air, as the metal pavilion at the edge of the point was buzzing from the static. There were kids taking pictures of each other with their hair standing on end as if they were holding a van de Graff generator, and I could generate sparks by simply touching my camera tripod leg to the rock wall. We said, "Hey, this is a bad idea!" and got the heck out of there.
Next up, off to Elephant Hill.