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Old 04-16-2017, 07:05 PM
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The Great Moab Expedition of 2017

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.
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Old 04-17-2017, 11:07 AM
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Great Moab Expedition of 2017, continued...

We spent a little time in Arches National Park before heading south to Elephant Hill.

This, kiddies, is why you put a cheap $30 filter on your expensive Nikon. Linda took a tumble and the Nikon went flying...fortunately, the camera was fine, with the exception of the filter.

(Oh, yeah, Linda was fine, too.)

Off to Elephant Hill, in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.

Descending the back side of Elephant Hill.

Heading towards Chesler Park by way of the Grabens.

A tough little turn between two grabens. This is known locally as SOB Hill.

Vengeance is mine! This was the rock that caused a tire pinch last year, resulting in a flat tire. Note the rock hammer in my hand. I didn't remove it, i just whacked it a couple of times for good measure.

Hiking through the Joint Trail towards Chesler Park.

Returning from Chesler Park, ascending SOB Hill.

That tight turn again between the grabens...this time, we got high centered on the big rock in the middle.

We don't carry a hi-lift jack, so I had to make do with the stock scissor jack. A few rearranged rocks and we were on our way.

We ran into a group of hikers who said "the trail ends right up ahead there..." We thought they were joking, but they actually believed that the trail ended at the base of Elephant Hill. They were trying to get back to the parking lot and weren't too sure where the trail was, so we told them to follow us.

Our merry little band returns to the parking lot.

Coming later, a few shots of Hells Revenge, Top of the World and Poison Spider Mesa.

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Awesome ! Thanks for sharing. Everytime I see Utah pics I get excited about going back.
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Heading out there this July! These pics really help to bump the excitement level, thanks!
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Old 04-24-2017, 10:21 PM   #5
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Very cool! I love the tank green! I'm biased though. I gotta get my Jeep out to Moab this summer!
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