Got home yesterday afternoon and washed the camper. Just got finished washing the truck this morning and my driveway looks a lot like Moab UT...with smaller rocks of course. ...What a trip it was... We left Louisiana Thursday afternoon on the 13th of March and started the 22 hour drive to Moab Utah. We were meeting two other couples to navigate the White Rim Trail at Archview Campground just above Hwy 313, the entrance road to the White Rim. By the time we got there we were both tired and just a little bit toasty. We barbecued a couple of steaks with Don & Janet Curley who live in the Moab area and Steve & Shin Urban from 29 Palms CA and instantly became friends. Dave (whazoo) & Lynn Rogers were in town for a trip to Top of the World (see his post on this great trip in the forum now). It was great being able to meet both of them too. Don and Steve are both experienced 4 Wheelers. I'am a novice at best and appreciated having access to the experience for this trip. We communicated with them via email but had not met until that point. The purpose of our trip together was to navigate the White Rim Trail with our truck campers and have a great time doing it. ...We were VERY successful in that endeavor. Don & Steve made this trek look very easy. Thinking about it later, that made the trip more enjoyable for us. If we had done the trip by ourselves there would have been a few more "Dry Mouth" moments than we had and it would have amped up the anxiety level considerably in a few areas along the trail. We would have had a good time for sure, but when you have two experienced guys with you it makes for a more comfortable trip. All of us agreed that had the trail been muddy or snowy that it would have been a much more perilous adventure. Below are a few pictures of the area from our camera including Muley Point and Monument Valley at the end. Unfortunately, we were not able to fully capture the expanse, color and beauty that this area holds...
Thought I would start with a picture of Dave Rogers (wahzoo) and his famous? GMC
Steve, Shin, Tory, Dave & Lynn...Don & Janet had not arrived yet
Janet Curley on Musslemen Arch this was our first stop on the rim
Don & Steve beating their way up the trail
Don & Steve pulling into one of several stops along the rim
This is a shot of a climb right before Murphy's Hogback
Steve making a climb back up to the shelf road
Don on the back (easy) side of Murphy's Hogback
We were threatened with this bad weather for much of the afternoon the second day
Tory, Janet, Shin, Don & Steve at Taylor Camp our last night on the rim
What me worry? Shin at Taylor camp
The climb out and a shot looking back into the rim and the Green River...
Tory Shin & Janet at the windows in Arches National park our next stop after the rim
Tory taking in the view from one of the windows
After Arches Don headed us out of the park on Salt Valley Road for some camping on BLM land. This was our last night together. Good food, good fire, a little Wild Turkey and a great time.
Muley Point looking across to Monument Valley (thanks again Dave)
The Goose Necks
On the road to Monument Valley
One of the Mitten's in Monument Valley
Thanks again to Steve & Shin and Don & Janet. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and your camaraderie. Don & Janet's willingness to share their extensive knowledge of the area added the final touch to a great adventure.
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Looks like you had to double pump some of those tight switchbacks, by the looks of the tracks in the pics. The one pic of steve going up a steep pitch finally shows how steep it really is.
We leave Monday for two weeks hard-coring in the desert southwest.
regards, as always, jefe
Great shots and a very nice write-up! Since we were in the lead during the trek (a Dodge making sure the Fords could make it) we obviously didn't get many pics of us, so it was good to see some of those shots. It's too bad we missed Dave, Lynn, and their (in)famous Jimmy at Arch View, but at least I finally got to see a shot of his mug without the benefit of any photochop airbrushing.
Your shots and comments reminded me that I forgot to mention the weather on the second day in my write-up. It was forecasted to storm pretty good that day, and we all watched with some foreboding as the clouds built and started dumping to the west and south of us in the Maze District. We were sure it was going to hit us on the more difficult stretches on the WRT that day, but other than a few drops on the windshield here and there, the storminess stayed just to the west of the Green River that day. It really was quite strange to see it storming and dumping rain so close to us, so the weather gods were definitely looking out for us on the 16th.
And it looks like you and Tory finished off your trip back to LA in style with your travels to Muley Point, the Goosenecks of the San Juan, and Monument Valley.
We have cleaned up our truck and camper as well, however, I have yet to get my power washer out and do a third undercarriage blast, so I too will have some red Utah dirt and mud to spread upon my driveway (it's amazing where that stuff can get lodged and you can never get it all).
Anyway, we had a total blast and are glad we could all get together for such a really great trip. (Now we just need to get Steve's contribution).
Yeah Don, Dave sure likes that photochop stuff huh?
Now what's this about Dodge making sure Ford can make it?? ...I'm not remembering it like that at all; how'bout you Steve? All kidding aside, I think we were both glad to have you in the lead truck...even if it's a ~Dodge~.