UTCO Vacation, Part One, 08.17
Last year about this time I took a two week road trip through the four corners region with a 200 Series Land Cruiser (#200LCDC) meet in the middle of it where we explored Ouray, CO. This year the 200 meet was in Breckenridge with a smaller group meeting up in Moab UT first. This post (part one) will cover the Moab portion of the trip.
I asked my girlfriend Beth if she wanted to go on this little trek and she said yes, she hadn't taken vacation in a long time and hadn't ever been through any of southern Utah. We started making plans for VACATION!
Whenever I get to drive through southern Utah there are two must-dos along the way. The scenic highway 12 and Goblin Valley. As we made our way towards that direction from here in SoCal, we stopped along the way in Vegas for lunch and a walk-through of the Bellagio to stretch our legs before stopping at our destination for the day in St. George. We wandered the town a bit, checked out some of the historic buildings, got thundered and rainstormed on as we got close to the old Mormon church there. We were up early the next morning (a developing theme) to start seeing the sights. We covered a lot of ground that day including: Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Goblin Valley, Highway 12! (Part Three of this story will be landscape highlights, the pics in Parts One and Two are mostly snapshots.)
The first day of trails in Moab was pretty ideal, we ran the Hells Revenge trail, the truck did great, only one minor tupperware incident. Love the slickrock there and we had a great day all around.
Day two in Moab was a bit more intense. We learned a lot. To be honest we were on a trail system that we probably shouldn't have been on, but the group of trucks was fully committed at a certain point and had to keep moving forward. I'll likely write up a piece about those specific exploits in the future. (Beth, apologies again, we don't ever need to do that again, lol.) The truck performed albeit the rear bumper is pretty well scrap. Poison Spider to Golden Spike to Gold Bar Rim. We got back to pavement at 1:30AM, it was a long day... (But I bought the stickers lol.) Stay tuned for the landscape pics from this segment, we were in a spectacular spot as the sun was setting.
After those exploits we took a day off and made our way towards Breckenridge. I was gassed and Beth drove the highway miles which was super nice. Along the way we stopped at Grand Junction, CO and really enjoyed walking the downtown area, seeing all the art work (especially the stained glass) and browsing the shops. PLUS we happened across a giant independent Lego store called eBricks! Had to make some room in the truck for a nice addition to Fredbricksburg.
Next stop - Breckenridge CO.