Western Follies

So once we packed on from the salt flats, we had to head back east towards Salt Lake City,

but didn’t really have a plan of where to go, nor did we have anything booked for the night. We were fairly hungry, as we were just eating health bars throughout the day, so I was pretty happy when we passed by a Longhorn Steakhouse (which is actually pretty damn good for the money) so we can get a hot meal

His and Hers

While we ate, we talked about a few options. I’ve been to all 5 of the “big 5” in Utah, but my wife has been to only 4, leaving just Capitol Reef National Park. She also wanted to go to the carribbean for this vacation, so she kind of wanted to swim as well, so we threw around going to Capitol Reef and Lake Powell. After a little more deliberation, she says she wouldnt mind going back to Colorado, especially since she’s now on board with moving out there, and the fact that she had a great time the last time we were there…so both agreed that we can save a few days and have extra time to spend in Colorado, so looking at the map, if you look carefully, you’ll understand why it didn’t take much convincing to get me to agree with this plan.

Passing through Moab meant that I can have a day to relax, maybe run a trail, before heading into the mountains….this plan would bring us into Moab at around 3am, far too late to camp, so we had to find a hotel for the night.

Driving was slow going, as it wasn’t an interstate, but a dark and lonely B road with one lane in each direction with the occasional passing lane.

We arrived in Moab in the middle of the night, found a cheap motel, booked 2 nights (hotel made us book for the night we checked in at 4am) and went to bed.

We woke up, and the first order of business was to get the salt off the Jeep. The guide at the Salt Flats told us to make sure we get it off ASAP, so I obliged.

Stopping by my favorite car wash in Moab

After that, we had breakfast along the colorado river…

on our way to run just 1 trail, a trail that I got blocked off from during my first year in Moab, Chicken Corners.

Trail starts as an easy graded road

But then quickly gets rocky and tippy as you climb

Wife was annoyed that the cliff edge is always on her side lol, and she asked me why the trail was called “Chicken Corners”…well, the answer is that a few of the turns towards the top are very off camber and they make the Jeep lean towards the cliff face, and it’s pretty damn unnerving.

Finally, as you crawl your way to the top, you are rewarded with a great view

We wanted to have a little lunch up here and relax, but the weather had other plans. It started to drizzle, and then some nasty looking storm clouds rolled in. I know from reading the trail book (as well as my own experience from 4 years ago) that you can get trapped on this trail, as rain quickly turns the exit of this trail into a river, and then you are basically stuck here until the river subsides.

My instinct was right, as soon as be got past the point of being trapped, it started to pour, and it would have certainly trapped us. We drove down to the Moab brewery for an early dinner, and just as we pulled up, the rain stopped, and the sunset started peeking through.

We relaxed the rest of the evening, walking around town, wife was visiting the gift shops, and then we called it a day, for tomorrow, we head into Colorado.

 

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