Friday, March 25, 2016
Finally Some Red Rocks
Whew! We made it to Moab and not a moment too soon. For some reason getting down here was a fight. Snow storms, broken RV parts and more seemed to try to keep us down but we're here and having a great time. As expected there are a lot of people roaming around and the excitement is at a fever pitch.
Our first day here spent at the Spanish Trail Arena for the vendor show. Here is the place you want to be if you own a Jeep vehicle because if it bolts or welds onto a Jeep it's here. From axles, lockers, and tires to shovels, tow straps, and winches. I can guarantee that you will find something here that you will drool over and probably end up leaving with something that you didn't know you even needed (like I did.)
The vendor show just continues to grow with more vendors who love to support this sport and the Jeep Safari and even after twenty plus years of me coming down here it never ceases to amaze me that an entire industry is showcased so well in just one place.
After spending three hours at the vendor show we decided to grab a bite to eat and then go find a short trail to do before dinner. In 2013 a new trail was created to honor our boys in blue and was dubbed the Fallen Peace Officer trail. This trail is dedicated to Utah police officers that have died while in the line of duty to honor their service. It is a fourteen mile loop north of town that borders Arches National Park and crosses the Copper Ridge Trail that the Jeep Safari uses. It is mostly dirt trail that passes through washes and throws in a few rocky climbs here and there to keep things interesting. Our six vehicles had no trouble traversing the trail and it was a good trail to introduce a new four wheeling family to the sport. Driving in a stock and fairly new Jeep Liberty off road and with no knowledge of what you're getting into can be stressful but these two handled it like pros. Thanks for joining us on the trail Jay and Linda and welcome to the off road community.
To make this trail a little more difficult we chose to start late in the afternoon (because the leader thought it was a short trail, my bad) and the sun set by the time we had reached mile ten. The setting sun makes for good photos and a beautiful end to a fun day. The drive lights were turned on and we slowly made our way home in the dark. It's been a long time since we've been on a night run and it turned out to be really fun and I can't wait to do it again.
Unfortunately I can't share any photos at the moment because the internet at my RV park suuuucks! I will share our photos and videos with you after we return home but for now I shall say goodbye because It's time to go run another trail. See you Monday!