Have you ever wondered what Moab was like at times other than the busy week of Cruise Moab? Not just what the weather is like but what goes on when you aren't booked solid with things to do related to our great Toyota event? I have and recently had the opportunity to spend three full days on the trail with Jack Bickers, Moab area trail guide extraordinaire, and it really wasn't that hot - we never turned on the A/C while out in the boonies. In town, we did, but not in the canyon country northwest of Moab. I spent the rest of my time on Jack's daughter's ranch up in Lasal minding the horses, chickens, dogs and cats while she and her man were horseback riding near Glenwood Springs for the Fourth of July.
Jack, 84 years young and of very sharp mind, moved his family to Moab in the early 1980s because he was intrigued by the beauty of the area and because he was, and is, a passionate four wheeler who lives to explore what is around the next bend. Not only did he love to wheel, he loved to get out and hike and find sights that few others have other seen. He met up with some like-minded souls early in his adventures and formed a crew of which some still get together for a Thursday lunch on a regular basis. Sound like our breakfast groups? You betcha! They don't get out on the trail much anymore but Jack still loves and I mean LOVES to have folks let him guide them to places that he and only a few others know about. Ask Cheeseman, he'll tell you, that Jack can amaze you with his encyclopedic memory of places that you would swear that only a coyote could find. Jack takes pride in claiming to have named such places as Rose Garden Hill, Secret Spire, Alamo Arch and countless other spots we know and love. He has written six or seven trail books that predate anything by Charles Wells and he specializes in describing trails and landmarks that don't get the sort of attention that Easter Jeep Safari and Cruise Moab trails do. I'm talking about trails that early prospectors, seismographers, oil hunters, etc. created a long time ago when "Big Brother", a term Jack likes to use, was less concerned about a set of tracks wandering across the desert and plains and are very similar to the trails the prospectors created here in Colorado a long time ago. Every time we go wheeling in Colorado we have those early prospectors to thank and the Moab area of Utah is just about the same story. With fewer folks over there, though, the trails don't get used as much and Jack loves to go out and "warm the trails" to help keep them viable routes to spectacular sights. The way he can tell you that there is a turn off of what passes as a main road in 1/10th of a mile and you had better be looking closely or you'll miss it, is simply amazing. On one such turn, barely visible, I asked Jack how long it had been since he had taken that trail and he responded, "Oh seven or eight years or so." He knew where the trail was like it was yesterday that he had last been there. He'd love to have Rising Sun folks come over so he can share special Utah places with others that have the interest to see what is around the next bend, too.
I'm attaching a few pics of my recent travels with Jack and Suzie is uploading more to a website that will be reachable via a link I will post later. Jack likes to correspond via email and can be reached at Jack4wd@citilink.net
. He has tons of pictures he likes to share and has books and maps for sale at very reasonable prices.