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Old 11-17-2014, 10:49 AM
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Default Denver Blizzard Avoidance Trip

About the time you guys in Denver were getting snowed in on Monday, I was headed out to Utah chasing sun.

Met up with Dan Tuesday morning around Fruita, and then we dropped the hammer for the Swell.

We dropped in to Black Dragon Canyon for some nice 50 + T-shirt weather.
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:53 AM
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Canyon wash is an interesting place to drive. Some places the sand is quite firm, and other places it just disappears in an instant....like here:
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:59 AM
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Default Moving on to Jackass bench

We drove out the canyon after a little digging, and hit the benches. There were actually quite a few jackasses out there, and not the trucknutz kind! (donkey pics didn't turn out so well with crappy iphone.)

We set up at Lone Warrior for the night, which is a pretty cool spot for large groups to camp.
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:07 AM
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Default Wednesday

Couple more rolled in late Tuesday night, Chris and Matt.
I don't recall exactly where we rolled on Wednesday (devil's racetrack, eagle canyon, etc), but a fair bit of actual wheeling and less "overlanding".
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:12 AM
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More please. A trip like this will hopefully be a priority for me next year.
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:18 AM
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At some point we dropped down into a canyon trail for a "short cut". I think the sign said Advanced. Lol. I dunno what happened to me other than just a long day of fatigue, but I accidentally climbed the passenger front up on a rock and dropped it on the other side. Wound up taking a hit in the rocker that left a mark. Doh! After 18 years of wheeling, I guess it was time for a little body damage finally.
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:20 AM
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That last shot above ^ is from the San Rafael bridge. Pretty cool old suspension bridge that's still intact largely because no kids have decided to light it on fire.
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:28 AM
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I think it was Thursday night that we woke up to snow, but honestly, the days kind of rolled together at that point. That's the sign of a good vacation!
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Default Friday to Goblin valley & little wild horse

Friday we hiked little wildhorse canyon, and camped at Goblin valley.
Apparently, that goblin area becomes quite the hot spot with the Utah locals Friday night after work. There was a constant stream of headlights into the canyon filling in all the sites.
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At some point we dropped down into a canyon trail for a "short cut". I think the sign said Advanced. Lol. I dunno what happened to me other than just a long day of fatigue, but I accidentally climbed the passenger front up on a rock and dropped it on the other side. Wound up taking a hit in the rocker that left a mark. Doh! After 18 years of wheeling, I guess it was time for a little body damage finally.
that top picture is Eagle canyon, right? did you guys crawl up that steep crumbly shale ledge into 2' of desert sand??
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