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Old 05-19-2015, 09:53 AM
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Or rather, no plan at all. This was about as last minute a trip as you can make, and literally came down to about the day before we just decided to take a long weekend and make a run for it.

Left Friday after lunch some time, and made the usual stop at The Hot Tomato in Fruita. This is always tasty, though maybe not the greatest of idea for a 1,197 mile trip in a 1978 BJ40.....over just 3.5 days.
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Old 05-19-2015, 09:59 AM
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We stopped at Rabbit Valley for the night, and elbowed in some room among all the bikers setting up for the Koko trail.
Early morning rise, no cooking, and hit the road towards Moab.
Well...maybe not Moab...maybe Green River. Hmm, the swell? Canyonlands? South of Canyonlands?
About 3 miles from the turn off the Moab, we decided WTH and headed for Hole in the Rock on the OTHER side of the lake.
Somewhere in there, we detoured down Notom road to the Burr trail.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:03 AM
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Top of the stairs, then on to Boulder.
The road out of Boulder down to Escalante is freaking nuts. Top of the ridge, drops either side, high winds, RV's coming at you, no guard rails. I didn't get many photos in that area, but did take a vid on the way back.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:06 AM
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Finally hit the road (mormon trail) out to Hole in the rock late in the Day on Saturday. We pulled off on a side trail to try to find some shelter from the winds and found the Batty caves by accident. I'm sure there's a story here, but haven't had time to look them up yet.

>>edit: Found some backstory on them here. And a crazy arch I need to go back to see. http://cedarandsand.blogspot.com/201...ass-caves.html
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:09 AM
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Camp, then a TON of more driving.
Finally made it to the end of the road to the hole.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:15 AM
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The actual climb down to the Lake is just that, a climb. There are several spots where you are searching for hand holds and hoping you don't screw up. I'm sure it looked quite different back in the day, but sketchy still. I would say the original path was quite a bit higher up than the current floor is now.
Apparently, they blasted rock out in a few spots, and I would guess they pushed a lot of rubble down in the low spots and tried to pave it as best they could.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:19 AM
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Somewhere around 1pm and time to head back. We stopped along the way back out and found a couple of neat spots. One camp with handholds that run all the way to the top. Second spot is Dancehall rock.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:27 AM
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Heading back to Boulder and took the scenic route up to the top of the mountain.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:34 AM
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Dropped into the Capitol Reef National park. Sweet area, but too bad it's fully paved and loaded with tourists.
And by now you're probably realizing just how much of these photos are shot from the driver seat. Yup...lots of miles.
Hooked back down Notom and started exploring looking for a decent place to camp for the night. "Settled" on a spot up on the top of a ridge, but I didn't grab a good photo of the 360 views. You can see the mtns off in the distance (Henrys?) and the Capitol Reef in the other. There are TONS of good camp spots in this area.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:39 AM
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I would say this was the first night we really kind of settled down and relaxed. No wind, some beer, some brats. Pulled out the air rifle and set up a sniping range.
Lame photo, but here's at least one view.
Got up Monday morning and decided to explore a bit before heading on. There's a bunch of forest roads down in here, but lots of private land too. No idea exactly what we were on at some point.
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