On Wednesday we left Ridgway, where it was 12 degrees out, and headed southwest. We are playing snowbirds for about a month making our way to California. Kalden is ready to surf again! But first we’ve been making a few stops in the desert. The first stop was Zion National Park. We scored a campsite in the park and then planned a hike for the next day. We decided to try Angel’s Landing. We heard it was an adventurous and strenuous hike but we knew Kalden would love it. While the first two miles are mostly on a paved trail the last mile and a
We made it from Sedona, AZ to Escalante National Monument in a day but barely! Our 8AM departure from camp in Sedona turned into a 10AM departure but no problem there, shot on through to Flagstaff and a quick lunch. From there it was up Rt. 89. Now it gets tricky. For starters there just simply is no easy (direct) way to get to Hole in the Rock Rd from Flagstaff! Add to that that Rt 89 is shut down just outside of Page and now its a real pain. After a quick look on Google maps we came up with a plan. We would
Here we are, all set up on Gooseberry Mesa. When we were here last time many years ago we had set up on the left side of the road (the South Rim), this time we found a nice spot on the Right side (North Rim) a mile before the trailhead. What we like about this is the view of Zion NP is right out our front door every morning. Now, onto the trails. The South Rim is considered the more technical side and the North is called “moderate”. I would rate the South as “VERY technical” and the North as “Technical”. This is not a
When last we posted I mentioned our awning was a casualty of the severe winds in Fruita. We were happy to hear that there was a canvas repair company in Grand Junction that could fix it though! Well, it turned into a bit of a process to get it done and certainly required some patience! When it broke Friday we had originally planned to leave on Saturday PM for Moab. I spoke with the woman at the Canvas company who said she could not repair it on the weekend but to drop it by Monday at here daughters house, she would pick it up and
After getting back from Costa Rica we had a few adventure-less weekends. We needed to re-charge our bodies and bank accounts. With sunny skies and weather in high 60s we made a return to our springtime trips to the desert last weekend. Saturday morning we loaded up the kids and gear, met our friends and headed to Moab. We were at the Sovereign Singletrack trail head by 11am. The “Moms” took the first ride. I have a love and hate relationship with the Sovereign trail. Going up there are a few spots that always get me and make me loose my momentum. But, by the
Usually you won’t find my family visiting state or national parks. Yes I know they have value and protect our great natural attractions and resources but as a cyclist there is little to do in them. We get bored easily driving around only to jump out of the car at overlooks, hike an interpretive trail or browse around the visitor center. I was starting to feel a bit guilty about this since we have a 6 year old that should be visiting these “sacred” places. Then last year we discovered Dead Horse State Park in Moab. Dead Horse is located 32 miles west of Moab.
One of the perks of attending Bike Dealer Camp at Deer Valley was free lift tickets. I have never paid for a lift ticket in the summer. Sure I will take it if it’s free. One of my favorite rides is actually the Prospect Trail in Telluride which you access off the FREE Gondola! But the Deer Valley lift is pretty pricey on any other day so I had never taken it up. Well I was so impressed with the riding that I might even pay to do it again next time we are in Park City. I really recommend the lift riding option when