Cowboys and Horses

IMG_20150405_171905011Moab, Utah is known for its many trails, whether motorized, bicycled or hiked. The views are spectacular, red rocks as far as the eye can see. Two National Parks are designated there, Arches and Canyons, both offer extraordinary scenery.

One of the places we’ve never taken in is Dead Horse Point, we took a drive up there on Easter Sunday to see the views it has to offer. Dead Horse Point is a Utah State Park, entry fee is $10 without a State Park pass. It is high on the mountain overlooking the curve of the Colorado River. The views are expansive.

There are many trails, including a paved walking path that gives you 270 degree views of the area off the Point. The vantage points you can gain from this view are tremendous.

The park is named Dead Horse Point for a legend that exists from the Old West. It is rumored that during a roundup of wild horses, the horses were corralled at the end of the peninsula, and then the land bridge was blocked off. Since the only escape was a 2000 foot drop over the embankment, when the cowboys didn’t return to claim their horses after the roundup, the horses starved to death. No one knows why the cowboys didn’t return.
Dead Horse Point State Park should be added to your list of Moab destinations.

If you just need an easy getaway, without the stress of trail riding, and without the crowds, it is worth the trek up the mountain to the park. Bring your walking shoes and your camera to get the most out of your visit.

Road trippin…

If your man is like mine, when he invites you on a “little” road trip – be wary.  My most recent “little” road trip covered over 6,000 miles in just 15 days.  See map here.  Seventeen states, we were rolling.  It may sound like I’m complaining, but I’m not, I love this kind of stuff.  There is so much to see through the windshield.

The first jaunt was one we’ve taken dozens of times, straight down I-15 through Utah to Vegas and then up over the pass to Barstow and beyond.  It’s an easy drive – in Utah, they even raise the speed limit to 80 for some stretches.  Our stop in the LA area included a trip up to Lake Arrowhead, a jaunt to Corona, Claremont, Ontario and out to Glen Helen Speedway. Pomona was our major destination for the OffRoad Expo, and well worth the trip it was!

Taking off from there we headed east to the Surprise/Wickenburg area then farther east to Sayre,Oklahoma and our friends at Buzzard Canyon.  Again, this is a stretch of road we see often.  Heading south from there, we took some back roads through Texas with Fredericksburg being our destination for a race over that weekend out at Canyons Off Road Park.  Great race with friends, fun to be a spectator again.   Funny thing happened with one of our friends, I can’t share on Facebook, but I can share here.  Big had been online talking to one of the women coming out to the race and the subject of Apple Pie came up, she said she was bringing some for him – well, we interpreted that as moonshine, Apple Pie is code for really good moonshine – nope, she brought him a real baked apple pie.  We ate the whole thing.

On Sunday morning we headed out going north, up through some more of those fun back roads, our destination was just south of Chicago, the Cliffs Insane Terrain, a little less than two days and we made it.

Kicked in a few more hours on that Monday night to find our way to the center of Michigan and our new friends at Rocks and Valleys.  As we talked to them about how to go west again, they suggested going to the UP and across.  I hadn’t looked at a map yet and wasn’t sure if I would need my passport, it’s been in the shop getting renewed.  Big smiled and nodded at the guys and when we got out to the car, pulled the map out – having never been in Michigan before, he didn’t know that UP stood for Upper Peninsula.

A quick stop in Crandon, Wisconsin to see the Offroad park there and then we booked it for home –Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana.  As soon as we crossed the Mackinaw Bridge, Big’s speech pattern changed, all of a sudden, he was a local.  It didn’t help that we had just watched the Renee Zellweger film “New in Town” – the accent was hysterical, but I had to keep asking him if the real Big could come out for a little while, it was just too natural for him.