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Well, not Just Poison Spider, We also did part of Where Eagles Dare, the whole Gold Spike Trail, part of Rusty Nail and The Gold Rim trail before getting back to Gemini Bridges and then to Moab. It was going to be a short day. Run Poison Spider, turn around and come back. We had been pushing it hard and needed a slow day. Just the three JLURs and my normal crew. Well we were at the turn around at 1030 am and IF we turned back, we would have been done with trails at 1pm. We decided to NOT turn around and ended up with a 12 hour+ day on the trail. Bill's Jeep overheated the brakes at one point. 6 bottle of water sprayed on the rear rotor and brake caliber solved that problem. We ran into an obstacle on Rusty Nail that caused us to turn around. We were beat by the time we got back to camp.

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The views were awesome.
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Getting out of the sun and the light was just right.
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We are about half way through the day..... So more to come, but I have to go work on my Jeep. Going to put the diff skids back on after re-painting them. Kind of wore the paint off them and put the new adjustment knobs back on the shocks in the rear after ripping them off.





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Great stuff as usual.

You are having way too much fun for a retired person.
 
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When you execute a pass on the Golden Spike trail and get a fist bump. My wife was driving. Well done.
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The Punk'N refected nice onto my white JLUR.
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Sometimes it's a game of inches.
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There were many senic drops. Carla is fearless.
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I was late snapping the shot. This was tighter than it looks. Mirrors barely made it through with out damage.
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At the famous Golden Crack. It was flexy. I will try and find the video of the crossing and post it later. Overall it was easy to navigate. It took about 6 hours to get here coming from Poison Spider. Full day. It was hot and we crushed water and tea all day.
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The trail was so long, we basicly got tired of taking photos and it turned into work. So if you do the whole run. Bring, lunch and plenty of water.
 
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We drove down and did Elephant Hill trail next. It was an awesome fun trail and challenging. Not overly tough, the fun kind of tough. Challenging for a few minutes then relaxing trails in between. A great balance for a fun day. The trail is 70+ miles south west of Moab. So about 150 miles of road driving round trip. It was worth it though as even the sights from the road were amazing.

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did some hiking in slot canyons.
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Bill and Phil make the first set of switch backs. This may have been intimidating if it was our first trail, but after a while you get like, my Jeep can do this.
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The sign was not kidding. It is down hill from here and you have to back down a switchback. Thank you Jeep for a back up camera.
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My JLUR with the -3.5 of backspacing on the wheels barely fit through here.

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once down on the valley floor the trail smoothed out and we could relax some on the trail, it was not life or death driving like on the way down.
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Had to climb the wall a little to save the mirror.
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Coming out of the squeeze was very cool.
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Hiked out to an overlook and this was our lunch spot. We met some JLwrangler forum member here. They recognized my JLUR. They were from Texas and Flordia if I remember right. thousands of miles from home and bam. We meet out in the middle of no where.
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We drove down and did Elephant Hill trail next. It was an awesome fun trail and challenging. Not overly tough, the fun kind of tough. Challenging for a few minutes then relaxing trails in between. A great balance for a fun day. The trail is 70+ miles south west of Moab. So about 150 miles of road driving round trip. It was worth it though as even the sights from the road were amazing.

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did some hiking in slot canyons.
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Bill and Phil make the first set of switch backs. This may have been intimidating if it was our first trail, but after a while you get like, my Jeep can do this.
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The sign was not kidding. It is down hill from here and you have to back down a switchback. Thank you Jeep for a back up camera.
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My JLUR with the -3.5 of backspacing on the wheels barely fit through here.

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once down on the valley floor the trail smoothed out and we could relax some on the trail, it was not life or death driving like on the way down.
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Had to climb the wall a little to save the mirror.
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Coming out of the squeeze was very cool.
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Hiked out to an overlook and this was our lunch spot. We met some JLwrangler forum member here. They recognized my JLUR. They were from Texas and Flordia if I remember right. thousands of miles from home and bam. We meet out in the middle of no where.
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WOW! Now I know why Elephant Hill is a must do trail.
I think you might have met @72Blazer and I can't remember the other guy. They were out there around this time I think.
 

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Great pics as always!! Looks like everyone had a great time!
 

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WOW! Now I know why Elephant Hill is a must do trail.
I think you might have met @72Blazer and I can't remember the other guy. They were out there around this time I think.
I was there the week after so didn’t get a chance to meet him. Great pics!
 
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Great stuff as usual.

You are having way too much fun for a retired person.
And to think I have a nice comfortable couch and a comfy bed, but hey going camping the next two weekends in a row.
 
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So, the next trail we knocked off was Hole in the Wall. It was 150 miles southwest of Moab and down by Lake Powell. We stopped and got gas at the last station before getting to the trail. About 70 miles away and the station attendant told us that we would not get far on the trail as it had been washed out. He was right. We went anyways.

We drove by the entrance of the trail as the others had never been to Lake Powell and it was close by. Due to Covid, it was pretty quiet there and the Ferry was out of service also.



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After are brief sight seeing at Lake Powell it was on to the trail.

There was part of an old half track out in the desert.
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There was a little silliness....

and parts of other vehicles.
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It did not take long for find the end.
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So we set out and did some exploring and found and oasis in the desert.
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It would have been a great place to camp. so i marked it in hopes that we will travel by it again in the future.

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Then we headed back out until I saw on Gaia what looked like a dead end trail near a river with an overlook off a cliff and so we headed out there for lunch. I have drone photos and video from here, but that will be another thread. My wife in the photo below up on a rock ledge.
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There was cool sights along the drive everywhere
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The next day we headed out to do Steel Bender. It was a great trail. Challenging, but not overwelling. There were great sights, water crossing, waterfall climbs and sand. it was also close to Moab so the daily commute was not long.

You enter the trail from a subdivision and head down a switchback and do some water crossings in a canyon. It was beautiful and we came back out the same way.
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A nice steep climb with a step at the top.
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Lol, my wife is driving and she has Something about Mary hair in the mirror. I point it out to her and she looks at me like I am stupid and said, "You're an idiot.... That is wind in the hair of an adventure Jeep girl." Fair enough. I am an idiot and it was windy.
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That was a twisted tree. Kind of like my mind at times.
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There was some amazing views out the windshield that day.
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It was hard not to smile while out doing this trail.
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The sky is just amazing in Moab.
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Heading back out of the canyon to the exit. Loved this trail.
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My wife soaking the inside of the Jeep on a water crossing. She has a habit of doing this.

Climbing down a water fall.
 
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We did drive out to where the Movie Thelma and Louis shot the scene where they jumped their car off the cliff. It was a very scenic drive. After the drive out, we climbed up the canyon and star gazed after the sunset.

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yea, I know clean the windshield......
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Me overhearing my wife talking to my drag racing buddy about what it would take to do a Hellcat Hemi conversion on my JLUR.
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I did not have my big camera to take any quality night sky and star shots, but believe me the night sky was amazing from the top of the Island in the Sky. We were able to see the comet, and the band of the Milky Way clearly. There was zero light population and the sky was just WOW.

The best I could do with my cell phone camera. Pic of the Moon in the night sky
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Did you see any of the fossilized sea shells out at Thelma and Louise point?
 
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Did you see any of the fossilized sea shells out at Thelma and Louise point?
I did not know to look. Well next time.
 

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I did not know to look. Well next time.

We got lucky the day we were out there. Local tour guide pulled up behind us showing some people around. Super nice guy. Told us to look around for them. Once everyone had found one he asked us each to explain why there would be sea shells in the desert.

Pretty trippy. :)
 

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