I'm in Moab Now

Discussion in 'Hiking & Camping' started by Scott Chandler, Nov 10, 2015.

  1. Scott Chandler

    Scott Chandler Wildness is a necessity- John Muir

    After summering in the Bighorn Mountains, I am now in the Moab area for a couple months at the least. If you are visiting Dead Horse Point soon, you may spot me working.

    Anyhoo, I felt I'd share some pictures of some initial wanderings around the area.

    What I thought was going to be a first day on the job turned into a "go explore" day. I decided to keep things short and simple and did the Portal Overlook trail just outside Moab.

    For those who have never done it, the trail starts out flat and nice.
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    And then climbs up some ledges to an overlook of the valley. Not a bad view for not very much effort. The mountain bike tracks I saw on the trail made me wonder how badly I'd wet my pants if I were into that sort of thing...
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    Looking at the valley, my vote was that I was early for fall colors still...
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    Thinking I was early for fall colors the week before, I started my days off with a hike in a spot that looked like it would have good colors. Most of the Cottonwoods appeared to have lost their yellow leaves to a storm over the week, but, there were still a few changing trees and it turned into a nice stroll up the canyon.
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    Freezing temps lately yielded this cool little find: a frosty anthill and moss!
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    The imprint of a leaf in a riffle of the sand
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    This trip truly was about the details. I thought my grand shots were fairly meh.
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    A silly juniper growing out of rock
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    The Marrimac
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    Towards the end of the wandering I ran into this oddity. It looked like a cache of rusting out junk behind a newish grill grate. There wasn't really much stopping me from removing the grate and disturbing the rusting junk, other than a repulsion towards handling junk.
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    On my way back down canyon, I spent some time on the slickrock rim, looking for more cool details.
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    One of those details was this little Pinon Pine, inn'it cute, framing the Monitor with the rock? Aww.
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    And this dead...juniper I'm betting. It made an S
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    After going into town and buying groceries, I decided I'd try the sunset game. I'm bad at seeking sunsets, I more often than not stumble into good sunset moments. But this time I set out for The Knoll, the highest point on the mesa of Dead Horse Pt and Island in the Sky. For a high point, it's not very grand.
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    But the view from the top was pretty nice. I played around a lot, trying to capture the moment and be artsy while the sun made its exit from the day.
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  2. Dave

    Dave Broadcaster, formerly "ashergrey" .

    Great place to land for the winter Scott.
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  3. IntrepidXJ

    IntrepidXJ ADVENTR .

    Grand Junction, CO
    Scott, we need to meet up sometime for a hike while you are in Moab. My Moab season is just starting, so I should be heading that way more often soon :)
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  4. slc_dan

    slc_dan Desert Rat-Weekend Warrior

    Salt Lake City
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  5. Artemus

    Artemus I walk .

    better off outside
    Welcome to Utah man! Coming to visit. Nice hike report and your tree shots would work great in the tree gallery thread!
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  6. TannerT

    TannerT Hike Hard, Tread Lightly

    Hey @Scott Chandler I'm looking forward to your TR's for the winter!!!
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