As much as Cindy and I love Moab, attending the annual Easter Jeep Safari was just becoming way too much work for us and far from being the fun that it used to be. After all, we got into Jeepin to get away from the crowds – not to surround ourselves with them. So, a couple of years ago, we decided that we’d still make regular treks out to Moab but we’d do it off season and when there weren’t so many people out there.
Out on the Cliffhanger Jeep Trail in Moab, Utah, there’s an obstacle immediately after you cross Kane Springs Creek and there’s two ways you can take it.
For those of you who’ve never run Cliffhanger out in Moab, there’s a steep set tightly stacked ledges that look and feel a lot like stairs and it’s something that you have to descend the moment you start the trail.
Out in Moab, there’s a trail known as Cliffhanger and as the name suggests, there’s a length of it that has you driving along the edge of a thousand foot cliff.
Cindy and I got out to Moab just ahead of the 50th Annual Easter Jeep Safari and got a chance to test out the new Cooper Discoverer STT Pro tires that we recently installed on Rubicat, our Jeep JK Wrangler and out on the Behind the Rocks trail.
This is far from being anything special but on our way out to Moab, we decided to take a side route through Capitol Reef to explore the backcountry off road trails out in the Cathedral Valley.
Over the last 10 years, Cindy and I have been leading groups of people who are new to the world of off-roading out on run to help teach them about their Jeep and how to use it out on the trail. For the most part, we’ve been doing this up in the El Paso Mountains near the town of Ridgecrest and out on a trail known as, Last Chance Canyon.
In this short video clip, you’ll get to see Moby, our 2007 Jeep JK Wrangler take on a tough, steep hill climb and back when we were still running a 3.8L motor and a manual transmission. We hope you enjoy.
After Dynomax announced the release of their all new QuietCrawler Performance Exhaust System earlier this year and noted that it was “specifically designed to provide high clearance for rockcrawling and quiet acoustics for everyday driving in your 3.6L Jeep Wrangler 4 door”, we knew it was something we had to try.
Of course, being that Monday is the start of the work week, we even decided to head out to the office and push ourselves by working a double shift. In other words, we ran two trails instead of just one.
It’s nothing special but here’s a short video clip of Moby having some fun out in some fresh fluffy snow.
Unfortunately for us, we had to spend the better part of the day behind a computer but as soon as we finished our work, we packed up Rubicat and headed out to a nearby mall and spent some time playing on the speed bumps.
On this particular year, Cindy wanted to head out to the Nightingale Mountains to explore some of the amazing rock formations, petroglyphs, colorful canyons, mine ruins and… other weird stuff you can sometimes find out in the middle of nowhere.
As much as Cindy and I love to play on the rocks, it has always been our love of the desert and our passion for exploring it that brought us into the world of Jeeps. It is for this reason that we always try to spend the first weekend of January taking friends out into the Mojave Desert and to show them some of the amazing places and things we’ve found over the years.
Even though we have covered vast sections of the Mojave over the last 25 years, there were still places we had yet to see and some of them were out in an area known a the Shadow Valley and Turquoise Mountain.
Thanks to a post that M38A1Driver made here not too long ago, I was reminded of an airway beacon out in the Mojave Desert that I had known about for quite some time but wasn’t sure if you could actually get up to it.
As we have done for as long as I can remember, Cindy and I made our way down to the Mojave Desert to kick off the New Year with good friends both old and new and out on the trail. For 2016, we decided to revisit a part of the Mojave that we hadn’t been out to in a few years and it is known as, the Black Mountain Wilderness.
May all of you have a wonderful 2016 filled with tons of cool new mods for your Jeep and awesome wheeling adventures all year long!
Cindy and I would like to wish everyone here on WAYALIFE a very Merry Christmas.
I wouldn’t have guessed it when I got up this morning but as of about noon today, there was no need for us to be dreaming of a white Christmas