Lake Tahoe and the Rubicon Trail (October 7-9)

Oh my! What a trip!! The real purpose of this trip was to visit the famous (infamous) Rubicon Trail and try out The Black Pearl on the holy grail of Jeep trails. More on this later… Then, disaster struck. As we approached the gatekeeper, we paused to lower the tire pressure and noticed a passengerContinue reading “Lake Tahoe and the Rubicon Trail (October 7-9)”

Hooray for Ouray!! & Telluride (Sep. 27-29)

We left Moab with a new lower control arm and headed over to Ouray, CO for a little more 4-wheelin’ fun! We booked a tent site at the KOA and bedded down for the evening with thoughts of Black Bear Pass on our minds We drove along the narrow switchbacks and took in scenery thatContinue reading “Hooray for Ouray!! & Telluride (Sep. 27-29)”


September 26, 2020 So, James turns 54 today and is clearly the senior citizen of this group. Anxious to get to the trails, we made a pit stop to check out some ancient artwork and wonder about the meaning of it all. The Colorado River is running alongside these cliffs and there are a fewContinue reading “I Will Take My BIRTHDAY ON THE ROCKS, PLEASE.”

It’s Really Happening! MOAB!! September 25, 2020

It has been 32 years in the making, but my dream to go 4-Wheelin’ in Moab, UT has finally been fulfilled! Mike was a gracious host and led us on a “family oriented” trail, rich in history and scenery. During our visit to Canyonlands, I earned his seal of approval as a driver capable ofContinue reading “It’s Really Happening! MOAB!! September 25, 2020”

Arches National Park – Moab, UT (9/24/20)

WOW! Just Wow! This was on Shelly’s bucket list and I was happy to help that dream come true for her. What I didn’t know (and I’m not sure how this escaped me) is that Arches would surpass The Grand Canyon, for me, in natural beauty and wonder. We enjoyed a full day of drivingContinue reading “Arches National Park – Moab, UT (9/24/20)”

The Birthday Weekend Begins!

And they are off! A quick re-route on travel eve and we are headed to Farmington, NM instead of Zion. A brief geography lesson, last night, helped us with this determination. While Shelly is somewhat disappointed, I am excited for some off-roading at Chokecherry Canyon. We are about to find out what The Black PearlContinue reading “The Birthday Weekend Begins!”