Road trip through the desert

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ROAD TRIP

1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

When you ask your friend to drive 650 miles through the desert just for the sake of adventure, and he says yes only 24 hours before you're supposed to leave, you know you're in for a good time! 

 

We packed up the truck and drove straight through phenix to Sedona where we found our first trail and our first watering hole.  3.5 miles down the Bell Trail near Beacer station is "the crack".  A 30ft walled slot Canyon filled with running water where water passes through a tight crack to 2 large pools on either side.    

Unfortuanately our time was cut short here due to me climbing to the top part and jumping off blind into shallow water.  I bruised my right foot so hard it quickly swelled and because useless to walk on.  Shawn and I waddled 3.5 miles back to the car through a down pour of a monsoon with only a stick to assist me.   

 

Needless to say making it back to the car was one of the best feelings.  A bit ruffled by what just happen we hit the road and made it to the entrance of Antelope canyon around midnight.  Turning into one of the only open areas on the side of the dark highway we set up camp and shot photos of the Milky Way.  

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Little did we know we slept in the parking lot of the canyon we would we touring that morning.  After a brief shower and brush of the teeth, shawn arranged a private tour of Canyon X.  Our guide was an old Indian man who had stories for days, and he gave us a private escort to the entrance of the canyon.   

Hours later and in complete awe, we headed to cool off in lake Powell! En route to the water we noticed we were close to Horseshoe Bend and took advantage of the easy detour.  

 

We drove down to lone rock in lake Powell and thought we'd cruise along the sand for fun.  The timing of the jeep to decide to not have its 4wheel drive work was impeccable. When we try to leave after soaking and cooling off in the lake, our back tires buried themselves 3ft into the soft sand.  With every problem brings opportunity to learn something new and our luck brought us a new teacher in the form of a friendly man on vacation. He shared with us if we lowered the air pressure in the tires we would be able to grip the sand and leave easily.  He was so right.

 

from there we jammed through Zion National Park and into Eden.  We slept at the a frame that night and hiked powder mountain in the morning.  

All in all it was an epic trip and a great change of scenery to the beautiful beach we call home.   

CALIFORNIA TO UTAH

650 miles

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