Snow Dancing In Moab, Utah

Post by blogger | November 26, 2007      

We figured a Thankgiving holiday snowdance in Moab, Utah would bring the goods to central Colorado. We were wrong. Instead, it snowed in Moab (and some in southern Colorado).

Thanksgiving in Moab Utah.
For starters, we headed up to the Sunset Grill for trad Thanksgiving Dinner. We got a window seat and kicked back to enjoy the view of sunset over Moab Rim.

Hiking in Moab Utah.
Friday morning we woke up, and looked out the motel window at a full blizzard. I guess our dance worked too well. The plan was to mountain bike and 4-wheel. Knowing those activities would be less than fun with such weather, we opted for a hike up the classic Hidden Valley Trail south of Moab.

Hiking in Moab Utah.
The new snow had come down cold and blower, tufting the grass with millions of these beautiful white coronas.

Hiking in Moab Utah.
At the end of the hike you get a treat looking at some well preserved rock art. My guess: A pregnant princess?

Hiking in Moab Utah.
Check out this winter view of the La Sal Mountains. Legend is they’re called “The Salt” mountains because early explorers saw they were snow capped in summer, and couldn’t belive they were looking at snow so they picked the next likely candidate for making a mountain white.

Hiking in Moab Utah.
We even brought Rumble Bee along for some fun on the rocks with the High Country 4-Wheelers club out of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Saturday we wheeled Metal Masher, then did a quick run through The Pickle trail on Sunday while my wife and son were mountain biking the Slickrock Trail. They reported the Slickrock to be in great shape, with just a bit of snow along with cool temps that made it a lot more pleasant than getting scorched as one usually does.

Hiking in Moab Utah.
Then the traditional night drive back to Colorado on Interstate 70. I fooled around with the Canon A720 at low shutter speeds with image stabilization and made this composite to capture the mood. The tail light streaks turned out, but I couldn’t get the big full moon to be anything more than a white blob. Good trip, now we’re ready for some backcountry skiing! (And it does look like snow is on tap for this week.)


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4 Responses to “Snow Dancing In Moab, Utah”

  1. Jay J November 26th, 2007 11:24 am

    Lou; how much $$$$$ for you to come to Laramie,WY area and stay the Winter and do the SNOW DANCE – ALL the time??

  2. Lou November 26th, 2007 12:22 pm

    Hey, good idea, start charging for the snowdance like one of those dustbowl era rainmakers. I think the topless Jeep is key. The clouds see that and they just want to get on it!

  3. Steve November 26th, 2007 12:51 pm

    Nice, looks like fun.
    The key to a great moon shot – f-11 (aperture) and 1/250(shutter speed), and a tripod of course.
    Good luck!

  4. Lou November 26th, 2007 12:58 pm

    Yeah, no crisp moon shot from a moving truck, that’s for sure! Should have stopped and get the moon pic, then dropped it into the shot. Next time.

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