|We've been planning this White Rim Trail adventure with Bill, Sharon and Joyce for about a year now, and it was now time to do it. We had our campsite reservations, full tanks of gas plus 5 gallons each extra, and we headed down into the wilderness for a two night and 3 day fun time. What we found was a vast, chaotic, exotic and beautiful place which exceeded all of our expectations. The first day was somewhat more than we had expected, but day two far exceeded all of our expectations. WOW!! We have found that the pictures don't really show the vastness and depth of the canyons that we saw. You'll just have to trust us on that one.
The road was all over the place, but definitely required a high clearance 4 X 4 vehicle. Some of it was deep sand, some very steep with tight switch backs, some quite rough, and some smooth enough to go 20 mph. Very dusty, especially in the sandy areas. The Ranger has never been as dusty and dirty as it was after this 3 days. We saw more motorcyclists and bicyclists than cars during our 3 days, but mostly it felt very remote, isolated and quiet.
Wind became a big factor for us. Both days just before sunset big bursts of wind came up our of nowhere. The first night it flipped over and ruined our EZ-Up, and the 2nd night it flipped over our tent as we were setting it up and broke one of the main aluminum poles that holds the tent up, which meant that we had no tent for that night. At the time that this happened it looked very much like we would get rained on so Nancy and I thought we might have to sleep in the Ranger which was not very appealing. It did, however, clear up and we spent most of the night under the stars which was a great experience. Another big blow came up during the night that lasted for quite a while. All's well that ends well, however. We'll have to find a new pole for the tent, and maybe get another EZ-Up. It's pretty flimsy and we may not replace it.
Stay tuned. More to come....