Thursday, May 23, 2013

A day in the sun for fun!

 Finally another adventure that doesn't involve me getting stuck. We headed back up Beaver canyon to see how far we could make it today. The sun was out but it wasn't as warm as it could have been. But that was OK, I don't mind it at all. The trail had some snow down near where I had gotten stuck, but nothing like before. We made it up to the valley where you can choose to go to Preston Idaho or across the the top to  Franklin basin. I chose Franklin Basin and we headed up the canyon.
 This foto shows the snow still in the trees and how deep it still is in the trees. It also shows a beaver condo there in the center. There are so many of them up there and it kinda sucks cuz you never see any of them. I do believe that they are allergic to the sun. The river is full of dams from the start of the trail to where the river starts. I would really love to see some of them sometime. As we headed up the trail to go over to Franklin basin the snow drifts got bigger and bigger. The yellow Jeep did very well blasting thru all of them till we rounded the corner and found no more road. It was buried under a white blanket of slushy snow 2 to 3 feet deep. Since we didn't have the luxury of another vehicle with us , we turned around and headed back down the canyon.

The trip down was uneventful and a breeze for the Jeep. Going down hill thru snow banks is a lot easier due to the law of gravity. As we got back to the bottom of the canyon, the GoPro video camera decided it had had enough. It wouldn't stay on so I had to use the normal camera to catch our friend munching plants. She is named Melanie J Moose and she doesn't look very old. If I remember my zoology studies right, moose spend time with mom from birth till the next years baby arrives. Thus my thinking that she is probably a yearling. She was the 2nd moose we actually saw today. On the way up we saw one in the Logan river. We also saw 2 deer and a young badger today. Needless to say, we had a great time, though it was too short. But then again, most Jeep trips are. Jeep on my friends!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Finally, a new post

Wow, it has been a long time since I have posted anything. Sorry , but I have  been busy with school and work and being poor. But, I did have a chance to go out last Sunday and we had a great time, considering I finally got Old Yellow stuck. We headed up to Beaver Creek canyon, which was really the only trail open, and proceeded to see how far we could go. As we hit the trail head, I stopped to hook up my GOPRO HERO camera and as I was doing that, I noticed another Jeep had pulled onto the trail also. They sat there watching me and I had no clue as to what they were doing. I got the camera mounted, turned it on with my IPhone and off we went. The trail, as I hope you can see from the video, was a perfect mixture of mud and snow. We got to a spot that I was nervous about so since we were alone, I turned back. On the trip back down, you will notice that the other Jeep had followed us. We stopped and had a conversation that was pretty much me " you have a tow strap" they said yes and said "lets go"! I flipped a U turn and back up we went. We blew right thru the questionable area and got to a culvert bridge. Being stupid, I took the wrong angle and I got stuck. The rear slid down the embankment and I buried the Jeep. The snow was deep enough that I could barely get the door open to get out. Hmmmmmmm, that really sucked! Thank heavens for the other Jeep. They hooked their tow strap up to my rear bumper and within 5 minutes, I was out. I hope the video of the adventure is viewable on here. This is the 1st time I have tried posting one, so we shall see. Even tho we did get stuck, it was a great trip. The sun was out and I had the side windows out and the top folded back for our pleasure. The new tires fling mud and snow very well and I like it! The wife keeps saying its time to go to Moab, so I might have to do it. Hopefully the video works and you can enjoy my first stuck in Old Yellow. Jeep on my friends!