Thanks for the PM's and interest in the trip, lol. One said we need someone with an RV, a trailer to haul yaks and do a TKF run out there for a week and I guarantee I'd go back!!
This was part of a very special "Grandma, daughter and 13-yr old grandson" adventure vacation and it was absolutely a blast! We flew to Denver and rented a shiney red jeep to drive to Moab through central Colorado stopping at Glenwood Springs, driving through Colorado Monument Nat'l Park near Grand Junction (gorgeous!!!) and then near Vail, Dillion and Breckenridge on the way back. Wish I'd had more time to spend in that area.
We scheduled most of the activites through http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/
and although we would have liked to include some of the really fun whitewater rafting, time did not allow. We settled on a two-day overnighter on the Colordao River with class I-II rapids. I'd confiscated an inflatable kayak and had great fun other than it didn't track worth a darn when you had a newbie up front, lol..... so the second day I talked one of the guides into letting me have at it on the oarboat carrying supplies. Pretty cool if one doesn't mind paddling backwards most of the time. Personally, I like to see where I'm going .....especially if there's some rapids and rocks!!!!! and rowing one of those big heavy things takes a lot more muscle:lol:
My grandson and I did some horseback riding one day and I'd arranged for a custom ride around the Fisher Tower area. Much better than going in a 20+ group with horses nose-to-tail; plus having a great guide giving her undivided attention and providing us with her knowledge and history of the area (Amazing all the movies that were, and are still being made in that area!!). While doing this, my daughter had rented a mountain bike and explored the Onion Creek area which we all had to go back later to explore further with the jeep and do some creek-jumping.
Dead Horse Point over towards Canyonlands was another gorgeous drive with an interested and sad history (have I used the word gorgeous too much yet???). Wild horses had been driven up to the top and then corralled on the point of this mesa by fencing off the narrow neck leading to it using logs and brush. They were then able to cut out and select the mustangs as needed. Apparently, they inadvertantly left without letting the rest of the herd loose. The horses eventually died of thirst….overlooking the beautiful, cold water of the Colorado River.
Oo-o-o-o! and then came the Hummer Safari!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We drove through an area called "Hell's Revenge". Scaled one of Moab's famous redrock fins on the way and wove in and out of rock canyons, and climbed steep sandstone hills. Awesome adventure.
The highlight of the trip was canyoneering and repelling 90’ into a canyon and 125’ vertical drop off an arch… most of it freefall. Grandson decided this old lady ROCKS!!!!!!! I have to admit I had trepidation of having to back over the edge without being able to see solid ground on the bottom (and wondering how on earth I got trapped into saying I’d DO this
); but once I gingerly made it down about 20’ and felt secure about braking it was a blast ………..and I was ready for the next one.
Fisher Tower / Onion Creek area