Monday, June 18, 2018


I'm cleaning the main house at Last Hurrah for guests checking in tomorrow. For just a few moments I got to look around and see the last rays of sunlight bouncing off various formations in the distance and it was nice, it was quiet, the bullfrogs hadn't begun their nightly song at the pond, it was the way it's suppose to be.

Monday Morning

Jax and I headed off to do Stairway to Heaven and then the big horn trail under the Anti-Cline but when we got to Stairway it was covered with a fine dust making it a little too slippery for my liking and particularly by myself so we took a climb Linny and I found ten years ago and an alternate to Stairway, sort of a Stairway Two. The Moenkopi is always difficult to hike in and especially climb. It wears in overhangs. Sometimes you can get up overhangs but getting down is not easy. Today we got up a ledge that broke under us preventing a way back down and then it got dicey. I'm not a fan of dicey anymore. I lifted Jax up several ledges and then dragged myself up them. The last one was chance. It looked solid and I tested it with half weight, three quarters weight, four fifths weight and finally made the commitment. There's just that brief moment going over the top that I'm just not sure the Moenkopi is going to hold me. Inching my way over the top to safety I could hear my heart pounding as I lay there trying to catch my breath. No more of that. Jax whimpered I was going to leave him and risking it all again I got about half way back down to him and then he just blew by me like there was nothing to it. Turkey.

Sunday, June 17, 2018


Jax and I hiked up to Hurrah Pass and back in the morning, took guests over to Hurrah in the afternoon and got a call around 6pm that there were four people stranded out past the Wind Caves needing help.
Not the deepest I've ever seen anybody buried in sand but overall a pretty good job. It took nearly two hours to get them out of the creek bed. This is after the dig out and they didn't have four wheel drive.

Friday Drive Out

On Friday morning Jax and I went up Hurrah to drive a vehicle out for a guest but they made it just fine on their own following us. Later that morning we went back up again to drive Taylor's Toyoto Corolla out. Somewhere there's video but it took four attempts to get over the top. Taylor, in the future when I tell you, you need six inches of ground clearance I don't mean two inches in the front, two inches in the back, and two inches on the side.

Thursday Evening

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Jax: Parking Lot Patrol

Wednesday Evening

I walked down to the river to see how much beach was back and caught this shot.

Wednesday Morning

Jax and I went up to Hurrah to drive a vehicle out for some guests and then stayed and hike around the top.

Tuesday Hike to the Wind Caves

Monday, June 11, 2018

A Good Day

Jax and I are out the door at 6am to Grand Junction. The grooming lady drives in from half an hour away and gets right to work on Jax. She tells me to come back in an hour.
I visit some shops around the neighborhood and this old poster they said been sitting on the wall for 30 years they sell for $5. It hit home the moment I read it.
I find this lady that likes to paint tools and she's just done this saw.
This might be the coolest thing I've ever found while shopping around.
When I got back to the lodge guest were asking me what happen to the other dog I took with me.

The Nursery: Up Close and Personal

I'm cleaning hogans with guests checking in at any time. I didn't see "The Nursery" the day before and it's pretty rare for the big horn to go two days without water so I'm expecting them. I've been telling guests to sit on the swings at the main house roughly between three and four pm is about the average. Today it's 1pm. I'm expecting them to come along the trail next to the hogans or the ridge just above it and while I'm looking up there I notice Jax looking behind me and getting ready to jump out the truck window.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Jax Haircut

There are two dog groomers in Moab. The earliest I can get him in is July 11th but he's struggling on our hikes once the sun comes up. His knowledge of the trails is compromised with the sun rising. His goal changes to find a new trail in the shade. So, I'm having to drive to Grand Junction to get his haircut on Monday. I have check outs, check ins, things to clean, and current guests. Everybody is ok with it.

I emailed Michelle and ask if she had a picture I can give to the groomer to shoot for his appearance. That's not Jax. Somebody has their work cut out for them tomorrow.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Friday Morning (Boring) Hike

Years ago while out hiking with Kobae one day we (he) found some arrowhead flakes and a whole workshop area from hundreds of years ago. Kobae always seemed to pick what I thought were the most boring places to hike to and the most boring route to get there but from his view, six inches off the ground, who knows what he was thinking or what he saw. Then I realized we almost always found something of interest on his hikes because I hadn't done them before because they looked so boring. That was my goal Saturday morning. Take the path that looked the most boring because I probably hadn't been there before and it paid off with some nice morning shots.