Friday started pretty early as well, but we were excited to finally run Fins N’ Things. We had heard so much about it and how this trail really defines the ‘slick rock’ that Moab is famous for. This time we only had 3 FJ’s total: our TRD; Bill & Athena’s BC; and Justin & Julie in another TRD. We were lucky to run right behind the FJ-45, and our trail leader was in a FJ-40. The day again went without any major issues. Angie drove over half the trail and did an amazing job. There was one obstacle that we ‘could’ have made, but opted out of it since there was a bypass. We had a great time playing on several of the obstacles and challenging our driving skills. Toward the end of the second leg of the trail (near the turn-around spot) I really learned what good traction on slick rock can do. The TRD idled right up Kenny’s Climb, chirping the tires just a little.
By Friday night a storm moved in, and it was raining and dreary all day Saturday. We decided to head out on our own for a little exploration. We ended up staring up Rose Garden Hill in the rain, pondering our chances of making it up. Since we were alone, without a winch, and in the rain, we decided to take a rain check on the hill this time. We have plenty of reason to go back now.
On the way out Saturday morning, we decided to head over the La Sal Mountains, through Castle Valley, and up 128 to I-70. We found a couple of ‘mountain’ style trails that are very similar to the trails we’re used to, so that was a nice treat. Despite the clouds we were able to get some great pics of Castle Valley below. We are definitely looking forward to spending more time in this area.
If you’ve never been to Moab, I definitely recommend you plan a trip. Heading out for Cruise Moab is great if you’re looking for the camaraderie of a large event. If you’d rather take plenty of time on the trails and move at more of a leisurely pace, maybe get a couple of fellow FJ enthusiasts together & plan your own trip. Either way, you won’t be disappointed!