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May TD News -- The Moab Report

Coleen Liedholm

Tahoe Donner 4 Wheelers Adventure in Moab

The Tahoe Donner Four Wheelers club set out on its second annual trip to Moab, Utah, for the 51st Easter Jeep Safari, sponsored by the Red Rock Four Wheelers. This event attracts thousands of jeep enthusiasts from across the US and Canada, to the beautiful little town of Moab. With nearly 40 organized trail runs, ranging in difficulty ratings from 2 to 9, this scenic part of the country, which includes Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, provides a majestic back drop for Easter Jeep Safari week.

The TD 4 Wheelers club had eight member jeeps participate in this year's event, including our past Vice President Don Gerbi and his wife Susan, who had driven from their new home in Arizona. It was an incredible week of fun, starting off with a trail run on Gold Bar Rim with various obstacles including one called “waterfalls”. This trail offered scenic vistas of the La Sal Mountains and the Colorado River below. We enjoyed a fun evening of wine tasting, followed by a hearty dinner at Red Cliff’s Lodge, all set within a spectacular red rock canyon along the Colorado river. Our second trail run was the famous Poison Spider Mesa. This fantastic trail provided an overview of the variety of geography throughout the region, including beautiful view points, slickrock, canyon climbs, sand and of course the popular “wedgie” obstacle, where you must have your vehicle expertly centered over a rock crevasse. Fortunately, throughout Easter Jeep Safari week, the sponsoring club provided expert trail leadership & guidance over these obstacles. On Easter Jeep Safari “big Saturday” we paraded just south of town for our final trail of the week, Behind the Rocks. This trail showcased a southern perspective of rock formations with some fun waterfall climbs and drops, including “up chuck”, one of our favorites.

We also included a “rest day” in between organized trail runs this year, so that our members could enjoy a day of hiking, rafting, biking or exploring the natural beauty of the area in between the days of jeeping. Next year we hope to have more member jeepers join us for our adventurous trek! Easter Jeep Safari is always held the week prior to Easter Sunday.

On June 17th we will be traveling down to Sparks to 4 Wheel Parts. The folks there have agreed to do a “4x4 Customizing” class for us that day and will show us how to make our vehicles more capable and ready to take on challenging trails. But you have to be a Club member to join us.