Re: Meet the Scorpion (Uphill's Build-Up)
Kokopelli Trail - Part One
The East Coast Trail Team & a few additional rigs embarked on a 4 day expedition from Grand Junction, CO to Moab, UT. Relying only on FJ Cruisers and the gear we can carried, we traversed the 142 mile Kokopelli trail stem to stern from November 6th – 10th. The trip involved basic and advanced water crossings, some challenging rocking and crawling and a lot of magnificient scenery. We drove through the lush Colorado River Valley, breached high cliffs, crawled along rimrock and transited the beautiful La Sal Mountains.
ABOUT KOKOPELLI (background): Kokopelli is a fertility deity, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player (often with a huge phallus and antenna-like protrusions on his head), who has been venerated by many Native American cultures in the Southwestern United States.
TCAO and I left SoCal for the trip to Grand Junction, Colorado and crossed through some spectacular scenery on the way.
overlooks Snow Canyon near St. George, UT
TCAO poses for a photo in the early morning sun with red rock in the background.
Yes, as we reported to SHADOW WARRIOR, we did meet Lovely Lisa Wood in the ARB FJ Cruiser (on her way back from the SEMA Show) in Barstow, CA and had the chance to check out the new ARB snorkel first-hand.
After arriving at the Double Tree Hotel in Grand Junction we had a group feast, crashed for the night and awoke the next morning for the traditional 8:45 am departure.
GUSTAF - Silver "Trail Team" FJ Cruiser with FJCRUZR (flew in from Atlanta)
WOODY - Black "Trail Team" FJ Cruiser with STEAL63 (flew in from New York)
TROY, GARRETT & JAMES - Yellow "Trail Team" FJ Cruiser
TCAO - Titanium FJ Cruiser (SoCal)
UPHILL - Titanium SCORPION
FJ Cruiser (SoCal)
HANK & 9ERSGIRL - FZJ90 (Wisconsin)
STAGECOACHCO - VooDoo Blue FJ Cruiser (Colorado)
CRAZYHERMIT & NETTI - VooDoo Blue FJ Cruiser (New Mexico)
PRESSUREPOINT & DAVEC - VooDoo Blue FJ Cruiser (Colorado)
WAGGONER5 & TREEROOTCO - FJ55
FREDB - Land Rover LR3
ADAMR - Land Rover 110
MADDBAGGINS & PHIL - FZJ80 w/Trailer
DEVO - FJ60
FUEL PUMP BOB & THIRDMEMBER also joined us for the expedition. More on those two characters later.
When FUEL PUMP BOB (third from left - looks like a Mountain Rat) told us where he proposed to go, I nearly swallowed my tongue (yes, I'm the one at the left trying to swallow my tongue).
Briefing. Gustaf is telling everyone not to be stupid.
Our first stop was Rabbit Valley/Canyon.
I got a zoom photo of a rare and often dangerous jackalope that was preening itself.
The obligatory group photo.
TCAO discovers the Rio Colorado!
We camped at Fish Ford. There was no water, there were no fish beyond the can of Starkist Tuna I opened for a snack and only Toyotas and Land Rovers were present - no Fords. So I wasn't impressed by the guy who named the campground at all. The Trail Team cooked Chili. Thank heavens.
It was cold that first night at Fish Ford and got down to 17 degrees (F). Note below that WOODY is wearing shorts in 17 degree weather.
I think that WOODY is from Wisconsin where 17F is the temp where it's politically correct to wear shorts or
Note that TCAO (Arctic Explorer, master of Prudhoe Bay) is bundled up like Nanook-of-the-North, is seated in his FJ with the heater on.
GUSTAF toasts us with iced tea because he doesn't think that 17 is cold either.