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    Default Bobby Jo in Needles

    Cruise Moab. Ever been to Slickrock Campground I lovingly call a detention facility? Nah, this time we shall do it a little more in Expedition style.

    There are few places that capture my happiness more than the three parks of Canyonlands. It was time I headed back into Needles for a little R&R. Hooked up with the outbound Elephant Hill group. The "Elephant Hill" route is just about as rough as I like it. There are good challenges without the requisite vehicular beatings.


    Unsure if my desire for a upfitted F250 would make it through the squeeze here. Clearly this track was made for the perfect width of a mid-size 'Cruiser or 'Rover.



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    The canonical Utah backroad, staying well behind the group as I prefer to avoid Pneumoconiosis. These areas are slightly depressed grabens with magnificent horsts. Each graben section is separated by some driving obstacle over a horst saddle that puts one into the next graben and so-forth.

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    The Joint.We finally got to take all the time we wanted in the Joint, a great set of slots, caves, and rock to keep oneself busy for days. It is a little bit of a hike for wee ones to get inside, but who can complain?



    The slots are not expansive, but a great escape from the heat. It can be 30+ degrees F cooler and likely more inside when the wind blows down makes a fantastic escape from the desert heat.


    The kiddos loved exploring. Anyone want to know scary? Your 18mo booking it down a slot into which you can not fit. Just enough to keep the parental brain in check.

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    Awesome photos Scott.. keep 'em coming!
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    I can't believe I didn't run into you guy's down there. I was there yesterday in a black LandRover Discovery. We spent the night just south of the gate.
    Out of the park. We were going to go out through Beef Basin but Bobby's hole was not passable to us do to a rock slide.

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    Keep those photos coming, They are great.
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    That boy is 18 months old? He looks about 6 years. Great pics.

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    That one is 5, there are other boys of mine floating around One of them is 18mo.
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    Default Bobby Jo

    Bobby Jo. This is my Lonely Road, traveled so many times by everyone here, but still a goody. This road is twisty and turny, sandy and rocky. Though likely not required I'm aired down to <10psi it will make the climb back out on Elephant Hill much more manageable.

    As I too get annoyed with spatially foreign nomenclature, you can view the areas in question here: http://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisi...ad/tripmap.pdf



    At the end of the small trek Bobby Jo Camp shows. Devil's Kitchen would have been a much preferable spot; I knew that but just wasn't thinking. It doesn't matter Bobby Jo is still quiet and flat; just a little further South and out of the way.



    This time, we brought the ground tent. It is hard to argue against aerobeds and nearly 200sqft of room. Plus, you just can't get this kind of view from the rooftent:


    HOWEVER, I have re-learned the value of the 2200 and prefer sleeping up there any day. The setup and takedown time still beat any of my ground tents and keep the dirt out and make life so much simpler.
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