la sal mountain view from Monticello, Utah in winter sunset snow

A Little Jeepin’ with the Little Girls

I wasn’t sure I was going to get out on a trail today. I was in meetings most of the day, then on calls most of the parts I wasn’t, and then hanging out with the family and playing with kids…time just got away from me. Before long the sun was dipping down and I was running out of daylight. I’m all for a dark trail experience, but I wanted to see the scenery! It’s San Juan County, UT! It’s beautiful here.

So I opted for the Jeep. Of the 5 kids, two wanted to go along- the girls! Trinity, my daughter, and Kayla, my niece. We hopped in the Jeep and headed north on the highway. From the maps I learned of a Jeep road that goes from the airport up toward the Abajos, and eventually connects to the Blue Mountain road near Monticello Lake. I decided we would see how far up we could go before the snow was too deep. After all, my black Jeep is still stock.

We turned up the tunes, were grooving along, hands in the air, dancing in our seats. It was so much fun!

Here we are! Jeepin' with the girls!
Here we are! Jeepin’ with the girls!

We drove up the road through the snow, 4-wheel drive a blazin’ it up, speakers pumping. It was great! We hit the deep snow and stopped to take some pictures of the painted sky. Then we hauled back down the road.

Anecdote: when I was in my youth, we played a “game” on family drives. Whenever we went over a cattle guard dad would yell “THUMBS UP!” If you didn’t get your thumbs up before we went over the cattle guard you got pinched. Hard.

Well I liked the whole idea of the family tradition of doing something in conjunction with the cattle guards, but I hate the idea of my kids pinching each other. So what we do is this: Thumbs up for good luck! On tonight’s drive we went over no fewer than 6 cattle guards. The three of us accumulated such good luck I think Christmas is going to come soon. And we might actually get some presents!

So there it is, more fun on the trails- even just a short little ride with some short little girls.

360 panorama
360 panorama
Sunset over the Blue Mountain
Sunset over the Blue Mountain
Pink sky over the La Sal Mountains
Pink sky over the La Sal Mountains
My beautiful daughter, Trinity. We were standing on top of our Jeep.
My beautiful daughter, Trinity. We were standing on top of our Jeep.
Selfie!
Selfie!