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    Mid Winter Passion (lots-o-pics)

    It's that time of year. The time of year when my feelings on Winter go from, "meh, could be worse..." To "Man, this really blows!". While, I'm a very much looking forward to warmer*temperatures*and the nice feeling of sun, shorts and T-shirts, January has really been pretty decent. December, for the most part, was a bit cooler and had a bit of weather as described in my <a title="Moab Winter Mountain Biking Blues" href="http://singletrackhack.com/winter-blues/" target="_blank">"Winter Blues"</a> post.

    Since then, the weather has been stellar in the desert. It was Christmas day that really kicked off this amazing run we're still on.

    <em>Keels and Lina dog on Poison Spider Christmas day.</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00817.png"><img class=" wp-image-486 alignnone" title="DSC00817" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00817.png" alt="Mountain Biking Poison Spider Mesa" width="710" height="512" /></a>

    <em>On the way home, we stopped to check out some of the more famous petroglyphs here in Moab.</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00790.png"><img class=" wp-image-489 alignnone" title="DSC00790" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00790.png" alt="Long horned sheep petroglyph" width="710" height="533" /></a>

    <em>Keels petting the buffalo, hippo or whatever it is...</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00789.png"><img class=" wp-image-490 alignnone" title="DSC00789" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00789.png" alt="petroglyph" width="710" height="533" /></a>

    <em>"Wall Street" is a hot spot for Moab climbers and home to the petroglyphs posted above.</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC007941.png"><img class=" wp-image-491 alignnone" title="Moab &quot;wall street&quot;" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC007941.png" alt="Moab &quot;wall street&quot;" width="710" height="947" /></a>

    This time of year, the days are way to short, so after work type riding doesn't really happen, but the weekends and weekday sneaky rides have been awesome. I think I've strapped on tights three times all Winter. Some more from one of my*favorites, Amasa Back.

    <em>Can you see the climbers?</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00821.png"><img class=" wp-image-498 alignnone" title="Moab Climbers Near Amasa Back" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00821.png" alt="Moab Climbers Near Amasa Back" width="710" height="947" /></a>

    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00827.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-499" title="DSC00827" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00827.png" alt="" width="710" height="528" /></a>

    <em>Always time to stop and pet a mesa.</em>
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    We spent a <em>somewhat</em> cooler day on the North side of*Sovereign / Cedar Mountain. Wouldn't make this ride a priority, but there is some great slickrock slabs to play on out there and one hell of a climb up Cedar Mountain. If you can clean it, you drink less beer then me.

    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00862.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-501" title="Said Slickrock Slab" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00862.png" alt="Said Slickrock Slab" width="710" height="387" /></a>

    <em>There is a few miles of some very nice tight and techy singletrack out there.</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00884.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-505" title="DSC00884" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00884.png" alt="" width="710" height="947" /></a>

    <em>And never a shortage of unique rock formations.</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00876.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-504" title="DSC00876" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00876.png" alt="" width="710" height="947" /></a>

    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00873.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-503" title="DSC00873" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00873.png" alt="" width="710" height="533" /></a>

    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00869_2.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-502" title="DSC00869_2" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00869_2.png" alt="" width="710" height="947" /></a>

    <em>Explored a few new lines on the Klondike Bluff.</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00897.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-510" title="DSC00897" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00897.png" alt="" width="720" height="487" /></a>

    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00912.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-509" title="DSC00912" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00912.png" alt="" width="720" height="474" /></a>

    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00909.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-511" title="DSC00909" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00909.png" alt="" width="720" height="446" /></a>

    I'll take Winter like this any year. Maybe the best part about this great stretch of weather is it couldn't have come at a better time. We're just mere days away from February which means the worst is over.

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    Nice pictures. I'm glad you're taking advantage of the fantastic riding opportunities that surround you.
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    Nice!

    If it wasn't so messy going over the pass, I'd be there. Booked for April, though.

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    Great pics. Love the "pet the mesa" pic. We have had great riding weather here in Virginia too, so far no real winter. I'm OK with that

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    Great pic's, enjoy yourself.

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    ^^^^ wtf ?^^^^



    Great post Jwind. Jealous I am.

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    I miss Moab!
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    I don't believe you are supposed to touch petrogylphs or pictographs. Something about oil or grease from the hands eroding the paint or peckings. I could be mistaken, may have to Google it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drlg View Post
    I don't believe you are supposed to touch petrogylphs or pictographs. Something about oil or grease from the hands eroding the paint or peckings. I could be mistaken, may have to Google it.
    You're not, that's why you'll notice Keely is artfully cradling her hand ever so slighly as to not touch it. Unfortuntley, had she had given this buffalo a nice tummy scratch, it would be nothing compared to what other visitors have. Sadly, these are accompanied by initials, imitation drawings and other forms of vandalization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jwind View Post
    You're not, that's why you'll notice Keely is artfully cradling her hand ever so slighly as to not touch it. Unfortuntley, had she had given this buffalo a nice tummy scratch, it would be nothing compared to what other visitors have. Sadly, these are accompanied by initials, imitation drawings and other forms of vandalization.
    You hit the nail on the head that it is a shame that over the years people have vandalized these sites with carvings and graffity (sp). I would imagine that most of the accessible petrogylph or pictograph sites in Colorado and Utah have some degree of vandalism. One person's thoughtless act affects every future viewer.

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    green with envy

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    Quote Originally Posted by drlg View Post
    You hit the nail on the head that it is a shame that over the years people have vandalized these sites with carvings and graffity (sp). I would imagine that most of the accessible petrogylph or pictograph sites in Colorado and Utah have some degree of vandalism. One person's thoughtless act affects every future viewer.
    It really is sad. Some are worse then others. These are real easy to get to, but some of the more remote examples are in better shape.

    Worse yet, we were on a tail yesterday out by Monitor/Merrimack where someone had removed actual dinosaur artifacts from the rock.

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    Sweet pictures, looks like a nice winter out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jwind View Post
    We're just mere days away from February which means the worst is over.
    Oh noooo. Tell me you didn't just say that. Now we're guaranteed to have a cold, nasty, snowy, late winter/early spring. And it will all be your fault.

    Great post. I've been trying to get down to Moab this winter and take advantage of the mildness. Murphy says that as soon as I plan a day it will snow.... so I have to sneek up on it all ninja like.

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    Great pictures!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    Murphy says that as soon as I plan a day it will snow.... so I have to sneek up on it all ninja like.
    Oh no! Stay at home! hahaha. But seriously, give a shout if you head this way

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