With the spring winding down and summer walking up the front steps to the door, a long planned trip was finally about to take way. Alyssa and I had 1 week to head down from Salt Lake City to the Overland Expo near Flagstaff, AZ. The Expo is an international gathering of travellers and overland enthusiasts who come to check out the new gear, vehicles, sit in on courses, and just mingle with some inspirational folks. Alyssa would be teaching a couple of yoga for overlanders courses as well as morning yoga while I was participating in a round table discussion on North America travel and spending the rest of time covering the event for UP Overland and touching base with folks.
As has been the theme all spring we would be doing the trip in a Subaru and we were planning on spending the days prior to and after Expo exploring some of the most amazing spots in all of the southwest. The ongoing experiment of overlanding in a Subaru has been a great experience and we would really be pushing the capabilities of the Outback XT to the limits on this trip.
Headed south. We had some mileage to cover the first day as we drove down through Moab and continued down Valley of the Gods near the Utah/Arizona border.
We took a quick detour up Comb Wash Road to snap a few pictures with the shadows growing long.
By the time we rolled into Valley of the Gods it was dusk. We were headed towards a spot I liked to camp on previous visits but we found a nicely built FJ Cruiser with AT trailer setup there. We didn’t want to intrude but figured they were likely headed to Expo as well. As it turns out, we were correct, it was a couple from Colorado, Lou and Nancy and they were great folks that we ran into alot at the Expo. Trying to preserve a sense of privacy we continued down the two track and found a nice spot with a view that encompassed 360 degrees. It was a calm night and we made our way to sleep pretty quickly. Continue reading