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sand chick

Family birthday trip 8-9-12 - 8-12-12

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Poooor Mike has three birthdays within weeks of each each other.. how to solve the what to do for everyones birthday?? Can we say Coral Pink trip? Yep! That works for all of us! :)

We hit the road right after I got home from work on Thursday evening. We arrive at the meadows around 10:30pmish.. and of course we notice right away.. EMPTY meadows :headbang1:

Unload, get situated and hit the sand for a night ride. There has been a great deal of rain recently and the sand is wet. I notice right away that my quad has good pick up, better then before, but needs to be rejetted and is overloading. We run around for about an hour, stopping at the far east end (my fav spot) It is a gorgeous star filled night, we relax for a little, have a drink break and watch the moon rise. Back to camp and hit the bed around 12:45am :sleeping:

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Toss turn.. toss turn..UGG!!!! Apparently riding just before bed, gets the adrenaline going too much.. little nap, wake, turn, little nap, wake turn.. up at 7:30am with Mike talking to the cows that have come and invaded camp. They have come in to close and I am laughing so hard at Mike taking pictures and being nervous that they are knocking over chairs and getting even closer, and don't seem to care that the dogs are out there. Make coffee, start breakfast.. Our friends Jack and Felicia show up just as we are sitting down to eat breakfast.

Off through the dunes we go to get our "dino track vision" :laughing: we have told Mike's little one, Justin, we have special powers that we can see dino tracks with and when we get to the dino track area, we will give him the special dino track vision too.

Just to the one way trail and Mike's oldest, Jarod's quad dies and won't restart :(

The dino tracks will have to wait.. back to camp to see what the problem might be, if it is fixable, or just a battery and something a trip to Knaub can remedy. Looks like a regulator - day one and he is done for the weekend :(

We have lunch, visit for awhile and decide how to get everyone to the dino tracks. Jack and Felicia unhook their truck and Mike and the boys are going to drive that over, while I lead Jack and Felicia to the dino tracks and meet them at the entrance.. just out of the meadow and my quad decides to totally bog down, something is not right.. turn back around, change of plans, look at my quad later, I will drive the truck with Justin, Mike will take everyone else through the dunes and meet up at the turn off to the tracks. Then we will all switch andI get to drive the Rzr with Justin down to the track site. Justin and I have plenty of time, so we stop for pictures and to play on one of the "tourist" dunes, I have never stopped to read the signs and do the "tourist" thing, so that was pretty cool, and I learned that some of the tracks I had taken pictures of wasn't really made by a snake, but actually by a beetle. We meet up at the entrance to the tracks and do the switcheroo, me and Justin in the Rzr, Mike and Jarod take the Ridge Runner, Jack and Felicia take thier truck.

Dino track hunting

:woo_hoo:

Justin finds his first dino tracks ( Justin is HUGE into dinosaurs, so this is a really big deal)

Then some bones - cow bones - but we play them up as "dino bones"

We get some big fat rain drops and some thundar, time to finish finding the tracks, back to camp.

Mike takes a look at my quad back in camp and we find that my new air filter has come off, so back together and YES! :clap: I am good to go again!

We begin our "trade off" riding weekend, and since Jarod got to dune to and from the dino tracks, Justin and I get first trip out. Then Mike and Jarod go out while I cook dinner.

I make dinner and Justin buzzes around the meadow on his quad, hitting some mud and getting super dirty and having a blast. One other group has joined us in the meadow. The guys get back from their ride just as dinner is done. Kick back and relax by the fire, talk about the day, look at all the stars, that you just can't see in Vegas, and just enjoy each others company. I have tested out a new dessert, "chocolate fondue" with bannanas and strawberries, BIG HIT with the kiddies :grin:

We are all exhausted from the day and little sleep, so off to bed early...

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Day two..

Up early to start the day..

I suggest that Jarod use my quad, Mike agrees. So I tell Jarod, if he can kick it, he can ride it :atv:

He gets it started, and nervously agrees to ride it. The boys all take off shortly after breakfast, while I relax with my book and my journal and the pups.

We have been approached several times already on this trip, by forgeniers wanting to know if our quads and the rzr are up for rental. and has we sit down for lunch, another group pulls in and asks again.

Lunch is yet another new try. Chicken Nachos on the BBQ! Simple and easy, that was the food goal of the weekend try out new reciepes that were easy to do, delish and kept me out of the hauler as much as possible! This one had the guys drooling and waiting impaitently for lunch, simple.. chips, made at home taco sesoned shredded chicken, and cheese, with sour cream and salsa to garnish.. I wish I would have made some guac though..( next time), line frying pan with tin foil and toss on the BBQ for 15 - 20 mins until cheese is melted. :eat:

Relax for awhile, wait for the sun to pass the overhead point to go on an afternoon ride. Read, play with remote control toys.. ride around the meadow.

My turn to go on a ride :yiah:

I am very excited to see how my quad does with the enhancements that Mike has done over the summer. I am able to cruise in third gear at Coral and still have power left to hit fourth.. Mike is the man!! Thank you for the work on my quad! I can't wait to see what it will do at Dumont this year!!! :bowdown:

But before I can see what else she can do at Coral, my ride is cut short :( the Rzr is now acting up, so back to camp. Done for the weekend.. enjoy the company of our family, play with the dogs, more remote toys and visit with the ranger, who remembers us, so just hangs out in camp for awhile and doesn't even bother to check tags, even though we are all good.

I still feel sand itchy, so I tell Mike where I am going and take off to just cruise the trails and take some nature pics.

The guys decide to give me a break and cook dinner :headbang1:

After dinner, the kids take off to go exploring, making the most of not being able to ride, we keep an eye on them as they climb the side of the dunes and roll down the hill and repeat.

Mike and I pick up and prepare for an early departure in the morning.

Then it is an early fire, sunset, dessert and visiting by the fire.

Up early.. pick it up, pack it in..

I hate to leave this place, especially since we have only been able to squeeze in two trips this year, with our busy schedules, and probably won't be back again until next year... it is so beautiful here.. the temps were upper 80's lower 60's, no A/C needed, just open windows and screens doors. Bye Coral Pink.. until next year..

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looks like a nice trip, sorry i missed it... guess if i'd a brought my Outlaw that would have been a good use for it with all the quad issues.

Leave it to a girl to stop on a duning trip and take photos of a flower... :beercheers:

Kinda thought it might rain, and yes i might melt... even worse my bike might get muddy.

The Meadows looks very different from my last trip that's for sure.

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Awsome pics!!! Miss that place...must have been nice having the meadow all to yourselves, well , except for the other trailer....but still!!!

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Looks like an awesome place to ride and explore. Good trip report, other than the inconveniences. Better luck next time.

I need to get ahold of Mike and try and get some route information. I'm heading up to St. Anthony in a couple of weeks and am making a side trip to Coral Pink and Little Sahara. Been to LS many times but never Coral. Coming from 29 Palms so I need to hit Coral from the south and head out from the north back to I-15. It all looks out of the way but towing a 28ft hauler I need straight and flat! Google directions has me going through Zion NP and that is a crazy drive in a sedan, can't imagine a F-350 crew cab and hauler doing some of that windy, twisty stuff, and the tunnels. Effe that. But if it's the only way out then I guess I have no choice. I'll PM him so as not hijack your thread!

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Looks like an awesome place to ride and explore. Good trip report, other than the inconveniences. Better luck next time.

I need to get ahold of Mike and try and get some route information. I'm heading up to St. Anthony in a couple of weeks and am making a side trip to Coral Pink and Little Sahara. Been to LS many times but never Coral. Coming from 29 Palms so I need to hit Coral from the south and head out from the north back to I-15. It all looks out of the way but towing a 28ft hauler I need straight and flat! Google directions has me going through Zion NP and that is a crazy drive in a sedan, can't imagine a F-350 crew cab and hauler doing some of that windy, twisty stuff, and the tunnels. Effe that. But if it's the only way out then I guess I have no choice. I'll PM him so as not hijack your thread!

Go to Google maps and put Kanab, Utah as your starting poing and Beaver Utah as your end. It's 114 miles and takes you completely away from Zion. There is one decent sized hill coming out from Brice Canyon area ver to I15 but i have pulled it many times with an F350 and a 40' toyhauler. From there it's straight up to LS and St. Anthony's. Where are you staying at St Anthony's?

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If you want flat and smooth, you want to stay away from Cane beds road...(co hwy 237) I can't beleive Mike tows that way, but it is litterally a dirt road, worse then the road to Dumont x 10. It was fun just in my truck with the quad in the bed, but it's pretty nuts with a hauler. It's farther but you want to go in from kanab, and I would avoid Mt. Zion. with a hauler, very tight, slow and you will have to pay extra to get into Mt Zion, and extra to drive through the tunnel for an oversize load. and yes a hauler will be an oversize load.

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Great pics and report, Jodi!

Hey Vic, didn't you read my pm about the route? I sent you one back the other day regarding which way to go. ;)

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If you want flat and smooth, you want to stay away from Cane beds road...(co hwy 237) I can't beleive Mike tows that way, but it is litterally a dirt road, worse then the road to Dumont x 10. It was fun just in my truck with the quad in the bed, but it's pretty nuts with a hauler. It's farther but you want to go in from kanab, and I would avoid Mt. Zion. with a hauler, very tight, slow and you will have to pay extra to get into Mt Zion, and extra to drive through the tunnel for an oversize load. and yes a hauler will be an oversize load.

Adam, I think he was looking for a way to get back to I15 without going through Zion. There is a way if you read the above post. He goes back to Kanab from coral and goes from there towards Beaver, Ut. and I15. As far as the cane bed road i earned a long time ago that it's not worth the 40 minutes. Also Nedra's in Kanab has good mexican food and salsa.

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Rappy :lol: you might melt!! You are from the PNW! We rust, not melt!

It barely rained on us, but the cloud cover made for a fantastic cool 80 degree weekend.

Yes your outlaw would have come in really great, but I don't mind hanging out in Coral Pink, it is such a relaxing place.

Thank you for the picture and trip report comments, Coral is my favorite place to camp, ride, and dune.

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Yes Pete I did get your PM and I appreciate it. I was just looking for input from a handful of other members who might enlighten me to a route or routes that have more to offer than the usual trip between St George and Cedar city. I like the way out that Terry suggested as it has Bryce Canyon to my east for the major portion of that route. Looks like it still has what Utah has an abundance of though, mountains...

I'm in no real hurry since I'm leaving on the 24th and don't have to return to work until the 10th. Slow and easy and mucho R&R planned for this vacation. Looks like I'm going to have to deal a LOT of smoke from the many fires out west here.

Thanks for the suggestions.

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