Music, Mountain Biking and Memories in Moab

Moab is one of my favorite place on Earth. It has been ever since I first journeyed there in college for a float trip down the Green River. Last year, I mountain biked in Moab for the first time and had a great time at Desert Rocks. This year, I made the trek again, but this time with the lovely Trish McGinity. The story of our drive out there last Friday is one of my favorites.

I've been a longtime fan of nice car stereos. You know, the ones you hate when you roll up to a stop light and their bass shakes your car. I, probably like you, don't enjoy someone else's nice stereo - but I've often enjoyed having one in my own car. It's been quite a few years since I've had a bass-tastic system in my car, but I still have the music on my iPhone.

So Trish and I are driving down I-70 in her Xterra and one of my old bass songs comes on. I say, "We can skip this one, it only sounds good on stereos with bass". She looks at me, cracks a half-smile and says "Oh, you don't think I have bass?" She then proceeds to turn some nobs and press some buttons and seconds later my seat is vibrating and the mirrors are shaking. I was appalled, overjoyed and super-impressed all at the same time. Turns out she has a Rockford Fosgate system with a subwoofer under the drivers seat and it sounded awesome. A wicked fun roadtrip ensued.

Shortly after my oh-my-god-you're-so-awesome-woman moment, we stopped in Fruita for a mountain bike ride on Horsethief Bench. This was a beautiful ride along the Colorado River with tons of flowers along the way.

Fruita Horsethief Bench in Fruita Hike-a-bike at Fruita

The purpose of our trip was 1) camping and enjoying the outdoors in Moab and 2) listening to great music at Desert Rocks. Our good friend, "The Professor", had driven out to Moab earlier in the week. He scored us a great camp site and we promptly set up our tent when we arrived. We installed some tikki torches, rolled out a small living room rug and settled into our camping chairs for cold beers. That evening, we saw several good bands and danced into the wee hours of the morning.

The rest of the weekend was spent 4x4ing, mountain biking, dancing and hiking in Arches National Park. We enjoyed tons of great music, with our favorites being Scenic Byway, Great American Taxi, JGB feat. Melvin Seals, MarchFourth Marching Band and Hot Buttered Rum.

One of the best way to describe good memories is with pictures. When you have a professional photographer with you, it only makes sense to end this post with some of Trish's best photos.

La Sal Mountains from Desert Rocks Scenic Byway

Bar-B or Killer B? Three Gossips and Tower of Babel

For more pictures, checkout my Moab and Desert Rocks 2011 Set on Flickr.

Posted in General at Jun 03 2011, 10:15:25 AM MDT 3 Comments
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Very nice indeed!

Posted by Barbara Raible on June 06, 2011 at 02:20 PM MDT #

Hey Matt, its been a while since you did a post about the bus - got any new photos?

Posted by Niall on June 06, 2011 at 02:20 PM MDT #

@Niall - the guys at Motorworks Restorations are waiting for a custom suspension from a company in Seattle. They said the whole bus would be done by the end of July, but I have my doubts. The 911 engine and Porsche wheels have been purchased, so the suspension is the main blocker right now.

Posted by Matt Raible on June 06, 2011 at 07:50 PM MDT #

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