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    All accessorized now... Just add dirt. :)
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    Spent the last 5 days at one of my favorite places on earth doing my volunteer patrols. Perfect weather, eclipse, and no serious hiker assists. Thought I’d share a couple photos from the trip. This female wasn’t the least bit concerned about me as she was eating right next to the trail. I love early mornings before the trails get busy. This was taken less than a 1/4 mile from the rim. Looking down on Ooh Ahh point from just a bit more than 1/2 mile below the rim. So nice to hike in this much shade
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    WOW! What a trip! 😎 It was so great to see everyone, old friends and new friends alike! Our family had a heckuva good time on this one, exploring an area we've never been, and seeing a celestial event like no other. Massive thanks to everyone that made the big drive to hang out with us: @theksmith @johnpa @J2DXPLR @Visket @Alexis For this trip, we congregated near Mexican Hat, Utah, which was just a few miles from the centerline for the path the moon's umbra would take as it transited from the PNW down into Central America - pass right right through the Four Corners region. Just 6 hours away and with plenty of trail options to explore, it was a natural choice! We selected John's Canyon for the trip - it was rated as a moderate trail and would serve as a good "gatekeeper" to filter out the Prius drivers and get away from the big crowds that would descend on the region. In the below map, I marked where we stopped to view the eclipse - note the blue centerline for the umbra - we were approx 3-4 miles from "center". John's Canyon Trail was rated as moderate - but we found it to be very easy. It was a smooth dirt road for the most part, with a few minor dips. Any stock, 2WD high clearance SUV would have no issues on the trail all the way up to the John's Canyon Waterfall, where you'll need some flex and good clearance. From that point on, the trail is more "traditional 4x4" territory. We meet up "early" in the morning at 7am MDT, just 30 minutes before sunrise at a 7-11 in Mexican Hat. The trailhead was a quick jaunt up the road about 4 miles. As we passed through the area you could see the local authorities prepping for a crowd. The EMTs and LEOs had set up a base camp on the corner and there were port-a-potties around. Further up the road we ran into small crowds of RVs, van lifers, and campers. As we stopped to air down, the sun rose. Our sleepyhead friends know how to boogie! They caught us up just as we were stopping to air down. The sun had just broke over the canyon walls behind them, illuminating their dust wake. Airing down and enjoying the rising sun! In terms of weather.... what weather? This is a look west from the trailhead at Cedar Point. The famous Muley Point is hidden behind this formation. @Alexis taking in the views: Along the way we saw a great many things! The trail was fun, winding through the canyon, hugging the walls. There were interesting boulders and petroglyphs along the way... and of course plentiful views of the Goosenecks below through which the San Juan River has slowly carved out the canyons over the millennia. Look closely - this view of these petroglyphs is from the road - they're easily the largest I've ever seen. This rock face was perfectly flat and approximately 30-40 ft across. We stopped here for the eclipse, just inside of the "new" Bears Ears NM. Here's a view looking north. What a great place to witness the eclipse! A photo of the spot on iPhone: We watched the eclipse just over this ridge: Speaking of eclipses: Full annularity at approx 10:29 am MDT Now - we all know the moon isn't perfectly round (neither is the Earth for that matter). It's a spheroid and has mountains and craters. If you look closely at the below photo, you can see those mountains and high-points at the southern pole of the moon interacting with the edge of the solar disc: During a TOTAL Solar Eclipse, this would result in something called Baily's Beads, which you can see with the naked eye during a Total Eclipse (not safe during an Annular Eclipse). Another shot of the mountains at the edge of the solar disc: Moving out of annularity: One last shot:\\ During the eclipse, we noticed the air temperatures began to fall as the moon's shadow passed over us. We also noticed a red shift in the light around us. You can see this if you look closely at this Timelapse: https://photos.app.goo.gl/4dNYMX2cP8yB7F7R7 After the festivities and some lunch - we spent about 3 hours sitting and marveling - we headed down the trail a bit to John's Waterfall. After the waterfall, some of the group split off to head deeper into the canyon to camp. The rest of us made our way back out the way we came. All in all - a wonderful trip. I really enjoyed hanging out with you all and sharing in this once-in-a-lifetime spectacle!
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    Rig is looking great man! Night and day difference from the last time I saw it!
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    @johnpa here is some grainy surveillance footage of me frantically digging through my glove box today for my registration outside of my emissions inspection. The Jeep passed with flying colors. I should have my new tags soon.
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    Great write up and fantastic photos, especially of the eclipse! What set up did you use to take the eclipse photos? I tried the “back alley” method of trying to use my iPhone to take a picture thru a welding helmet lens. Let’s just say mine sucked compared to yours. I was in the Grand Canyon on a nice flat rock on Windy Ridge. Thanks for posting these
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    Interesting article on a one-of-a-kind saved from the crusher. https://www.thedrive.com/news/one-off-1977-jeep-j10-prototype-restored-decades-after-escaping-the-factory @ob1jeeper Steve, do you remember this? In my experience, this didn’t happen very often
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