Around the West in 95 Horsepower: Exploring Moab
Editor: Words by Andy Lilienthal; photos by Mercedes Lilienthal. Video by Jesse Hires.
Moab, UT – In part six of Around the West in 95 Horsepower, Mercedes and I had arrived in Moab and explored some of the areas around the iconic Utah town. In this segment, we’ll run one of the 4×4 trails.
Today we’d run our first trail in Moab in the Sidekick. We decided to run Fins N Things, which is rated a 5 out of 10 in terms of difficulty. We figured with our rear locking differential (e.g. “locker”), rock sliders, lift, and tires, we should be set. If we did get hung up, we have our Warn winch and a myriad of recovery gear, too.
|A prime example of the sandstone slickrock found throughout the trails in Moab.|
|Jesee, Debbie and their dogs Emma and Amber—also all from the Pacific Northwest!|
Conquering a new trail is probably one of the best feelings you can have in an off-road vehicle. It’s a sense of accomplishment that I liken to challenging yourself skiing. Every time you make it down a bigger slope, you learn something new. Same goes for off-road driving. Every time you challenge yourself—and your vehicle—you learn something. It’s extremely gratifying and mildly addicting. Maybe it’s the adrenaline, maybe it’s just the fun of it.
Fins N Things proved to awesome, and it was great to wheel with Jesse and Debbie, the dogs, and their Jeeps. Mercedes and I were both glad we decided to leave our trailer back at camp, however. This wouldn’t have been too good with our trailer and our lack of power. Could we have done it? Probably. But we would’ve needed to be very careful since our trailer was also our house.
|Andy, Mercedes, a bottle of porter, and day five without a shower.|
About the Author: Andy Lilienthal, Editor In Chief of Subcompact Culture Blog and Suzuki 4×4 enthusiast. Subcompact Culture is all about small cars. This includes subcompacts, compacts, micro cars, and more. Heck, even some vehicles that are a bit bigger. From news and reviews to cars shows and project vehicles: Subcompact is the small car blog.