You bet, Solo!
I rarely find the desert drab, though. Don't know why. I have had people tell me it's WASTELAND!! all of it. I flew with a guy who looked out the window
and said what a God forsaken land. Who could ever want to go down there. This was right before I saw an area I wanted to hike in. hehe. You're right about the ATV popularity. Lots of ATV activity there on the dunes. I wouldn't have been able to walk on it on a Saturday. Too many sand crawlers. Looks kind of peaceful on a Wednesday. I have no problem with 4 wheelers, though. Some times they are the best way to cause the least impact on going into the wilderness. Larger vehicles bog down. And, with no water, I can't walk 100 miles. I am all for responsible access. There are ways to view the Grand Canyon, for example. Tour buses, trams, trains, helicopter rides, and licensed road ready vehicles.
Then, we get down to bicycles, hikers, and rented mules. There are different levels of access for each visitor. I like it that way.
Great place! Nope, no wine or beer. Then, in Fredonia, AZ there are a couple bars and liquor store. But, not in Utah. We have to go to a state store. Also, the beer is watered down or near beer. But, Colorado City has a great dairy. Ahhhh squeaky cheese...yummm I don't use a cell phone. My wife will get the new I-Phone this Christmas.
I use a Garmin GPS to make like easier, out there. I usually just gps my start and look at it to see how far I am. But, no apps. My Iced tea was boiling hot when I got back to the truck. I have little cell service out here, in most places. I don't want or use a cell. My wife and son got me one and it kept going to sleep mode because the battery was frying.
Then, I forget I have it and jump into a lake or waterfall and get it soaked. I ruined two of them and won't get another. I LOVE being not tethered to the rest of the world when I am out there. My wife knows the area I am at and we don't talk til I get home. I don't even know how to text. h'heee... Wish I could help ya out. I am glad you are interested in where I hike and be able to see it in 3d. I use a great thing for hiking called pictometry.
It is not sattelite. It is aireal photography and is awesome!!! I can tell if I mowed my lawn that day or not and it blows google earth to hell and back as far as what I can see.
it is used to tax properties and such. They can look from the air into your backyard and tax your shed, pool, business vehicles hiding in the back of your business, etc. Measure exact sq. yardage of bldgs and I use it for hiking. It only goes so many miles away from a taxable settlement. No tax base properties and there is no need. So, I am limited to that.
Thought I would practice getting the ol truck out on sandy roads since Lofty and Larryl are on their way down here to stay a few days with me. We're going to Lofty's to do list of the Paria Wilderness area and White Pockets. Deep deep sand. I'll have to take my truck tires down to about 11 pounds of pressure. If it drifts shut, well,
depending on how bad she wants to see it, I have a couple shovels for us to dig our way through and some traction skids to lie down and some carpet remnants. hehe
I've lived here 15 years and have yet to go fishing for cutthroat.
I know I am missing out. Just to durn hot down here on the northern edge of the Mojave.
I've got to get up north one day just for that. I have drank Utah's cut throat ale, though....[^]
Going hiking tomorrow to an area west of town overlooking the Res.... I have a friend who saw a bearded dragon out there. I will have to see. Supposed to be a huge, black lizard.
I think he was setting too long in the sun...
Oh, there was some excitement. I was at the dunes toward sundown and this absolutely beautiful foreign girl was there in a bright canary, yellow dress with long legs and a camera crew for a photo shoot? Blood pressure went up. I was going to take some pictures, but thought it would be too crass. Don't see models in the desert like that, too often. That dress was the yellowest I have ever seen a dress be. Definitely out of place in my desert rat world.