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My hometown is Moab, Utah and Moab is my passion and my niche.

My friends and I were very often out in the red hills surrounding Moab,  hiking and finding new trails.  As we grew to be teen agers, our trails expanded and we hiked to 7 mile, endless cave, and various sights down the river.

Moab is famous both for its jeep trails and its hiking trails.  The annual Jeep Safari is held over the Easter week-end, and it draws thousand of “Jeepers”, and the streets of Moab are crowded with jeeps of all sizes and makes.

The following are some of the hiking trails of Moab: (Partly taken from “Alltrails” site)


Delicate Arch Trail is a short hike in Arches National Park – to Utah’s most recognizable natural arch.  You will likely recognize the famous arch that is now featured on the Utah license plates.

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The hike starts at the Delicate Arch Trailhead at the Wolf Ranch turn-off in the Moab area of Southern Utah.  There is a large parking area right off of the main park road.  From the parking area you will cross the bridge over the salt wash.

The hike to Delicate Arch is just over 1.5 miles each way, approximately a 3 mile hike round-trip.  It is best hiked in spring and fall when the temperatures are cooler, or during the golden hours after sunrise or before sunset when the rock seem to turn a magnificent color and the air temperature is bearable again.

Take at least 1 quart of water per person!  There is no shade.  Open slickrock with some exposure to heights.  The first half mile is a wide, well-defined trail.  Upon reaching the slickrock, follow the rock caims.  The trail climbs gradually, and levels out toward the top of the rock face.  Just before you get to Delicate Arch, the trail goes along a rock ledge for about 200 yards.  ENJOY THE MAGNIFICENCE OF DELICATE ARCH !!!

THE GRANDSTAFF TRAIL (taken partly from “All Trails”

As a native Moabite, I refuse to get into the controversy of the name of this trail.  Growing up, it was a favorite picnic site, and it  was named (N—– Bill,) after the black resident of the area, who apparently discovered it.  Through the years, the name became politically incorrect, and it has been re-named “The Grandstaff  Trail”.  Grandstaff was the gentleman’s last name.  Okay, with that, we will get back to describing the Grandstaff Trail:  (Actually, I believe it was Granstaff).

The Grandstaff Trail is a 4.3 mile, lightly trafficked out and back trail, located very near Moab, Utah,   that features a small tributary of the Colorado River, and is rated as moderate.  The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips and birding, and is accessible year-round.  Dogs are able to use this trail, but must be kept on a leash.

At the end of this hike, you come to Morning Glory Natural Bridge.  The arch is only separated from the cliff behind it by 15 ft,  and is  not as spectacular or photogenic as some other arches in the area that are not as big.  When you stand directly underneath the 75 feet above you, it is a very impressive piece of rock.  On the list it is ranked 5th largest span in the world.

Note:  The bridge over the tributary is a great place for a picnic, but be careful of the poison ivy !

                                                      CORONA ARCH

THE CORONA ARCH TRAIL (taken partly from “Visit Utah”

The Corona Arch Trail is a great 3-mile hike to one of the largest and most spectacular arches near Moab, Utah.  Corona Arch,  also called Little Rainbow Bridge, is your final destination, but the trail also passes Pinto Arch and Bowtie Arch along the way.



The trail is easy  to follow,  although  it does  cross some wide expanses of slickrock pavement.  These sections, however, are well marked with cairns.  A couple of slickrock sections also have metal cables to use as handrails as well as a ladder on one steep step. If you have a fear of heights, or unsure footing, its  best to stop after the first cable to  view the arch.

During the warmer months, do this hike first thing in the morning, since it gets sun all day.  Carry plenty of water and wear a hat.  Little shade is found along the trail, except beneath over-hanging cliffs, in the late afternoon.  Watch children, as the trail skirts numerous drop-offs.

Start at the trailhead on the right side of the parking area.  The trail quickly climbs  a rocky talus slope and reaches a BLM register box before railroad track at 0.1 mile.  Sign in and cross the track.  Trains use the tracks to haul potash from the Potash Mine, and North America’s largest potash deposit.  Potash, ussed as a water softener and fertilizer, is extracted by solution mining, and then processed and shipped by truck  and by  railroad.

The sandy trail follows an old road alongside a cliff, then bends right below the cliff.  Look up left to the high canyon rim to see Pinto Arch, a pothole arch.  The trail climbs up a shallow rocky canyon to a broad bench and heads northeast across sand and slickrock pavement, until it is below a tall slabby cliff.  Hike across sloping slabs below the cliff to a long cable anchored to posts.   Past the cable at 0.7 mile is your first view of Corona Arch a dramatic span above Bootlegger Canyon.  If you  are queasy about heights, this is the best turnaround point.

The trail, crossing slickrock pavement,  bends left here, along a wide stone bench and reaches another cable.  Grab the cable and climb steps chopped into a sandstone slab.  Climb a five-step metal ladder above, to a small, twisted juniper tree and a higher bench.  Follow the broad slickrock bench around the head of a cul-de-sac canyon and bend east toward Corona Arch.

Bowtie Arch towers above the trail to your left.  This pothole arch formed when a pothole above, usually filled with water, eroded into a cave below.  Continue hiking along a sloping sandstone slab and reach Corona Arch after 1.5 miles.

Corona Arch is a spectacular span composed of Navajo sandstone.  The arch opening measures 140 feet and 105 feet high.  Lie down beneath the arch in its long, narrow shadow on a hot day to get a true measure of both its size and its fragility

THE HAYDUKE TRAIL (taken partly from the web page)

Hayduke trail is an extremely challenging, 800 mile backcountry route through some of the most rugged and breathtaking landscapes on earth.  Located entirely on public land, the trail links six of the National Parks on the Colorado Plateau in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona with the lesser known, but equally splendid, lands in between them.

The Hayduke Trail was named after a fictitous character in Edward Abbey’s novel, “The Monkey Wrench Gang”,  George Washington Hayduke, III.

Thank you for viewing my post about The Hiking Trails of Moab, Utah – my hometown.

Janice Gustafson      January, 2019





I was born in Moab, Utah on October 23, 1932. My mother was the glamorous Neva Clark Kirk and my father was the handsome cowboy, Buck.

I graduated from high school in Moab and went on to college at the University of Utah. I finished two years of college, then got married.

After a couple of divorces, and 3 children, I am now married to Ronald E. Gustafson. I am retired after working many years at a wholesale business. Ron and I enjoy traveling in our RV, spending time with family, and we occasionally go to one of the many casinos around Arizona.

My hobbies were hiking and dancing, but I am now handicapped and can do neither.

I was a volunteer victim advocate for the Glendale Police Department for 21 years, but due to health problems, I resigned from that volunteer job a few months ago.

Thank you for reading my “About Me” post I am happy spending time writing within Wealthy Affiliate






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I have now completed Level 2 of my journey with Wealthy Affiliate.

What are my goals? :  When I first joined Wealthy Affiliate, I was only looking for something to occupy my time, as I am handicapped and am not too active.

Now that I have completed some lessons, have done some commenting, and have completed the other tasks that were assigned to me, I feel I may go farther, and may even make some money doing this.

I may become an Ambassador (who me?),  I may become a Commenter, and I may increase my rankings in Wealthy Affiliate, and I may even become ranked in Google.  Google has already indexed 3 of my posts.

My niche in site is my hometown of Moab, Utah.  Moab is famous for the Slickrock bike trail, Arches National Monument, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point, movie making, red cliffs, and the many hiking trails in the La Sal mountains.

I may even sell hiking boots or camping gear;  who knows where this will all lead?

In the meantime, I feel it best that I go back over the lessons I have completed.  I don’t feel I am qualified to answer the questions of others in Wealthy Affiliate, when I am so unsure my self of how to get around in the platforms.  Passwords are still a problem to me and my website still needs a lot of work.

What I lack in being computer literate, I feel I make up for in determination and work ethic, and I do love to write, so writing articles is no problem for me.

So what are my goals?  Mainly, to go back over the lessons until I feel I am qualified to help others in the Wealthy Affiliate Community.  Another goal is perhaps to become proficient at commenting, and maybe, someday, to become an  Ambassador.

Thank you,

Janice Gustafson


I was born and raised in Moab, Utah, (a native)and therefore, I may be prejudiced about its beauty and the fun activities offered.

Moab was a sleepy little Mormon town of 920 people when I was growing up there.  Since then, it has been discovered and visited by millions of people and the population has grown considerably.

I can recollect only 2 religious denominations in Moab in the 40’s and 50’s.  If you were not LDS, you were a Baptist.  I was a Baptist, in spite of my LDS and polygamist heritage.


“Moab is a city on the Southwestern edge of Grand County, in eastern Utah.  The population was 5,044 in 2010.  It is the county seat and the largest city in Grand County.

Moab attracts a large number of tourists every year, mostly visitors to the nearby Arches and Canyonlands national parks.

The town is a popular place for the mountain bikers, who ride the extensive network of trails, including the Slickrock Trail, and for off-roaders who come for the annual Moab Jeep Safari.”

The Moab Jeep Safari is a huge event, and it is almost impossible to drive around town with the many, many jeeps of all types crowding the streets.  I would think the Moab Jeep Safari would be a prime destination for all  “Jeepers”

SOME of the following information was obtained from the Moab Information Center.

Moab, Utah,  home to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, is surrounded by some of the most stunning red rock landscapes on earth. Moab’s unique combination of small town hospitality, beautiful scenery and the cool waters of the Colorado River, make it one of the most sought out destinations of the American West.

 Moab’s perfect climate (note:  check the temperature before you go.  I remember Moab can be hot in the summer and cold in the winter).  has made it a magnet for year round outdoor events and festivals.  The downtown business district has responded with a great collection of restaurants, microbreweries, shops and galleries.

Once you arrive in Moab, your destination should be the Moab Information Center.  View the stunning new film, “Welcome to Moab’ in MIC’s theater. The movie will be repeated throughout the day.

2 National Parks, 1 destination

Canyonlands, Arches, Dead Horse Point State                                                                           Park

Moab does have some very interesting history, aside from pioneers, polygamy, and famous cowboys, George Curry was said to have been killed there by the local sheriff, and some local cowboys are said to have ridden with Butch Cassidy.  Butch Cassidy’s sister resides in nearby Greenriver, Utah, and she denies the story that her brother was killed in South America.

SOME MOAB HOTELS: prices for 5 NIGHTS in May, for 2 people.  I have chosen May, because I remember that as being my favorite month in Moab.  I have added phone numbers, when available.

ADVENTURE INN MOAB                         $732


SUPER 8 WYNDAM MOAB                       $809


RUSTIC INN                SOLD OUT

BIG HORN LODGE                                     $675


RED STONE INN                                          $700


MOTEL 6 AT MOAB                                     $790


DAYS INN BY WYNDAM                           $941

  no phone listed                         

INCA INN MOAB                                         $775


SLEEP INN SUITES    no # listed             $876                     

EXPEDITION LODGE                               $1,256


BEST WESTERN GREENWELL                $1,047

 no # listed              

LA QUINTA INN                                            $812


I hope this gives you an idea of the prices and of the many hotels/motels/lodges in Moab.  

If you are a Jeep driver, don’t forget the Jeep Safari in Moab.  

If you are a mountain biker, don’t forget the famous Slick Rock Trail.

If you are a music lover do not forget the Moab Music Festival.

If you are a hiker, don’t forget the beautiful desert trails around Moab, and the high elevation trails in the close mountain range, the LaSals.  (They are really the Manti-La Sals, but the Moabites refuse to acknowledge the name change.)  And don’t forget to bring your hiking boots.

In this article about Moab, I must mention the Red Cliffs Lodge, owned and managed by my friend, Colin  Fryer.  The lodge is about 17 miles from Moab. 

The road runs parallel to the Colorado River.  If you are lucky, you will drive the road on a rainy day, and see the many waterfalls coming down the  red cliffs.  If you go on up the road, after visiting the Red Cliffs Lodge, you will pass the famous Castle Rock.  Then a few miles more, and you will be in the La Sal mountain range, and you will be close to the dinosaur tracks .

There is a wonderful museum in the lodge and it covers the history of the area.  My family, the  Kirks, have a section in the museum, and we are very proud of it.  


In conclusion, I must say that I have enjoyed researching and writing about my home town of Moab, Utah.  It is a town with a great history, started by pioneers, but now gaining notoriety from the films made there, by the stunning scenery, and by the many activities available there.  I have not mentioned the annual rodeo, or the many festivals.

Growing up in Moab was a joy, and I miss it every day.  If you visit, I know you will love it too.

Janice Gustafson







I have been a member of Wealthy Affiliate for around 2 months.  I have been merrily working along, working on classes and tasks, becoming comfortable making comments, and WRITING, WRITING, WRITING.  Writing is what I like to do.  I was editor of the yearbook in high school, and I majored in journalism in college.  After marrying and settling into life in my hometown of Moab, Utah, I wrote a column for the local newspaper.

I have never had much of a competitive spirit, nor cared much about elevating my ranking in anything.  Now, suddenly I am expected to work towards these things.  NOW I understand why there are so many members wanting to be “followed”, and why the comments are so well documented.

Well, I am frankly, shocked and amazed at this turn of unexpected  events.  I guess I should have known there would be an eventual request that I become more involved with this whole thing.

I have accepted the fact that I am expected to be more competitive.  Can I do it?  I hope so, because I really enjoy being part of Wealthy Affiliate.  My morning used to consist of reading and playing video games.  Now I cannot wait to get into Wealthy Affiliate and to see what my next task will be.  Wealthy Affiliate has brightened my life, (I am, incidentally, handicapped).  Perhaps I am amiss in my views that I could go on with it this way, and, apparently more is expected of me.


I cannot imagine how I am going to be of much help to others in Wealthy  Affiliate.

It is still a struggle for me to download images into my posts, even though I eventually manage.  Could I explain to someone else how to manage this?  NO Way !!  Do you know what I AM good at?  Logging in, and that is about all.

I have purchased 4 domains, and with great effort, managed to transfer them to WA.  My main domain is:, because my niche is my hometown of Moab, Utah.  See –  I understand all that.  I have another domain;  music,art, , which I originally constructed to sell my  sons’s  CD, “Left for Dead”. my husband’s sunset photography, and my daughters hand-crafted jewelry.  Perhaps I should have a better goal than to sell my family’s home-made items.

It is still a struggle for me to do much for myself in WA, even though I have worked hard on the tasks and I feel I have done what is expected of me.  So, I feel it will still take ALOT of practice and studying for me to be of any help to others….BUT I THINK I CAN…slowly but surely. How shall I start?  I think I should go back over Kyle’s lessons, and study, study, practice, practice, and I should become familiar with the ranking system and how to check my rankings.  I have watched the video teaching this, but I know I must watch it again.


I will go back over the lessons and the tasks I have completed, and I will work hard on the new ones.

Perhaps I am a good candidate for an Ambassador, and maybe not.  BUT, I do love being a part of Wealthy Affiliate, so I will try hard to do what is expected of me, and I hope I succeed.

But, please Wealthy Affiliate, let me continue to do what I love, and that is to WRITE, WRITE, WRITE !!

Thank you for reading my post, and I hope you high-ranking members understand my feelings.  And,  by the way, thank you so much for all the help I have received.

Janice Gustafson




I began selling Hawaiian shirts on Ebay 30 years ago  when my son, who was playing in a reggae band,  ask me to find him some inexpensive Hawaiian type shirts,  as that is what the band members had decided to wear for their “gigs”.

I have learned a lot about selling on Ebay through the years, and I am going to share it with you.


In order to make a profit at all in selling used shirts, you must know where to go. If you live in a city with Thrift Stores, as I do, that is the place.  But I only buy my inventory when there is a 50% sale.  These are held after every holiday, and before Christmas, or currently, all clothing is 50% every Saturday at Goodwill, and 50% every Monday at Savers.

If you do not live in a city with Thrift Stores, you could go to Church Bazaars, swap meets, yard sales, etc. to search for your inventory.


I am always disappointed in the condition of the Goodwill stores.  They crowd their items so tightly that it is close to impossible to get any item out for inspection.  If you can deal with the closely packed items, you might find some good buys on shirts.

Goodwill places all short-sleeved shirts in the same category.  In other words, it puts the knit shirts and the short sleeved cotton, etc. shirts together.  This is a difficult practice.  

I did shop at a Goodwill store in Sedona, Arizona, and their knit shirts were separated onto their own rack. This Goodwill Store in Sedona had some great buys, not only in shirts, but in vintage denim, etc.  I will go back to Sedona just to shop at their Goodwill store.


Savers is the most expensive Thrift Store in this area, but their quality and choices are very good.  I only shop for shirts at Savers on senior day or on 50% off days.  Savers is a very good place to buy XL, XXL, and even larger shirts.  I find the large sizes, especially for shirts made in Hawaii, sell quite well and are often bid up from the listed price.


The two Value Village stores in this area are in Glendale.  Their prices are very reasonable, and if you go there often, you can sometimes find some good buys.  If you have one of their cards, you can get 30% off on Thursdays.  They also have some special pricing on Sundays, and a senior day during the week.  Value Village is a good place to buy Western shirts.


I only shop at Salvation Army occasionally, as I have never found a good selection of Hawaiian shirts there; but as I recall, their prices are good and there is quite good organization.  Salvation Army seems to be a better place to find a good selection of women’s clothing.

IN CONCLUSION of this section, please remember these are only my feelings about the various Thrift Stores.  My conclusion is that I will concentrate mainly on Saver’s stores (on 50% off days), and I will try to go occasionally to Value Village, and to Goodwill.  I will continue to remember to take donations when I visit these stores, as they are all supporting charities.


In preparing each shirt for listing, you should inspect it carefully for rips, tears, and missing buttons.  I have often found ripped buttonholes and all defects must be repaired before listing.  I  have a large collection of buttons, and have them sorted according to color, and I am familiar with the types of buttons on the popular shirts made in Hawaii, so I have quite a few of these in my collection, (such as Tommy Bahama, etc.).


I wash and iron all the shirts I sell, even the silk ones.  It would take too much profit away to have them dry cleaned.  I use a Black and Decker steam iron, which came from Goodwill.  I like an iron that gets quite hot and that provides a good supply of steam, and that has a “spurt” feature.  When ironing a Tommy Bahama shirt, and some other 100% silk shirts, I sometimes use a clean dishtowel to cover some sensitive areas.  I also use this method to cover any embroidery on a shirt while ironing or pressing it.  I must add, that if a shirt has a tag that shows it was recently dry cleaned, I do not wash it, I only carefully press it where needed, and when I list it, I enter the face that it has “recently been dry cleaned”, and I leave the tag on the shirt, and I make sure it shows in the photo.

When ironing or pressing, I first do the collar, then the inside of the button and buttonhole area, then the sleeves,  then the shoulder area;  then, last, the sides and back of the shirt.


Listing the shirt with Ebay is the easiest step of this process.  Ebay makes it very easy, and does most of  the work for you, much the same as Wealthy Affiliate does. 





I feel I need a smart phone, as at this time I only have a cell phone.  I am a disabled senior citizen and I have fallen several times. 

The last time I fell, was last May.  I fell on my patio, when I lost my balance while working in my little herb garden.  Fortunately, I had just watered, and as I was out there for two hours in the heat, it was fortunate that I fell into the herb garden and did not get overheated.  Phoenix is very hot in May.

This incident was about the 5th time I have fallen  I think I need a cell phone with some safety features included.  AND I MUST REMEMBER TO KEEP THE PHONE WITH ME AT ALL TIMES!

These are the reasons I am researching Jitterbug Smart Phones or Seniors.  I now have an account with Verizon, and Jitterbug will apparently let me keep the same phone number.

The following features should be considered when researching a smart phone:

Jitterbug Smart Phone 2

The Jittterbug Smart Phame

The Jitterbug Smart  Phone 2 has a simple menu

13 MP Camera

Keep your phone number

No contracts

Urgent Response Device, Emergency Buutton

Senior Medical Alert

Plans as low as $17.40/month

Unlimited Data Plan and unlimited Text $40/month



This phone is also a Smart Phone or seniors

Bigger Buttons

Powerful Speaker

Simple Menu

Voice Dial

2.0 megapixel Camera

Magnifier w/Flashlight

There are 3 plans:

Basic for $19.99 per month             5 Star Service

Preferred for $24,99 per month     5 Star Service, Urgent Care, 

Ultimate for $34.99 per month       5 Star Service, Handset Replacement, Phone                                                                                                                                                          Operator

The retail price for this Jitterbug Phone for Seniors is:  $74.99, shipping not included


I feel that the features on this phone would be advantageous to  me. because of my handicap and because of my history of falls.  I feel the best Jitterbug phone or Seniors for me would be the Smart Phone 2.  

I will be doing more research into Smart Phones for Seniors before making my choice

After doing more research, I am also considering the:






$85.00  (I think this may be the phone for me!!)

I wonder if the  name “Jitterbug” contributes to my interest in this phone.  Of course jitterbugging was done with a partner, and we followed his lead.  I am enjoying my retirement years, but I miss the old days when life was so much more simple.  If this is the case, why do I need a smart  phone at all, and why do I need so many features?  I will ponder these questions before investing in a new phone.

Thank you for reading my post.







Grand Canyon Memories

 I probably joined Wealthy Affiliate for different reasons than most of you. I am retired, so I am not really looking to start a business. I am definitely older than most of you, and I am handicapped, so I probably have more time to study and work, than many of you. Becoming a member of Wealthy Affiliate and became Premium, is important to me, because I love to WRITE, and I wanted to prove to myself, and others, that I could still work hard, and that I could LEARN.

 I worked for 2 summers at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and I definitely learned to be a hard worker there.

While I was a senior in high school, one of my girlfriends, Margaret, talked to me about going to work at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in the summer, after we graduated from high scool. Margaret’s grandmother lived in Cedar City, Utah, and had an “in” with Utah Parks, who owned, (or managed) the Bright Angel Lodge at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. She said her Grandmother could get us jobs, which were pretty difficult to obtain. Since I had no plans for the summer, I told her to go ahead with plans to work at the Park. Well, we both got jobs, but Margaret decided to get married instead, so I had to travel, alone, to Cedar City Utah, where we new employees spent the night; we were taken to the North Rim the next morning, in busses driven by “gearjammers”


When I arrived at the Bright Angel Lodge, I was informed that I would be a cabin maid, and my job would be to clean, with a partner, the deluxe cabins. The work was grueling and difficult for a spoiled teenager from Moab, Utah. It was amazing the messes the “dudes” left in those cabins. We had to clean the cabins thoroughy, change the sheets, and even empty the “potties” as there were no toilets (at that time) in the cabins, even though they were “deluxe”. BUT. I learned to work.

I did not even know how to iron, and we had to have clean uniforms every day. I had never learned how to iron, as we sent our laundry “out” at home; but my mother did send me to the “Rim” with a new iron, even though I didn’t know how to use it. I made a deal with my roommates. They would iron my uniforms if I would let them use my new iron. DEAL!.

 I learned to work hard at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon! As part of our life there, we were required to perform in a “show” every night. So with our newly ironed uniforms, we were onstage every night, singing “We work at the canyon, the canyon, Grand Canyon Arizona”. I think I cleaned cabins better than I sang. After each Show, we were required to change, clothes, (no jeans). and go to the dance, where a band composed of the staff, would play the dance music.

 We were required to dance with any “dudes” who asked us, but we mainly danced with other staff members, and this is where I learned to jitterbug, waltz and lindy, and I did it well. Then down to the dorm to get a night’s sleep and get up early to go clean those cabins.

 One night, my roomates and I sneaked out of the dorm, took some blankets and slept outside. It was a very dark night, and when we awoke, we realized we had slept on the rim of the canyon, and could have rolled off the edge easily.

We did not do drugs and we did not drink alcohol; most of the staff were LDS, and were clean living young teenagers. I was (am not) a Mormon, but I respected my friends’ beliefs.


At this time, I am working hard wanting to learn as much as I can. I want to learn about using templates, I want to learn how to add images to my blogs, I want to learn it all, and I appreciate so much, the help that is being given to me.

 If I happen to include some good keywords along the way, or some “low hanging fruit”, I will be happy. At this time, I only want to learn. I am computer illiterate, as I did not grow up using computers, as most of you did. Computers are fairly new to me, and I do not even have a smart phone, but I think I will buy one, and learn how to use it. I want to learn all I can about Wealthy Affiliate, and I am glad I learned how to work hard at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

The second summer I worked at the Canyon, I was promoted from cleaning cabins to working in the soda fountain, where the work was also hard, but I learned how to make all kinds of things, like malts, sundaes, and root beer floats,  and I learned how to make change quickly.


At this time, my goal is to work hard and learn as much as I can.

 My goal is not to become an Ambassador, or even to make a great amount of money, I just want to feel comfortable here and to learn as much as I can.

Thank you for reading my post.

JanicethreNorth Rim


The DukeMY home town of Moab, Utah, is my passion and my niche.

When I was growing up, Moab was a small Mormon town of 920.  I remember the population sign along  the way into town, well.

Moab has since been  discovered by the tourists and the mountain bikers, and it has more than trippled in size of population; with the population during the tourist season being much larger.

My grandparents on both sides were pioneers into Moab Valley.  No, they were not LDS  pioneers, but they were diligent, hard working people who saw opportunities in the town.  

The Clark family came to Moab from Colorado, originally to mine gold in Miner’s Basin.  Grandfather Clark eventually became an owner of the Ides Theater and a part owner of Moab Transportation. He was also a large property owner.

And the Kirks??? The Kirks were always cowboys, cowboys.  And where else better to be a cowboy than Grand and San Juan Counties in Utah.?  They did it well.  A little rustling may have been done by the older generation, but who knows for sure?

My Father, Buck Kirk, was a cowboy in the best sense of  the word.  He was never seen without his boots  and his Stetson hat.  He only listened to classic country music, and he was an active member of the National Cattlemen’s Association.

Hand in hand with his chosen profession as a Cattleman, he became a landowner.  At one time he owned extensive property along the Colorado River,  and this land became a favorite with the moviemakers of Hollywood.

We were quite often guests on the movie location, and at the same table were seen, John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Victor Maclagen, and famous musicians like The Sons of the Pioneers, and Stan Jones, the writer of “Ghost Riders in the Sky”.

It was the practice of the movie makers fo use locals for extras.We local residents also rented our horses to the movies, and my Dad’s pinto was usually seen being ridden by the Indian  Chief.

The movie I best remember being filmed in Moab, is “Rio Grande”.  It is the most beautiful, sensual movie that I believe has ever been made.  The feelings between John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara are so erotic and full of passion, it must be seen to be believed.  And this was made while they were fully clothed and without touching.  If you are into movies, this one is a masterpiece. The director was, of course, John Ford.

Rio Grande was one of the first movies made in Moab,  but it was not the FIRST.  “Wagonmaster” starring Ward Bond was the first.   Wagonmaster was also a great movie, and it depicted the trials of a Mormon caravan on its way out West.

There were many more movies made in Moab through the years, and they are still being made there.  One of the most notable was “Thelma and Louise”.  The suicide scene at the end of the movie, was not filmed at the Grand Canyon.  It was  filmed at Dead Horse Point, near Moab.  Of course, dummies were used, and I understand they did 2 takes.  Most of the moviemaking scene in Moab, has now given way more to commercials and videos.

How many of you over 30 remember the Chevrolet on top of Castle Rock?   It was a stripped down Chevrolet, in order for  a helicopter to place it up there.  It was a beautiful and unforgettable comercial, and I have been a Chevrolet buyer and driver ever since.

The following is a list of movies made or partially made in Moab:   This list is taken from a You  Tube playlist montage and I found it on a Moab Adventure Center site:


1989                  Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade

1990                  Thelma and Louise

1993                   City Slickers II

1996                   Con Air

1998                   Galaxy Quest

1999                   Mission Impossible II

2002                   Austen Powers, Goldmember

2009                   Star Trek

2010                   127 Hours

2013                   The Lone Ranger (Johnny Depp)

Popular activities in/around Moab:  River Rafting,

Paddle Boarding, Jet Boat Tours, Hummer Tours, Jeep Rentals, Arches National Park and Canyonlands Tours.

see you there !!!