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Water Adventures Happenings - July 2016
Serious Adventure Photography
Lovingly penned by Swirlin’ Eddy for Wild West Voyages

Moab Action Shots is southeastern Utah’s first, and only, source for action and adventure photography. With a history spanning more than twenty years, the business continues to provide professional photographs, available for purchase, to those enjoying the adventures that Moab has to offer.

The original owners first established the business under the name Action Shots, which later became Moab Action Shots under the new ownership of Mike Jensen and David Eggeling in 2013. Since that time, Moab Action Shots has become synonymous with action and adventure related photography in Moab, capturing memories for others throughout the season.

Although whitewater rafting trips are the major focus of the business, taken along the Moab Daily section of the Colorado River from April through October, Moab Action Shots also covers some of the area’s most prestigious events. Events such as the Easter Jeep Safari, Skinny Tire Festival, and the Moab Century Tour, among others. Moab Action Shots is proud to have participated in a professional capacity in these events for many years.

High-quality digital files (jpegs) are available for purchase at both their downtown location or online at, at very reasonable prices. With a no pressure sales staff they create a fun and friendly environment to relive the days adventure!

Moab Action Shots can be found at the North end of town, located at 331 North Main Street, in the same building as Moab Frozen Yogurt. What a convenient location on a hot day to cool off with a little yogurt while viewing your images. Just look for the yellow and white awnings on the building, and the old-fashioned popcorn cart, and you’ve found them! Moab Action Shots can also be reached by phone at 435-259-8086, should you wish to speak with them. Be sure to mention you read about them in Moab Happenings.

All Day Eddy’s Treasure Chest of Mystery

At the end of a full day trip on the “Daily” or Fisher Towers section of the Colorado, high water has one last trick for the greenhorn and veteran alike. Sometimes, that river just doesn’t want to say good-bye. You can see the BLM Takeout Beach, you think you’re headed straight at it. But nooooooooooooo. Off to the right (and in late May it truly covers over half the river) my cousin All Day Eddy lays in wait.

Now as you know my name is Swirlin’ Eddy and you can find me alongside you on any stretch of river. But down there on the Colorado lives my cousin, All Day Eddy. There is a reason he is named this. Don’t give him even a corner of your raft, or the tip of your oar blade, unless you want to hang out with him for a few rounds. This time of year he draws logs and debris into his lair just to make you feel more at home after he snatches you from your downriver trajectory.

Last week some private paddlers I know spent three rounds in there. The first time they were just checking it out, playing along, wasting time. The second time, it was only mildly intentional yet mildly annoying. The lead paddler finally made the calls in earnest yet the group did not emerge from the eddy. “Where the heck is the current?” one was heard shouting. “There is no water going downriver, what the hey*?”

On this third, infuriating go-round, they saw it. A treasure chest floating in the water, obscured by floating branches with the appearance of crocodiles keeping guard. Creepy. Fascinating. This treasure chest was some river runner’s military issue ammo can, the “river purse” of choice for many. They are air tight. They float. They are practically impossible to destroy. They contain what each river rat might consider their valuables for that trip.

Nothing like a treasure chest to ignite the imagination. Let’s get one thing clear up front; all imagined it contained no identification. That would burst the bubble and obligate the crew to return it to its rightful owner, a previous victim of All Day Eddy. Unspoken river courtesy, and total buzzkill. That given, each paddler offered a personal daydream about what might be contained therein. Spanish doubloons? Candy (Swedish Fish in particular)? Polished desert gemstones? An engraved private dinner invitation from Rick Springfield?

Here’s the answer to your question: yes, they were released from the eddy due to their own determined paddling expertise and general embarrassment. No, they did not recirculate after the sighting and did not get to pluck the ammo can from the debris. No, you will never know what was in there and neither will they. Maybe it’s better that way, because now I can ask YOU a question… doing a few rounds yourself in All Day Eddy, what mysterious treasures might YOU have found in that floating case?


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