Well, once again, we had a great time and met some great people. I learned a lot yesterday. I need to air down when everyone else is doing it so that they don't have to air me down when my control arms are stuck on a rock for thirty minutes and I need to pay more attention to my spotter. Thanks Rawk for being so patient with someone who was way below the skill required for that trail.
We had nine vehicles, seven jeeps and two scouts and I think we all had a great time regardlest of a lost set of calipers, a high center, and having to be towed out of a sticky spot (no that was not all me, shut up).
I have over two hundred pictures to go through, but here's us gathering at Fawnskin first thing in the morning.
I'll have the rest of the pictures up in a little while.
Thanks to everyone who came. Though we weren't all jeeps, it didn't matter a lick. We stood and laughed and had a great time out in some of the most amazing scenery I've seen in ages.
Brian (Unlimited) and I drove up early in the morning to meet everyone up there. As we drove through fog and snow, I was getting worried. Funny thing was, later that day Brian mentioned that he had been reading the weather and thought about bailing. The weather had looked pretty nasty and I wasn't too sure about going either.
Rocks and snow were the last thing I wanted to experience.
But, we got above the clouds and it was incredible. Pictures really don't do it justice. Those of you who live in places like Big Bear know exactly what I mean.
Weird though, there wasn't a lick of snow on the trail.
But, we did have lots of streams and water which added to the difficulty on the rocks later. Yes, I got hung up, I'll get to that.
We lucked out and were first to the trail that morning so we didn't have to wait like the group of twenty or so behind us.
I watched Rawk (Kevin), Unlimited (Brian), and RedRubi (Chuck) rush into the playground first and started to get that sick feeling I got when we went down to Borrego Springs and I saw the rocks for the first time. Lucky I've got an ego bigger than me otherwise I'd have punked out.
Um.... Chuck....... how'd you get that under your skid? Anyone who's seen his jeeps knows that's a big ol' rock to be touching the skid like that.
Rawk heading up, he was point for the day and only yelled at me once for not paying attention when he was spotting..... everyone was talking to me Kevin, I swear.
Thanks guys, it was a long long loooooooooong run, for me at least. We hit the trail at about 10:30 and got off it around 6 or 6:30 I think. Then Brian and I had a two hour drive home. Still, it was way worth it and great fun.
Eric and I just got home. Thank you everyone so much for joining, that was the most fun I've had on the trail in ages. The trail was pretty dug out by the time we got to it so it was a little rough for some. It took a little time for spotters and drivers to get used to each other but everyone was fantastic. We also did a little trail repair and picked up after the slobs running ahead of us.
Tiny and Unlimited, sorry you guys had to bail and head down the hill, I know it was getting late. Perhaps we can get together some time in the very near future: Pizza and Beer anyone? It was great meeting you all in person and I really hope we can do another run soon. My few pics to come soon...
If anyone can get me original full sizes pics, I'd love it.
Hey Chuck, thanks for the invite and I'd have stayed had I been familiar with the area and it hadn't been so late. I have all the pictures full size and I think the easiest would be to just burn cds for those who want then and send them. I have over 200 pictures and will try to get the best of your own rigs to you all.
We should get together, absolutely.
The second garden was a hanging over the edge place. It wasn't close to as difficult as the first, but the third just blew me away.
Luckily we couldn't have asked for a better day. Oh, and finally here's one of the Scout's that came with us.
The dang thing freaked me out every time the wheels wanked against the wells. Made an awful racket like a bear was beating up a moose some where in the woods.
Had an awesome time. Thanks to all who joined us!! Great trip and great group of people.
I didn't have a camera at all, so I took no pics. But anyone who can burn originals to a CD and mail em, I would love it. Just put any you want to send to me or Chuck and mail it to one of us, we can share the CD.
And yes Tiny, my uncle's name is Ray.
'06 Jeep Unlimited - some stuff, but certainly not enough stuff
I have lots of pictures of your rig, Eric, as well as most everyone elses. Though I missed the slime green Scout most of the way. Don't think I caught him on film... er, in digital.
I also have two cute ones of your daugher while we were watching you get through that one area. I like that you taught her to say cheese By the way, she cheered you on the whole time. And Chuck, I have your daughter's wheels and a coffee cup I forgot to give you after we got down, I totally forgot.
And then we hit the place that just absolutely killed me. I managed to get myself very stuck. Rawkon and Unlimited jacked up opposite corners of the jeep and shoved rocks under the tires. I think I heard someone say it was my control arm, but my skid is all wanged up and the arms look find. Either way, I was wedged and I'd have been screwed without the guys.
But I wasn't the only one who got stuck.
Though Brian's son Cam slipped off a rock, I just wasn't paying close enough attention. And Brian managed to get himself unstuck with a bottle jack and time.
And don't think I'm going to leave you out, Eric.
That was a fun area. I think we might have spent in excess of three hours there, not only waiting for the group in front of us to get through and then cleaning up their cans and trash, but getting ourselves through as well.
Seems like I remember someone saying that Jeeps couldn't flex very well............hmmmmm, I don't think this one had any problems.........
Looks like you all had a great time out there. Glad to see you all using your Jeeps, for what they were made for. Doesn't that just take the stress of every day life, away from you? Great to see you all in action!!!!!!!!! WTG!!!!!!! Tiny, hang with these guys, and you will be hooking up your Jeep, with a 5.5 LA, and running 35" tires, in no time............
Got to love it!!!!!!!!!
I messed up, had the picture with this, and then edited, and no pic...
I only show pics of you when you are not stuck, and thsi is the thanks I get?
There was no shame in getting stuck there. That was a tough area that showed more than a few scrape marks on the rocks. We were just marking territory.
Hell, I'm the only one I think who had to be strapped and that wasn't even in an area that was anything. Two wheels up and I was screwed. I think I lost some tire in that deal spinning them round and round.
"But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." - Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1782
Arguing with a truck driver is like wrestling with a pig in mud, eventually you realize the pig enjoys it.
Well, three feet off the ground is something to be proud of.
When we you got through the place you and I were stuck, I thought Chuck was getting impatient, looks like he's about to give you a shove.
I didn't even get any decent pictures of Chuck's rig cuz he shot through that place bing bang boom.
But I did get this one...
I liked having your daughter ride with us Chuck, she was lots of fun. Tell her next time I swear I'll come to the cabin.
Here's the only shot I found of the green scout with us. It was a biodiesel run monster. I don't remember the guy's name but that was one sweet rig, but I can't understand the sudden need for french fries I had standing near it.
And finally, devil duck, thrilled to have made it through without flying out the window.
Correct me if I'm wrong Kevin, but that guys name was Frank - aka Doc. Very cool dude.
It was a great group of guys and I'm bummed that I missed the guy in the green TJ, once again, his name is lost to me. I know we all did intros at the fire station, but I barely remembered my own name when we made it out the other side. He seemed to roll through everything so fast I couldn't catch a shot, kinda like Chuck.
Yup, the duck is back, and he's fastened tight this time.