Finally took my new to me 97tj off road for a light stress test. Took the wife and packed a lunch. Had a great time, easier than I thought, other than a few really sandy spots. Jeep did great, I replaced a few front end items, alignment, tires, etc and it did well.
driving back to tempe with the top off and doors off was a bit scary on the 60 though!
Got the jeep wave from everyone, ecept for the guys in the newer jks, who dusted us repeatedly. Oh well, had a great time exploring a place just a short drive from home. Looking forward to some other places to check out!