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Zyriana 04-03-2011 02:47 PM

New Jeep Owner - Anxious to Play!
 
Hi all!

I'm in N. Cali and just got my TJ '06 Wrangler Rubicon that I've been looking for and wanting for what seems like forever. So - Monday I picked it up, drove it home and have been anxiously awaiting the weekend as I was told I could go with my cousin to check out somewhere he usually goes to. (Not sure where that is). He's busy though, so no go on this weekend. I'm sure having a newbie with him will only be a pain so I totally understand.

Here's my question...

I don't want to have to rely on him to find where to go and how to use my new Toy. I'd like to see if I can hook up with a group local that wouldn't mind a REAL newbie. I haven't climbed a rock with a 4x4 since... oh, over 20 years ago. Yeah. Sad. So now what? Any ideas on groups that don't mind female newbies asking a billion questions and a bit scared of her own vehicle (well, more of me - not the Jeep :facepalm:). I'd love to go see what's around and hookup with a group that could assist - or at least point me in the gen. direction?

Thoughts?

AND - thank you VERY much for your assistance ahead of time. Reading these threads you are all awesome at guidance!

turdhurdler 04-03-2011 03:54 PM

I would start by going to your local 4x4 shop and see if they have any sort of club affialations. Most clubs have regular meet and greets at either the shop or local pizza places etc. Talk to a few people, tell them your interest and I am sure you will easily find someone willing to go on a run with you.

I actually prefer to run with people new to the off-road world. To see the excitement and joy they have is great. And if someone is in a big rush, I would not bother with them. To me, off-roading is a fun way to get off the beaten path and not a race. Good luck with your new Jeep and welcome to the forum.

Jeff

Zyriana 04-03-2011 05:37 PM

Jeff ~

Great idea on the 4x4 shop. I'll take a trip around the area and see what's local here and let them know what I'm looking for and see if they know of anyone.

A lot of the clubs I saw via online lists are old URLs and no longer avail, so it's out in person that I'm going to find something I'm assuming.

Hopefully I find someone like you that enjoys the new folks. I would think it's pretty fun to watch too - but I haven't been doing this for years like most.

I did find a safety course that is run by Esprit de Four (I believe it is), and they are doing that in May. It sure can't hurt to do that. And they have a BBQ after - sounds like fun to me!

Thanks for your thoughts Jeff - I totally appreciate it!

mtbikbob 04-05-2011 09:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Zyriana (Post 1155715)
Jeff ~

Great idea on the 4x4 shop. I'll take a trip around the area and see what's local here and let them know what I'm looking for and see if they know of anyone.

A lot of the clubs I saw via online lists are old URLs and no longer avail, so it's out in person that I'm going to find something I'm assuming.

Hopefully I find someone like you that enjoys the new folks. I would think it's pretty fun to watch too - but I haven't been doing this for years like most.

I did find a safety course that is run by Esprit de Four (I believe it is), and they are doing that in May. It sure can't hurt to do that. And they have a BBQ after - sounds like fun to me!

Thanks for your thoughts Jeff - I totally appreciate it!


Hey welcome to the madness. Ok, more like a fever. love jeepn. Just a good way to slow down and enjoy things. Meet new folks (always a nerve-racking experience, but fun), and go jeepn. Jeepn takes me places I would never have visited elsewise. And the thrill of taking trails more challenging is neat too. So, if you ever find yourself down this way, join us on one of our runs and the see the wonders of Southern Cal.
BobO

dmacioce 04-05-2011 10:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Zyriana (Post 1155476)
Hi all!

I'm in N. Cali and just got my TJ '06 Wrangler Rubicon that I've been looking for and wanting for what seems like forever.

That's a mighty fine machine you got there!

BeantownR6 04-05-2011 10:27 PM

welcome :wavey:

Zyriana 04-05-2011 11:16 PM

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Originally Posted by mtbikbob (Post 1160281)
Hey welcome to the madness. Ok, more like a fever. love jeepn. Just a good way to slow down and enjoy things. Meet new folks (always a nerve-racking experience, but fun), and go jeepn. Jeepn takes me places I would never have visited elsewise. And the thrill of taking trails more challenging is neat too. So, if you ever find yourself down this way, join us on one of our runs and the see the wonders of Southern Cal.
BobO

Bob - you are awesome. Thanks so much and believe me, I would LOVE to do a SoCal run! I'll have to send you a message when I figure out when!

I'm very excited not just for the Jeep and the fun to have with the vehicle, but exactly what you said - slow down and enjoy what can't be seen from the freeway! Plus, my Jeep has a bit of an attitude - it's not happy with freeways, I just know.

So thanks again for the offer, and you bet I'll take you up on it soon!

~Zy

Zyriana 04-05-2011 11:19 PM

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Originally Posted by dmacioce (Post 1160348)
That's a mighty fine machine you got there!

The "Dusty Lady" is pretty fine herself you know.... ;)

Zyriana 04-05-2011 11:21 PM

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Originally Posted by BeantownR6 (Post 1160349)
welcome :wavey:

:wavey: Why thank you!

BTW after I put a WAVE emoticon on here that reminds me, the number of waves I've gotten thusfar is about 95%. Females are the ones not waving at me on the road... :( dagnabit

BeantownR6 04-05-2011 11:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Zyriana (Post 1160501)
:wavey: Why thank you!

BTW after I put a WAVE emoticon on here that reminds me, the number of waves I've gotten thusfar is about 95%. Females are the ones not waving at me on the road... :( dagnabit

most people in LA don't wave, get outside of LA and all jeeps wave :wavey:

Zyriana 04-05-2011 11:35 PM

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Originally Posted by BeantownR6 (Post 1160524)
most people in LA don't wave, get outside of LA and all jeeps wave :wavey:

Haven't been to LA yet with my new toy... I'm up in N. California. We are a bit outside of the city, so we have alot of 4x4s but now that I own a wrangler I notice there are alot of those around. The men are great at waving - just no women yet.

I'm sure I'll get one! I could always just follow one and explain.... ha :p

ROBSMST 04-05-2011 11:47 PM

Group from San Jose is going to Hollister this Saturday to the off road park. Look up San Jose Offroad on meetup

http://www.meetup.com/San-Jose-Offroad/

One of the group leads is female and a beginner. She goes with Ken the other lead who is Exp, has great patience and a great teacher.

I just started offroading late last year and that group has helped me out.

They usually meet at 10am. I will be going down later and arrive around 2.

The park itself has two obstacle courses plus a ton of miles of green (easy) trails. Plus med and hard ones too.

Zyriana 04-05-2011 11:51 PM

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Originally Posted by ROBSMST (Post 1160588)
Group from San Jose is going to Hollister this Saturday to the off road park. Look up San Jose Offroad on meetup

San Jose Offroad (San Jose, CA) - Meetup

One of the group leads is female and a beginner. She goes with Ken the other lead who is Exp, has great patience and a great teacher.

I just started offroading late last year and that group has helped me out.

They usually meet at 10am. I will be going down later and arrive around 2.

The park itself has two obstacle courses plus a ton of miles of green (easy) trails. Plus med and hard ones too.

Rob - AWESOME! Hollister sounds great! I'll check out the link in the a.m. tomorrow and see what I need to do/bring/whatever else.

THANK YOU!!!

mtbikbob 04-05-2011 11:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Zyriana (Post 1160486)
Bob - you are awesome. Thanks so much and believe me, I would LOVE to do a SoCal run! I'll have to send you a message when I figure out when!

I'm very excited not just for the Jeep and the fun to have with the vehicle, but exactly what you said - slow down and enjoy what can't be seen from the freeway! Plus, my Jeep has a bit of an attitude - it's not happy with freeways, I just know.

So thanks again for the offer, and you bet I'll take you up on it soon!

~Zy

Yeah, make it down here before your jeep rusts with all the rain up your way! lol.
Lots of good trails up your way though, not to mention the Rubicon with its tremendous views at the high altitudes.....
The wave thing?.....well every guy wants to wave at a pretty lady!!!

Maybe the meet n greet coming up down here in July in a neat place in the mountains of Big Bear? If you not, you can always see them through the eyes of the camera as we post em here.
Stay dry and keep waving,
BobO

Firemangully 04-06-2011 12:22 AM

Zyriana, welcome to the addiction. Good looking Jeep! Being a lady and all.....I figure you might be familiar with eyeliner......profile pic #4 :rofl: LOL.

Enjoy your learning and safe wheelin' !

Zyriana 04-08-2011 09:31 AM

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Originally Posted by mtbikbob (Post 1160612)
Yeah, make it down here before your jeep rusts with all the rain up your way! lol.
Lots of good trails up your way though, not to mention the Rubicon with its tremendous views at the high altitudes.....
The wave thing?.....well every guy wants to wave at a pretty lady!!!

Maybe the meet n greet coming up down here in July in a neat place in the mountains of Big Bear? If you not, you can always see them through the eyes of the camera as we post em here.
Stay dry and keep waving,
BobO

Oh Bob - you went there didn't you... we rained like mad yesterday and suddenly your message popped in my mind "rust!" oh well. LOL I'm thinking July should be good actually. Although my son is coming back from Afghanistan and I'm thinking he may be here for a bit - so I'll keep checking up with you about the run and see if the timing works. I'd love to get to So.Cal~! Especially Big Bear - LOVE IT!

So... thanks for the rain, and enjoy your sun! LOL

:punk:

Zyriana 04-08-2011 09:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Firemangully (Post 1160644)
Zyriana, welcome to the addiction. Good looking Jeep! Being a lady and all.....I figure you might be familiar with eyeliner......profile pic #4 :rofl: LOL.

Enjoy your learning and safe wheelin' !

HA! you liked that huh? The emblem is a little gift from the prior owner. Out of respect for the prior owner, I'm keeping it on there! You can only IMAGINE the looks I'm getting from the men. LOL!!

The USMC sticker is mine. My son is infantry and currently deployed - I'm def. into the family moto! I'm a mother of a Marine, and proud of it!

;)

Thanks!!!

~LOL just noticed you meant the OTHER pic~ oh well... LOL

jeanshack 03-27-2012 10:47 PM

Hello Everyone,
Looks like its been almost an year since someone had replied on this thread, hope its been a great year for you all and your Jeeps. I am finding myself in a similar state as Zyriana was an year back and would like to know whether there are any clubs around San Jose who would entertain a newb

Please find my introduction thread in the below link:

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f12/jeep-on-149183.html

Please do help with recommendations :)

manasterskimike 03-29-2012 11:34 AM

depending on how far you want to drive the pipi trail just east of jackson is a very easy trail and is long enuf for a decent day trip. im not sure where your located but if you ever get up this way im always up for a ride.

jeanshack 03-29-2012 03:19 PM

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Originally Posted by manasterskimike (Post 2196411)
depending on how far you want to drive the pipi trail just east of jackson is a very easy trail and is long enuf for a decent day trip. im not sure where your located but if you ever get up this way im always up for a ride.

Great! I am down at San Jose, this weekend we were planning on a Mojave desert trail we can definitely plan something next month!


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