On Saturday December 22nd, 2018 after the Yakima Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, the Graham Family (AKA “The Selah Sweets Staff”) headed up to Camp Fife in Goose Prairie to spend Christmas. It started snowing as we were unloading at the Curtis Gilbert Lodge. Since the lodge does not have power, we lit the propane lights and started at fire in the wood stove. It wasn’t long before we were warm and ready to enjoy our vacation.
Over night we got a lot of snow. Sunday morning you could see how much it snowed by the amount of snow on the vehicles we drove in. It snowed off and on throughout the day.
Monday it was a grey day with just a little blue in the sky here and there. Our oldest son Hank, his wife and two sons came up in the afternoon to have Christmas Eve dinner with us and open some gifts. It was a very fun evening having all our children and grandchildren with us. Hank and he family left later that night to go back home in Yakima.
Tuesday, Christmas morning it was clear and cold but very beautiful. No one was in a rush to leave even though they new they had presents under the tree back home in Selah. We slowing packed up the rigs and headed home.
On Friday, October 26th, 2018, Eastern Washington Adventures Club members met up at the Curtis Gilbert Lodge at Camp Fife for the annual Halloween 4×4 Run. We built a fire in the stove and then had a potluck dinner. We enjoyed the night talking about adventures. There were many elk right outside the front door making noise all night.
Saturday morning we had a potluck breakfast and then headed out for the 4×4 run with four Jeeps, a XJ, a YJ, a TJ, and a JK. Our first stop was at the end of the pavement of Bumping River Road to air down. Next we headed up the road to Granite Lake for a break. It was very peaceful at Granite Lake.
After awhile, we headed on up the mountain to Miners Ridge. The view was great on top. Mount Rainier was clear and standing out! With binoculars you could Sunrise Visitor Center at Mount Rainier National Park. We had lunch there and enjoyed the view.
After lunch we headed back down. Two rigs headed to the Copper City 4×4 Trail and two of us headed back to Camp Fife.
Back at camp Fife it started raining. So we sit around the fire staying warm. When the others got back, we had a potluck dinner. It rained all night.
Sunday morning we had a potluck breakfast and packed up for home. We aired up our tires and took a walk over to the Camp Fife Dining Hall. Two of our members help getting it built years ago.
We head home around noon. The fall colors were great along SR410.
This we a great time thanks to all who came.
Camp Fife is a Boy Scout camp and is located in the Cascades off of Chinook Pass near Bumping Lake in Goose Prairie, Washington.
Here are some photos of the EWA Halloween Camp Out at Camp Fife:
11th Annual Eastern Washington Adventures
Ahtanum State Forest
Clean Up & Trail Maintenance Work Party Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources. Sponsored by Selah Sweets Report and photos by Clay & Calvin Graham / Selah Sweets
This event was eligible for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass.
On Saturday, July 28, 2018, Eastern Washington Adventures held the 11th Annual Ahtanum State Forest Clean Up. On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday was Trail Maintenance work. Volunteers camped at Red Saddle Trailhead.
This was a very fun week thanks to all that came to volunteer.
Here are some photos of the Ahtanum State Forest Work Party:
On Saturday October 28th, 2017 around 10 AM outdoor enthusiasts met up at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House in Selah, Washington for the “Halloween Backroads 4×4 Adventure”. We convoyed to the Upper Wenas part of the Wenas Wildlife Area for a backroads run up Cleman Mountain.
We aired down at the Hay barn off North Wenas Road and headed up W1100. At the top of Cleman Mountain we ran the the ridge Southeast to the end of the Green Dot where we stopped for lunch.
After lunch we back tracked past where we came up and ran the top of Cleman Mountain Northwest. We continued into the Naches Ranger District onto FS1712 and ran it to FS1701 (Bald Mountain Rd.). At FS1701 we took a break and said goodby to the people in tow of the rigs that had to head back over to Western Washington for work.
We turn up FS1701, took FS1716 and then turn on Hog Ranch Road to go back toward North Wenas Road. We aired up at the parking area off Maloy Road. Most people headed back home and a few came to the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House.
This backroads run was fun. The views were great even though it was a little hazy at times in the distance.
Back at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House we had a potluck and Halloween Party. Some of the kids played in the Haunted House. The Halloween party was a lot of fun.
Here are some photos of the Halloween Backroads 4×4 Adventure:
Shaved ice, Fudge, Souvenirs, and custom ordered snacks.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.
The Historic Naches Pass Wagon Trail is one of the most poplar trails in the Northwest. We like to run this trail in the fall after the dust is gone and we do it in the opposite direction of the settlers for more of a challenge climbing the west end.
On Friday October 13th, 2017 Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at Lost Meadow to camp for the annual “Wagons East! Naches Pass Trail 4×4 Run”. Since it was Friday the 13th and we were in the woods, we kept an eye out for Jason. The only excitement was is snowed on us earlier in the day and the night was very cold.
The morning of Saturday October 14th it was frozen out. Around 10 AM we headed from our camp at Lost Meadow off of NF19 to cross over to Pyramid Pass with 10 rigs. We ran into snow on FS19 road not to far from camp. We air down as we turned onto FS1914 and ran in snow most of the way over to the west end of the of Naches Trail. On the West side we met up with one more rig at the end of the Naches Pass 4×4 Trail on FS70.
We air down to trail pressure and start the 4×4 part of the run. The first climb was just muddy. We hit snow at the top of it. We stopped there to wait for the all the rigs to make the climb, then headed on to the first cross road and had lunch.
After lunch we headed on. Four of of us took the forest service roads around the next section and the rest made the snow covered climb. We met back up at FS7080 then headed on up to Government Meadows for a break. There some fed the birds. Next we took the short walk to see the Urich Cabin and the meadow.
After the break we headed on traveling east on the Naches Trail. The snow got deeper on the trail for aways.
At FS1913 we turned off the Naches Pass Trail to skip the tight part near the east end. We parted ways with the guest and headed back to camp.
On Sunday we took a drive up to Raven Roost. The view up there were great. It was a prefect day to see Mount Rainier. You could see miles of burnt forest from the Norse Peak Fire.
This was a very fun event thanks to all who came.
Here are some photos of the 2017 Wagons East Naches Pass event: