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Photos: EWA Club Blue Mountains Backroads Camping Trip – Day 3

Blue Mountains Backroads Camping Trip – Day 3
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay & Doc Graham / Selah SweetsEastern Washington Tourism

On Tuesday July 10th, 2018, Eastern Washington Adventures Club members started off with another nice day from Misery Campground in the Umatilla National Forest.

After breakfast we head out toward Pomeroy, Washington. We stop at Clearwater Lookout & Clearwater Guard Station along the way.

In Pomeroy we stopped for fuel. It took 12.88 gallons of gas to do the loop from Dayton to Pomeroy.

We then went to lunch just down the road at Tonia’s Cafe. It was a good lunch.

The group spit up. Kevin, his son, I and my two boys headed to Hermiston, Oregon to pick up my P30 work truck our friend was fixing.

We picked up the P30 in Hermiston. I drove it and Kevin’s son Jared drove my Jeep to Benton City, Washington where we left the truck to pick up on another day.

This was a great trip. Something worth doing again some day.

Here are some photos of day 3 of the Blue Mountains Trip:

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Shaved ice, Fudge, and custom ordered snacks.
Vending, Catering, & Concessions.

Eastern Washington Adventures
Outdoor Recreation Info Site that holds many free events.

Eastern Washington Tourism is a free tourism site.

 


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Photos: EWA Club Blue Mountains Backroads Camping Trip – Day 2

Blue Mountains Backroads Camping Trip – Day 2
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay & Doc Graham / Selah SweetsEastern Washington Tourism

On Monday July 9th, 2018, Eastern Washington Adventures Club members woke up early in the hot tents at Umatilla National Forest Bone Springs Warming Shelter in Oregon. We had breakfast and hit the road.

The first stop was at Jubilee Lake. We took a look around then headed on.

Next we drove by Timothy Springs Campground to see it and then onto Lookout Mountain for lunch. Most of the guys hiked in to see the lookout. Doc and I stayed back at the rigs.

The next stop was at Troy, Oregon. There most everyone went for a swim in the Grande Ronde River. We picked up some supplies at the store, then headed up the mountain.

Back in Washington Don’s Jeep Cherokee stared to over heat with the hot weather and steep climbs. We stopped twice on our way to find a camp for the night.

We checked out the Misery Drift Inn to camp at but decided we would keep looking. I am glad we did, because we found an awesome place to camp called, “Misery Campgrounds”.

We set up camp and had dinner. Most everyone took a drive to see the sunset. Doc and I just walked over an looked off the mountain.

The night was warm and the stars were bright.

Here are some photos of day 2 of the Blue Mountains Trip:

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Selah Sweets - Eastern Washing AdventuresSelah Sweets
Shaved ice, Fudge, and custom ordered snacks.
Vending, Catering, & Concessions.

Eastern Washington Adventures
Outdoor Recreation Info Site that holds many free events.

Eastern Washington Tourism is a free tourism site.

 


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EWA Club Blue Mountains Backroads Camping Trip – Day 1

Blue Mountains Backroads Camping Trip – Day 1
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay & Doc Graham / Selah SweetsEastern Washington Tourism

On Sunday July 8th, 2018, Eastern Washington Adventures Club members headed from Selah to Benton City and met up with other EWA members.

After a short break, we headed toward Dayton where we planned to have lunch. One of the EWA members thought he had a faster route, so we took it. As we were heading on the short cut, he then got to thinking it may have not been the right way. We stopped and looked at a map and decided to turn around and head back to I-182 and go the original way.

In Dayton, we stopped for fuel and then went to lunch. The place we picked for lunch was Chief Spring’s Fire & Irons Brew Pub. The food was great. Good beer too!

After lunch we headed up into the Blue Mountains in the Umatilla National Forest and made our way to the Kendell Skyline Road. We check out the sights along the way. We met Chadyb from Overland Bound at Table Rock Lookout. He told us about the area and then we headed on.

It was getting late, so we started looking for camp spots. We found a big area for our group to camp behind Bone Springs Warming Shelter. We set up camp and had dinner around the propane campfire.

Here are some photos of day 1 of the Blue Mountain Trip:

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Shaved ice, Fudge, and custom ordered snacks.
Vending, Catering, & Concessions.

Eastern Washington Adventures
Outdoor Recreation Info Site that holds many free events.

Eastern Washington Tourism is a free tourism site.

 


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Photos: EWA Ahtanum North Fork Shortcut Trail Opening Camp Out

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Opening Camp Out

Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

On Friday, May 11th, 2018, Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at Red Saddle Trailhead at the Ahtanum State Forest to camp the weekend to attend the new ORV trail opening ceremony.  The weather was warm. It was a nice night to camp.

11:00 AM Saturday, May 12th, 2018, volunteers, guest and Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) met up at Whites Ridge Trailhead for the North Fork Shortcut Trail Dedication Ceremony. There were presentations by Ashley of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Ron Rutherford from Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association, Devon Dekker of Yakima Ski Benders, and Brad Hill Center Director at Fort Simcoe Job Corps. There was cake provided by the Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association after.

Next everyone headed to the new trail off of the Ahtanum North Fork Road. The gate was opened, and we headed up hill to the gate at Jackass Road. There that gate was opened an the closed sign was replaced with a Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association sign.

We headed up Jackass Road to above the old trail and waited for the rest of our group to join us. Next we convoyed up Jackass Road and part way though Ewe Neck where met up with some of the Ski Benders turning around due to of camber snow drifts. We talked with them away and then moved back down Jackass Road to the short cut. We headed down the North Fork Shortcut, up the North Fork and up Mclane Canyon to the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail where we took a break. After the break, we headed up the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail hitting patches of snow along the way. One long patch of snow, I got stuck due to my lockers were not working. Don pulled me out and took the lead. We went until the snow got deep on a steeper hill climb. We turned around and took a break at Make-out Point. After a short time we headed back to camp at Red Saddle Trailhead for the night.

Sunday was a very nice day. Everyone packed up. Kevin and Doug went for a ride, the rest us headed home.

This was a great time thanks to all who came out.

Here are some photos of the EWA Ahtanum NF Shortcut Trail Opening Camp Out:

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Selah Sweets - Eastern Washing AdventuresSelah Sweets
makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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Photos: 2nd Annual EWA Wenas Recreation Area Camp Out & Clean Up

Wenas Recreation Area Camp Out & Clean Up
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures and the Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsored by Selah Sweets
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay & Charlie Graham / Selah Sweets

On Thursday, May 3rd, 2018, my son Odo and I headed up to BBQ Flats at the Wenas Recreation Area to set up camp for the weekend camp out. Don & Ruth were already there when we pulled in. It was a very nice day to be in the mountains.

On Friday we did at Jeep run over Cleman Mountain to Mud Lake and back collecting camp fire wood. The other campers started pulling in about the time we got back.

On Saturday, May 5th, 2018, volunteers and Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) met up at our camp for the clean up. There were many volunteers from Eastern Washington Adventures, Back Country Horsemen of Washington – Wenas Valley Chapter, Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association, NW UTV Trail Riders, and others just wanting to make a difference too.

At 10 AM groups headed out. Two groups in 4×4 rigs headed out to replace Green Dot markers and pick up trash. There were many side-by-side groups picking up trash all across the area.

By 4:15 PM the last of the groups meet back up at BBQ Flats with the trash and tools for the DNR. It was a great work party.

The Eastern Washington Adventures Club had a Cinco de Mayo potluck dinner for whoever wanted to attend. Some had to head home after dinner and the rest relaxed around the campfire. We had to use pop-ups a few times to keep dry from the rain showers.

Sunday was a very nice day. Everyone packed up and headed home. We went home to rain.

This was a great time thanks to all who came out.

Here are some photos of the 2nd Annual EWA Wenas Recreation Area Clean Up & Camp Out:

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Eastern Washington Adventures


Selah Sweets - Eastern Washing AdventuresSelah Sweets
makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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