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Photos: EWOR Thanksgiving 4×4 Snow Run at the Ahtanum

Thanksgiving 4×4 Snow Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday November 28th, 2009 we meet up at the Tampico Church for our annual Thanksgiving Run at the Ahtanum State Forest.

We headed up the South Fork Road and found a place to pull off to air down.

Ahtanum State Forest

We followed the South Fork Road all the way up and onto the Sedge Ridge Trail. We ran the trail up towards the Cultus Hole Rim. I (Ceg) broke trail until I could not make it up the double hill climb. Colemancooler was riding shotgun with me and took this picture of me getting ready to give the hill another run.
Ahtanum State ForestPhoto by Kris Coleman

I moved off to the side and let the pros (Roller-Bear & Nevada) take over.
Ahtanum State Forest

Nevada
Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

Roller-Bear
Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

Stone worked his way up.
Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

The guys still at the bottom.
Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

Havo
Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

Havo topped the climb with ease.
Ahtanum State Forest

Waycrazy was next and made some nice holes for me. We both had to winch up the last part.

Here are our co-pilots walking up to our rigs on top.
Ahtanum State Forest

Here is the recovery team.
Ahtanum State Forest

Test Dummy working my Samurai.
Ahtanum State Forest

Time to winch it up.
Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

HavoJr giving the climb a good try.
Ahtanum State Forest

Roller-Bear winching HavoJr up.
Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

Tiny made the climb on his own.
Ahtanum State Forest

So did TJ40.
Ahtanum State Forest

And BlindPilot.
Ahtanum State Forest

Waycrazy’s guest made it up with chains.
Ahtanum State Forest

I missed it if the FS Ford made it up without winching. He also had chains.
Ahtanum State Forest

I broke trail again until a got stuck. Havo came around me to pull me out.
Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

Once Havo got me out, he took the lead.
Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

At this point Havo ask for someone else to break trail.
Ahtanum State Forest

I backed up to let others around me.
Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

Moving on up the trail.
Ahtanum State Forest

Wow! Nevada got stuck. I think this maybe the first time for me to see that happen.
Ahtanum State Forest

Waycrazy pulled Nevada out. Here is the line up after Waycrazy.
Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

We all decided it was time to run the trail the other way so we all look for places to turned around.
Ahtanum State Forest

We regrouped at the meadow we past earlier.

Stone having fun.
Ahtanum State Forest

Me stuck again.
Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

BlindPilot right before he got stuck coming to pull me out.
Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

Stone & Roller-Bear playing Bumper Jeeps. Test Dummy stuck.
Ahtanum State Forest

Tiny pulled Test Dummy out.
Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest

Once we were regrouped I lead us back down the trail. We stopped to regroup again where we had came up the South Fork Road.
Ahtanum State Forest

We continued to head down the Sedge Ridge Trail. Here is Waycrazy coming down Rocky Climb.
Ahtanum State Forest

We again stopped to regrouped. This time at Red Saddle.
Ahtanum State Forest

From Red Saddle we worked our way back down to the South Fork paved road and aired up for home.

This was another great run thanks to all who came.



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Photos: EWOR & Peak Putters Juniper Dunes ORV Run

Juniper Dunes ORV Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road & Peak Putters
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday November 14th, 2009 around 7:30 AM I loaded up the rig to make the 100 mile journey to Juniper Dunes near Pasco, Washington for the Eastern Washington Off Road & Peak Putters joint run.

It had gotten real cold the night before and the rig was frozen.

Selah

Along the way we stopped off for gas and food in Sunnyside.

We got to the meeting point in Smith Canyon just before 10 AM and started airing down with the others.
Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Paula Horton, a reporter a from the Tri-City Herald came out for a ride along. Her photographer also came on the run.
Juniper Dunes

We convoyed toward the Upper Parking Area to meet up with the rest of the group.
We passed White Trash & Peanut going the back to find their goggles.
Juniper Dunes

Pulling into the Upper Parking Area.
Juniper Dunes

Most of the group but not all.
Juniper Dunes

Bobracing broke his rear drive line early in the game.
Juniper Dunes

Here are some pictures of our fun.

Fatboy testing the sand out.
Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

TJ40 about to test out the new tires in the sand.
Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

White Trash towing out Bobracing.
Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

The group got together and picked up a mess someone left.
Juniper Dunes

The Peak Putters stopped at the Upper Parking Area for lunch and we headed out toward the Northeast.

Juniper Dunes
Juniper Dunes Wilderness Trailhead

Here we stopped for a picture and to wait for Fatboy to catch up.

Mayur slid off the trail.
Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

We regrouped with the Peak Putters at the north end big dunes.
Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

My ride.
Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Grumpy (AKA DaveW) got himself stuck at the top of a big dune with the reporter riding shotgun.
Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

This XJ lost a back window on the way up. I am guessing he is stuck too.
Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

The view from the top.
Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Grumpy giving the dune another run.
Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Fatboy’s turn.
Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

TJ40 hitting the bowl.
Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Screaming Toylet
Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

It was time to start heading back out so we said our goodbyes to the Peak Putters and headed out by running the trails toward the east fence.

There were a few steep climbs a long the way.
These guys happy to top the hill.
Juniper Dunes

Running the fence line.
Juniper Dunes

Juniper Dunes

Once we got back to the Smith Canyon Small Parking Area we aired up.
Juniper Dunes

Fatboy headed back to Yakima and the rest of us stopped in Richland for dinner at Kimo’s before heading home.

This was a very fun run thanks to everyone that came out.
We hope to do some more joint runs with the Peak Putters in the future.



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Photos: Olmstead Place State Park Tour

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Olmstead Place State Park Tour
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Veteran’s Day Wednesday November 11th, 2009 we met up at Olmstead Place State Park for a tour from our friend Park Ranger Hoekstra.

Olmstead Place State Park is a 217-acre day-use park that features a working pioneer farm. The park is located off I-90 a few miles east of Ellensburg Washington.

Park Ranger Hoeksta.
Olmstead Place State Park

Here is the way we are going to see the lower part of the farm.
Olmstead Place State Park

Here we are on the way.
Olmstead Place State Park

Down at the lower end of the park Foxracer gave us a tour through the old buildings and showed us the equipment used in the old days.
Here are some pictures. Foxracer told us what all these things were and did, but I can not do as well repeating it.
Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Loading up to head back to the upper park.
Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Heading back.
Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

Olmstead Place State Park

It got cold on the way back.
Olmstead Place State Park

Just about there.
Olmstead Place State Park

The kids loved the wagon ride and had fun running around. The tour was great.
If you are into history this place is a must see.

Thank you Park Ranger Hoekstra for the great tour and wagon ride. We hope to come back when it is warmer.



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Photos: EWOR Quartz Mountain Backroads Run

Quartz Mountain Backroads Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road, called by Ron the Parts Guy.
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday November 7th, 2009 Eastern Washington Off Road members met up at the Ellensburg McDonald’s for a backroads run up to Quarts Mountain call by “Ron the Parts Guy”.

Around 10 AM started the convoy towards Quartz Mountain with 11 rigs.
Quartz Mountain

Heading up Manastash road.

Quartz Mountain

Quartz Mountain

A few miles up the dirt road we ran into snow. We stopped to air down.
Quartz Mountain

Quartz Mountain

My ride.
Quartz Mountain

Getting ready move up the road.
Quartz Mountain

A few miles up the road we have to stop because two rigs had problems. eburgwheeler’s XJs Dana 30 was not working because of the disco. He turned around for home. JDavis had a shock come loose on his Montero. He worked on it as the kids played.

Screamin out taking pics of the kids.
Quartz Mountain

Quartz Mountain

It wasn’t long before we were on the road again. Here is passing Rider’s Camp.
Quartz Mountain

Quartz Mountain

Passing Manastash Campground.
Quartz Mountain

Quartz Mountain

Quartz Mountain

Passing Shoestring Trail Head and 4W311.
Quartz Mountain

Quartz Mountain

Here I watch Bronco-in-Training sliding sideways.
Quartz Mountain

That was the start of the road being real icy. Some hunters in a FS Chevy pickup were coming down the hill and not wanting to slow down for us to get by. The last few rigs were off to the side to let him by. I was in the way and could move up the hill because I stopped in the ice. I jumped out to air down and one of the old guy in the pickup walks over and ask where I thought I was going. I told him Quartz Mountain. He told me that none of us had any business up their without chains. Then he tells me my rig should not be up there at all. He went on nagging about me as I aired down. I did not say anything else to him because it would not have been very nice. I was able to move a little better after letting air out but not enough to get started on the icy climb. Jerry got in front of me and pulled the Sami up the hill.

Here we stopped to air down more as the rest of the group climbed the hill.
Quartz Mountain

Quartz Mountain

Quartz Mountain

Roller-Bear had to head back home. He stopped on the way down to say good bye.
Quartz Mountain

By the sounds of it on the CB the Broncos had a hard time making the climb because of the ice. My wife was not wanting to go up if it was real bad. She said we were in the wrong rig. I agreed. ricky8587 and Blind-Pilot went for it as Jerry and us stayed back. Once those guys made it without any problems and told us this on the radio, we headed up too. It was slick and the Sami kicked out sideways twice on the way up. I was able to steer out of it both times without stopping.

Here is coming up to Quartz Mt. Campground.
Quartz Mountain

Quartz Mountain

I just about made it up on top of Quartz Mt. but the Sami started sliding backwards toward a drop off. I stopped to let the wife calm her nerves and to take a picture of the snow blown on the trees.
Quartz Mountain

Quartz Mountain

Here is looking at the top and the area we slid down.
Quartz Mountain

The wife said she was ready to get off this hill climb so we got turned around to head to a safer place.

On the way we found Bronco-in-Training and kids walking up the road.
Quartz Mountain

Back at Quartz Mt. Campground to regroup.
Quartz Mountain

Quartz Mountain

The group of the day minus the two that left earlier.
Quartz Mountain

Time to head down. Our Trail Boss “Ron the Parts Guy” leading the way.
Quartz Mountain

Quartz Mountain

Quartz Mountain

We past a pickup that was going up. The group stopped for him but the guy told us he would wait there for us to pass. We all pulled back on the road and headed down. Some how the two FS broncos got sideways in the road and Blind-Pilot ran his TJ into the side of one of them. I believe everyone is alright. “Ron the Parts Guy” went back up to help as the rest of us found a safe place to get out of the road.
Quartz Mountain

An Explorer was on the way up and we stopped them to tell them about the road being blocked on the climb. He was turning around when a guy in a FJ Cruiser came flying around the corner. The FJ Cruiser slid to a stop a few feet from hitting the Explorer. The FJ Cruiser backed up real fast and went back down the road. “Ron the Parts Guy” winched the guys out and were coming down.

Then here comes this Black jacked up Chevy pickup coming down the mountain from the direction “Ron the Parts Guy” stuck group was. The Chevy guy romped on the throttle as he came by the Explorer and the two guys that were out helping to get the Explorer turned around. That was enough for us. We moved down the road to get away from getting hit. We stopped at the Shoestring Trail Head. I drove my wife over to the outhouse. It was closest to being a drive through I have ever seen. LOL
Quartz Mountain

Waiting for the others.
Quartz Mountain

Here is the damage from the accident.
Blind-Pilot’s rig.
Quartz Mountain

Quartz Mountain

Bronco-in-training’s rig.
Quartz Mountain

After we all were regrouped we headed out.
We stopped at the pavement to air up for home.
Quartz Mountain

This was a very fun run thanks to all who came. Sorry that some received carnage.



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