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Colockum 4×4 Snow Run

Colockum 4×4 Snow Run
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Saturday February 26, 2011 around 10 AM we met up at 4WheelingPlus.com in Kittitas Washington for a 4×4 run up Colockum Road hosted by Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch. We had Forest Watch Volunteers come from all over Washington State to do this 4×4 snow run. The weather was great and the snow was perfect for snow wheeling. The area on top of the ridge had a lot of use by snowmobiles. A few snowmobilers were friendly and happy to see we had a legal road to snow wheel on since most everything else for many miles was only open to snowmobiles. We made it up to the top of Colockum Pass and only lost the road once due to a blip on the GPS leading us. Lucky we found out we were off track not to far from Colockum Road. On the way back we stopped at the point where we were off track earlier to check two of the GPSs since the one who lead us there had left before us. This is when our great day turned ugly. We met a Snowmobile group mad at wheelers because Kittitas County said they had to stop illegally grooming Colockum Road and wheel vehicle had a right to use the road. These guys were flying around between us at high speeds and taking down our license plate numbers. They remind me of the outlaw biker clubs you see on TV. Three guys were yelling at us saying we were off Colockum Road when we were all in the area of the road on top of deep snow doing no resource damage. I trying to talked to the one that seemed to be the gang leader calmly. He just got in my face yelling he was turning us into the Sheriff because we had no right to be on DNR land. These guys are giving the Snowmobile users group a bad name by harassing other users. User groups need to fight to keep public lands open for ALL users, not fight with each other. If they would have showed us where to road went after the markers, that would have helped us to be over the top of Colockum Road which we were trying to follow. So instead of educating us, they just made us mad and we still had no clue where the road really was since there was barbwire sticking up were the GPS said the road was. I reported what happened to the DNR I told them I take full responsibility since it was my run but do not see anything wrong with what we did. This was a very fun run. We plan to go back soon as we can and of coarse have two GPSs up front to show the way.

Here are some pictures I took of the day:

4WheelingPlus.com in Kittitas Washington

Airing down.

Heading up Colockum Road.

Crossing the first soft area.

Stuck.

Rubiclone ordering pizza.

What you looking at me for Andy? It was just a guess.

Moving on.

Another stuck.

Another soft area that claimed many.

Some friendly people on snowmobiles came and talked with us.

Here they are moving off the road to make room for the rigs that are being pulled through the soft area.

The peanut gallery.

I like to see people having fun!

Deep wrong turn.

Foxracer needing a pull.

Now I need a pull.

At Halfway Station Colockum Pass.

Heading back.

We stopped for some to have lunch.

Bobs Racing was pulling out Rubiclone when the snowmobile gang showed up to harass us.

I did not take anymore pictures until we got to the bottom due to being upset about being verablely attacked by the snowmobile gang leader.

After the run Rubiclone and I had dinner at Yakima Craft Brewing Co.

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Thursday Night Get Together at Jack-Sons Restaurant & Sports Bar

Thursday Night Get Together at Jack-Sons Restaurant & Sports Bar
Report by Clay Graham
Photos by Clay Graham & Teia IrelandOn February 17th, 2011 we me up at the Jacksons Restaurant & Sports Bar on Terrace Heights Drive in Yakima for the Eastern Washington Off Road Thursday Night Get Together. I had a few Widmer Hefeweizen beers and a Mushroom Burger with frys. The food was alright and the service was great.

We had a good turnout. Here are a few pictures of our group:


Photo by Teia Ireland


Photo by Teia Ireland


Photo by Teia Ireland


Photo by Teia Ireland


Photo by Teia Ireland


Photo by Teia Ireland

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Yakima Craft Brewing Co.

Yakima Craft Brewing Co.
Report by Clay Graham

On Wednesday February 16th, 2011 Craigen and I meet up at the Yakima Craft Brewing Co.s Taproom at the Brewery to see if the place was good for our Thursday Night Get Togethers.

We both ordered the sampler.

Here is the Taproom during closing time.

The appetizers they made smelled good but we did not order any this time around. The beer was great. I took home a growler of Good Monkey. The Taproom has a nice atmosphere. We really enjoyed the Yakima Craft Brewing Co.s Taproom at the Brewery and plan to have a Thursday Night Get Together on March 3rd, 2011.

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Photos: 2011 Eastern Washington Adventures Slab ORV Meet & Greet

Slab ORV Meet & Greet
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham & Brandon Hoeksta / Eastern Washington Adventures

Around 11 AM on Saturday February 5th, 2011 we met up at the Slab ORV Area for the Annual Eastern Washington Off Road Slab Run Meet & Greet.

It was a great turn out again this year. Some people came from far away. We had a great time thanks to all who came. Here are some pictures of our day.The group picture. (There are a few rigs behind the line up)
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We convoyed to Flex Canyon.
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This next off camber part I do not have pictures of. It was real tight for the Suburban and the back tire was off the ground.

Foxracer took a few pics with my camera.
Slab ORV Area
Photo by Brandon Hoeksta

Slab ORV Area
Photo by Brandon Hoeksta

Slab ORV Area
Photo by Brandon Hoeksta

Slab ORV Area
Photo by Brandon Hoeksta

Slab ORV Area
Photo by Brandon Hoeksta

Slab ORV Area
Photo by Brandon Hoeksta

Slab ORV Area
Photo by Brandon Hoeksta

Slab ORV Area
Photo by Brandon Hoeksta

Slab ORV Area
Photo by Brandon Hoeksta

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I think Costco tire department put helium in my tires.
Slab ORV Area
Photo by Brandon Hoeksta

Slab ORV Area
Photo by Brandon Hoeksta

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Colemancooler on Roll Over Hill.
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Looking down Roll Over Hill as we drove down it.
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Slab ORV Area

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Foxracer took a few pics of my playing on some small climbs by Roll Over Hill.
Slab ORV Area
Photo by Brandon Hoeksta

Slab ORV Area
Photo by Brandon Hoeksta

The Subaru did great all day.
Slab ORV Area

Slab ORV Area

Havo’s truck fell over at the top of a climb.
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We had fun with the recovery.
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Nothing like a little Father and Son time on a nice day.
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Slab ORV Area

We used my rig the pull from the front and Colemancooler’s winch from the rock slider.
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Guido’s RC Jeep did great on the hill climbs.
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Broken Jeep.
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My boys checking out what their big brother and the others were working on.
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The kids had a fun time playing as the JK was being worked on.
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Trail fix axle tube plug.
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Some people just draw kids.
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RDub got there late since he had to work. BlindPilot and my crew hung out with him after everyone left. We had a fun time.
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Photo by Brandon Hoeksta

Slab ORV Area
Photo by Brandon Hoeksta

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Slab ORV Area


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Thursday Night Get Together at Denny’s in Union Gap

Thursday Night Get Together at Denny’s in Union Gap
Pictures by Clay GrahamOn February 3rd, 2011 we me up at the Denny’s Lounge in Union Gap for the Eastern Washington Off Road Thursday Night Get Together. It is Happy hour every night until 10 PM. I had a few Coors Lights and a Swiss Mushroom Burger with frys. The food was great, the prices were fair and the service was good.

Here are a few pictures.