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EWA 2012 Moses Lake Sand Dunes ORV Camp-out

Eastern Washington Adventures
2012 Moses Lake Sand Dunes ORV Camp-out
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Most year’s on the last weekend of September or so Eastern Washington Adventures has a run at Moses Lake Sand Dunes before the Yellow Zone closes. The weather is cooler than the summer months and the “Yellow Zone” that closes October 1st. makes the adventure a lot more fun.

This year Eastern Washington Adventures members started pulling into camp on Thursday September 27, 2012. The camp was in the gravel pit at the end of Potato Hill Road. I pulled in just as it was getting dark.

On Friday we did a few runs out on the Moses Lake Sand Dunes and played around the Pothole Reservoir. A few more showed up to camp that night.

Saturday a lot more people showed up for our main run. We did a few runs during the day and had a potluck around the propane fire pits that evening.

On Sunday we had another run before leaving for home.

This weekend was a blast thanks to all who came.

Here are some photos of our weekend at the Moses Lake Sand Dunes:

Friday

I was to dark when I pulled in to level the motor home. This is how we woke up.

Heading out to the Moses Lake Sand Dunes.

Jeepscum blew a trailer tire on the way to Moses Lake. Test Dummy called to see if he needed a tire brought out.

Icesis stuck!

The beach of Pothole Reservoir.

The kids swimming in Moses Lake.

Saturday

Heading out.

Most of Saturday’s Eastern Washington Adventures group.

Josh drove off into Crap Creek.

Guido fishing.

Test Dummy got stuck doing a water crossing.

Josh trying to make a call.

Camp karaoke!

Sunday

The South Pole!

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PNW4WDA Region 4’s “Pick Up A Mountain“

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Pick Up A Mountain
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Every year on the third weekend of September, Region 4 of the Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association holds a big event at Jim Sprick Park to pick up trash in the surrounding mountains of the Naches Drainage.

People started setting up camp Thursday afternoon and by Friday night the park was packed.

Saturday September 15th, 2012 the day started with a driver’s meeting at 8 AM. Naches Ranger Irene Davidson came out to talk with us before we headed out into the mountains. There were many fires in the area and we needed to be out of the way of he fire crews. She also wanted us to report any fires we saw as we were out.

After the drivers meeting we took a group photo of the rigs and headed out.

Our group Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch (a division of Eastern Washington Adventures) headed up FS1701 which is across the road from Jim Sprick Park. We stopped at the intersection of FS1701 & FS530 to clean up the camps. Next we ran to the end of FS1701 and turned up 4W694. We picked up trash along the way. We took a lunch break at the Manastash View Point. After lunch we continued on 4W694. We drive around Funny Rocks since other were there. At 4W695 we turned up it and stopped to pick up trash at Moon Rocks. Next we headed down 4W695 and turned back onto FS1701. We normally run FS530 up to Bald Mountain and take 4W675 down but there looked to be a fire near 4W675. This year we just ran FS1701 back down.

In the afternoon they had games for the Junior Jeepers.

In the evening they had the Corn Shucking Contest. Joleene Vessey won the Corn Shucking Contest the second year in a row.

After all the corn was shucked and cooked, they had a potluck dinner. Pollock’s Rears and Gears donated the pork for Pulled Pork.

Around 6 PM the raffle started. There were many great raffle prizes. After the raffle the DJ donated by Build-It Offroad played music and some danced.

On Sunday Region 4 had a free breakfast for the volunteers. Our group Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch (a division of Eastern Washington Adventures) cooked breakfast. Some of our members through in some extras. 10 pounds of bacon donated by Jerry’s Valley Meats via Doug Palmer. A lot of Eggs donated by Steve & Rose Haverfield. Fruit donated by Terry & Missy Muffett.

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PUAM Director Pam Remley along with PNW4WDA Region 4 wants to thank all who helped make this event work, thank you to all the volunteers that picked up trash and thank you to all that donated.

Raffle donations by
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241 Photography, AEV, ARB, A. J. Radio, Build-It Offroad, Columbia Basin Sand Commandos, Desert Rats, Eastern Washington Adventures, Eastern Washington Dirt Riders Association, Gold Creek Station, Grumpys Outdoor Store, Jeeping Nomads, Nile Valley Meats, Oak Creek Ace Hardware, Off-Camber.com, Off Road Animals, Olympic 4×4, O’Reilly’s, Peak Putters, Pollack Rears & Gears, Rainier Ridge Rams, Region 4, Roamin Chariots, Round Table Pizza, Shindig Wheelers, Trail Jamboree, WA State Land Director, Wandering Willy’s, White Knuckles

Other donations

Pork: Region 4 ($50) & Pollack Gears & Repair ($100)
Buns for Pork: Remleys
Corn for dinner: Remleys
Bacon: Jerry’s Valley Meats via Doug Palmer
Fruit for Breakfast: Terry & Missy Muffet
Eggs: Steve & Rose Haverfield
Charlie the DJ: Build It Off Road.com

People that helped

Cooking Pork: Joanne Hansen & Frank Remley
Turkey Fryers for cooking water for corn: Roger Brittain, Mike Palachuk, Frank Remley
Roasters for Pork heating & serving: Lisa Graham, Roxanne Brittain, Pam Remley
Potluck: Desert Rats
Breakfast: Eastern Washington Adventures
Sign In: Pam Remley, Alicia Palachuk
Junior Jeepers: Alicia Palachuk, Gloria Joralamon, Krista Palachuck
Corn Shucking Contest: Randy Hayes, Roxanne Brittain, Doris Hagemeier
Selling Raffle Tickets: Frank Remley, Danny Rind, Doris Hagemeier, & many others
Raffle: Frank, Danny Rind, Mike Palachuk, Terry Joralomon
Raffle help: Kathy Greenwood, Barb Rutherford, Mary, & Kathy’s friend….(name?)
Serving Dinner: Sande Nettnin, Joanne Hansen, Danny Rind, Kyle Brandchik, Pam Remley
Photos: Clay Graham, Kari Finney
Getting Corn: Star Mesa, Gloria Joralomon

Some added notes:

Eastern Washington Dirt Riders Association donated $250 to for this event. Some how their logo was not added to the PUAM t-shirt.

Olympic 4×4 Supply has ‘stepped up to the plate’ EACH year of PUAM by supporting us, donating as well as selling us items at a reduced rate because they believe in the PNW4WDA as a whole.

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Here are some photos of the 2012 Pick Up A Mountain:

Getting ready for Saturday morning drivers meeting.

Naches Ranger Irene Davidson came out to talk with us before we headed out into the mountains.

Frank gives us a bag class.

Waiting for the other to come for the group photo.

The rigs that showed up for the photo.

At the sign in booth.

Heading up FS1701.

A fire in the area.

We stopped at the intersection of FS1701 & FS530 to clean up the camps.

Guido working on removing a tent stake.

Heading on up FS1701.

Turning onto 4W694.

Odo picking up trash.

TJ40 & son looking hard for trash.

Getting past by fellow volunteers.

Charlie finds a metal object and takes it over to Tyler’s MJ so he could haul it.

Doc heading out to get more trash.

Doc only could find half of this frisbee.

We took a lunch break at the Manastash View Point.

After lunch we continued on 4W694. Charlie picking up trash.

We drive around Funny Rocks since other were there.

We turned up 4W695. Looking back you could see the fires around Liberty.

Making our way through Moon Rocks picking up trash as we went.

Next we headed down 4W695.

Turning back onto FS1701.

Regrouping.

We normally run FS530 up to Bald Mountain and take 4W675 down but there looked to be a fire near 4W675.

Coming back down to Jim Sprick Park.

Missy Muffett and Lisa Graham precooking the bacon for Sunday breakfast.

The Eastern Washington Adventures camp.

Junior Jeepers games.

Next was the Corn Shucking Contest. Randy Hayes volunteers to direct the event.

Jolene Vesey won the Corn Shucking Contest the second year in a row.

After all the corn was shucked and cooked, they had a potluck dinner. Pollock’s Rears and Gears donated the pork for Pulled Pork.

Raffle ticket sells.

Sunday morning

Highway Espresso had a booth.

Up front at the sign in booth.

Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch (a division of Eastern Washington Adventures) members cooking and serving Sunday breakfast.

Mandy and Charlie Graham serving scrambled eggs.

Lisa Graham the pancake lady.

Missy Muffett cracking eggs.

Teia Ireland serving up the pancakes.

The trash from “Pick Up A Mountain”.

Sunday afternoon we headed home taking a big tire someone found with us.

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Photos: 1st Annual Go Play Topless Weekend!

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Yakima River Canyon/Wenas Wildlife Area
Report & photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Friday September 7th, 2012 we had an Eastern Washington Adventures club meeting. TJ40, Avalanche and Guido camped out for Saturday’s event. AlwayswrenchN and family pulled into camp Saturday morning.

Around 10 AM Saturday September 8th, 2012 we hit the road from the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House for the “Go Play Topless” backroads run through the Yakima River Canyon and across the Wenas Wildlife Area.

We convoyed to the Yakima River Canyon from Selah and headed north toward Ellensburg.

We stopped at an historic marker for the first break. As we were there we watched paragliders jumping off Baldy Mountain.

Moving on up the road we stopped at the Ellensburg end of the Yakima River Canyon for a short break.

Next we stopped in Ellensburg to top off our fuel and get some snacks.

We regrouped and headed up Umtanum Road toward the Wenas Wildlife Area. We turned up Durr road and aired down. Next we headed south on Durr Road.

We stopped at the Umtanum Creek Crossing for a short break in the shade.

Up at the top of Umtanum Ridge we headed southeast toward the Yakima River to check out the view. At the end of the Green Dot we took a break and watched the paragliders jumping off Baldy Mountain.

Next we back tracked, cross Durr Road and took a break at the towers.

From the towers we headed down toward the Wenas Valley by the way of Bell Tel road and out Bull Pasture road.

About the time we hit Durr Road, it started raining. We got in a little rush to get back to the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House. We did not get to wet.

We had a potluck dinner in the Club House and visited late into the night.

Sunday morning we had a potluck breakfast in the Club House.

This was a very fun event thanks to all who came.

Here are some photos of our event:

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Darland Mountain Loop Drive

Darland Mountain Loop Drive
Report & photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Sunday September 2nd, 2012 we took our friends for a drive to the Ahtanum State Forest to do the Darland Mountain loop. They had never been to the Ahtanum State Forest so we showed them some of the different places we like to go.

We first took a drive though the Ahtanum Campground and then made an outhouse stop at the Ahtanum Winter Recreation Trailhead.

Next we headed up the Middle Fork, through Tree Phones Campground and then made a stop at Eagle Nest to go see the view.

After Eagle Nest we headed on up to Darland Mountain with a drive through Clover Flats Campground along the way.

We stopped at a view point on Darland Mountain before topping it. It was a great day for the views. You could see Mount Jefferson, Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens and Mountain Rainier as we cross Darland Mountain.

We headed on down the North Fork. At Shockley Rock we took a look at the new road being put in that will be going around the back side of Snow Cabin Campground. Looks like they have a lot done.

Next we stopped for a break at Snow Cabin Campground. The Snow Cabin Campground just reopened after being closed for the season due to dead trees that could have fallen on campers. There were many trees removed and there is still a mess of debris in the campground.

We headed on out with one last stop at Ahtanum Meadows on the way.

This was a very fun day with friends. Here are a few photos:

Eagle Nest Vista.

Looking toward Blue Lake from Eagle Nest.

Mount St. Helens from Darland Mountain.

Mount Hood and Mount Adams from Darland Mountain.

Snow Cabin Campground.

A lot of dead tree were removed in Snow Cabin Campground.

Bull Trout.

New camp markers at Snow Cabin Campground.

The last stop was at Ahtanum Meadows.

This was a nice drive at the Ahtanum State Forest.