On Thursday February 21st, 2019 the weather was nice enough to get out and do something.
My son’s dog “Crunch” and I took the Jeep for a drive in the Yakima River Canyon.
I stopped off at Mile Post 8 Boat Launch to stretch my legs. I parked next to this paved trail I had never went down before. I thought I would check it out. I forgot Crunch’s leash at home, so I left him in the Jeep to take a quick look down the trail.
Down at the Yakima River I was checking out the icebergs when I spotted something green with shinny things on it. I snapped a photo and it started running off. I chase it up the trail toward the parking lot. At the parking lot Crunch stopped the green thing since I was chasing it. Since Crunch pinned it down, I tied the green thing up and brought it home.
Around 5:30 PM Friday, November 2nd, 2018, my sons, Doc and Odo and I headed out from the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House in Selah toward Beverly Dunes to set up camp for the annual clean-up.
Once at Beverly Dunes we set up camp with TJ40. We used the trucks with campers as a wind block and put up a pop-up between them for shelter. We then had dinner around the propane campfire in the pop-up since it was breezy out.
Saturday morning more Eastern Washington Adventures Club members and volunteers from a few PNW4WDA Clubs showed up help. Stephanie from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) showed up around 9:30 AM so people could signed in and get some tools for the clean up.
Most of the main work was in the campground cleaned out the fire pits and picked up trash.
After the clean up some headed home and the rest of us went and played in the dunes for a few hours. The ORVs left were Foxracer’s Subaru Outback, TJ40’s Yamaha YXZ, and my Jeep JKU.
Sunday morning we woke up to a blue sky. About the time we decided to pack up, the wind started blowing hard.
Around noon we headed home. Reece followed me in his truck. Crossing the Columbia River on I90 was scary. The wind was blowing so hard, it felt like my truck with camper were going to blow over. We stopped in Vantage to top off the fuel tanks since I used a lot of fuel fighting the wind.
We headed up the the Old Vantage Highway toward Ellensburg with one stop along the way. It was slow going with the hill and wind blowing against us. The wind died down some by the time we got to the Yakima River Canyon.
This was a very fun weekend thanks to all that came. Here are some photos of the Beverly Dunes Clean Up & Camp Out:
Beverly Dunes Camp Out & Clean Up Saturday November 3rd, 2018 9:30am-3:00pm
This event is eligible for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass.
Join DNR staff and volunteers from Eastern Washington Adventures to maintain campsites and pick up garbage at Beverly Dunes.
What to bring: Volunteers should bring gloves, water, lunch and dress appropriately for working outdoors. Volunteers are encouraged to bring 4×4 rigs & ATVs, but must meet necessary requirements: flag, current registration, spark arrester, helmet must be worn on ATVs. Bug spray is advised.
Directions: Meet at the Beverly Dunes Parking Area. From I-90: Take Highway-26 East via Exit 137 toward Othello/Pullman. Continue about 1 mile and turn right onto Highway-243. Continue about 7 miles and turn left onto Lower Crab Creek Road. In about 2 miles turn right into the Beverly Dunes ORV Area.
Camping information: A Discover Pass is required for all street licensed vehicles that are parked for camping. Everyone is welcome to camp at the Base Camp. Meet & Greets Friday and Saturday evenings.
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: