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Photos: EWOR Moses Lake Dunes ORV Run

Moses Lake Dunes ORV Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

6:30 AM on Saturday, September 22nd, 2007, a few of us convoyed from Yakima to the gravel pit at Moses Lake ORV area to we meet up others for the Eastern Washington Off Road run. Most that came were from the All Wheelers Off Road Club. Camo22 was our Trail Boss for the first part of the day.

First off Camo22 showed us how deep the big mud puddle was as we headed out to the Yellow Zone. As soon as we entered the Yellow Zone, Hercules had a hose clamp problem on his dirt bike. Zip ties worked to fix it.

Camo22 showed us around awhile then he had to go home to get some sleep since he had worked Grave Yard. We headed back toward the tow rigs so Hercules could get some fuel. On the way we ran into Luna, Bobstar, Toyzuki and his friend in a Toyota.

After we got everything we needed at camp, we headed out to a different part of the yellow zone. On the way we had to play on the dunes we came across. It was kind of a maze to get out to the Pothole Reservoir.

After we got out to the Pothole Reservoir and ran the beach awhile, we stopped foe a break and a photo of the afternoon group.

On the way back to the dunes, Toyzuki almost went swimming with his rig. He could not get back up the hill. His friend tried to help and also got stuck where the only way to go was into the water. Fatboy used his TJ to pull both rigs up to safety.

Back at the dunes everyone had fun. Some were jumping dunes and getting a lot of air. Toyzuki got a lot of flight time in with his Samurai on this run.

At one point 99 didn’t make a climb on my quad and really did not want to back down. She got pulled up the hill on my quad by her Tweety Jeep I was driving.

Hercules had another problem with his dirt bike and had to be kind of towed in on a quad. They got it in by a shoestring.

We loaded up around dark to head back home. We had a great time. A special thank you to Camo22 for showing us around the Yellow Zone.

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Photos: EWOR Juniper Dunes Mother’s Day ORV Camp Out

Juniper Dunes Mother’s Day ORV Camp Out
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Run call by Lisa Graham AKA “99”.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay, Lisa, & Hank Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Friday May 11th, 2007, Fatboy’s family and mine convoyed to Juniper Dunes near Pasco, Washington to camp for the weekend. We set up camp near the power lines off Smith Canyon Road. We drove the kids out to the tall dunes and let them do some sand sledding.

Saturday morning most of the others showed up at camp around 10 AM. More All Wheelers Off Road Club members, some Peak Putters Club members and some others from the Eastern Washington Off Road forum.

Commando14 was the Trail Boss on this run and lead us out to the big dunes below the Upper Parking Area. After awhile hill climbing that area we head on up the trail. We stopped for a break along the Juniper Dunes Wilderness boundary.

Moving on down the fence line we came up on a gas line. We stopped and waited for the others. Someone was having some problems on the trail behind us. It didn’t take to long and they were back on the trail. Toward the end of the ORV area we had lunch and some fun climbing dunes.

At this point the group split up. Most headed back out. Fatboy, Test Dummy and I wheeled to the end on the ORV area and followed the west fence line back to the big power lines. We ran the power lines close to the east fence and turned off toward camp.

Once back at camp we took a break before heading back out. Toyman2 came out to camp with us. He set up camp and so did Bobstar and Luna as Fatboy and I went back out to wheel. Colemancooler rode shot gun with me.

We were having a blast and climbing hills. Over on the back side of the main big dune area, I went for this one hill climb a few times without much of a run and did not make it all the way up. On what became my lat try, I almost topped the hill when I lost a freeze plug on the Tweety Jeep. Colemancooler some how found it. We could see that someone did not have it in straight. Fatboy was nice enough to tow the Tweety Jeep back to camp with his TJ. It did a great job pulling us up the sand dunes.

As I was being towed down Peterson road back to camp, Printthis came around us. He said he had been at our camp but had to get going back home so we didn’t get to visit.

Back at camp we found Hercules came to camp with us. Colemancooler headed home. The rest of us sat around the camp fire as much as we could, between the rain showers. We had a great time visiting.

Sunday most of us packed up and headed home. Bobstar and Luna stayed awhile to play.

I want to thank everyone that came out. We had a great time. I think we will be back again next Mother’s Day.

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Photos: AWORC Moses Lake Sand Dunes Quad/Dirt Bike Run

Moses Lake Sand Dunes
Hosted by All Wheelers Off Road Club
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham & Ron Palstring / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday September 9th 2006 we met up in Vantage and convoyed to Moses Lake Sand Dunes for an All Wheelers Off Road Club run called by Icesis.

It was very windy when we pulled in. We played in the sand dune climbing and shooting around bowls.

We worked our way out to the Potholes Reservoir. Riding a long the short was a lot of fun. We stopped to watch a CJ drive out into the Potholes Reservoir and kill there motor. CJ’s don’t float!

This was a great day run. We found out this is the better time to go. There is a lot more fun with the Potholes Reservoir area open. It is only open from July1st to October 1st.

Here are some photos of the AWORC Moses Lake Quad/Dirt Bike Run:

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Photos: EWOR Labor Day Run at the Ahtanum

Labor Day Run at the Ahtanum
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham  / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Tuesday August 29th, 2006 I took up my family to Tree Phones to get a camp for the Eastern Washington Off Road Labor Day Run.

On Wednesday we loaded the kids in the XJ and the wife rode the quad. We went up to Darland Mountain and back around. We hit a few side trails on the way.

On Thursday we took a drive on Sedge Ridge.

On Friday my wife went into town to get some more fuel and supplies. I sat around camp waiting for members of the All Wheelers Off Road Club and others to show up. PullUout came up early in the day. It was nice to have someone to BS with. Everyone else showed up in the evening.

On Saturday as we were getting ready to pull out for the run, Deputy Sutliff from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office came to our camp to meet us. He said he had seen we had a run from the Eastern Washington Off Road forum. We talked awhile about the web site and about the closed areas of the Ahtanum. It was good to meet Deputy Sutliff. He said if anyone has any questions about ORV areas in Yakima County they were welcome to contact him. His e-mail is: stephan.sutliff@co.yakima.wa.us

On this run we had 4 quads (99, Tiny, Bobstar & his wife), 1 bike (Jacob) and 7 rigs (Ceg, Sgt. Superman, Test Dummy, Stiff_CJ, Mischief Maker, PullUout & Fatboy). We started off the by going down the Mid Fork Ahtanum to the McLain Canyon Road and up the North Fork. Jacob’s bike broke down and Tiny pulled him back to Tree Phones with his quad. We moved on up the North Fork Road. We turned up the Blue Lake Trail, then 4W615 passed Blue Lake and stopped at Blue Slide Lookout.

After we regrouped at Blue Slide Lookout we headed on down and onto 4W613. It was tight for PullUout’s full size. I had to stop to get the boulders out of the trail down from the cattle guard since they were to big to drive over. We had to stop on the trail while PullUout repair his power steering. Then we stopped to regroup at the Lower Meadow.

On up the trail we ran into MonsterMazda and his group crossing the Upper Meadow. We talked awhile then headed on down the trail. The next stop was on Strobach Mountain for a cool view of Rimrock.

After a few pictures we headed down the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. Near the bottom of the trail we stopped to regroup. That was good because Odo was hungry.

After we regrouped we headed down to the Nasty Creek Corrals. Most of the rigs hit the North Fork Ahtanum pavement and went back to Tree Phones. Test Dummy and I stayed with the 3 quads and ran up Doe Pocket onto Foundation Ridge and back around. It was dark the time we got back.

On Sunday Colemancooler came up to wheel with us. Dweezy camped with us but didn’t get to go with us until this days run. On this days run we had 4 quads (99, Tiny, Dweezy & Jacob) and 6 rigs (Ceg, Colemancooler, Sgt. Superman, Test Dummy, Mischief Maker & Fatboy). We took off from camp and headed up on top of Whites Ridge. Colemancooler’s rig was over heating so he headed back. We took a break at where the Grey Rock Trail meets the Whites Ridge Crest Trail.

We turned around and ran the Whites Ridge Crest Trail back down. At the Whites Cross Over Trail we meet up with Sgt. Superman. A few of the guys ran back to Tree Phones to get some refreshments and the rest of us ran the Whites Ridge Trail to the bottom. We all meet back up at the Sno-park.

From the Sno-park we ran up A2400 and then A2420 to the top of Sedge Ridge. On the way up I lost my low range in my XJ’s transfer case. I had to run the Sedge Ridge Crest Trail in high. It was fun getting up the Sedge Ridge Rocky Climb, but I made it up on the easier trail. We ran the trail to the cross over looking Cultus Hole. Deputy Sutliff had told us that the logging company bought the rest of the trail and didn’t want anyone on there land so we watched the sun set and head back down the way we came.

This was a great run. Thank you for all coming out. You made this old man happy on his Birthday.

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Photos: EWOR Moses Lake Sand Dunes ORV Camp Out

Moses Lake Sand Dunes ORV Camp Out
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham and Hank Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Friday Saturday March 31st, 2006 we headed to Moses Lake Sand Dunes to camp for the weekend on have some ORV fun in the sand.

We pulled in just before dark. We were not sure where to camp so we pulled off of Sand Dune road at the first fire pit we saw. I stuck the motor home in the sand. We off loaded the XJ off of the trailer and pulled the motor home out. We parked there with backing up the 2 wheel drive pickup with trailer as far off the road as we could. We parked the Jeep on the other side making triangle around the campfire. Later that night we found we were in the middle of a Mad Max movie. Outside was trucks with open exhaust, loud quads and automatic weapon fire all going off at once for hours. The motor home was rocking from how close they were flying by.

The new morning other people from Eastern Washington Off Road showed up. One guy was lived in Moses Lake and said that 12:01 April 1st was the start of Hell Night and we were in it. A few of us hit the sand dune while others were waiting for friends to show. We made it out to the Yellow Zone boarder and worked our way back. Not very far from the Yellow Zone, I lost a rear u-joint on my XJ. We bungeed the rear drive-line up since we could not pull it without loosing transmission fluid. The quads went ahead looking for the easiest way back out. We only had a few hills that were challenging with only having from wheel drive and a drive-line beating up the bottom of the Jeep.

Back at camp it was raining hard. Some others showed up with dirt bikes and 4×4 rigs. I They all went out after the rain stopped.

Sunday morning my cousin Ginger and her family came out to see us with a new u-joint for the XJ. We had a good visit and then headed back home to Yakima through the Yakima River Canyon.

This was a fun time other than the Mad Max part.

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