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Photos: 2018 Beverly Dunes Clean Up & Camp Out

Beverly Dunes Clean Up and Camp Out
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsored by Selah Sweets
Report & photos by Clay Graham – Selah Sweets / Eastern Washington Tourism

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.

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Photos: Midnite Mudders 4th Annual Juniper Dunes Clean Up

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Hosted by the Midnite Mudders
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets/Eastern Washington Adventures.

On Friday April 13th, 2018 we headed from Selah to Juniper Dunes near Pasco, Washington to camp for the weekend to help with the Midnite Mudders 4th Annual clean up.

We set up camp around 1 PM and waited for others in our Eastern Washington Adventures group to get there. Around dark, we headed out for a night run in the dunes for a few hours.

Saturday morning we headed to the beginning of Smith Canyon road to sign in for the Midnite Mudders Juniper Dunes Clean up.  Once everyone was signed in, our group headed out with two Wranglers, to new Cherokees, and two Yamaha YXZ Side-by-sides. We worked our way out to the north end by running the wilderness fence picking up trash a long the way and back through the west side dunes to the Midnite Mudders camp.

The Midnite Mudders were starting their raffle as we pulled into their camp. There were a lot of people there that were part of the clean up.

We want to thank everyone that came out to help with the Juniper Dunes Clean Up. Thank you to the Midnite Mudders for hosting this great event.

Here are some photos of the 2018 Juniper Dunes Clean Up:

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Eastern Washington Adventures


Selah Sweets - Eastern Washing AdventuresSelah Sweets
makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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Photos: Fall 2017 Beverly Dunes Clean Up & Camp Out

Beverly Dunes Clean Up and Camp Out
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsored by Selah Sweets
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

Around 1 PM Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 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. Reece and his son followed us in their truck.

Once at Beverly Dunes we set up camp and then sat around the propane campfire in the pop-up since it was cold. TJ40 pulled in later in the dark and joined us in the warm pop-up. The sky was clear, the moon was bright, and it was very cold outside.

Saturday morning the Trail Seekers Club showed up and started the clean up early since it was real cold out. 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. We also had to break up an illegal fire rock ring. A dirt bike ride came to talk to us since he was not happy we were tossing the rocks back out where they came from. We let him know fires were only allowed in the metal fire pits placed by the DNR. That did not seem to mater to him since he did not put his illegal campfire out when he returned.

After the clean up some headed home and the rest of us went and played in the dunes into the dark. The ORVs left was Foxracer’s Subaru Outback, TJ40’s Yamaha YXZ, and my Jeep JKU.

Sunday morning we woke up to the place covered in snow. This was very cool. The first time ever for us to see snow a Beverly Dunes. We ate a fast breakfast and headed out to “Go Play”! We figured we would leave later after the roads were cleared of snow.

Out in the sand dunes was very fun. It made the trails a lot more fun and more challenging for Foxracer’s Subaru Outback. We played some follow the leader with the Subaru Outback, Yamaha YXZ, and Jeep JKU looking for fun. What a blast!

Around 1 PM we headed home. The roads were good for us heading back to Selah by the way of SR24, but Foxracer had a longer time getting home since I90 was closed.

This was a very fun weekend thanks to all that came.

Here are some photos of the Beverly Dunes Clean Up & Camp Out:

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Eastern Washington Adventures


Selah Sweets - Eastern Washing AdventuresSelah Sweets
Shaved ice, Souvenirs, and makes pre-order snacks.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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Photos: Spring 2017 Beverly Dunes Clean Up & Camp Out

Beverly Dunes Clean Up and Camp Out
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsored by Selah Sweets
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

Around 1 PM Friday, June 2nd, 2017, my son Doc 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 and then took a drive across the area to see how much trash was left after the Memorial Day Weekend. It was not to bad for the most part, but there was a lot of garbage around and under the dumpster. Someone also left a stripped VW Bug in the old parking lot. We found someone cut the east fence wires and the cable wide enough to fit a small rig through.

Saturday morning the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff showed up early to greet the volunteers for the Beverly Dunes Clean Up as they signed in. There was 5 of us from Eastern Washington Adventures and two guest from Western Washington. We started off picking up around the dumpster. We winched the dumpster off the garbage the garbage truck buried. Next some headed out to the dunes to pick up trash, the rest of us cleaned out the fire pits and picked up trash in the campground.

After the clean up, we went and played in the dunes until dinner. That evening there was an awesome sunset and then the wind started blowing. Late that night the wind was blowing so hard that it was rocking our van. You could hear our pop up moving around. I was surprised the pop up was not damaged.

Sunday morning we took a short run in the dunes and then backed up for home.

My son and I stopped at Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River to check out the new Turbine Park. We took a walk around the park and then headed home by running the Old Vantage Highway and the Yakima River Canyon.

This event was a very fun weekend.

Here are some photos of the Beverly Dunes Clean Up & Camp Out:

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Eastern Washington Adventures


Selah Sweets - Eastern Washing AdventuresSelah Sweets
Shaved ice, Souvenirs, and makes pre-order snacks.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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Photos: Beverly Dunes Clean Up, Camp-out & Adventure

Beverly Dunes Clean Up, Camp-out & Adventure
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsored by Selah Sweets
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

On Friday November 4th, 2016, 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. We headed through the Yakima River Canyon stopping at Helen McCabe State Park on the way to Beverly Dunes.

Once at Beverly Dunes we set up camp and waited for other to show up. Kevin pulled in just after dark. This year he was the only other person camping with us. That was alright, the four of us had a blast.

Saturday morning the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff showed up early to greet the volunteers for the Beverly Dunes Clean Up as they signed in. Doug came to volunteer. He was the only other volunteer to show up for the clean up. Around 10 AM the five of us volunteers headed out picking up trash and cleaning fire pits out. Doc found a Leatherman and Odo found someone’s drug pipe. Around 1 PM we were finished with the clean up and everyone left but us camping.

Around 2 PM we headed out with our two Jeeps to Saddle Mountains. Saddle Mountains is the tall ridge that runs along Beverly Dunes on the other side of Crab Creek. The wet end has some steep and dune. We played a little on the big sand dunes and then headed up a canyon trail to get on the top of Saddle Mountains for the view. The trail up was full of big rocks. Some rocks we could drive over and some we had to drive around. We made it up a long way up the canyon. We had to stop to see how we were going to navigate around a section of bigger rocks. We were out looking when a group of dirt-bike riders that passed us earlier had turned around. They said around the corner was a five foot wall we should look at. So we took a hike on up the trail and saw the wall. We thought we might be able to climb it with the Jeep. Still hiking, we climbed up on top of the wall to see what was past that. The trail became to narrow for a rig. That is when we decided to turn the Jeeps around and go up a different way. We headed back out and found a road that took us to the top. The view was great on top of Saddle Mountains. I took a photo of the GPS to see the difference in elevation from where we were camped down below at Beverly Dunes. Back at Beverly Dunes I took another photo of the GPS to see the difference. If the GPS is right, the top of the ridge at the big towers was 1914 feet higher than camp.

After dinner we took the Jeeps on a night run through the Beverly Sand Dunes. Our friend Kevin driving the other Jeep had some excitement when his Jeep became sideways on a hill climb. Over all the night run was fun.

Sunday morning Kevin left around 9 AM and my son Doc took us on a drive across Beverly Dunes and back. Once we got back to camp, we also headed out.

The boys and I decide to do some sightseeing on the way home. We first stopped at the Wanapum Dam Overlook. It was pretty cool place after we picked up someone’s trash they left behind. Next we stopped at Sand Hollow Recreation Area. It is a very nice place for a picnic next to the Columbia River. My son Doc wasn’t feeling well so we headed on home by running the Old Vantage Highway and the Yakima River Canyon.

This event was a very fun weekend.

Here are some photos of the weekend Adventure:

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Eastern Washington Adventures


Selah Sweets - Eastern Washing AdventuresSelah Sweets
makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


Selah SweetsEastern Washington Adventures