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CJG 2018 Christmas Party

We changed things up this year and had our party at the Sky Ute Casino.  The turnout was amazing as always with almost 50 in attendance.  Everyone raved how amazing the food was.  Billy Schultheiss was the emcee again this year and brought his style of humor to us.  There were gifts given out to all and a couple drawings.  The big winner was Frank Taylor who won the CJG chair that he can keep until next year’s party.  After the party several members hit the bowling alley and those that braved the late our played cards after that.  Several club members stayed at the hotel and even enjoyed the pool.

 We had a beautiful room with full attendance.  The children all had to show off their presents. Even the adults had to open up their gifts with all to enjoy what they received.  The CJG chair was to be given away in a drawing. Bucky Knipp won the vote for most Mechanically Challenged Jeep. Scott Click won the vote for Most Abused Jeep. Kevin Heckman won the vote for Parade Queen Jeep. We had a full house. Frank Taylor was saying earlier in the night he was going to win it.  It sounds like it has a prefect place in their house.Table #2 had a blast even though they had the worst poker hand of the night.

Veteran’s Day Parade 2018

Veteran’s Day 2018 marked the 100th year anniversary of the end of WWI.  Durango had a large turn out and we were very proud to be a part of the celebration.  We had 8 rigs and a couple veterans along for the day.  After the parade we ate at Applebee’s which was giving veterans free meals.

 Getting lined up for the parade. Getting lined up for the parade.Kent Mallalieu has his Jeep all decorated. Going down Main Street in the parade. Nice crowd on a chilly day. Kevin Heckman decorated and leading the way.Morgan Clark one of our veterans and proud grandpa.

Top of the World and Moab

We had our October 3rd Saturday fun run over in Moab, UT.  We decided to hit Top of the World, Dolores River Overlook, and Kokopelli trails on Saturday and then hit Box Car Loop, Kamakaze trail, and the Mi Vida Mine on Sunday.  The skies were a perfect blue, awesome temps, and no wind, which is unusual for the Top of the World.  We ended up with 3 rigs joining us both days.  We wanted a bit more of a challenge so we ran the loop at the top of Top of the World clockwise which is backwards from most runs.  It let us climb the ledges we normally come down.  Sunday we wanted to hit an area we normally don’t hit so we went and ran Box Car Loop and Kamakaze trails. We ended the day at the Mi Vida mine which was the first uranium mine that put Moab on the map.  Over all was an amazing weekend. Dewey Bridge Remains of the old Dewey one room school and Dewey Bridge.Kevin Heckman and Hollie posing at the Top of the World. Kent Mallalieu parked at the Top of the World. Looking down 3000 feet from the Top of the World. Mike Boland parked at the Top of the World. The overlook at the Dolores Overlook trail. Box Car LoopLockhart Basin from the end of Kamakaze Trail.

Bayfield Heritage Days and Chokecherry night run

We were invited to be in the Bayfield Heritage Days parade this year.  We had 10 rigs in the parade down Mill Street and then had a both at the park for people who wanted to see our rigs or had questions.  After that we ran to Chokecherry Canyon after the park.  We had 6 rigs that evening and ran Lower Rim Trail, Bushwacker, and Cobra trails that evening.  Parade down Mill Street. Our booth in the park after the parade Our booth in the park after the parade.  Kevin Heckman getting a bit tippy on the Lower Rim Trail entrance. Kevin getting a bit tippy on the Lower Rim Trail entrance.Kevin making it up the entrance.

Adaptive Sports run

The morning started much like previous runs, we met at the Adaptive Sports office and our leader and President Billy Schultheiss started counting all the available seats to make sure we had enough for all. We had 13 CJG members and their rigs offering up approx. 29 seats, with 26 participants we obviously had enough seats. We loaded up and started the journey through town towards Highway 160 and made our way to Hesperus. Once in Hesperus our group aired down and locked hubs and discussed the plans for the day’s trip.

With Billy in the lead we started up La Plata Canyon and went to the now closed Columbus Mine. It was quite a treat for the participants and me. Once we arrived at the mine all 13 rigs got positioned for the return trip and to have lunch from Domino’s pizza which was being special delivered by Wayne & Lisa Vandenberg. Thank you to Wayne & Lisa.

There was a surprise for the Adaptive Sports program waiting inside Billy’s Jeep. Once we had everyone gathered up around the tables of Domino’s pizza’s, Billy presented a large check of $1500.00 that was made by Laurie Beal along with the real. Thank you Laurie.

Needless to say the event coordinator Barrie was quite surprised. The participants got involved with excitement and were very happy to have their pictures taken. The money was from our previous ramp index fund raiser earlier this year.

            After lunch most folks made a tour over to the Columbus closed mine shaft to check out the now closed off shaft that goes straight down. After seeing the mine and the remaining equipment, the group started heading back to the club member’s rigs and loaded up for the trip back to town.

            We had a great day, the weather was beautiful and CJG member’s put many smiles of these folk’s faces. I know I sure had a big smile watching the participants having a good time. I really enjoy hearing Brian talk on the CB radio letting us know what is going on during the trip.

            A very hardy Thank You goes out to all the CJG members who donated their time and their rigs to something very worthwhile.

Another hardy Thank You goes out to Barrie for putting the group of participants together and for allowing us to help all have some fun on such a beautiful day.

            Kevin Fox

Four Corners 4×4 Week

The week after Labor Day is the Four Corners 4×4 Week sponsored by the Cliffhangers out of Farmington.  Our club made their presence known by entering 5 rigs in the 4×4 Auto Show on Friday night. Of course Billy Schultheiss had to show off his trailer on the RTI Flex ramp.  After the 4×4 Show a few members ran into Chokecherry Canyon and did the Garage Trail.  We even had a few members judge the WeRock Grand Nationals in Brown Springs.

 Loren Healy had his Ultra 4 #67 rig on display. Main street had about 4 blocks worth of rigs.  Billy Schultheiss, Chad Beal, and Kevin Heckman had their rigs together at the show. Kevin Fox had his parked across the street from the other CJG members.  Billy had to show off the flex of his camp trailer.  He had quite the crowd gathered to watch it.Billy then turned around and went up the RTI ramp the correct way.

Elwood Pass

Glen Hood will have a full write-up soon.  But was a great weekend camping and day on Elwood Pass trail.   Lined up on Elwood. Lined up on Elwood. Bob Hutson on a steep part of Elwood road. Lunch on Elwood Pass. Our repair from 2017 still looks great. The rock settled a bit but that was expected.  But the road is dry and people have not been going off trail. Looking at the Stunner townsite. Kerr Lake The last house in Stunner.Silver Falls

Mount Blanca Workday

This year the US Forest Service wanted us to bring down the old hunting cabin that was up at Lake Como.  It was in dire shape and a health hazard.  The USFS tore down the cabin and we had to bring town the trash which ended up weighing about 1100 pounds.  The logs were left up there for camper to use as firewood.  We had a very large group of 12 Jeeps. Plus a very special guest, Matt Peterson from FunTreks. They wanted to remap the route for the next edition of their trail guide.  Over all was a great weekend with no breakdowns or major issues even though this is one of the hardest trails in Colorado.  CJG parked at Wolf Creek Pass looks like a Lance Camper commercial.  Driver’s meeting first thing Saturday morning.Headed towards Blanca.The lower road was a little dusty.Chad Beal headed up a steep section.Billy Schultheiss and his trailer making it up Jaws 1Scott Click spotting Matt Peterson with FunTreks making it up Jaws 212 Jeeps made the road pretty busy.It’s a long ways to the bottom.Not much left of the cabin.Chad making his way to the top. Parked at the very top. Blue Lakes at the top.Blue Lakes.Scott Click had a little time for some fishing.Lunch at top.Billy heading down Jaws 1. Hauling the trash out.        Everyone made it to the bottom.         The left over trash from the cabin was left at the bottom for the USFS to haul away.  It was 1100 pounds.

Annual CJG BBQ and Potluck

We had a great turn out of 42 at our annual club BBQ and potluck.  Glen Hood and Morgan Clark grilled 48 burgers and 39 hot dogs for everyone. After we all ate we had our August meeting then after there were games of ladder golf, corn hole, and horse shoes.   The Elks picnic area is always a beautiful place. We almost needed more room. Everyone enjoyed the food. Parking lot was full. Billy let our meeting. Corn Hole Billy and Frank & Sandy Taylor enjoyed some horse shoes.Sandy trying to get a ringer on horse shoes.

Bar D Wrangler Chuckwagon dinner

We decided to change things up for our 3rd Saturday run since the local economy has been down from the 416 Fire.  We attended the Bar D Chuckwagon and helped a local business and had a great meal and show.  We had 33 adults and 3 children attend.  The Bar D even roped off part of their parking lot for us to park and show off our Jeeps.  There has been a couple comments we need to make this an annual event.