EJS 2018 was a blast as always. Rumor at the vendor show was the CJG took over as it seemed like half the crowd those days were wearing Creeper gear. We had a nice potluck again on Saturday night and a fun Easter run of Strike Ravine. Kevin Fox leading Kent Mallalieu, Mike Boland, and Kevin Heckman up Strike Ravine. Mugzy waiting for a Jeep ride! The line up on Hell Roaring Rim. Lunch on Golden Spike. The line up waiting for the Cliffhanger obstacle. Lunch on Cliffhanger. Hollie even got to drive on Hell Roaring Rim. Poison Spider. Kent on Golden Spike. Kent braving the Golden Crack. Jerry McGeorge heading down into the Golden Crack. Stephanie getting a lot of air on the Golden Crack.Hotel Rock
A group of CJG members made a last minute decision to run down to Farmington to Chokecherry Canyon. There were 5 Jeeps that made it. Was a nice early February day other than the wind but they made the most of the day. The group hit RJ’s Trail, Skinny Canyon, and Brown Springs. No breakdowns or damage so was a plus for the day.Chris Stacey heading up a climb on RJ’s Trail.Everyone lined up checking out the narrow tippy spot on Skinny Canyon.Kevin Heckman headed up the narrow tippy spot on Skinny Canyon.Dave Shannon headed up the narrow tippy section of Skinny Canyon. Kevin Heckman playing in Brown Spings. Kevin Heckman making a steep climb in Brown Springs. Kent Mallalieu made it to the top of the steep climb in Brown Springs.
We had a very large turn out for our annual Project Merry Christmas, Humane Society, and Annie’s Orphans donation run. We started out at Doughworks for breakfast and then headed over to the high school parking lot for a group picture. From there we paraded down to LPEA for the Project Merry Christmas drop off. Billy Schultheiss did the radio interview for us and stressed the organizations we donate to and talked about 2018 being our 25th anniversary as a club. From there we went to the Humane Society and dropped off supplies and as always there were some tears shed for the pets. From there we headed out to Annie’s Orphans and then back to Durango to eat at Gazpachos. Thank you everyone for the great turn out. We had 12 vehicles full of donations go to breakfast and then take a picture after. We then made sure everyone was in the group picture. We then headed to LPEA for the Project Merry Christmas drop off and we ended up with 17 vehicles full of donations. Group picture for Project Merry Christmas. We then dropped off the supplies to the Humane Society.We had a full pickup load full of donations.
Our Christmas party for 2017 became the biggest gathering of CJG members ever as almost 70 were in attendance. The food was amazing as there were probably 50 different dishes to chose from. Billy Schultheiss was our entertainment again this year and everyone received a gift. The biggest gift had been a secret project that Billy and Chad Beal and been working on for a couple months. It was revealed at the end and was a very cool Jeep rocking chair. It had been discussed because of the value it will be a traveling gift to be given away each year at our party and the winner keeps it for one year. Somehow our President, chair builder, and MC; Billy won the chair in the drawing and everyone thought that was more than fitting. Very nice crowd of about 70 were in attendance.Kevin Fox brought several of Bill Haycraft’s pictures to give away with any donations going to Project Merry Christmas. Billy did a great job as the MC and host and Chad was a great assistant.Jerry McGeorge was one of the first winners. He then picked the card for the next winner. The Jeep rocking chair is made out of Jeep parts. It was very comfortable to sit in.
Billy’s name was drawn as the winner of the chair.The builders of the chair had to get their picture with the awesome chair. Billy and Chad built it and Bucky Knipp did the painting.
The trip down to Chokecherry was a cool one but warmed up nicely by noon. Made for a great day of wheeling. We had 5 Jeeps hit 3 trails. Lower Rim Trail, Upper Rim Trail, and Brown’s Springs. Everyone made it out without any breakdowns. Only damage was some road rash on Kevin Heckman’s fender flares. Chad attempting a climb on Lower Rim Trail. This spot defeated him this day but he’ll be back. Billy making the obstacle on Lower Rim Trail look easy. Brian and Tina going up the ledge on Lower Rim Trail. Ashley coming down some ledges on Lower Rim Trail. Kevin heading up a ledge that always gives him a fit. He made it but took a few branches off the tree with his roof. Chad posing on Upper Rim Trail. Kevin doing a line in Brown’s Springs that he said he would never try. But after Chad made it he coaxed Kevin into trying it. He was off about a half an inch and slipped into a hole and got into his fender flares. Kevin got back on the right line and made it up the extreme climb that is part of the W.E.ROCK course.
It was a wonderful Saturday for the parade so it lead to the largest crowd that any of us could remember. We had 8 Jeeps entered all decorated up in Red, White, and Blue. Ashley had a hand made sign for the parade. All decorated up and waiting for the parade to start. Another angle of us waiting.Jerry had his Jeep as clean as ever.
Chad and Kevin lead the Creepers down Main.We were cheered on by a very large crowd.
Late October is always a great time for a Moab trip. This year was no different. There were a large number of people who came out and enough were we split into 2 groups on Sunday. There even happened to be 5 birthdays out on the trail and cake after. Friday we had 5 rigs join on Rusty Nail, Saturday we had 10 rigs on Behind the Rocks, and Sunday we split into 2 groups; 7 rigs on Hell’s Revenge and 5 on Chicken Corners. There were a few close calls but no body damage or breakdowns on the trail. Chad giving Riff Raff a try on Rusty Nail. Kevin heading up The Wall on Rusty Nail. Billy has his tires sticking to the wall and his seat cushion sucked into his hind end on No Left Turn on Rusty Nail.Group picture on Rusty Nail.Billy just showing off on the Golden Crack on Golden Spike. Ten rigs lined up for the driver’s meeting on Behind the Rocks. Ashley heading up a steep climb on Behind the Rocks. Ashley heading down The Roller Coaster on Behind the Rocks. Mark & Debra heading down the Roller Coaster on Behind the Rocks. Kent heading down The Roller Coaster on Behind the Rocks. A line of Creepers winding around on Hell’s Revenge. A line of Creepers on some fins on Hell’s Revenge. Trevor found himself a hole that wasn’t there a few months ago. Scott & Kim climbing out of the Car Wash on Hell’s Revenge.Line up on the entrance to Hell’s Revenge.
We had an amazing turnout for our run this year with Adaptive Sports Association. We made the run up Missionary Ridge to Henderson Lake for lunch. After lunch we ran further up the mountain to get some “Jeeping ” in. We had 21 from ASA and 13 Jeeps. It was a wonderful day with the Fall colors even though Mother Nature couldn’t decide if she wanted it to be warm and sunny or cool and cloudy in the afternoon. We need to thank Papa John’s for the pizza, Keller Williams for the water, Heller Corporation for water bottles, and several members for making cookies.The complete group photo. Enjoying a break with the Fall colors. Fall is definitely here. Great view looking towards Silverton. Lunch spot at Henderson Lake. Everyone enjoyed the pizza.Adaptive Sports group photo.
Early September is a great time of the year for a long run above treeline. So we went up to visit new and old Carson City and dropped down to Brown Lakes and back over Stony Pass. The flowers were a couple weeks past and the fall colors were a couple weeks out yet but still a wonderful day. Only downside of the day was the nasty hail, sleet, and thunderstorm at the top of Stony Pass and then the sheep blocking the road. Lunch stop at Carson City. Headed over the Continental Divide well above timberline. Rocky section of road above timberline. Lots of moss rock up here. The group heading down the mountain.Fall Colors were just starting.Line up at Brown Lakes. Nasty hail and sleet during the thunderstorm on the top of Stony Pass.Sheep blocking the road on Stony Pass.The Continental Divide is white with the fresh sleet and hail.