It was a wonderful day in the San Juan’s even though it has been dry. We started at Eureka and headed up past Animas Forks up to Mineral Point and then up Poughkeesie Gulch. We ended the day in Alaska Basin before the rain set in. Billy Schultheiss spotting a random Jeeper up “The Wall” Morgan Clark making “The Wall” look easy. Kevin Heckman and Jesse James discussing the proper line on “The Wall.” Everyone watching the Jeeps and Toyotas going up “The Wall.” Lunch at “The Wall” Lake Como is always a beautiful sight. Driving into Alaska Basin. Watching the action below at “The Wall” from Alaska Basin. Everyone enjoying the view from Alaska Basin. Watching the action below at “The Wall” from Alaska Basin.Headed down Hurricane Pass into Silverton.
Another great 4th in Silverton. We had 10 Jeeps in the parade plus many more CJG members around town for the day.
Showing off in the parade. Dog pile! Dog pile after the parade.Spencer Lee has his Jeep ready for the parade.
The CJG decided to do something different and do a night run in Chokecherry Canyon in Farmington, NM. We ended up with 19 rigs on a beautiful night with almost a full moon. We ran the Anasazi Refrigerator and Gladiator trails.
Kevin Heckman trying the Gladiator’s Butt Crack. Morgan Clark dropping into a canyon on the Gladiator Trail.Group pic. Final stop of the night.Chad Beal getting some air on a climb on Gladiator.
We had our first fundraiser for 2 great organizations this summer. We had our RTI Ramp out and had people pledge to donate money for every inch we went up the ramp. This was a great turn out for our club. We will have a nice check to donate to each Adaptive Sports and Project Merry Christmas. Getting all set up first thing in the morning. Billy Schultheiss and Chad Beal debuting their competition XJ. Several Jeeps made it. Scott Click is showing off and backing up the RTI Ramp. Bucky Knipp seeing how far his YJ can go. Bucky testing out the other side. Kevin Heckman giving it a go. And Kevin also had to test out the other side. We had our banner and flags out for the event.Chad and Kevin try to get a crowd to come over.
WE WANTED TO DO SOMETHING BIG FOR OUR 25TH ANNIVERSARY AND WE DID. THIS WAS OUR BIGGEST EVENT TO DATE. WE HAD OVER 80 ADULTS AND 10 CHILDREN ATTEND. WE HAD A 3 DAY CAMP OUT AT SHRINE PARK BY NAVAJO DAM, NM. THERE WAS NEVER A DULL MOMENT THE WHOLE WEEKEND. FRIDAY THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS ARRIVED EARLY AND SET UP THE CAMPGROUND THAT NEEDED A LITTLE CARE. THAT EVENING WAS A RELAXING NIGHT AROUND THE CAMPFIRE.
SATURDAY MORNING WAS THE OFFICIAL KICK OFF. WE DIVIDED INTO TWO GROUPS AND ONE HIT THE ROCK GARDEN FOR SOME HARD CORE FOUR WHEELING AND THE OTHER GROUP HIT SEVERAL NAVAJO PUEBLITOS ON A SCENIC DRIVE. THEN AROUND ONE WE HAD SEVERAL JEEP GAMES TO PLAY INCLUDING BLINDFOLD COURSE RACE, EGG DROP RACE, BROOM BALL, JEEP JOUSTING, AND A REFLECTOR RUN AFTER DARK. AFTER THE GAMES WERE DONE DICKIES BBQ BROUGHT IN MORE FOOD THAN WE COULD EVEN EAT SO SOME WENT TO THE LOCAL SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. AFTER DINNER WE HAD A LARGE EJS STYLE DRAWING. WE HAD $6026 IN DONATIONS FROM 28 VENDORS. DURING THE DRAWING WE STOPPED AND MADE A SURPRISE PRESENTATION TO OUR REMAINING FOUNDING MEMBERS, KEVIN FOX, ROGER STERLING, CHRIS STACEY, AND FRANK TAYLOR. THEY WERE EXTREMELY EXCITED TO SEE THEIR NEW JACKETS. AFTER THE DRAWING WE HAD ANOTHER EVENING AROUND THE CAMPFIRE.
SUNDAY WE HAD ANOTHER RUN TO THE ROCK GARDEN AND NAVAJO PUEBLITOS. WE WANT TO THANK EVERYONE THAT ATTENDED AND THOSE THAT MADE THIS HAPPEN.
Our design for our limited edition shirts for the event. Lined up for the Rock Garden. Kevin Heckman making an attempt at “JeepEater” We were honored with a Platinum sponsor Tuffy attending and hitting the trail with us.Glen Hood making a climb in his daughter’s Jeep. Zach Sterling wonders off course a bit in the blindfold course.Roger Sterling on the blindfold course.No peaking Greg Woodbury!Results of all the games. Crowd watching the games.Getting ready for the food to arrive.We had the campground full of campers, tents, and guests. Billy Schultheiss getting ready to start the drawing.$6026 in donations from 28 vendors.Greg Woodbury won the $470 Warn recovery kit.Paul Wilson won the Tom Woods gift card.Beth Fox was excited to win the FunTreks pack.Billy Schultheiss won the Tuffy lock box delivered by Hollie.Our remaining founding members Roger Sterling, Chris Stacey, Kevin Fox, and Frank Taylor received their surprise. They loved their personalized jackets. And they fit. Doug Ramsey and Max won the RCV backpack. Kristin Jones won the big prize, $750 Procomp rim gift certificate. First stop was the Gould Pass Pueblito. Then onto Citadel Pueblito. Last stop was the Crow Canyon Main Panel.
2018 Spring into Safety was in informative as ever. Unfortunately it wasn’t as large as a turn out as normal but everyone there had a blast. We had 12 rigs show up and 9 hit the trails. We started out on Ballhanger which no one had done in over 10 years. Then we wandered over to try New Years trail but couldn’t find the new marked trail head so Chad Beal and Kent Mallalieu attempted the entrance to the new trail Cliffhanger. They didn’t make it up it.
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.