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Alpine Loop July 20th

We picked a great day to do the Alpine Loop, Cinnamon Pass just opened a couple days earlier.  We had 23 rigs join us for a long day as the normal way to Animas Forks from Silverton was still closed so we had to go over Hurricane and California Passes to even start the day.  Once we hit Engineer Pass the avalanche destruction was evident at every turn. There were spots where the debris and snow was over 100 feet deep over Henson Creek still.  Once we got to Lake City for a late lunch we were expecting no lines, we were wrong as it was raining and all the motorcycle and side by side traffic was hanging out at the restaurants.  We had to stop and take a ton of photos at Cinnamon Pass and we made it into Silverton just before sunset. CJG taking over a very deep snowpacked Hurricane Pass. We had all of the switchbacks on Engineer Pass covered as well. The wildflowers were starting to come out. Deep snow and debris over Henson Creek on Engineer Pass. Rose Lime Kiln  had the top chimney taken off in an avalanche that had been standing since the 1890s. More avalanche debris along Henson Creek. We took up all the switchbacks on Cinnamon Pass also. We had to stop for a group photo along the snow on Cinnamon Pass. Everyone grouped up on Cinnamon Pass. Getting close to sunset on California Pass.  Lake Como was still iced over.

4th of July

We had another great turnout for the 4th of July Parade in Silverton.  Many also camped around the area for most of the week even though many of the roads were still closed from our historic winter.    Mike and Theresa Hill enjoying the parade.  Look closely and you can see both jets flying over.  one above the tree and other just to the left of the top of the fire truck ladder.

Rock Garden Run

Our June 3rd Saturday fun run was down to the Rock Garden between Aztec and Navajo Dam.  Kevin Fox was our fearless leader for the day.  We had 9 rigs make it down there for the day.  The Rock Garden is a large open area with multiple areas to play in making it as easy or as hard as you want.  The day was a success in that everyone had fun and no one had a break down.  The highlight may have been at the end of the day when Chad Beal did the obstacle we have named Billy’s Rocking Chair or Teater Totter after an incident last Spring when we got Billy Schultheiss’s Jeep hung up pretty good.    Chad Beal in a V crack. Kevin Heckman playing in an “S” curve obstacle.

Mountain Ute Tribal Park

The run to Mountain Ute Tribal Park has been discussed for years and we finally had a chance to make it happen thanks to Doug RamseyMountain Ute Tribal Park is 125,000 acres, almost 3 times larger than Mesa Verde without the crowds.  For the most part the ruins are exactly how they were for the last 900 years, untouched unlike Mesa Verde.  It was a great combination of petroglyphs, pictographs, and ruins.  It was a great day to be out there and all 32 in our group enjoyed it greatly. Towards the entrance we visited an old Kiva along the Mancos River. There was an unbelievable amount of pottery at the Kiva, also in the whole park. Our guide Ricky Hayes lead a great tour.  Here he is talking about the pictographs from between 1880 and 1940s. Here Ricky tells the story of the petroglyphs that are much older. We are about to descend into Lion Canyon so visit 4 sets of ruins.  Here we climb down 4 sets of ladders into Tree House. Tree House.  It was a unique place surrounded with Douglas Firs that are usually found at a much higher elevation but the right combination of water and cooler weather right there allows them to grow. Look closely you can see the 4 sets of ladders just right of center of the picture that we had to descend and later climb back up. Headed into Lion House.  When it was excavated a family of mountain lions lived in it, giving it’s name to the house.Morris 5 House.Climbing the near vertical 30 foot ladder into Eagle Nest House.  Some of our group thought it was wiser to look from below. Eagle Nest House had a narrow ledge to get over there with a low overhang in one spot.Eagle Nest HouseThe view was straight down heading down the ladder leaving Eagle Nest House.

Moab Easter Jeep Safari 2019

Easter Jeep Safari was a huge success again in 2019.  We have several club members that are also members of the Red Rock club and help at EJS.  It runs for the 9 days prior to Easter.  Most of the week CJG members do their own thing but do meet up for some trail runs also.  Thursday Kevin Heckman, Glen & Tina Hood, and Kent Mallaliau ran Hell’s Revenge and on Friday about 10 rigs ran Flat Iron Mesa.  Friday night always has the drawing for over $200,000 in give aways.  Saturday is Big Saturday that brings the Jeep Parade downtown and our CJG potluck that evening.  On Easter Sunday our club runs a trail and this year was Bull Canyon, Little Canyon, and part of Gold Bar Rim.   Fun was had by all and little to no break downs were reported.Glen & Tina Hood and Kevin Heckman at the Colorado River overlook on Hell’s Revenge.Lyn Kirkpatrick on Flat Iron Mesa,Glen Hood on Flat Iron Mesa.Jackie Dowling on Flat Iron Mesa getting a little air.Kevin Heckman running the Chute on Flat Iron Mesa.Hollie brought the Tuffy Jeep along on Flat Iron Mesa.The group at an overlook of Hatch Wash on Flat Iron Mesa.The Old Spanish Trail Arena was packed again for the drawing. Chad Beal and Billy Schultheiss were our master chefs for the evening.We had about 40-50 people attend our club pot luck. Everyone headed into Bull Canyon to hike to under Gemini Bridges. Lunch time at the Surprise Overlook of Day Canyon. Beth Fox going down a step on Little Canyon. Everyone lined up on Little Canyon.


Moab March 29-31st

Spring is here so is our annual trips to Moab.  We hit a good weekend for several trails.  On Friday Chad Beal and Kevin Heckman hit Poison Spider, parts of Golden Spike and Where Eagles Dare.  Where Eagles Dare was a trail neither had done before so another one checked off the bucket list.  Saturday brought us to Top of the World and part of the Kokopelli bike trail which is open to motorized travel and most in the club have not ran that short section before and many had not been to Top of the World.  We had 8 rigs on the Saturday Trails.  Faith Yazzie took and amazing drone video of us all parked up on top.  Click HERE for the video.  Sunday started off with some rain and sleet so after a long breakfast the sun came out and it was decided to hit Hell’s Revenge.   We had 4 rigs on Hell’s Revenge. Overlook on Where Eagles Dare looking into Bootlegger’s Canyon and Corona Arch.posing at Top of the World. Steep and loose climb on Top of the World. Good ledges on Top of the World. Doug and Debora on Top of the World. Group photo on the Top of the World.Section of the Kokopelli bike trail. Entering Hell’s Revenge Kent on Hell’s Revenge.Hell’s Revenge. Chad making his way to the top of Hell’s Gate.

Spring into Safety 2019

Our annual Spring into Safety was as big as ever this year.  We had over 25 rigs attend the safety demonstrations, pot luck, and wheeling.  We went over winching safety, CB use, Hi-Lift Jack use, and an Ultra 4 racing rig of Shawn Rants on display.  Then the club provided hot dogs and we had a pot luck.  After lunch we broke into a couple groups for wheeling. One group hit the Garage trail and the other hit Skinny Canyon trail and then a couple of playgrounds after.  We had plenty of rigs attendBilly Schultheiss and Chad Beal lead the winch demonstation.Shawn Rants showed us his Ultra 4 Rig.Morgan Clark showed us the proper way to use a Hi-Lift Jack. Jerry McGeorge tackles the entrance to the Garage Trail. Chad Beal climbing in a playground. Scott Click making the same climb as Chad. Morgan making  climb in the Garage Trail.    Bucky Knipp in the playground on Garage Trail.

Project Merry Christmas

December brings our annual Project Merry Christmas, Humane Society, and Annie’s Orphans donation run. We started out the morning with breakfast at Doughworks and headed over to the high school to line up our vehicles for a group picture.  From there we headed to LPEA for the Project Merry Christmas radio spot.  We had about 40 members there this year.  Billy Schultheiss was our face on the radio this year and they were very excited when we presented them a check for $1500 from the club.  From there we went to the Humane Society to drop of donations and to check out the cats and dogs that needed forever homes.  After that we headed to Annie’s Orphans to drop off the last of our donations.   All lined up at the Durango High School. We took over the parking lot at LPEA. Getting ready for our radio spot. Project Merry Christmas wanted our picture. The Fiesta Days royalty took our check for $1500 to Project Merry Christmas. Billy presenting the check for $1500 and we filled the car with gifts to the right. We had so much stuff at the Humane Society we had to load it up into a pickup and haul it to the front door. Our donation filled their lobby.Annie’s Orphans received a truck load of donations from us.

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.