We had an impromptu run up and over Cinnamon Pass as the road was plowed open just a few days earlier. For such short notice we had a very good turn out. We had 12 rigs that enjoyed a wonderful day and nothing but blue skies. Kevin Heckman, Jerry McGeorge, Glen & Tina Hood, and Mark & Debra Pearson are lined up in the deep snow just on the Lake City side of Cinnamon Pass. Snow bridge over the Animas River. Looking back at Burn’s Gulch from Animas Forks. Animas Forks had 3 to 4 feet of snow left.The group lined up heading back up and over Cinnamon Pass.
We had a weekend full of activities for our 3rd weekend in May run. We started out with 7 Jeeps Saturday evening for a Cruise Night as we haven’t done that in a while. We decorated our Jeeps up with American flags because it was Armed Forces Day and locally Durango honored local fallen peace officers and firefighters. We started at Albertsons and cruised a couple Mains before heading to North Serious Texas BBQ for dinner. Then we cruised for a bit and then went to Sonic for 2000 calories of ice cream each. By then it was pushing sunset and getting chilly so only a couple hardy members went to South Serious Texas BBQ for some miniature golf.Sunday we trekked to just outside of Navajo Dam to look at the Frances Canyon Ruins. This is a complex of 40+ rooms from a Navajo Pueblito that was finished in 1716. The unique part of this is the Spanish Style fireplace in one of the rooms. Only a couple Navajo Pueblitos in the area have these. It was a wonderful day for the 10 Jeeps that made the drive. Here Richard Reynolds takes a close look at the Spanish Style Hooded Fireplace. Kevin Fox and Kevin Heckman are obviously discussing the complex architecture at Frances Canyon. He we can see what is left of the 3 story lookout tower. Here is a good view of the Pueblito. A few of the 40+ rooms that once stood here.We circled up the wagons for lunch.
Easter Jeep Safari 2017
This year was much warmer than last year and much less crowded than the 50th Safari was, last year. Probably the best one I’ve been to, myself. There were tons of events over the 9 days. Tuesday, Quadratec hosted their 8th Annual BBQ. Wednesday evening was the RR4W club’s Associates dinner, for those of us that are members of both clubs. Thursday and Friday was the vendor show and Friday night was the big raffle. Saturday was Big Saturday and was capped off with our potluck at Canyonlands Campground. Easter Sunday, we had our traditional run. 15 jeeps went into Bull Canyon and looked up at the Gemini Bridges. From there we split into 2 groups: members wanting an easier end of the day went back up and looked at the Gemini Bridges from the top, while those wanting more of a challenge went on to Little Canyon, and then the end of Gold Bar Rim. Overall, it was a great week with many winning big, and few breakdowns.
Kevin Heckman coming down the entrance of Cliffhanger as a mid gunner for RR4W club.Dave Shannon, Richard Smith, and Kevin Heckman are gunning Cliffhanger for the RR4W club.Kevin Heckman coming down the Cliffhanger obstacle as a mid gunner for the RR4W club.Doug Ramsey getting ready to start a driver’s meeting as the lead gunner for Hell Roaring Rim. Kevin Heckman is the tail gunner for the RR4W club.
Kevin Heckman testing out Black Widow’s flex at the Metal Cloak trailer. $280,000 worth of give aways at the Friday night raffle. We had several winners again this year.Creeper Jeepers Gang lined up for the Easter Bull Canyon run. We had 15 Jeeps on the trail.Several club members walking the trail to get a look at the Gemini Bridges from below.Gemini Bridges are above.Club members getting closer to the Gemini Bridges.Kevin Fox heading up a climb on Little Canyon trail.Scott and Cindy Lancaster heading up a climb on Little Canyon trial with their new AEV.Lisa Taylor heading down a ledge on Little Canyon Trail.Chance McCabe heading up a climb on Little Canyon Trail.Chance McCabe heading up a climb on Gold Bar Rim.Billy Schultheiss heading up a climb on Gold Bar Rim.
Several of us wanted to hit some trails we are officiating for EJS to pre-run them so we wouldn’t have any surprises in a few weeks.
Friday Kevin Heckman, Billy Schultheiss, Dave Shannon, and Mark & Debra Pearson headed out NW of Moab to run some random trails. We started out going to Tusher Tunnel and onto Bartlett Wash. We decided we wanted a bit more of a challenge so we hit 7 rated Pickle trail. It was a challenging trail as Kevin and Dave made it up the first obstacle and Billy and Mark had to be strapped up it.
Saturday we added Scott & Kim Click, Dan & Debbie White plus their son, and Ashley & Kenny Mosby. We hit 6 rated Steelbender for a fun day. The “Fall” had changed dramatically since last year. All the stacked rocks below were gone and the one ridge of rock that was the line is now gone and undercut. We all decided to hit the bypass which is not much better. We had 3 rigs get very light and catch air on their rear tires heading down that.
Sunday we hit 7 rated Cliffhanger which is probably the hardest 7 rated trail in the area. But we had 6 go in and 6 come out so a successful day. We went the whole weekend with no breakdowns only a few tow straps came out.
Mark & Debra coming up a ledge in the Pickle.
Dave heading up the last obstacle in the Pickle.
Dan & Debbie headed up the first obstacle on Steelbender.
Mark and Debra heading down the “Fall” bypass which is about as bad as the “Fall.”
Kevin heading down the stairsteps in to Kane Creek on Cliffhanger.Mark & Debra heading down the stairsteps into Kane Creek on Cliffhanger.Ashley heading up a ledge on Cliffhanger.Ashley heading up another ledge on Cliffhanger.Kevin heading back up the namesake obstacle on Cliffhanger.Dan and Debbie getting some air on Cliffhanger.
Spring into Safety 2017
We had our annual safety meeting and trail runs on a warm and beautiful Saturday in Farmington, NM. First we met at the Kiwanas Park for winch demonstrations, CB lessons and tuning, looking at what people have in their tool boxes, and lunch. After lunch most of us headed to Chokecherry Canyon and ran Skinny Canyon and Brown’s Springs. Billy Schultheiss and Kevin Fox are demonstrating proper winch techniques.
Group line up at the end of Skinny Canyon. We had 14 Jeeps run the trails. Scott Click climbing a hill in a small playground on Skinny Canyon.Kevin Heckman going up a wedge in Skinny Canyon.
Chad Beal testing out his new set up. Not sure if he has enough flex yet! Todd Jones getting some good air on the tippy spot on Skinny Canyon trail.Kevin Heckman going up a series of ledges in Brown’s Springs
Chad Beal going up some ledges in Brown’s Springs.Ashley Mosby coming down a ledge in Brown’s Springs.
It was a little chilly day for the snow bash but everybody had fun. Thanks again to the Hood’s for hosting this again. In the morning the snow was perfect but with the sun and heating of the day it got really soft later. I think everyone got stuck at one point or another. The snow was about 6 inches deep in the sunny areas and well over 2 feet deep in the shady areas. Lunch came and the grill was going for everyone and the Hill’s brought some wonderful chocolate cake. The only break down was Glen Hood may have lost his fuel pump. That became quite the ordeal getting him pulled back up to dry ground with the snow conditions becoming sloppy quickly. I believe the total was 8 Jeeps and one Toyota pickup. Had to get a group photo in. Dave Shannon got Critter in some deep snow.Glen Hood winching Dave Shannon out.Dave Shannon is almost out.This time Dave Shannon is pulling out Glen Hood.One last group photo
Kevin Heckman getting stuck on his first run. Dan White had to get him pulled out.
It had been a few years since we have been in the parade for Snowdown so we decided to decorate and enter. It was the most fun I have ever had at the Snowdown parade as the set up from 3:30 to 6:00 was like a huge block party with people going around and looking at all the floats before the parade. Thank you Billy Schultheiss, Greg Woodbury, Kevin Heckman, Trevor Pepperdine, and David Williams for entering their Jeeps all decorated up.
The whole group. Billy had the banners and the booming music. Kevin had his red thrusters on. Greg is a Storm Trooper. Trevor with his friends showing off his new tent camper.
David has his Jeep dressed up as a UFO. David has his other Jeep turned into a Galaxy. David also had some people walking along handing out balloons.
For once we had wonderful weather for our run for the donations. We started out at Applebee’s for lunch and headed over to LPEA for Project Merry Christmas. Billy Schultheiss did a great job with the radio interview. From there we headed to the Humane Society where we filled the bench with supplies. From there we headed to Annie’s Orphans with more food and supplies. Here is a list of donations.
Christmas Donations: Split between them was $260 and 20 + People participated
Project Merry Christmas- 28 toys, 2 bikes, 17 clothing articles and coats, 2 blankets, 2 pillows
Humane Society- 8 bags of dog food, 4 bags of cat food, 2 cat litter, 3 pk paper towels, 3 gal. bleach, 3 toys.
Annie’s Orphans-7Bags of Dog food, 3 pk paper towels, 1 gal bleach, 1 laundry detergent
Our new fearless leader Billy Schulthiess did a great job being the MC at our annual party. Sandy Taylor and Sally Barker provided wonderful ham and turkey for all of us. Other club members brought various sides and desserts. Our Christmas committee did a great job decorating and getting gifts for everyone. Scott & Kim Click surprised us all with coffee mugs with our club logo on them. Billy Schultheiss, Chad Beal, and Scott Click built a coat rack out of old parts for the biggest screw up of the year award….which went to Lance Webb.
Everyone had a wonderful day enjoying a run up Junction Creek. The members of Adaptive Sports always love riding in our Jeeps and talking on the CB’s. We would like to thank sponsors of the day….Dominos for pizza, NAPA for water, and BG Goodrich for funds for sodas and plates. We had enough pizza left over we dropped a few off at the local fire station for the firemen to enjoy.