Well, there were some folks among the Timber Tamers who really wanted to go on the Hangover Run on New Yearâ€™s Day, but for various reasons werenâ€™t able to. So, the request went out for another snow run to make up for that for the folks who couldnâ€™t go on the Hangover Run. (Great idea, Jon Holzwarth!!)Continue reading “Tonga Ridge Jan 2019”
We started off getting to the Darrington Shell station about 9:35 am. The meeting time was 9:45 am and depart at 10am. Everyone had lined up across the street in the empty lot and it looked like a lot of people.Continue reading “Hangover Run Group 2 Jan 2019”
There were two groups for the Hangover Run for 2019â€”the â€śBig Dogsâ€ť and the rest of the folks. The â€śBig Dogsâ€ť were the people who were foolish enough to get up too early after New Yearâ€™s Eve to try to be the first (or highest) up the mountain in the snow. The rest of the folks were smarter than us, and took a more leisurely time about getting out of bed.Continue reading “Hangover Run Group 1 Jan 2019”
I wanted to check out the Iron Goat area for quite some time now. It had been a few years and I heard reports of new gates being put up and heli skiing goings on etc. So I rounded up a couple other Tamers and off we went.Continue reading “Iron Goat Dec 2018”
I had sent out a reminder notice to all club members as well as candidates about this run. I also added in I didnâ€™t think there was going to be any snow or very little and it should be just running up, pick a tree cut it down, (with a tree permit of course) and get back home.
How wrong I was. LOL
This is a long report and please forgive my grammar and typos etc.
More accurately Run Report for Busy Wild Trail, Cause thatâ€™s the only damn trail we saw all day!
This will most likely be a PG rated report so please bear with me as I try to describe one of the longest days I have spent with others on the Busy Wild Trail in Elbe Hills ORV park.
Another day of wheeling, just like any other.Â Well, maybe notâ€¦
For one thing, this day started out at 7:00 AM at Walkerâ€”a pretty early day.Â (And Iâ€™d prefer not to describe it with the exact words Casey and Gary would use at this hour of the morningâ€¦)Â For another thing, this was a day for us to have a Poker Run (officially a non-sanctioned non-event) where four of our clubs in the 4-wheeling community (Around The Sound, Dirty 13, Rainier Ridge Rams and Timber Tamers) came together to have a fundraiser to help three families in our midst who are fighting with that evil beastâ€”cancer.Â Itâ€™s a time we could all get together not only for a good cause, but to have some fun together in the process!
Another second-Saturday of the month, another Walker Valley Work Party!!
Today four of us Tamers (Steve Sutton, Chris Leger, Lynn Leger and myself) joined forces with a large contingent from the Around the Sound Jeep Club and a number of the Rainier Ridge Rams to work on the Walker Valley trails.Â My understanding was that the work needed today was predominantly to fix some trails where 4x4s had been running a motorcycle/ATV trail and improperly widening it.Â Continue reading “Walker Valley Work Party Nov 2018”
Saturday morning turned out looking more promising for the Timber Tamers monthly trail ride to Tahuya than last year: this year it wasnâ€™t raining!Â The weather forecast predicted sunshine and a high of 65F.Â (Well, that didnâ€™t happenâ€”high seemed to be upper 50s, and the marine fog didnâ€™t burn off until about 2:30 PM!)Â At least the weatherman got the part right about no rain!Â As it turned out, there hasnâ€™t really been rain in Tahuya since last spring, so the trails were all pretty dry.Â If weâ€™d had rain like last year (when it rained ALL. DAY. LONG., the difficulty would have been a lot greater for todayâ€™s ride!)
Continue reading “Tahuya Oct 2018”
Another Work Party at Walker Valley OHV started off on Saturday October 13, 2018 without a hitch!Â Sadly, it didnâ€™t quite last that way. Continue reading “Walker Work Party Oct 2018”
Our day started out on time, we met TT Travis at the gas station in Bothell to run up to North Bend together for the second stop on our journey to meet some other folks that were going up with us. We arrived at Safeway early and that was a good thing because Travis just installed his new winch and needed a hand in rolling up his rope on it. Not sure if that has a technical term or not, but I will just go with that.
We headed out a day earlier than in the past on Thursday. The drive down was ok, traffic light and we sailed thru all the normal backups except in Shoreline area, but even that wasnâ€™t too bad. We got into Aberdeen/Hoquiam area and hit a couple downpours but we could see blue skies a head of us. We kept our fingers crossed. Then blue skies n sunny!
The TC 100 http://www.fleetfeetseattle.com/events/teanaway-country-100 is a 100 mile long foot race over difficult terrain. This year was their first year of this event.Â Last summer, I was contacted by a friend who is in the long-distance running community. She wanted to know if any off-road groups could support their run.Â I felt strong about supporting them.Â These are the same people that hike the same areas we like to wheel in. I think it is important that they get to know us.Â We want them to understand that we care just as much as they do about the outdoors and that we want to see the trails used responsibly.Â I get the feeling that some of these folks get the wrong idea about the wheeling community when they see damage caused by someone not following the guidelines of tread lightly.
So you want to go to the Bighorn Jeep Jamboree. My experience at the 10 annual Bighorn Jamboree near Dayton WY. Continue reading “Big Horn Jeep Jamboree Aug 2018”
Seven Timber Tamers in five vehicles visited the Reiter Foothills OHV area for a club trail run on August 18, 2018â€”the famous date of 8-18-18!Â Joe was in his white TJ, Shawn and Justin in Shawnâ€™s teal TJ, brand-spankinâ€™ new member Travis in his red 4-door JKR, candidates Steve and Jodi in their while YJ, and me in my white stretched JKR.Â It turned into an eventful day!
Many of you know, that Gary and I have been judging at WE Rock, for 6 years now, and absolutely love it!Â Since the onset of RRC (Reiter Rock Crawl) we have managed to get a few more hooked on this!Â Ryan Sorenson, and Travis Butterfield!
Gary and I headed out at 9am Friday morning.Â As you know, traffic sucks at that time of the morning, and NO ONE wants to be behind a dually with a camper, pulling a trailer with a truck on it and a scooter on front!Â So, every time we would get several car lengths between us and the vehicle ahead, 2 or 3 more cars would jump in front of us!
Five Timber Tamers in three vehicles (Steve and Jamie Yeager in their Samurai on 36s; Steve Armentrout and Rudy Drahovzal in their big camo JK on 40s; and me in my white JKR on 37s) drove the 31-mile Dusy-Ershim Trail in California from August 6 through August 10, 2018.Â What a great ride!
With most of us well rested we again met at 7:00am. Since there were no issues on the trail from the day before I offered to let the group change there place in line if they wanted to.Â I guess they liked where they were at and no one changed.Â On this type of run it is a good idea to spread out so you donâ€™t choke on dust.Â But we also donâ€™t want to lose anyone.Â So at intersections where it is not clear which direction to go we use the relay method.Â Â The lead stops and waits for the next rig.Â As soon as it shows up the lead takes off again.Â This ensures that no one gets lost while keeping the dust down.Â Of course if you do all the work to plan the trip that means you are in the front and donâ€™t have to worry about the dust.Â The down side is having to do things like put together a run report.
Wa 6 Canada to Conconully â€“
Well over 100 miles of off road driving plus at least 70 on-highway driving makes for a long but fun day.Â But before we dig into the run I need to fill you in on some information that will become important later.Â At 6:00am we informed the Hotel (Omak inn) that our toilet was running all night long and it was clogged.Â By the time we left just before 7:00am they still had not done anything about it.Â More on that later.
Yep â€“ hereâ€™s one bleary-eyed back story of the volunteer life on the soon to be even more infamous Reiter Rock Crawl â€“ the Timber Tamer crown jewel of organized motorized mayhem at Reiter Tails.
For me and Auto-M â€“ even for early risers â€“ the 4 AM alarm was alarmingly unwelcome.Â It was still dark for heavenâ€™s sake!Â The bed had just reached maximum comfiness (my brain was reminding me.)Â It tried to lull into the posture of just 1 snooze alarm.Â It wouldnâ€™t make any difference, would it?Â Except â€“ I knew that siren song would lead to tragedy.Â At the least â€“ not getting the coffee turned on in time.Â Or â€“ just showing up late altogether.Â And we couldnâ€™t let Casey down â€“ as given her usual sleep schedule â€“ our pain was miniscule compared to hers.
My first Around the Sound Jeep Club Go Topless day was a few years back.Â We drove the CJ. Cindy and Jay were there too in the original Mudygirl.Â Â My how things changed.Â The sleepy little event has grown to 164 registered jeeps and with some unregistered rigs that number could have been north of 180. Continue reading “Go Topless Day May 2018”
It is a Saturday afternoon, the sky is blue, the day is warm, and the top is off the Jeep. As I drive out to Ed and Katie’s home for the Tamers Rig Tech Check and BBQ I am grateful once again that I own a Jeep. Once a year the Tamers do a BBQ\Rig Tech check where we get together and brag about our rigs, eat BBQ, and look at each other rigs to see what we can learn and might want to incorporate into our own ride. Mostly we are just hanging out together and having a good time in each other’s company. Continue reading “Rig Tech Check May 2018”
Since this was a single trail area, we planned to clean up, we met at Walker Valley staging area at 11amâ€¦love that extra hour or two of sleep!Â There were no birds chirping and no warm sun shine, but at least it wasnâ€™t too cold.Â Gary and I met Gary Bellows, our WV DNR Rep there, along with Rock and Jeanie, Chris B, John V, Shawn N and my puddle buddy Justin.Â Also, candidates Joe, Terry, Matt, Travis and Aaron showed up to help with this effort.Â OK, Aaron only showed up because he wanted to wheel and none of the other 20 people he asked would go with himâ€¦.we assured him we would remember this, come voting time!Â Haha.
Normal people sleep in on weekends but then again we are far from normal.Â Â The day trip to Moses Lake began at 7:30.Â I arrived a little early as I normally do.Â I found a nice place to park kind of away from the other cars.Â Â I guess Wendyâ€™s Jeep was not cool enough because Cosmin and Cheryl parked next to some random jeep in the parking lot.Â Â Â So I guess if you canâ€™t beat them join them.Â We had a quick meeting to talk about convoy rules and we hit the road.Â We even left on time.Â The Bradyâ€™s in â€śJeeper Georgeâ€ť followed by Cherylâ€™s bone stock JKU, Shanâ€™s newly purchased JKU with his son Mathew and Cosmin running sweep in his bad to the bone baby blue JK.
The annual Hefty Haul Out of Walker Valley, is an event hosted by the Rainier Ridge Rams, to pick up all the trash at Walker Valley.Â The Timber Tamers provide a lunch, which was sponsored this year, by Olympic 4×4 in Snohomish.Â The DNR provided a dumpster, porta-potties, gloves and trash bags!Â All user and clubs come to roam the trails and pick up trash, then return to staging for lunch and a raffle.
The Rainier Ridge Rams (RRR) showed up at the Rock hound pit at 7:20am, after breakfast at Billyâ€™s CafĂ©.Â They then began to try to figure out how to set up their tent, which is always an adventure!
The weather was a bit cloudy and drizzly, but not enough to deter our effortsâ€¦â€¦..yet!
As the leader of this run I wanted to do things a little different at Walker Valley this time.
We met up in the staging area, everyone aired down and ready to roll,Â and with a few new candidates we held a drivers meeting and went thru the basics. By about 10:30 ish we were rolling towards the upper mainline trail, with snow falling and temperatures a bit chilly.
I was not going to do the swap meet this year but at the last minute plans changed and I decided to go and just hang out with friends. Continue reading “Moonshiners Swap Meet Mar 2018”
The day started cold (28 degrees) and clear with bright sunshine as we arrived in the parking area at Walker Valley about 7:30 AM to get ready to repair erosion damage on the Upper Timber Tamer Trail.Â (Recall that work was done almost a year ago to stabilize the Rock Garden area near the top of this trail.)Â With us were four heavy equipment operators (including our good friend Jeff Stafford, who also creates the â€śfun stuffâ€ť for the Off-Road Expo every September).Â The other Tamers group was Cosmin Stejerean and, Candidate Aaron Rozeboom.Â (More Tamers couldnâ€™t be with us because we were spread pretty thin with the Swap Meet set-up in Puyallup and the Show & Shine at 4WheelParts in Lynnwood, which other Tamers covered.)
What a beautifully crisp, sunny day, to head out and do some E&E at Walker Valley!
Gary and I and Phil Jeffress and GF, headed out at 9am.Â Since my ancient dog, can no longer be left at home alone, I decided I take the daily driver, and bring them with, since we wouldnâ€™t be wheeling.Â I had forgotten what it was like, yelling at toddlers in the back seat, to stop squabbling, move away from your brother, etc, and this trip was no different on the way up!