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!
Timber Tamers February Run Report to Green Mountain
I started this run actually the night before. A few people were needing some things I donâ€™t normally bring, so as soon as I got home from work I went about to be sure I got them in my rig so I wouldnâ€™t forget.
Now keep in mind I also need to get my rig out of the covered area it was in to make a silent get away without waking the wife in the morning too
So with my rig parked for a clean get away, and few things safely tucked into it, I felt confidant I could load the last few items, my lunch etc the following morning.
I woke up before the alarm, which is darn good for me. But then again it was light out by this time. Even so I am not an early riser.
With myself all dressed I grabbed the last few things to throw into rig and get her fired up and warmed upâ€¦.. NOT!!!!
January Timber Tamer Run
The plan was to go to Denny Creek and run that road up to the top or as deep in the snow as we could get..It didnâ€™t quite turn out that way.. So read onâ€¦ Continue reading “Snow Run Jan 2018”
The alarm clock going off, with birds singing and the sounds of the babbling brook near our house and the sun peeking outâ€¦. Oh wait That was the dream I was havingâ€¦.Â It was more like the alarm BLARING, still dark out and everything totally frozen including the babbling brook. Hell it wasnâ€™t even light out yet and the moon was still Bright n full. In any case when we get up to an alarm clock in my house it is almost always because we are doing something fun that day. Today was going to be no exception. I was in charge of the first group going to Tonga Ridge today. The goal was to make high point and get the Hangover trophy. Continue reading “Hangover Run Jan 2018”
It was a slightly different run than usual â€“ although there were 2 trail rigs in the parking lot â€“ Chris and Ashleyâ€™s Xterra and Shawnâ€™s (hope I got you right) Christmas-lit-sparkly TJ in all of its illuminated glory. Continue reading “Hand In Hand Dec 2017”
A few people had the opportunity to hit Tonga during the week when there are very few people around. Looks like it was a good time.
It was time for the Tamer Christmas Party. Per usual there was a big dinner followed by a few awards for memorable events during the year and a white elephant gift exchange. Here are a few pictures from the event. Continue reading “Christmas Party Dec 2017”
I had sent out a reminder/detailed description including maps to the whole Timber Tamer group and it even included a Tamer Turn (U-turn) in the directions. How it got in there I donâ€™t know, but no one said anything… LOL. Continue reading “Christmas Tree Run Dec 2017”
Each year the Tamers take up a collection from members and then match up to an agreed upon amount the collection. All of that is then donated to a charity that the Tamers have agreed upon to support. This year the donation was given to Hand in Hand which is a local organization that helps children and families who are in crises.Â http://www.handinhandkids.org/ Continue reading “Holiday Donation Dec 2017”
If you ever want to enjoy our state highways with very few people on it I would suggest the day after Thanksgiving at 5:30 AM. NO Traffic! After getting up, at 5:00 AM, leaving at 5:30 and making a few wrong turns in downtown Seattle we arrived at the Convention Center. Continue reading “Macys Parade Nov 2017”
Elbe Hills is kinda like going to grade school in the old days, depending on who you are, what you wheel and whether youâ€™ve been learning anything from your homework. You (1) might get an education; you (2) might get a spankinâ€™; or maybe you (3) just get to hang out in the teacherâ€™s lounge for an afternoon and go have a smoke. Continue reading “Elbe Nov 2017”
Having not gone wheeling much lately, I was chomping at the bit to get out. I got a late start to the day due to a late work schedule Friday night. So as I arrived at the west entrance to Peter Burns Road I found that Dave , Kurt , Katie, Ed,Â and a few others Were already at the fire pit. Continue reading “Walker Valley Work Party Nov 2017”
A few Tamers made the trek over to Tahuya to see what has changed since there has been a lot of work on the ORV area done recently. The saying “it is just Tahuya” held true once again with a broken Dana 35 resulting in a rig rescue. Here are a few pics from the adventure. Continue reading “Tahuya Oct 2017”
The Rainer Ridge Rams are working with the WA DNR to clean up the area around Sumas Mt near Bellingham. This clean up is the first of many that will be needed to clean up the results of the illegal dumping that has occurred in this area. If you would like to help please look for more information on the RRR Facebook page. The Tamers will be there as much as possible to help to make cleanup a success but it is really going to be up to everyone to make this happen. Thank you to everyone that spent there Saturday cleaning the area up. Continue reading “Sumas Clean Up Oct 2017”
As so many of you know, I am just not a morning personâ€¦.so, getting my behind out of bed at 7am, to be at 4 Wheel Parts by 9am, is not pleasant, but I said I would, so I did. Unfortunately, Gary was extremely ill, so he stayed home to sleepâ€¦.hhhmmm, sleep on a weekendâ€¦. Novel idea! Continue reading “4WP Show N Shine Oct 2017”
Itâ€™s Sunday evening post OSP â€“ and Lola â€“ tuckered out from her atypical weekend away from home â€“ has put herself to bed (or actually under the bed) 2 hours early. She and her brother Kona spent a weekend with their mistress and me at Operation Shore Patrol. Being forced to spend time on the hard ground or on a lead, and not lounging on the couch as might have been the case at home all weekend â€“ Iâ€™m sure theyâ€™d think of reporting us to the ASPCA â€“ if only they had the opposable thumbs to manage it. I think mainly they are glad just to be home again. We tell them, â€śRemember â€“ you always beg to come along. Well this time â€“ we brought you!â€ť Continue reading “Operation Shore Patrol Sep 2017”
Melissa, Cassidy, Aly (Cassidy’s friend), and I arrived in the afternoon to find that most of the campground was already claimed, or at least all of the spots with any kind of shade. Guess that should be expected given there was a forest fire not too far away that had closed a number of other campgrounds. We opted for one of the only spots left right by the creek where we could dip our toes in the water to cool off should the need arise. Continue reading “Labor Day Weekend Sep 2017”