It was Thursday night Gary and I both were hoping to get in another epic day in the snow. I could pretty much guarantee that one of us was going to lead this run so I asked Gary am I leading this, or are you? I said I would, but I just did not want to get lost. I asked where and when should we meet. Gary said Lake stevens Safeway? Sure I said 9:00. Gary said 10:00. How is 9:30. It turns out that 9:30 would be a very good time but more on that later. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl9JprI02uAContinue reading “Green Mountain Jan 2020”
I was wanting to get out and see how my new tires would work in deeper snow as well as how the snow conditions were. I recruited a few members to go with me as it is not a great idea to go out by yourself especially In the snow. With John Vandergriftâ€™s rig down for the count I invited him to ride shotgun with me. John arrived at my place a few minutes early with Cheryl and Ryan pulling in shortly behind. We got under way in short order with our dog barking at us from the window surely waking Casey up inside the house.Continue reading “Pre-Run Report Dec 2019”
Well, it was the second Saturday of the month, so it must be time for a Walker Valley Work Party. (And it was!!!) This was a special one, because we made plans with Jim Cahill (from DNR) to repair and re-set the kiosk at the gate for our namesake Timber Tamer trails. As it turned out, weâ€™d had about the driest early November on record with no rain at all since before Halloween. Of course, since we had trail work to do today, today was the day for that to change, so we had our more typical November all-day drizzle.Continue reading “Walker Valley Work Party Nov 2019”
At the Timber Tamerâ€™s Club Meeting 2 days prior, we asked about the club trail run for this month. Since several members of our club already had plans to attend Steve Yâ€™s birthday party Saturday evening, it just made sense to have our trail run at Reiterâ€”since itâ€™s only 10 minutes from Steve and Jamieâ€™s home!Continue reading “Club Run to Reiter Oct 2019”
Another trip to Tahuya, and only a mere 7 months after the trip here! We had wonderful weather for todayâ€”partly sunny, comfortably warm without being hotâ€”and no rain for today. After the trip we had last October when we found Tahuya to have really upped its game in challenge, we had a lot more rigs come along.Continue reading “Tahuya May 2019”
Our fine hosts the Tenneyâ€™s did their legendary thing with the weather â€“ it being a beautiful spring afternoon in the woods north of Monroe. Ed claimed to have been doing a sun dance in the back yard days before â€“ while also claiming no one wanted to see him doing that. (Ed â€“ I may now have to go poke out my mindâ€™s eye â€“ thanks for that visualâ€¦.)Continue reading “Rig Check and 40th Birthday, May, 4 19”
The morning didnâ€™t start out well for meâ€¦..I accidently changed the time on my alarm clock, one hour forward while setting the alarm to get up an Oâ€™Dark am on Saturday. Of course this caused my alarm clock to go off an hour early, which most of you know, is not a good thing for me! Just as I was about to go back to sleep, a HUGE Hail storm hit and rattled the houseâ€¦..fine, I will just get up, since the universe didnâ€™t want me to get my beauty rest!Continue reading “Reiter Work Party Apr 2019”
We started out getting there a bit late, about 9:15 am. Which if you know me is a bit early for me. Lol. Kevin with the Rainier Ridge Rams was quick to ask me who was bringing the fixings for the Lunch bar-b-que, as we had volunteered to do that with our club. I must have given him a deer in the head lights look and answered I donâ€™t know? He just looked back and said.. Your not awake yet are you? Nope I was not awake yet. It took me about 15 minutes to get awake and moving and I assured Kevin that Mike our trusty cook was going to be there to cook up some hot dogs and hamburgers. It was cold and rainy and windy as we tried to get out flags and banners set up. Catch up with everyone and touch base and get signed up with DNR for our days duties.Continue reading “Hefty Haul Out Apr 2019”
It had been a while since Casey and I had been up to Walker Valley so we googled the time to get there and it showed about 90 minutes. It actually only took about an hour. So we got there early and found Shawn in his Teal jeep already there with 3 little ones running around have a great time. We got ourselves aired down hubs locked in and as we got ourselves ready others trickled in. We even got to chat a bit with our favorite DNR guy, Gary Bellows, as we waited. We ended up with 10 people in the parking lot with Dave on his way and meeting us a little later. Ed and Katie, Karl VP riding shotgun with Kurtis Messmer and his 3 little ones, Chris G in his new to him XJ, John in his (RocDoc), Travis B in his red 4 door JK, and candidates Marc C and Chris L. and of course Casey in her MissCreant, and me in my MissUnderstood.Continue reading “Walker Valley Jan 2019”
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”
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.
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”
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.
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!