Well, I agreed to head things up for a booth representing the Timber Tamers (and PNW4WDA Region 1) at the 2021 Jeepcast.com All Jeep Show. As it turned out, this was a pretty good event to attend. It was planned as a big event that this year would celebrate not only Jeeps, but also the lifting of the COVID restrictions that had been in place for something like 17 months! It was well-advertised on Facebook as well as word-of-mouth, and on Facebook something like 1500 people had registered at least interest if not commitment to attend! (In addition, to that, more than 350 Jeeps registered to participate in the show-and-shine competition!)Continue reading “All Jeep Show Jul 2021”
Representing for the Tamers as trails hosts at this years Trail Jam there were John, Jake, Sean, Rick, and Tammy and I (Dave). I may be a bit off on some of the details, this is all from my (flawed) memory and it was a long week, by the end details were running together.Continue reading “Trail Jam Hosting July 2021 (Dave)”
For the first time in several years, the Timber Tamers decided to sponsor and send a group of Trail Hosts to the PNW4WDA Trail Jamboree. For those not aware, this is an event that is held annually (well, at least when itâ€™s not cancelled by a pandemic!) in July in the Naches Ranger District of the NFS, and is based out of Jim Sprick Community Park in Nile, WA. This year it was held July 8, 9 & 10, 2021. However, since the Trail Hosts act as trail leaders for this event, we actually arrived at Jim Sprick Park ahead of the event so we could pre-run the trails. And, was it ever an eventful week!Continue reading “Trail Jam Hosting 2021 (John)”
There is one thing for certain you can count on in this life â€“ and that is â€“ NOTHING â€“ is for certain. My 20+ years in this club (and my 60+ year in this life) there is always a surprise waiting around the corner.
Part the First â€“ Howdy-Doos and Road Time
Saturday was one LOVELY day to do anything â€“ and it dawned brightly at the smokestack in downtown Monroe, the appointed meeting place for the Tamers to start this adventure. Mary and I pulled into quite the crowd of Tamers and friends already milling around. Once parked â€“ we had to discharge the first order of business. At the monthly meeting a few days previous, I got the brilliant idea (brilliant? Just ask me â€“ Iâ€™ll tell you!) to bake some homemade brownies and auction them off as a little club fundraiser and something different to do for the month. The bids started at $20 â€“ and after a number of minutes of some spirited back and forth bidding on them â€“ Mihai issued the winning bid â€“ of $50!!! And so it was my task to make sure the brownies were delivered, which Mihai then handed back to me â€“ so that they could be shared around â€“ and further making sure Gary Miller got the first bite. Once he wanders off with a look of supreme satisfaction on his face â€“ I start wandering the crowd with my yellow pad in one hand and brownies in the other â€“ getting names and trying to make out who is who on the trip â€“ because you know â€“ the first few years in the club â€“ you mainly know folks by what they drive â€“ and generally after few years â€“ you start putting names and faces with rigs to make sense of it all. So Iâ€™m in this process â€“ when a somewhat familiar face pokes out from around behind someone â€“ saying, â€śHey Moose â€“ do you remember me?â€ť (Surprise the first.) I look â€“ and I donâ€™t want to be mistaken â€“ but upon saying â€“ â€śOMG â€“ are you Jess?â€ť And yes â€“ IT WAS! Jess â€“ or JR as we always called him â€“ was in the house with his lovely wife Christina â€“ and WAY older kids than I think Iâ€™d seen in a long, long time. Jess was in the club WAY back when â€“ when I was in my pup days with the Tamers â€“ back when I drove a CJ that was open-open with way-too-tall gears and sporting a street Holley that wouldnâ€™t run worth a hoot up a hill. That means the last time Iâ€™d seen him and Christina was like â€“ 18 years previous? And somehow â€“ his red hair is still red. (While my brown hair is now gone AWOLâ€¦.) But what a treat to see them again! They were all ready to wheel in limo style in a built LJ.Continue reading “Colockum Pass Jun 2021”
Having a Blast Out of Kittitas!
(Tamers 5/22/2021 tipping toeing through the green dotsâ€¦)
I suppose there are some in the Tamers, used to more (ahem) â€śvigorousâ€ť wheeling (trees, mud, big rocks to climb, body damage, rolls, etc.) might view the green dot roads as somewhat tame. (which â€“ I donâ€™t see the problem â€“ we are Tame-ers â€“ after allâ€¦) But â€“ this day we did have all of the requisite parts and pieces of a trail run â€“ use of 4WD, AND low range; sidewalls gashed out, PNW pinstriping and general trail rash, 2 rigs needing winching to avoid a memorable roll down an open mountainside – and probably one last bunch of hillclimbs on an open-faced ridge trail that probably caused some folks some degree of VRI. (Thatâ€™s Vinyl Rectal Inversion â€“ where your butt cheeks become a traction aid clamping onto your seat covers, willing you secure attachment to if not terra firma â€“ at least terra-seataâ€¦.Continue reading “Green Dot May 2021”
The Timber Tamers have been really blessed over the past couple of months to have something like 8 new people contact us with an interest in joining our 4-wheeling club. And, we have been offering an opportunity to mentor people new to wheeling to help them develop experience and skills in 4-wheeling so they can enjoy themselves more fully and more quickly. About a week and a half ago, the BOD developed an idea of holding a trail run to help the newer folks have this opportunity in a more structured setting rather than just â€śletting it happenâ€ť however and whenever. So, at our meeting this month we proposed to the membership having a â€śWelcome Runâ€ť to do just this, which everyone thought was a good ideaâ€”and we planned it for today!Continue reading “Walker Valley Apr 2021”
I had been researching areas behind Walker Valley for scenic routes and ways but I was finding everything closed off by gate after gate. One evening while watching YouTube I saw a video about Cumberland Pass and when I researched a little more found there was no gate. FINALLY!!! Taking a look at the maps a little more they showed the route ending at Segelson Sno Park or Finney Creek Sno Park. I am thinking I have a snow run.Continue reading “Cumberland/Finney Creek Pass Mar 2021”
There was a lot scheduled for Walker Valley this day,Â so I thought I would get up there and help in any way that I could. Now being a 2nd shifter the meeting time was a bit early for me so I set my alarm. Casey decided it was going to be too early to cold and too snowy so she was staying home..LOL I really didnâ€™t think we would see very much snow. Oh how wrong I would be.Continue reading “Walker Valley Feb 2021”
The snow storm was reported to be coming in Friday night at about 10pm. I decided to try to put together a run up to Beckler river rd after my swing shift schedule Friday night.Continue reading “Beckler Midnight Run Feb 2021”
In recent years the hang over run has been the most attended run of the year. We normally have between 20 and 30 rigs on the hill. This year was no exception. This year however would be different. With this many rigs we clog up the trail and make it hard for others. As a result this year we decided to hold a night run.
The meet up location was at 7 sharp with a full tank of gas. Gary took a group up toward the staging area, Chris took the trailers to the ranger station and I took the last group. The road to the staging area had a little snow on it which was fun. After consulting with a few board members we decided to break the group into 3 groups. The heaviest built rigs would head up the hill, another group would follow them and lastly I would lead a group up the river valley and to the top of a low level pass. Considering how many people we had this worked pretty well.Continue reading “Beckler Dec 2020”
I started off the day with hitting the alarm clock. I work a swing shift schedule so I usually donâ€™t even know what that dang thing sounds like.
I got my coffee and took my time getting ready. I should have plenty of time.
Well I guess once I got in behind a guy speeding up then slowing down and speeding up and slowing down. Then stopping to top off fuel.
I got to the staging are right at 10am on the dotâ€¦ Oops
Joe and I have been talking about running Pyramid pass FS70. For anyone who does not know Pyramid pass is just north of Naches pass. While planning for the run I setup google maps on my tablet. The funny thing is that google maps knows that highway 410 is closed and suggested that I drive over Fs70 instead. Can you imagine getting told by your GPS to go over a pass that is not passable by cars. That would not be good.Continue reading “Pyramid Pass Nov 2020”
The day was predicted to have sunshine, although to be cool. Well, the weatherman was half rightâ€”it was actually overcast with some fog/low clouds and late in the day there was a slight bit of rain, but at it was a bit cold.
Two days prior, Troy Messick announced over our new Tamers e-mail list that he was planning to go to Reiter and invited whoever wanted to join him. Since it had been at least 2 months since Iâ€™d actually used my lockers, I immediately said Iâ€™d be there! Shortly afterward, Travis Butterfield also popped-up on-line and said heâ€™d be there, too! So, at 9:00 AM we all met at the parking area at Reiter and aired downâ€”Troy in his blue TJ on 35s, Travis in his red JKUR also on 35s, and me in my white JKR on 37s. All of us are locked in both axles, so we were looking forward to a good day! Since we all had been suffering from â€śCovid Incarcerationâ€ť, we jaw-jacked for a while as we aired-down.Continue reading “Reiter Nov 2020”
I really wanted to get out to Gallagher Head before it closed for the year, so I threw it out to the club, and it turned out that many others wanted the same thing! Travis in his red JKU, John and Jenny (personal friends of ours from Ferndale) in their trailered JKU â€śLil Donkeyâ€ť, and Ryan and I in our JKU â€“ recently christened â€śRavenâ€ť – met up at a Shell in Bothell at 6:45 AM and caravanned to the Safeway in North Bend. There we met up with Dave and his lil TJ that can, Curt and Wendy in their JKU, Joe in his TJ, Rick in his JKU, Chaz in his Toyota Land Cruiser, and Mihai in his JK. At 8:00 AM, we set off for the Shell off of Bullfrog Road near Cle Elum. Although the weather was rainy and overcast on the West side of Snoqualmie pass, we got clear skies and sun as we came over the pass and the day wore on. At the Shell off of Bullfrog Road we met up with Cosmin in his JL and a friend of Joeâ€™s named JR (rumored to be an old time Tamer?) in his LJ. John and Jenny dropped their trailer and those that needed to fuel up. Now we were 11 rigs and we caravanned to the staging area. Quite a large group!Continue reading “Gallagher Head-Hawkins Ridge Oct 2020”
So when the couple that was going to go to Walker with us had to cancel, I put out a call to see if anyone wanted to goâ€¦ thinking that with a 100% chance of rain, Iâ€™d maybe get one or two takers. Much to my surprise, we ended up with 6 Jeeps as we stood around for a quick chat prior to heading out on the trails, and the rain poured down.Continue reading “Walker Valley Oct 2020”
I was feeling like I needed to get out in nature and lucky for me others needed that too. Shawn Nelson knew of some roads outside of Darrington that he hasnâ€™t explored in a while, so we decided to hit up that area.Continue reading “Darrington to Sedro Woolley Oct 2020”
I Dave Wilkinson met at the parking lot with Rick Moreno in his â€śBig Tastyâ€ť blue Jku and Andrew Bruce. ( Andrew is a coworker) Along came Paul Phillips who is a prospect in his army green Fj. Pretty much stock on 31â€ť tires. Iâ€™m driving my red Yj.Continue reading “Reiter Aug 2020”
Gallagher Head Lake run â€“ by the numbersâ€¦.
8:30 AM Saturday â€“ the time to meet.
I-90 â€“ the route east.
9 â€“ rigs on the trail – (and by subset -)
1 â€“ YJ â€“ latest moniker â€śCowbell Daveâ€ť (fresh from a roll to the side on the Naches!)
1 â€“ TJ â€“ Moose, Mary, and Hunter
1 â€“ LJ â€“ Tammy and Dave
1 â€“ 2dr JK â€“ John – Rock Doc
5 â€“ 4 dr JK â€“ Rudy; Bruce and Debbie; Cindy and Jack; Cosmin and Alison; and Moose and Maryâ€™s neighbor Matt with girls Abby and Anya
This is why join a club. When things happen you have good people to deal with them and what could be a major issue gets dealt with quickly.Continue reading “Naches Jul 2020”
Day 1 – Wed
Last year instead of camping in the usual location we decided to try Riders Camp for the first time in a long time and things went well enough that we decided to camp there again this year. Melissa, Cassidy and I left early and were able to get to the campsite at 11:30am. You would think that in the middle of the week the campsite would be empty but there were only two spots with fire rings left and they were right by the road. Damn I had hoped for a better spot.Continue reading “Riders Camp July 2020”
Sorry there is not write up but there are a few pictures from the run to share.Continue reading “Tahuya June 2020”
â€¦.aka â€“ â€śIs that a Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area in your map pocket â€“ or are you just happy to see me wheeling?â€ť
There is an area of whatâ€™s known as â€śGreen Dot Roadsâ€ť in eastern WA â€“ this runâ€™s particular area between the west side of the Columbia north of I-90 and the Wild Horse Wind Farm located between Vantage and Kittitas. The wind farm is a Puget Sound Energy installation â€“ which has a wonderful visitorâ€™s center â€“ in other than COVID times â€“ open to visitors between April to October. (Currently closed to the general public due to health concerns.) You can stand right up against the base of a wind turbine hearing the big WHOOSH â€“ WHOOSH â€“ WHOOSH of the 60 foot long turbine blades spinning at their optimum 16 RPM. You can even take a tour inside the base of one of the turbine pylons. How do I know this?
With everyone stuck at home for so long we needed to get out of the house. We did not want to go to an ORV park fearing that they would be packed. So we thought we would make a run over to see (support) Jake at Gold Creek Station.Continue reading “Gold Creek Sanity Run May 2020”
Gary and I pulled into the parking lot at Reiter at about 9:30am, to find several early rising Tamers already there, aired down, and chatting! The Quadrapaws (Paws) rolled in about 10:15 or so. We had 10 Tamers, guest Judd Bergeson, and 6 â€śPawsâ€ť members, so we broke into two groupsâ€¦.One led by Steve Yeager, to the more challenging trails, and the rest with Gary in the lead and Casey in the rear, to hit the easier trails. Our Drivers meeting was done with folks spread out, and using a Megaphone, that worked pretty well. We also noted that Chris Green had stopped at the Monroe Fred Meyer, and pickup lots of TP! Thanks Chris!Continue reading “Reiter Mar 2020”
We all started off the day with 10 rigs meeting at the IGA in Darrington at 10am. I am not going to name everyone there as I canâ€™t seem to keep all the names straight anymore. By 10:18am I figured we better get moving as we had to hit the staging area (White Chuck Boat ramp/parking area) and get the one rig off the trailer and everyone else aired down. Once everyone was ready to roll, we had a quick drivers meeting with Casey reading off our queue card. Safety reminders, trail etiquette etc. Everyone was pretty well equipped and ready to go with exception of a pretty stock Ford Ranger. We made sure he at least had a GMRS radio and someone in front and rear of him with lockers and winches.Continue reading “Whitechuck Feb 2020”
What do you get when you take a Canadian, 5 jeeps, one Sammi, a lot of snow and some dogs. Apparently a lot of fun, no sleep, one very stuck jeep, many tow fees, a broken bottle and two wet dogs.Continue reading “Beckler Snow Run Feb 2020”
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.Continue reading “Green Mountain Jan 2020”
With the weather report for the mountains calling for 1 to 4 feet of snow, I had to get a few people together to do a quick snow run. We met at the trestle at about 10:30 am. We were suppose to be there at 10:15 am but traffic was a little bit slow and then on the main road into to trestle there was a downed power line.Continue reading “Tonga Ridge Jan 2020”
We did not know what to expect. The forecast was for warmer weather with the possibility of freezing rain. Please no freezing rain! We met up at the IGA in Darrington. As time passed more and more rigs showed up. When all was said and done we had 21. We had a short drivers meeting then the first group headed out. It was an interesting group with some very built Super Sammiâ€™s, and a few others plus a full blown unicorn. That is right a CJ7. Anyone who wheels a CJ these days is a stud in my book. (of course I have no bias)Continue reading “Hangover Run 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”