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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 -)
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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.
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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.
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Sorry there is not write up but there are a few pictures from the run to share.
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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
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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)
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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.
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Joe, Steve, Ken, Ryan and I all decided that we would meet up for breakfast at 7:30 AM in Monroe at the Buzz Inn. After breakfast we headed out to the trail to meet up with anyone else that planned to go. We got to the trestle around 9:10 or so and aired down. We waited until precisely 9:28 and everyone was asking what we were going to do and I said that since I was the leader that we shall go! We did a quick driver meeting and headed up the hill. It was just us 4 rigs at that time.
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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.
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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!
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For the past few years Operation Shore Patrol has been held at the Tidelands Campground in Copalis Beach WA. Dave, the owner of the campground has been really good to us and accommodating our group to the point of breaking some of the campground rules that are normally in force. So it was when Dave asked if there was any way he could get some help with building a new clam shack for guests there were several people from the Rainer Ridge Rams and the Timber Tamers that said they would be happy too. A date was set for Oct 12th when everyone would converge on the campground.
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Keep in mind â€“ itâ€™s the trip, itâ€™s the beach, itâ€™s the friends, itâ€™s the shared meal, itâ€™s helping make the beach a cleaner place, itâ€™s the jokes, itâ€™s the fun, itâ€™s the leg-pulling, the sound of engines, the heritage of wheelers being wheelers together â€“ Operation Shore Patrol is overall â€“ THE EXPERIENCE!
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Given a choice of a
romantic dinner at Skippers on two for one fish and chips night or spending the
day at JTC (Jeepcast Trophy Challenge) Wendy chose to spend the day with
me at JTC for our anniversary. All kidding aside it is the spending time
together that is important and I canâ€™t think of anything I would rather do than
spend time with family. What an awesome day we had even if it was not a
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scheduled this run a week prior and had 12 rigs signed up to go and ended up
with 7 actually showing up. There were 3 meeting spots for this run. 7am at
Bothell Shell station, where Travis in his red JKU and candidate Ken in his Tan
TJ showed up to meet us. We then caravanned to North Bend to meet the rest of
the crew, which was Moose and Mary in their TJ, Jon and Heidi in their JK, Curt
and Wendy in their JKU. Hopping on the freeway we wentâ€¦ next stop Cle Elum to
meet Chris in this Yellow XJ.
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Ken and Ryan and I decided on a whim to go up to Twin Lakes in the Mount Baker
national forest. Not sure if this would be an official Tamer run, But Travis
and We are Tamers and Ken is a candidate.
met up at the Shell station in Marysville at exit 88 at 8am and then traveled
the two and a half hours to Twin Lakes – practically the Canadian border.
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While racing sailboats we use to say that the race was won or lost before you even left the dock. Meaning preparation is extremely important. In the case of a BDR (Backcountry Discovery Route) it is the same. Preparation for an event like this takes a tremendous amount of time and research. Where to stay and what routes to take even what BDR to run.
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