Rig Check and 40th Birthday, May, 4 19

Our fine hosts the Tenney’s did their legendary thing with the weather – 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 – while also claiming no one wanted to see him doing that. (Ed – I may now have to go poke out my mind’s eye – thanks for that visual….)

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Reiter Work Party Apr 2019

The morning didn’t start out well for me…..I accidently changed the time on my alarm clock, one hour forward while setting the alarm to get up an O’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 house…..fine, I will just get up, since the universe didn’t want me to get my beauty rest!

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Hefty Haul Out 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 don’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.

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Walker Valley Jan 2019

At the club meeting, Thursday prior to the club run, we asked for volunteer to lead the group. No one raised their hands so I said sure I would do it! But seeing though I am a 2nd shift worker we would start at 10am, LOL. I got a few hmms and haws and I double checked if anyone else wanted to lead but no one stepped up.. Ok cool.. 10am it will be.

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.

We started off heading down to the southern main gate and it is just easier to get the larger rigs thru. Sure enough everyone made it thru just find and we headed up to the Timber Tamers trail. We saw where they had replanted some trees and drained a big puddle and made the trail worthy to crawl thru again. As we headed up to the upper portion of the Timber Tamer trail I just had to try my hand at crawling over the big rock and test my new transfer case gearing. Karl was good enough to spot me after a couple of attempts and got me up and over. A few others went around the big rock but those that wanted to crawl over had Karl spotting for them and getting them over. For the most part, Karl got everyone over it.

We headed up to the rock garden area of the upper Timber Tamer trail and I got a chance to get out and scout which trail to take up and it looked as though they were all about the same. I clunked and banged and crawled my way up thru the rocks and got up high enough to park and get back to spot. There were a few large rocks that were loose and being moved around a lot as each person went passed and towards the end of the line we were having troubles getting passed these rocks… Stupid rocks anyway…LOL Some of the guys opted for the trail to the left and it proved to be a little better. We finally got everyone through that are with everyone pitching in and helping out which was great. Kudos for team effort by all!! We made out way thru the Easy Valley Connector and at which time I could hear Dave on the radio calling for us. He would meet us over by the easy valley and logging road which sounded great. We got everyone parked around the Ridge Ram rock crawl trail and had lunch and watched as people took turns going thru the rock areas and having fun. After lunch we proceeded to Ridge Ram trail and did that without too many problems. Everyone seemed to do fine. We headed up to the Skills area where Ed has HAD to try his rig up the “V knotch” or “Butt Crack” and he gave it a good shot. But just couldn’t get the right traction. There was snow on the ground up in that area and I’m sure having wet tires did not help at all. Next it was Travis’s turn to try and he too gave it a great shot and got some good photos but just couldn’t quite get it. Not to be outdone Kurtis had to give it a try. He had Karl watching the kids as he tried and got SOOO close to making it up, but in the end we pulled cable for him and got him up and over.

We left that area and went along Humps and Bumps to the upper “New play area” where all the big Rocks are. We heard there was a sink hole up there, but we couldn’t find it? Everyone was having fun crawling over the big rocks that they couldm getting poser shots of the rigs etc. I even had Casey pull the MissCreant up onto a rock to check her flex and latest bump stop mod I did. It is a good place to just play.

From there we decided to head down the mainline into the tighter upper gate. No one really had too much of a problem except Travis. I knew we could get him thru with his 4 door JK as we had before. And sure enough with just a tiny scape and about a 10 point turn we got him thru. We all headed back to get aired up, loaded up and back home at a decent hour with light still available. I think it was a good run with total of 11 rigs it went VERY well and we kept a flow going.

Thanks to everyone who was there. And thanks for the helping each other out..

This truly is a great Club!

Gary M TT256

Hangover Run Group 1 Jan 2019

There were two groups for the Hangover Run for 2019—the “Big Dogs” and the rest of the folks.  The “Big Dogs” were the people who were foolish enough to get up too early after New Year’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.

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Walker Valley Poker Run Nov 2018

Another day of wheeling, just like any other.  Well, maybe not…
For one thing, this day started out at 7:00 AM at Walker—a pretty early day.  (And I’d prefer not to describe it with the exact words Casey and Gary would use at this hour of the morning…)  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 beast—cancer.  It’s a time we could all get together not only for a good cause, but to have some fun together in the process!

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Walker Valley Work Party Nov 2018

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.  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.  Continue reading “Walker Valley Work Party Nov 2018”

Tahuya Oct 2018

Saturday morning turned out looking more promising for the Timber Tamers monthly trail ride to Tahuya than last year: this year it wasn’t raining!  The weather forecast predicted sunshine and a high of 65F.  (Well, that didn’t happen—high seemed to be upper 50s, and the marine fog didn’t burn off until about 2:30 PM!)  At least the weatherman got the part right about no rain! As it turned out, there hasn’t really been rain in Tahuya since last spring, so the trails were all pretty dry.  If we’d had rain like last year (when it rained ALL. DAY. LONG., the difficulty would have been a lot greater for today’s ride!)
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Stampede Pass 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.

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Operation Shore Patrol Sep 2018

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 wasn’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!

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TC 100 – Lake Gallagher Sep 2018

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.  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.  I felt strong about supporting them.  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.  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.  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.

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Reiter Aug 2018

Seven Timber Tamers in five vehicles visited the Reiter Foothills OHV area for a club trail run on August 18, 2018—the famous date of 8-18-18!  Joe was in his white TJ, Shawn and Justin in Shawn’s teal TJ, brand-spankin’ new member Travis in his red 4-door JKR, candidates Steve and Jodi in their while YJ, and me in my white stretched JKR.  It turned into an eventful day!

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WE Rock Aug 2018

Many of you know, that Gary and I have been judging at WE Rock, for 6 years now, and absolutely love it!  Since the onset of RRC (Reiter Rock Crawl) we have managed to get a few more hooked on this!  Ryan Sorenson, and Travis Butterfield!

Gary and I headed out at 9am Friday morning.  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!  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!

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WA Back Country Discovery Route Day 2 Jul 2018

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.  I guess they liked where they were at and no one changed.  On this type of run it is a good idea to spread out so you don’t choke on dust.  But we also don’t want to lose anyone.  So at intersections where it is not clear which direction to go we use the relay method.   The lead stops and waits for the next rig.  As soon as it shows up the lead takes off again.  This ensures that no one gets lost while keeping the dust down.  Of course if you do all the work to plan the trip that means you are in the front and don’t have to worry about the dust.  The down side is having to do things like put together a run report.

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Back Country Discovery Route Jul 2018

Wa 6 Canada to Conconully –
Well over 100 miles of off road driving plus at least 70 on-highway driving makes for a long but fun day.  But before we dig into the run I need to fill you in on some information that will become important later.  At 6:00am we informed the Hotel (Omak inn) that our toilet was running all night long and it was clogged.  By the time we left just before 7:00am they still had not done anything about it.  More on that later.

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Reiter Rock Crawl Jul 2018

Yep – here’s one bleary-eyed back story of the volunteer life on the soon to be even more infamous Reiter Rock Crawl – the Timber Tamer crown jewel of organized motorized mayhem at Reiter Tails.

For me and Auto-M – even for early risers – the 4 AM alarm was alarmingly unwelcome.  It was still dark for heaven’s sake!  The bed had just reached maximum comfiness (my brain was reminding me.)  It tried to lull into the posture of just 1 snooze alarm.  It wouldn’t make any difference, would it?  Except – I knew that siren song would lead to tragedy.  At the least – not getting the coffee turned on in time.  Or – just showing up late altogether.  And we couldn’t let Casey down – as given her usual sleep schedule – our pain was miniscule compared to hers.

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Rig Tech Check 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”