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  1. Back out on the Granite Just past Ellis Creek Overlooking Loon Lake from the trail Making our way along Just another day in paradise Little Sluice Continued V V V
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    Swansea Townsite December 1st - 3rd, 2009 Leave PHX Tues. 12/1, go to Swansea Townsite, camp at Swansea or surrounding. Leave Swansea Thurs., exit via McCracken Mine site and Hwy. 93 (tentatively). This Thread is Located in the Premium Member Trips and Trails Forum Sign Up Here: http://www.offroadpassport.com/forum/showthread.php?p=136
  3. Rock Clinic Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 Meet 9AM / Leave for Trailhead 9:30AM Meet at Campsite: TBA Easy to Moderate 4x4 Funny Hat Contest Trail Ride! Wear Your Funniest Hat to Win! A rock clinic is an instructional trail ride intended to help participants learn to negotiate a variety of terrains. This particular clinic will focus on rocks and sand. Instructors will cover topics such as Airing Down, Tire Placement, Reading the Trail, Choosing a Line, etc. Instructors provide as much or little individual instruction as required by various participants. This is a great opportunity for offroad adventurers to practice and master the negotiation of difficult terrain, and to get a feel for what their vehicle is capable of. Sign up in Premium Members Trips and Events forum: http://www.offroadpassport.com/forum/showthread.php?p=135
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    Florence Junction Camping, Trail Rides Thursday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Don't Miss the Pre-Halloween Fun! Friday: Trail Ride Scavenger Hunt! Friday Night: Trick or Treat Raffle! Saturday: Funny Hat Contest Trail Ride! Wear Your Funniest Hat to Win! Run Trails: Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Camping: Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights, departure Sunday Rock Clinic: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 - Easy to Moderate - (sign up separately) Sign up in Premium Members Trips and Events Forum: http://www.offroadpassport.com/forum/showthread.php?t=81
  5. After lunch we very quickly came to The Devil’s Post Pile, which was relatively congested in our experience. We caught the Canadians and had to wait while they repaired a torn valve stem, and there was a group from the Sacramento area coming the other way, also waiting. We took a by-pass past the most crowded spot, which also happened to be the most difficult spot, but I know we coulda made it! This picture should give you a general idea of what The Devil’s Post Pile is like, although it’s taken at a relatively mild spot: When you reach the top of the Post Pile you enter ‘The Slabs’ AKA ‘The Granite’. The Canadians and we met another group from Utah right when we got to the slabs, and we all stopped to chat for a few minutes. It was kind of cool because all three groups kept meeting again throughout the trek. Right there where The Post Pile meets The Slabs is where this placard is displayed: From here we had to cross the Granite Bowl to get over to Loon Lake. Through the granite sections, the trail is marked by reflectors stuck to the rock with an adherent, which are kind of tricky to find them sometimes, but generally not too difficult. The trail takes you down to ‘The Gatekeeper’, a difficult section through boulders and trees, which leads to the spillway at Loon. We got to Loon Lake late in the afternoon and found our campsite on the far side of the lake. During planning, when the group looked to be about 8 rigs, we reserved a group site to ensure that we could all camp near each other. As it turned out we were very happy with the group site even though there were only 3 rigs; we had an entire ‘loop’ in the developed campground to ourselves, including the restroom facility and water spigot. We were able to take a very quick dip in the lake before starting dinner, not because of the time but because of the water temperature! We left camp about 8:30 Tuesday morning and headed back out for The Gatekeeper and the Granite Bowl. One of the added bonus’ of coming in through Wentworth Springs is running The Gatekeeper twice if Loon Lake is your camp of choice. For us it meant that I got to drive The Gatekeeper for the 1st time Tuesday morning, while George did some spotting for our group. Continued V V V
  6. I saw this restored Willies in Kingman yesterday. While I was taking pictures the owner showed up; told me he charges a $1.00 for pictures. I'm sure it turns heads everywhere he goes. We talked for a while, and he told me more about the restoration of the vehicle. It's has an S-10 engine frame & suspension. When he got it it was full of weeds & the doors and all the chrome was piled in the back. Now he drives it all over the place. He says all he needs to complete the project is a surfboard to mount on it! It's really a pretty car.
  7. The next morning we left our Tow Rig and Trailer at the hotel and took the Jeep to Georgetown. The scenery along I-50 is spectacular; you get your first glimpses of the granite and you can see this roaring waterfall way up on the side of the mountain: We stopped at the Ranger Station for our fire permit and a picnic lunch: We got to Georgetown at about 3 and went driving around looking at the town. George had noticed that our front OX cable was caught between the spring and the knuckle; it looked like it was being pinched really badly. He had borrowed a gynormous crowbar in Beatty, but that didn’t do the trick, so he’d been stewing about it the entire trip. I had the bright idea of disconnecting the front sway bar and driving up on a rock so we could make the spring dangle and get it out. Okay, fine smarty, now get me a rock. So off we go, looking for a poser rock, and what do we find? A ballpark surrounded by big rocks to prevent people from parking on the grass! Viola! Fixed! We had the Hilltop Motel in Georgetown to ourselves until Sam arrived at about 6:00 P.M. George had to try the new rig on for size while Sam registered; he said he likes it, and honestly, he looked great in it! As we grilled up some burgers and talked about the trail, a group of about 10 rigs from Canada arrived. They were mostly in Jeeps, but also included in their group was a Suzuki Sidekick and a Nissan X-terra. Unfortunately, my old point and shoot camera gave up taking pictures in low light a long time ago, so no pictures of them at the hotel, but we did end up meeting them again several times on the trail, which I will tell about later, and which is why I brought them up at all. The next morning everybody was up bright and early getting ready to hit the trail. George was drinking his coffee outside, and crouched down in front of Number 7 just in time to see a glint of sunlight through a crack in the front upper control-arm mount on the tube side. We were both pretty nervous about hitting the trail with a cracked control-arm mounting bracket, so we went looking for a welder. Low and behold there was a shop right next door, and the guy said he could do it real quick for us. He did a great job; $40.00 lighter and 45 minutes later, we were ready to hit the trail. We were scheduled to meet the rest of our group, BigRube [Jack & Alice], at Stumpy Meadows Lake, so at 10:00 we left Georgetown and headed that way. Once we were all together and on the road, it was only another hour before we found the trailhead to Wentworth Springs. This is the ‘Traditional’ way to get to the Rubicon Trail. A lot of the books and trip reports you read describe getting to the trail from Loon Lake, which is where we like to camp the 1st night. The 1st must see stop when you go in through Wentworth Springs is this waterfall on Gerle Creek. Lunch at Wentworth Springs Campground Continued V V V
  8. We left Phoenix for The Rubicon on Friday, July 10th. We decided to take a different route this time; up through Nevada to Walker Lake and then over, because it’s a shorter distance and there aren’t as steep of summits to climb. We wanted to go across the Hoover Dam so we could see the progress of the bridge they’re building. Here’s Number 7 on the dam: This is a link to the thread showing the progress of the bridge when we were there: http://www.offroadpassport.com/forum/showthread.php?p=143#post143 We spent the 1st night in Beatty NV., the Gateway to Death Valley, at the Death Valley Inn. It’s a nice place that’s recently been refurbished and remodeled, and we hung out in the pool and barbequed before taking a walk around the city park. Beatty’s a nice little town. There’s a man made of auto parts on the corner and they like trains. After leaving Beatty, we passed a couple of bordellos in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Honestly, you would have to be sincerely desperate to drive that far for a fling! This poor guy tried to fly in for one and apparently crash landed. I wonder if he’s still out there? From there we went through Tonopah, Hawthorne, Mina, Walker River Indian Reservation and then cut over to Yerlington and then up to Carson City. Going through Carson City turned out to be a huge loss of time; start and stop traffic all the way along! Finally we made our way through town and down to Lake Tahoe through Zephyr Cove, beautiful! Little Jeep, Big City: Continued V V V
  9. I like to go on a good hike once in a while, and wouldn't mind getting together with fellow hikers from this site. I live in Fountain Hills and I know some pretty cool places to hike around here. I've been to Havasupi a couple times, wouldn't mind going again. If anybody wants to do some hiking post up! Maybe we can get a group together when the weather cools off again. George
  10. When we did Mud Springs Trail last spring we were looking at the map and saw a faint trail off to 'Boulder Bob's Cabin'. I had seen this before, and a friend of mine gave me a more detailed map of how to get there. I went back a week later to see if I could find it. I parked the Jeep at the corral where the trail splits off to Mud Springs Hill, and thought the cabin was still ahead of me, but the GPS indicated that I had passed the trailhead. So I walked back, and then started down into the ravine to the north of the Mud Springs Trail. I ended up traveling cross country all day to a cabin site which had been washed down stream some time ago. It was oddly built between stream-beds, directly in a flood plain, and obviously washed out. Here are all of the pictures I took along the way: http://outdoors.webshots.com/slideshow/571180057kPPeLz George
  11. Did not talk to them too much. I think they had no lift with 31 MTRs. Those guys where spanking the trail! George:cool:
  12. Just got done doing the Rubicon Trail. Got out with minor carnage. This one hurt me the most, though. George
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