On the way out from camp the school bus obstacle that was such a
going down was lots of fun going up. Also this place drains well
up quickly as the place where we could not go down the night before
mud was now dry enough to go up. It was still quite a climb but
we all made
it up just fine. Wayne showed his expert driving skills by
making it look
too easy in his brothers XJ.
Since many of us had commitments back home we decided to play around
of the hills instead of doing another trail run.
While we were stopped for lunch in a wide shady spot near the trail we
visit from the park ranger. His official duty included asking if
we all had
tags and insurance and checking our body language in response to his
question. Since all the hatches were up at the time he could not
We asked him about the future of the park. He said in the fall
they plan to
begin re vegetation which means places like where we were parked will
limits. He told us to stay on the existing roads and we would be OK.
also plan to repair the main road to a cemetery that is somewhere
where we were. He then left in pursuit of some unlicensed
were prowling around.
Adam tried another road up the hill where he got hung the day before.
was doing great when he slipped up against a tree that squished his
rear quarter panel and then pulled his fancy new tailgate right out of
mounting pins. His tailgate and lots of gear went tumbling down
At the very top of the climb there was a solid rock wall that was just
high for the wheel base of an XJ so he exited out the corner by
tree. His roof sliders worked well but he still ended up with a
squish on the left rear quarter panel.
I left Scott get a little time behind the wheel of Scuffy and he
things were not near as scary looking from behind the wheel as they
the passenger seat.
He played on a few easy climbs and then we stopped to watch some crazy
Samaris play. Actually they may have been Toyotas with Sami
While stopped I noticed that my XJ was leaking fuel from the engine
had been smelling gas every time we stooped but now seeing liquid
near the exhaust, I decided it was a good time to load it on the
All in all this the most fun off road trip I have ever had. The
great. The food was great. The company was great. I
even began thinking
about converting my rally racer into a rock crawler so I can so this
often in a more reliable vehicle.
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