Back before the invention of GPS, radar or even rudimentary radio communication, there were brave pilots who flew across vast empty stretches of America using only a system of brightly painted concrete arrows and lights on top of towers to guide their way. These markers were established back in the 1920’s by the United States Post Office and Department of Commerce and became known as the Transcontinental Airway Beacon System.
Ever since Cindy and I first heard about these concrete arrows, we have spent have spent countless hours looking for and documenting as many of them as we can find. And, being that so many of them are located in the State of Nevada, we have chosen to highlight them in our very first episode of, Nevada Silver Lining - a new show we’re working on that showcases all the cool places you can visit here in this amazing state. In this short trailer, you’ll get a taste of what you can expect to see. We hope you enjoy.No comments
Being that it was my birthday last week, Cindy and I decided to drop what we were doing, load up our Jeep and head out to the Northern Nevada Desert to look for some concrete arrows, also known as, Transcontinental Airway Beacons. As some of you may know, we’ve been looking for and photographing these 50 ft. arrows and on occasion, towers as well for over two years now and on this trip, it was our hope to find a few located all the way out on the eastern edge of the state. Of course, it’d be near impossible for us to not explore some old ghost towns and do a bit of rock hounding along the way and in this thread, you’ll get to see a little bit of all the things we got to see and do. I hope you enjoy.No comments
With all the snow that we just got up in the Reno/Carson City area, Cindy and I were just itchin to get out and play in it. So, after taking care of some work, we packed up Rubicat and made our way over to a trail that starts on the west end of Reno and climbs up the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Known to the locals as the Hunter Lake, it isn’t the hardest trail around but it does afford you some amazing views of the “Biggest Little City in the World” and when you add in some wet heavy Sierra snow to the mix, it can be a bit of a challenge. Being that we got a late start and running the trail solo, we decided to turn around about half way to the lake after the shelf road leading there became blocked with fallen trees and snow drifts. Anyway, click on the link below to see some photos from our impromptu snow run, I hope you enjoy.No comments
It’s hard to believe that it was a week ago that we arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada, to start covering the 2015 SEMA Show for all of you here on WAYALIFE. As was the case last year, the show was absolutely packed full of vehicles and I’d have to say that SEMA is really starting to look and feel like it had about 10 years ago. In fact, there were so many Jeeps at the show that I have no doubts that there were more than a few we missed in spite of our best efforts to capture all of them. And, if there was one you were hoping to see and we didn’t get, I apologize for not being able to get around to it. That being said, I thought I would take a bit of time to highlight some of cool things we saw at the show and thought were worth noting. Click on the link below to see and read about them now.No comments
WOO-HOO!!! It’s SEMA time again and as always, we Cindy and I will be covering the show LIVE from Las Vegas, Nevada! In fact, this will be our 11th year doing this and we invite all of you yet again to attend this amazing show virtually by following us here on this thread. We will be sure to post up all kinds of great photos as they’re taken on the showroom floor and of course, if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see, all you have to do is ask. If it’s possible, we will be sure to do what we can to get a shot of whatever it is you’re looking for!
Also, don’t forget to check out the TONS of detailed HI-RES photos we’ll be posting up daily of everything we see at the show. To help make it easier for you to search and sort through, our photos will be categorized by vehicle or product and will be placed in individual threads. You can find all these photos by clicking on the following link below:No comments
Last week, Cindy I got a call from our good friends Chris and Jen and they wanted know if we might want to hook up with them to do some ghost town exploring in the Northern Nevada desert. The idea was to meet up in Tonopah on Thursday night and then work our way up to Virginia City while making stops along the way to explore some of the many ghost towns and mining camps in the area. And, as luck would have it, our good friends Tony and Stephanie decided to meet up with us in Virginia City as well if only for a day and just to have some fun. Anyway, it isn’t much but, here are a handful of photos that we took from our trip.No comments
In just ONE WEEK, the worlds largest auto show dedicated to the manufacturers of specialty equipment will be taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada. Of course, I’m talking about the one and only SEMA Show and really is the one show that everyone wants to be a part of. Unfortunately, SEMA is for vendors and those in the industry only and unless you know someone who can get you in, it’s not something that most people can attend… well, at least not physically anyway.
Starting Sunday, November 1st, Cindy and I will be covering the 2015 SEMA Show LIVE and invite you to join us virtually by following us here on WAYALIFE.com! You can be sure we’ll be covering EVERYTHING Jeep related and more with TONS of detailed Hi-Res photos. Of course, if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see, please let us know and we’ll be sure keep an eye out for it.
We hope you’ll mark your calendars and join us for the 2015 SEMA Show!!No comments
Okay, been meaning to take Rubicat out for a while now and do some flex tests now that we’ve got her back on 40×15.50 Nitto Mud Grapplers. What we were really wanting to know more than anything is whether or not we did enough body trimming to clear the tires and to see where we might still be rubbing. Anyway, we finally found some time today and took her down the street to Prison Hill and here are a few shots that we took while we were there.No comments
Outside of the Rubicon and the Dusy Ershim, Fordyce is without question one of toughest trails in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and depending on who you talk to, the hardest of the three. While it wasn’t our original plan to run this trail, it wouldn’t be the first time we’ve gone off script, on a whim and really, that’s the kind of thing that makes an epic trek like this so much fun. That being said, we hadn’t planned on running Fordyce and so we knew nothing about the water levels or the overall condition of the trail and in spite of knowing that it’d be a crapshoot, we chose to take our chances and roll the dice of fate. Unfortunately for us, we would come up with a pair of SNAKE EYES and this is the story of our fateful trip.
This is a project that Cindy and I started a few years back but had to shelve due to other commitments. We’ve recently dug it up out of the archives and revisited it because we felt that it was still a great story and one that was worth sharing. A big thanks needs to go out to our good friends Doug, his friend John, Jeff, Don, Lori, Ray, Mel from Off Road Evolution and his son, little Mel.No comments
Just 2 more days till the release of SNAKE EYES : A fateful Trip across the Fordyce Jeep Trail! To keep your juices flowing, here’s another short teaser clip from the film and this time, it’s of Moby taking on the infamous Winch Hill #1. Of the 5 winch hills on the trail, #1 is considered by most to be one of the hardest. Strewn with large loose boulders, just getting to the foot of the main obstacle can prove to be a real challenge and once you’re at the v-notch, there really aren’t too many options. Of course, having big flex and a big set of tires can make all the difference in whether or not you need to break out the winch.
We hope that you enjoyed the clip and that you’ll come back to watch the full length film on Sunday, October 18, 2015!No comments
One of the most challenging obstacles on the Fordyce Creek Jeep Trail is fording the creek itself. With the exception of about a week in August when PG&E restricts the water flow for the annual Sierra Trek Event, the water level is often very high and moving fast enough to make the required crossings impassible. In this short teaser video from our upcoming SNAKE EYES film, you’ll get to see our good friend Jeff fording his way through Water Crossing #1. Even thought we did this run at the end of September and the water levels should have been at their shallowest, you can see that it was still deep enough for him to take on quite a bit of water.
We hope that you enjoyed the clip and that you’ll come back to watch the full length film on Sunday, October 18, 2015!No comments
It’s hard to imagine that the Jeep JK Wrangler as we know it today originated from the humble little Willys CJ or “Civilian Jeep” way back in the 1940’s. Born out of necessity, the Jeep has over the years grown in size, has become more capable and more comfortable and is without question, a lot safer to drive. Of course, this is to say nothing about all the new aftermarket products that are now available to help make them even more then they are right off the showroom floor. Thinking about all this, Cindy and I thought it would be fun to highlight just how far we’ve come and did so by taking a few face off photos between Rubicat, our highly modified 2012 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited sitting on coil overs and 40×15.50 tires and Pappy, our bone stock 1954 Willys CJ3B sitting on factory leaf springs and 600×16 tires. See more pics by clicking on the link below:No comments
While it wasn’t our original plan to run the Fordyce Jeep Trail, it wouldn’t have been the first time that we’ve gone off script and on a whim. Of course, it’s in times like these that you can really find yourself on an adventure of a lifetime and not always because things go according to plan. If anything, this particular weekend run with our good friends Doug, his friend John, Jeff, Don, Lori, Ray and Mel quickly turned out to be a fateful one that was plagued with problem after problem. In so many ways, our rolling of the dice came up with a pair of snake eyes and if something could go wrong, it did. Still, in a crazy kind of way, this is one of those crazy trips that we always end up talking about around the campfire and always have a good laugh.
This is a project that Cindy and I started a while back but had to shelve due to other commitments. We’ve recently dug it up from the archives and revisited it because we felt that it was still a great story and one that was worth sharing. We hope this trailer will inspire you to come back and watch the full length film that is scheduled to be released this month.No comments
As some of you may recall, Cindy and I took Moby’s old 40×15.50 Nitto Mud Grapplers mounted on 20″ ATX Slab and painted the rings Dozer Yellow so that we could run them on Rubicat, our 2012 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as well as we would have wanted and quickly found that 3 of the 5 tires suffered from severe leaks. After breaking down the wheels again and doing a thorough inspection of the beads, we found that the problematic tires were installed improperly and had beads that were folded over in multiple locations. It would take multiple attempts (literally breaking the bead locks down about half a dozen times and reinstalling them) to mitigate these problem spots but, as of today, we now have a complete set of 5 tires all holding air! It’s a bit dark out but, here are a few shots that we just took of what Rubicat looks like with her new shoes. Of course, with the sunset being so pretty again tonight, most of them are kind of redundant only taken with different lighting and from slightly different angles.No comments
It was such a beautiful morning today that Cindy and I decided to get the family out and take a family portrait… well, maybe a few of them From left to right, you have Renny - our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, Rubicat - our 2012 Jeep Wrangler JK Rubicon Unlimited, Moby - our 2007 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited, Plan-C - our 1997 Jeep XJ Cherokee, Rusty - our 1972 Jeep J2000 Pick-Up Truck and last but not least, Emma - our 1969 Jeepster Commando C101.No comments
If you’re tired of getting hung up and dragging your super low hanging rear axle lower control arm mounts on rocks and other obstacles out on the trail, there is a simple and cost effective solution available for your Jeep JK Wrangler and it’s known as an EVO Rock Star. Made by EVO MFG, the Rock Stars are essentially lower control arm mount skids that allow you to chop the bottom of your factory control arm axle mounts and raise the lowest point 1.5″ higher off the ground. I should note that in doing this, your sway bar links and lower shock mounts will also get raised up about 2″ and if you choose to do this mod, you’ll want to make sure that your shocks are short enough to accommodate the decrease in their up travel. With that in mind, this is a great mod that everyone who wheels their Jeep should consider and this write-up will show you what all is involved to get them installed.No comments
Even though it had been a long standing tradition of ours to end our summer with a camping trip up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it had literally been 5 years since the last time Cindy and I have had a chance to do it. Needless to say, it was great to get back to what is most important to us and for 2015, we chose to spend our Labor Day weekend relaxing around a campfire and of course, with our good friends. Here are some photos from our trip, we hope you enjoy.No comments
For most of the parts on your Jeep that require a gasket, the use of traditional RTV is more than adequate if not what would be actually be recommended for the job. However, when you start working with aftermarket components like an Atlas Transfer Case, you might find that a old school paper or what is sometimes referred to as a rubber fiber gasket is what you’ll need. And, if you’re in a pinch for time or just looking to save some money, here’s a write-up that will help you to make your own.No comments
If you’re running a lift on your Jeep JK Wrangler and flex out the suspension on a regular basis, you may find that your rear sway bar had a tendency to shift to one side or the other. For the most part, this is no big deal but in some cases, the sway bar can shift enough to where the arms and or link ends catch on the frame causing a loud noise or sometimes even your brakes hard and/or soft lines causing damage to them. Fortunately, there is a cheap easy fix for this and this write-up should be able to help you out.No comments
As some of you may know, Barrett Lake is a fun trail located about 35 miles east of Placerville and north of Highway 50. For years, this 4 mile one way in and one way out Jeep trail had been know for being one of the toughest in the Eldorado National Forest and even had a 72″ gate at the entrance to prevent full size rigs from accessing it. On July 30, 2012, the trail was officially closed along with 41 other trails in the area due to a law suit filed against the U.S. Forest Service by the Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation regarding motorized routes that intersects meadows. Fortunately, this was order was fought and with the help of the Hi-Landers Four Wheel Drive Club, the issues which lead to the trail closure were addressed and the trail has been re-opened. In addition to a bridge over the Jones Fork Silver Creek, rolling dips were constructed around two meadows, stream channels were stabilized and the old sections of trail that were eliminated were restored back to nature.
For the first time since it was closed over 3 years ago, Cindy and I got a chance to run the Barrett Lake Jeep Trail and thanks to the new gate at the trailhead which now measures 86″, we were able to do it in Moby. Here are a few pics from our recent first run of this newly re-opened trail - I hope you enjoy.No comments