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.
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.
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.
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.
Without question, the WAYALIFE EPIC TREX Rockin Rubicon Runs are always a great time but with almost 30 Jeeps and well over 50 amazing people coming from as far away as Idaho, Ohio, New York and Massachusetts, I’d have to say that this was by far one of the best ones ever!
A year ago, 9 Jeeps and 15 members of WAYALIFE made our way back to Independence, Missouri, to embark on an epic trek back to California, in our modern day prairie schooners and by following the original Emigrant Trail and closely as possible. As was the case for so many of the emigrants 150 years ago, our journey west ended in a bust after one of the Jeeps in our caravan suffered a terrible accident crossing the Nevada desert.
It’s been a real long time since Cindy and I have had a chance to run the Rubicon with a small group and felt fortunate when Adam (Overlander JK) asked if we could lead a trip across it with a few of his friends. Of course, as luck would have it, his friends Chris (Irish JK) and Kristen, Garrett (SDG), Russ (ttfhell) and Doug (Trail Bud) just happen to be our friends as well and all of them have built up rigs running ProRock axles and EVO coil overs.
In spite of the fact that we decided to head out into the middle of Nevada where it should have been warm, we instead found ourselves in a storm that left the desert soggy and filled with mud. Still, we were able to have a ton of fun and the rest of the weekend ended up being nice, sunny and relaxing.
The last run we got to do with our good friend Adam while he was visiting us here in Northern Nevada, was one up a trail just east of Reno and known as, Bronco Canyon.
Secret Canyon is just one of the many awesome trails that we have up here in Northern Nevada and really, it’s trails like this that make us love living here.
For more years that I can remember, Cindy and I have always headed out to Moab to attend the annual Easter Jeep Safari and spend a week there wheeling whatever trails we could. For 2015, we decided to change things up a bit and do something that we’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and that was to make the long journey out to Moab into an EPIC TREK.
Fortunately, Cindy and I were able to get our good friend MTG to join us for our Monday Fun Day Run and the trail we got to play on was Bronco Canyon.
Nothing beats seeing the expressions of people who are new to the world of off-roading, take on terrain that seemed otherwise impassible and then conquer it with their Jeep.
The 2015 WAYALIFE Presidents Day Weekend run would be one that explored the Inyo Mountains just east of the town of Lone Pine. Using the Dow Villa Hotel as our base camp, we spent the first part of our Saturday up in the hills digging for the fossil remains of Ammonites, extinct marine invertebrates that lived in an ancient sea over 235 million years ago.
With a convoy of 60 Jeeps that stretched about a half a mile long when parked end on end and well over 2 miles long when moving across the trail, the 2015 WAYALIFE New Year Kick-Off Run was by far the biggest runs we’ve done to date and maybe because of it, one of the most fun ones we’ve done as well.
This is a concrete arrow that I’ve known about pretty much since I first heard about the transcontinental airway beacons.
Thanksgiving weekend has always been a time where Cindy and I have taken a trip out to Death Valley and done some exploring.
For those of you who weren’t able to join us on the 2014 WAYALIFE Rockin Rubicon Run but would still like to live vicariously through our photos, you can now see them by clicking on the link below. I hope you enjoy 🙂
Over the weekend, Cindy and I headed back out to the Northern Nevada desert to continue our search of these historic Transcontinental Airway Beacons.
A few weeks back, I had read in a local paper that there was a decent wildflower showing going on in parts of Death Valley and this in spite of the fact that California is suffering from one of the worst droughts in 15 years! Needless to say, this was something Cindy and I had to see and fortunately for us, it was something that our good friends Moochie, Doug, Joshua, Tony and Stephanie and Ray, his father and brother would all get to see with us as well.