2014 WAYALIFE Death Valley Thanksgiving Weekend Adventure Photo Highlights

Thanksgiving weekend has always been a time where Cindy and I have taken a trip out to Death Valley and done some exploring. In fact, we had been doing this for years by ourselves and more recently, with all our WAYALIFE friends. For 2014, we decided to begin our adventures in the town of Ridgecrest, CA, and spend our Black Friday working our way over the Slate Range, through the historic Fish Canyon, across the floor of the Panamint Valley, up Goler Wash into the Butte Valley, down into Death Valley and then finally end our day in Shoshone, CA. On Saturday, we headed back into Death Valley to enjoy some of the tourist traps like Ashford Mill, Bad Water, the Devils Golf Course and then worked our way up and over the Funeral Range through Echo Canyon and ended our day in Beatty, NV. For our final day on this epic three day adventure, we paid a visit to the historic ghost town of Rhyolite, headed back into Death Valley through Titus Canyon and then made our way back to Highway 395 where we all said our goodbyes and went our separate ways. Below is a photo narrative of all the things we had seen and done and I hope you enjoy them.

2014 WAYALIFE Death Valley Thanksgiving Weekend Adventure Photo Highlights

No comments

2014 SEMA Show Recap

It’s been about a week since we first started to cover the 2014 SEMA Show live in Las Vegas, Nevada, and now that it’s all over, I thought it would be good to do a quick recap on some of the cool rigs and innovative new products that caught our eye. I should note that the first thing we noticed about this year’s show was just how busy it was. The crowds were out in force like I haven’t seen in years and I really hope this is an indication that the industry is finally turning around and that people are really starting to think about toys again.

Much like the last few years, the display outside the show was filled with plenty of big flashy wheels, truly lame 7-slot grille deletes and, what I like to call, the “caveman” grille thanks to its bizarre Neanderthal looking unibrow shape. On the inside (where all the things we really want to see are), there were a handful of rigs that really stood out to us and if I had to name a few, I’d have to say that the Fab Fours “Legend,” the Daystar FC170 and the CRC’s IFS Jeep JK-RK (Raptor Killer) would have made the top of the list and you can see and read all about them by clicking on the link below.

2014 SEMA Show Recap

No comments

2014 SEMA Show LIVE Coverage

On Tuesday, November 4th, 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 awesome SEMA Show and this is not only the show of shows, it’s one that everyone wants to be a part of. Unfortunately, this show 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 can attend… well, at least not physically anyway.

Starting today, Cindy and I will be covering the 2014 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. All you have to do is click on the link below:

2014 SEMA Show LIVE Coverage

No comments

PACIFIC NORTHWEST : The 2014 JK-Experience Teaser Trailer

For 2014, the Off Road Evolution JK-Experience presented by Nitto Tire, would take 22 built up Jeep JK Wranglers, 46 people from around the world and put them to the test as they worked their way down the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Starting in Burlington, Washington, they would take on Walker Valley OHV Park, the Moses Lake sand dunes, challenge themselves on the Naches Funny Rocks and Moon Rocks, the thick muds of Elby and all before heading down to Oregon to play on obstacles such as Airplane Hill, 7up and Waterfall out in the Tillamook State Forest. Almost 1,000 miles later, they would finish up their epic journey on the dunes of Sand Lake and relaxing on the shores of Cape Kiwanda.

Click on the link below to watch the official PACIFIC NORTHWEST : The 201 JK-Experience Teaser Trailer now:

No comments

2014 Vegas to Reno Race Recap
EVO 1 Takes 1st Place!

Last Friday, Eddie and I got to be a part of the Discount Tire/Off Road Evolution pit crew as they took on the 2014 General Tire “Vegas to Reno” race presented by FOX. At 535 miles of pure dirt fun, this race is considered to be the longest off-road race in the United States! This year, 304 vehicles entered the race ranging from Trick Trucks, 1500 class rigs, Jeeps, UTV’s and Ironmen and of them, only 114 finished. Of course, Mel Wade in EVO 1 was not only one of them but, for the 2nd year in a row, he was also able to take 1st place in the Ultra 4 class with an impressive time of only 14:48:12.388 - that’s over 3 1/2 hours faster than last year! This was not only the fastest time of any Jeep out there, it also put him at 88th place overall! Here are some photos from our epic day of racing out in the Nevada desert, I hope you’ll enjoy them.

2014 Vegas to Reno Best in the Desert Race Recap

No comments

TEASER VIDEO : The WAYALIFE California or Bust
Epic Jeep Adventure

2 weeks, 9 states, over 4,000 miles and an adventure of a lifetime! In a nutshell, that was the WAYALIFE California or Bust epic trek across the historic California Emigrant Trail. This short 3 minute teaser video is made from the thousands of photos we took along the way and in it, you’ll get a glimpse of all the things we saw and all the fun we had. We hope that you’ll enjoy the presentation.

A BIG THANKS needs to go out to Carl, his sister Toni, Et and his son Joe, Tony, Stephanie and their daughter Christina, Don and Lori, Ray and his son Kevin, Tom and Susan, Ken and Doug for joining us on this amazing trip!

1 comment

Jeep JK Wrangler Unit Bearing Replacement Write-Up


Running big heavy off road tires on wheels that have a lot less back spacing will put a lot more strain on your unit bearings and that will cause them to wear out prematurely. Worn out unit bearings can cause your wheels to look like they have camber to them and much like bad ball joints, can allow for enough movement to cause death wobble. Fortunately, replacing them costs less than $200, is a relatively easy job and is one that can be done at home with a few simple tools. All you have to do is make sure you have the tools listed (can be found at most any auto parts store) and follow the instructions below.

Jeep JK Wrangler Unit Bearing Replacement Write-Up

No comments

2014 WAYALIFE Rockin Rubicon Run

I know it’s been over 2 weeks since we did this run and for that, I must apologize for not getting pics of it up sooner. As some of you know, Cindy and I literally got home, helped get everyones tops and doors back on, wished them a safe trip home, did some laundry, washed Moby, changed his oil, mowed the lawn, caught up on some bills and then headed out for another 2,500+ journey across multiple states. After we got back last week, we headed strait up to Tahoe again and have been doing what we can to wind down. Anyway, this literally has been the first chance I’ve had to work on posting these up and I hope you enjoy them. Please note that due to the significant size of our group, I was only able to get shots of those immediately behind me and hope you can be understanding.

Having said all that, here are shots from the 2014 WAYALIFE Rockin Rubicon Run:

2014 WAYALIFE Rockin Rubicon Run

No comments

Concrete Arrow Quest:
Search for Transcontinental Airway Beacons - Part 4

Over the weekend, Cindy and I headed back out to the Northern Nevada desert to continue our search of these historic Transcontinental Airway Beacons. However, unlike most of the ones you’d find out here that have concrete arrows pointing east to west, I recently discovered there were a handful that actually pointed west to east and these are what we were in search of. And, as luck would have it, we did in fact find four of them and for the most part, in amazing condition. Below are a few shots of what they look like today, I hope you enjoy.

Concrete Arrow Quest: Search for Transcontinental Airway Beacons - Part 4

No comments

Death Valley Wildflowers & More Expedition 2014

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.

After meeting up with everyone in Big Pine, we headed out bright and early out to the Eureka Sand Dunes where there had been reports of Dune Primrose were in full bloom along with Apricot Mallows, Desert dandelions and an assortment of other flowers as well. From there, we made our way through Steel Pass, traversed the Saline Valley, worked our way up to the Lippencott Mine, set up camp and then spent some time exploring the Race Track playa. The following morning, we made a stop over at Tea Kettle Junction, climbed to the top of Hunter Mountain, left the park through Lee Flat and then made a final stop over at China Springs before heading home. Below are some of the photos we took along the way and I hope you’ll enjoy them.

Death Valley Wildflowers & More Expedition 2014

No comments

BASS CAMP : A Miners Life Lived Under a Rock

In a remote corner of the Northern Nevada Desert and high up on a mountain ridge, there lies a cabin built underneath an enormous rock and for those who know about it, it is known to them as Bass Camp. While there are a lot of stories regarding this amazing destination including one suggesting it was some kind of moonshine shack, the most credible information I could dig up indicates that the cabin was in fact built back in the early 1900’s by an Albert Andrew Bass and his wife Anna. The two were miners who moved into the area prospecting for gold and silver and worked the surrounding claims for about 20 years until she died in 1930 and he following her in 1934. About a year after the end of World War II, a miner by the name of Roy Ladd took over and worked the claims for about a year and from what I understand, there may have even been one other individual who worked it for a bit thereafter. Today, this cabin under a rock and adjoining structures stand as a testament to the early miners who came out west, lived in inhospitable places like this and pecked out a living digging in the ground.

For those of you who are interested in seeing this place, I am sorry to say that I will not give out directions to it. The location is purposefully kept a secret by locals to help prevent vandals from destroying it. What I can show you are photos that we took of it from a recent trip that Cindy and I made out to it and I hope you will enjoy them.

BASS CAMP : A Miners Life Lived Under a Rock

No comments

WILD WILD WEST : The 2013 JK-Experience - Part 2

Crossing four states in just seven days and covering almost 1,000 miles of America’s wild west, the 2013 Off Road Evolution JK-Experience presented by Nitto Tire was by far one of the most demanding adventures to date. In Part 2 of WILD WILD WEST, you’ll get to follow our continuing journey across Arizona, Nevada and California. Along the way, we got to see amazing historic sites, blast through hundreds of miles of wide open desert and test out our Jeep JK Wranglers on trails such as Logandale and the famous Rubicon Trail. We hope you’ll enjoy our presentation.

1 comment

WILD WILD WEST : The 2013 JK-Experience - Part 1

Crossing four states in just seven days and covering almost 1,000 miles of America’s wild west, the 2013 Off Road Evolution JK-Experience presented by Nitto Tire was by far one of the most demanding adventures to date. In Part 1 of WILD WILD WEST, you’ll get to see all the fun we had playing out in the Sand Hollows OHV Area, our trek across the Honeymoon Trail, our breath taking visit to Toroweap and finally, our stay over at the Bar 10 dude ranch. I hope you’ll enjoy our presentation.

4 comments

Cindy’s Birthday Run 2014
Part 2 : Titus Canyon to Marietta

Part 1 of Cindy’s Birthday Run 2014 covered the first leg of our 3 day, 400+ mile adventure and highlighted our trek across the Slate Range throgh the historic and challenging Isham Canyon trail. Thank to all the trail improvements that mother nature made over the summer, the trail proved to be a ton of fun and worthy of a post all it’s own.

This second part covers the remainder of our trip and highlights our time spent in Death Valley starting with a trip down Titus Canyon, a visit to Ubehebe Crater and Crankshaft Crossing before crossing into the Nevada state line for drinks at the Goldpoint Saloon. From there, we made a stop over at a cool car forest, stayed a night at the historic and haunted Mizpah Hotel and then spent some time exploring old ghost towns such as Candelaria and Marietta before saying our goodbyes and heading home. I hope you enjoy the photos.

Cindy’s Birthday Run 2014 - Part 2 : Titus Canyon to Marietta

No comments

Cindy’s Birthday Run 2014
Part 1 : Isham Canyon

Last weekend was Cindy’s birthday and to celebrate it, we decided to go on a 3 day, 400+ mile run starting from Trona, CA and ending near Montgomery Pass, NV. Along for the ride were our good friends Doug, Moochie, Don, Ray, Tony and Stephanie and together, we would do a run up Isham Canyon, work our way across Death Valley, cut our way down Titus Canyon, head up to Crankshaft Crossing with a quick stop over at Ubehebe Crater, have a few drinks over at Goldpoint, meander our way through a car forest, stay the night at the Historic Mizpah Hotel, explore the old ghost town of Candelaria and then finished our adventures out in the Teels Marsh and ghost town of Marietta. Of course, none of the days or miles include what it took to get to the starting point or to get back home and for that, I am grateful to all our friends for joining us just the same.

Being that we did so much and took a ton of photos, I will break this up into a two separate threads with the first of which will highlight our run up Isham Canyon. Thanks to the storms that took out many of the paved roads in and around Death Valley, the trail was considerably more challenging and because of it, worthy of it’s own thread. I hope you enjoy.

Cindy’s Birthday Run 2014 - Part 1 : Isham Canyon

1 comment

2014 WAYALIFE Kick-Off Run Highlights

There are few ways I can think of to kick off a new year than to head out into the Mojave Desert with all our good friends here on WAYALIFE! Although we did do this a week later than we had hoped, our first group run for 2014 would be one out to an area known as Crucero. This is a trip that starts off in Afton Canyon, heads east to the old town site of Crucero, turns south toward the Mesquite Hills and then crosses over the Broadwell Dry Lake before hooking back to pavement in the town of Ludlow. Along the way, we got ford two deep water crossings, took a hike up Spooky Canyon, paid our respects at a gravesite belonging to Delores Holland, attempted to decipher petroglyphs left behind by ancient inhabitants and paid a visit to the mysterious Mojave Megaphone. Click on the link below to see a few shots that we took along the way. I hope you enjoy them.

2014 WAYALIFE Kick-Off Run Highlight Photos

1 comment

Prospecting for Mojave Gold… FISH!

Last weekend, we got lucky and were able to get out to Barstow a bit earlier than we had expected and, decided to use the extra time to do a little prospecting out in the Mojave Desert. While our quest was to find gold, it would be more of the aquatic variety than precious metal that we would be looking for.

A few years back, I caught wind of an area out in the middle of the Mojave Desert where there was a small pool that held water all year long, even through the scorching triple digit heat of summer and held within it, a beautiful school of goldfish. Over the years, I would pour through my old maps and scour them for a possible location of where these elusive fish might be. During my search, I found goldfish to exist near Darwin and even out by Oatman, Arizona but, not anywhere in the Mojave. That is, not until a few weeks ago anyway. Reading through a blog, I gleaned a bit more information and even found a couple of photos and based on them, I was able to zero in on a highly probably location. Here are some photos from our quest to find Mojave Gold… FISH!

Click on the link below to see photos from our trip:

Prospecting for Mojave Gold… FISH!

1 comment

The Arrow Quest Continues
Search for Transcontinental Airway Beacons - Part 2

A week ago, Cindy and I began a search for large concrete arrows that have been strategically placed across the Northern Nevada Desert. These arrows were constructed back between 1923 and 1933 by the United State Post Office and the Department of Commerce and were a part of the very first Transcontinental Airway Beacon System. You can read more about them and our first attempt to find the few that still remain by clicking on the link below:

Concrete Arrow Quest : Search for Transcontinental Airway Beacons - Part 1

Continuing our quest to find more of these arrows, we met up with our good friend Carl and headed back out to the Nevada Desert to pick up where we left off. As before, we found that many of the sites have long been lost to history and have little evidence that a concrete arrow or tower had ever been there before. However, we did find a few gems worth sharing and I hope you’ll enjoy seeing them now. Being that the best one was also the first one we visited, I will work backwards and save it for last.

The Arrow Quest Continues : Search for Transcontinental Airway Beacons - Part 2

No comments

WILD WILD WEST : The 2013 JK-Experience Trailer

Starting in Hurricane, Utah, and ending up in South Lake Tahoe, California, the 2013 Off Road Evolution JK-Experience presented by Nitto Tire was designed to be one of the most demanding excursions to date. Covering almost 1,000 miles of America’s wild west, in just seven days and approximately half of them being all off road, this trip would prove to be an adventure of a lifetime that would push our components to the limit, and those of our gas tanks too. A full feature length film highlighting all the fun we had will be coming your way soon!

1 comment

Concrete Arrow Quest
A Search for Transcontinental Airway Beacons - Part 1

It’s hard to imagine there was actually a time when people flew airplanes, back before the invention of things like GPS, radar or even rudimentary radio communication to help guide them to their destinations. Back then, pilots had to rely solely on what they could see and at night or in bad weather, that wasn’t a whole lot.

A few months back, I heard a story about large concrete arrows in the ground that you can still find scattered all across the country. From what I understand, they were constructed between 1923 and 1933 by the United State Post Office and the Department of Commerce and were a part of the first Transcontinental Airway Beacon System. Essentially, they were a network of visual beacons established to help early pilots navigate their way from New York to San Francisco and eventually, built all across the United States in an effort to connect all the major cities within it. Positioned approximately 10 miles apart (some closer and others further apart depending on terrain), most of these beacons were towers built on 50 foot concrete arrows that were painted bright yellow and had a 24″ diameter rotating light mounted on top. Additional red and green lights were also used to help provide useful information in Morse Code utilizing the following letters, W, U, V, H, R, K, D, B, G or M, to represent the numbers 1-10. To help remember the sequence, pilots made the following phrase out of it, “When Undertaking Very Hard Routes Keep Directions By Good Methods.”

By 1933, there were as many as 1,500 beacons spanning 18,000 miles but, thanks to a new Low Frequency Radio Range system that was implemented in 1929 to replace the original visual system, most of the towers were shut down and dismantled as scrap metal for World War II. And, with the exception of a few that are still operating in Western Montana under the Montana Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division, the very last official tower was shut down in 1973.

Since first hearing about these mysterious concrete arrows and the fact that the Transcontinental Airway System came right through Northern Nevada, I’ve been thinking of little else than to find them. After spending countless hours doing research online, pouring over old maps and trying to verify locations using Google Earth, we loaded up our Jeep and headed out. Here are a few photos from our recent expedition and what we found. I hope you enjoy.

Follow the Concrete Arrows: A Quest to Find Transcontinental Airway Beacons

No comments

« Previous PageNext Page »