This past weekend was a trip out to the Christmas Valley area.
I myself covered about 250 or so miles of dirty goodness.
Took off Friday morning. I got down close to the area and was greeted with a sign stating I was now entering the "Oregon Outback". Well seeing that right there got the school girl giggle out of me. My Subaru was home.
So I pressed on to the meeting spot at the dunes.
Got there and set up camp, then went out an played a bit on the sand.
Came back to camp had some Dinty Moore beef stew heated up right in the can. Ran into town (all of an airport, gas station, church, and auto parts store), filled up the tank, waited for dark and did some more dune fun.
got up Saturday for the big run. 100+ miles of desert trail goodness. We left camp at about 9:30am via a route through the Lost Forest. The trees there are genetically different than any other trees in the world. They can survive on half the water that they normally require.
So it's protected but there is one trail you are allowed to go through on.
and we got back to camp about 11:30pm or so. Awesome.
Then Sunday some of us that didn't have to leave right away went for a small tour around the area. After getting to the northern most point on the tour, and I was the last one except for the organizer that lives in the area, I split off and headed north on back roads and trails. I figured I had close to a full tank, spare gas in the back, still had food, still had 2.5 gallons of water plus all the other beverages I took.... I was gonna just backcountry it halfway home. Who needs stupid pavement?!?!?! hehe (my only glitch was my air compressor gave up when I did reach pavement around Bend, so I had to venture on my aired down tires to find air, Squishy! Time for a new compressor)
Marked some caves to go check out with more daylight on the GPS.
They don't put them on maps anymore and they took most of the signs leading you to them down. But you can still check out a couple of them, and a couple are permit only type deals.
but with a bit of inside info, an old map, and some luck I found them.
And the rest is boring highway travel. hehe. Got home about 1 am last night.
Group shot before leaving for the long outing saturday.
Dirty Soobs on a dry lake bed. The inside and I were just as filthy.
Crack in the ground. Two miles long and has snow almost all year long in the bottom.
Lunch with a view on my way home. There is a mile wide crater behind me.
There were planty of wild horses I didn't get any good pics of.
And on the last day one of the veterans with one of the Jeeps said he comented to the other guys when I pulled up on friday to camp "I hope he dosent think he's gonna get that on the dunes!" After awhile and seeing me blast up a few of the bigger hills he said he had his mouth wide open with his foot in it. And he's buying his wife one.
Another was convinced I had about 20 years of wheeling under my belt. I told him only a few years of going out 2-3 times a week to become one with the Soob.
It was good times. Can't wait for the next event. But all the obsidian thrashed my tires time for new ones.
Edited by TeamCF, 11 May 2009 - 06:36 PM.