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A Saturday of Jeep Explorin'

It was a Saturday in mid-November and the weather forecast had just been updated to something approximating a good Jeepin' day.  It was suppose to have been raining but the weather front had moved further north and was giving us a break in the raining weekends we had been having lately.  A few of us had planned on checking out some trails I had spotted the week before and we were looking forward to a chance to get out of town.

Our first trail proved to be a dead end.  It started out looking pretty good, running the ridges in some foot hills of the mountains we were near.  Near the end of the trail was an old mine site with a few large piles of overburden.  This was an old mining trail that lead back to the mine. I wonder if anyone hit "pay dirt?  It would not surprise me that more effort was put into the road than the mine.

We doubled back on our trail until we came to a fork we had passed earlier.  It looked interesting so we opted for the fork we had not come in on.  We ran the ridges for a little bit and then finally dropped down into a wash.  I could tell this was more to Dion's liking because where there are washes, there are rock obstacles to climb over.


It was not long before we found a rock outcropping along the wash.  Mike and I opted to go around it but Dion decided to sneak up on it and see if it could be crawled.  Unfortunately, the tree branch was in the way and prevented him from getting over it.  


A little further down the wash, Dion found a rock sitting there just waiting to be tackled.  He carefully slipped his YJ up onto the boulder and eased the front tire over.  The rocker guard barely grazed the rock....just the right fit indeed.  After the rear tire cleared, we were back in our Jeeps, itching to see where this was would lead.  I was watching our progress on my Garmin GPS and could see that we were running almost parallel to the wash that contained 3-Line Rock.  We continued to work our way along the wash.  Just after rounding a bend, I stopped Lady and called on the CB for Mike and Dion to come up to the front.  Sure enough, there it was a small rock ledge the spanned the wash.  It was not as big as 3-Line Rock, but it would do for now.


I was first down what was to become 2-Line Rock.  I am taking the line on the left side of the wash.  The top section has a V notch to run down, and Dion does his usual good job of spotting me through it.


Once off of the V, the door high rocks on the passenger side are to be avoided at all costs.  They are too high for the rocker guards to be of any help once the driver's side tires climb over the rocks and the Jeep pitches over to the passenger side.  I made it through OK with good clearance on the passenger side and I didn't even have to run the rocker guards over those rocks.

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