We had hoped to find some snow to play in but the trail was dry. The mud pit wasn't, though, so we got our share of messy fun.
We started by playing on the big hill that makes a shortcut past the actual fork in the road where the loop really starts. The whoopdeedoos were a good sign of things to come. Without snow, the trip down the loop was fairly uneventful (though a little tippy in places and narrow in other places).
The trail gets much more interesting on the way up the other side of the loop from the bottom, where there is the big hill of whoopdeedoos. We ran up and down it a couple of times, then took the most obnoxious line through all of the moguls.
When we got to the "T" intersection we went left to get back out to the loop entrance. Realizing we missed the mud pit, we turned around and went back to the intersection and then followed it out to Crow Creek (FDR 101) at least as far as the pit.
When we got there we met a couple guys from the Colorado4x4.org site, which was cool. They were poking sticks in the ice to see how far the bottom was from the surface. The pit looked a lot different than last year! Instead of the one major pit with very deep, thick mud and the other side mud holes that you could fly through, there was one big pit because the two had run together.
Gary broke the ice, just driving right in the big pit. Instead of the usual mud up to the doors it was barely touching his rims most of the time. Ladd and Monica both went after Gary showed it wasn't that deep.
Gary made it out of the big pit and out of the new dirt wall to the side of the big pit. Ladd and Monica tried but didn't make it out or over either one. Everyone got muddy, though! The pits might be a little better without all of the thick, nasty mud. This time it was just muddy water with ice chunks (it looked like a Frappucino).
Though there wasn't any snow it was still a good day on Slaughterhouse.
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