We planned for snow on the trail but we didn't see anything. We got a little hail toward the end of the day but otherwise the trail was dry. It made for a great day and everyone got some great flex shots.
We started out and almost everyone got up on the poser rock. Everyone got a little air under their rear passenger tire but Daniel got the most, almost tipping over. That rock will sneak up on you! Daniel messed up his bumper a little bit but he was still smiling.
We got to the base of what used to be Stump Hill to see how the Forest Service has made it impassable. It was a fun hill and it will be missed, but it must have needed to be done.
The trail was nice but fairly uneventful as we climbed to the top and started down. Gary thought he smelled gas but it was a false alarm. When we got to the bottom and started going through the rocks it started to get really fun.
Jon managed to get a large, loose rock lodged under his Cherokee and couldn't get off of it very easily. Once he was off he made it through just fine. Bob, Ed and Eric took the high line over a rock that sticks out into the trail and got some great flex.
We weaved our way through the aspen trees. Most of them were turning, though some were still green. When we got to the bottom of Whoopdeedoo Hill we started up, one at a time, taking pictures. A lot of the drivers went back down, to drive up it again. Everyone got a ton of flex and we were all smiling when we got to the top.
When we got to the big hole almost everyone dropped a tire in it for a picture. Ed came out of it and got stuck for a bit on a log in the middle of the trail. Perry, Jon and Gary got some great wheelstands as their rear driver tire ended up in the hole on the way out.
The trail got a little slippery as it started raining just a little, making it even more interesting. The mud got slick very quickly. We climbed our way to the top as it was starting to get a little dark.
When we came around to the
mud pits it was the biggest mess many of us had ever seen. The whole area that is usually dirt was a dark, black mud that was difficult to stand on and even more difficult to drive on. Bob was sitting parked as his Jeep slid sideways ten feet.
Ladd drove into what looked like a small puddle but ended up being much deeper -- a puddle at the far end that hadn't been there before. Landon played in the mud for awhile and couldn't make it out of the big climb. He did managed to dent his fender while he was trying, though.
Gary played for awhile, and just like last time he was the only one to make it out of the steep end. Nice job! Ed got out in it and threw a ton of mud into his Jeep as he drove around in circles for awhile.
Daniel drove through a lot of puddles, even the deep one at the far end (another new one). Steve came flying through the mud and we all yelled as his driver's side tires went off the deep end of the steep hill. That could've been bad but he got through it without any problems. He played in the mud for awhile, tires spinning all over the place.
Bob is usually the first one in any mud puddle or pit, but he was staying out this time. Well, he was planning on staying out but the peer pressure got to be too much so he finally got in the pits. There was a nearly vertical wall of mud that no one could get out of but Bob went through it twice, giving it a little bit more gas.
We were packing up as the sun was really going down and it started to rain a little more. It started hailing for a bit, then it was pouring as we came up on a large group of people parked in the trail. A truck coming up had broken down in the trail so we were stuck for a little while in the dark.
We got rolling again and met back at the Loaf N' Jug to air up and reconnect. It was a long day but everyone had a great time in the mud and whoopdeedoos.
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