Photos: LSOC Naneum Ridge State Forest Snow Wheeling/Camping Trip

Liberty State Overland Club
Naneum Ridge State Forest Snow Wheeling/Camping Trip
Hosted by Eastern Washington Expeditions
By Clay, Charlie & Doc Graham / CegPics.com

On Friday April 16th, 2021 we headed up to the Naneum Ridge State Forest and set up camp off of Dawson Canyon Road. We had a good time relaxing around the propane fire. TJ40 got a workout launching the ball for our dog Shelby. The Chuckwagon dinner was Tater Tot Chili Casserole. Smores followed.

Saturday morning the weather was perfect. The Chuckwagon breakfast was eggs, bacon, hash-browns, and coffee. We aired down and headed out around 10:30 AM or so.

We first headed up Dawson Canyon Road. We find a big snow berm blocking the road. Lucky someone had knock down the end of it so we could get around it. We hit snow patches as we turned to go up Dawson Road. We found another snow berm blocking Schnebly Canyon Road and then around the corner on Dawson Road. The Dawson Road berm had been knocked down on one side. We tried to cross that part and came to a stop when we hit rock that they put in the snow berm. I smashed my YJ exhaust so bad I have to have it replaced. Charlie gave the YJ a pull off the rocks. TJ40 tried it with his lifted TJ and found more rock and bent his tranny pan. This is BS that we are kept out of open public land because of the snow groomer. Sabotaging the snow berms with rock to keep wheelers out should be illegal.

We turned around and went back down and then headed up Coleman Road. We made it up to just past the cattle guard before running into total snow covered roads. Not to far from the there Charlie got stuck going up a hill climb since my YJ stopped because it ran out of power. I had to stop to down shift so I did not dig holds in the snow. I got going again and Charlie did not do as well. Charlie had to back down to get a run at the hill. Somehow Charlie got the ZJ stuck where TJ40 had to which him back on the road. As all this was going on, I was up on top parked the only place there was no snow. Once Charlie and TJ40 got up the climb to regroup with me, we took a short break as rigs past us. Super Jeep was headed back down. They stopped and talked to us for a minute. Real nice people.

We continued heading up. We passed another group that was taking a break and they ended up following us. I could not find a place to pull over to let them pass until the Naneum Ridge Road. My YJ with 30″ KO2s kept us moving the whole time. Just maybe a little slow for those big tire rigs.

At the Naneum Ridge Road with took a break and had lunch. Around 3 PM we decided not to press our luck and turned around to go back down. I stuck the YJ in some big ruts doing it. Charlie pull me out and then we headed down. On the way down we ran into a lot of deep tire tracks where I had to avoid so I would not get stuck. Charlie hit one of those and had to get pulled out by TJ40.

Back at camp we had a good time sitting around the propane fire. The Chuckwagon cast iron dinner dish was Beef Stroganoff.

Sunday morning the weather was nice. The Chuckwagon breakfast was Heart attacks and coffee. After breakfast we broke down camp and headed home. The wind started to pick up about that time.

This was a real fun time. Now it’s time to fix the damage on the Jeep so we can go again.

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Photos: EWE Juniper Dunes Base Camp 4×4 Trip

Juniper Dunes Base Camp 4×4 Trip
Hosted by Eastern Washington Expeditions
By Clay & Odo Graham / CegPics.com

The EWE Crew fueled up and headed from Selah towards Juniper Dunes around 6:00 PM of Thursday April 8th, 2021. We pulled into Smith Canyon at Juniper Dunes around 8:00 PM as it was getting dark. We set up camp and Odo made dinner in the camper.

Friday morning we found the driver side rear tire was flat. We aired it up and found the steel rim was cracked. Then the wind started blowing. Kevin (AKA TJ40) showed up around noon to camp with us. He and Charlie worked on adding the inverter to our camper. That evening we gave Doc is Birthday present two days early so he could use it on the 4×4 trip in the dunes. It is a GoPro.

Saturday Morning the wind was still blowing. We had other Eastern Washington Expeditions and Liberty State Overland Club members come and some from Overland Bound show up too for the main ORV run. Around 9:15 AM we headed over to sign in with the Midnite Mudders for their Juniper Dunes Clean Up.

Next we headed out into the dunes with nine Jeeps and a Nissan. We worked our way down the pipeline and then took the Wilderness Road to the Wilderness entrance. Once there we lined up for a group photo.

Next we ran all the way to the north fence and headed back down the west side looking for an easy trail to the big dunes. We ended up back on the est fence line before finding a some what easy way up on the dunes. Once at the dunes I tried a few times to climb up but kept running out of power. I had Doc pull me up with his YJ so he would get some experience in recovery. Doug Conner took the rest of the group up an easier way.

It was fun up on the dunes. Charlie popped a bead on the rear driver side tire. The group helped him reseat the tire bead. Then they noticed the front tire was leaking too. They aired it up and we moved on. Before heading back, we had to hit the big bowl a few times.

We worked our way back towards camp. Two rigs had to play ring around the Juniper Tree a few times. We made it back to the open dunes and that is where some had to go home. We worked our way back to camp to fix Charlie’s leaky front tire.

After Charlie fixed his tire leak, we headed back out to play on the trails with our family’s three Jeeps. We found a lot of challenging hill climbs. I stuck my YJ twice on razorbacks. Odo was able to jump on the bumper to get me moving again. We got back to camp around 6 PM and made dinner.

Sunday morning was nice. The wind stopped blowing and it was warm out. After breakfast the boys hit some trails around camp for awhile and then we packed up for home.

Heading home was not fun. We aired up the leaking truck tire at camp and drove to Kahlotus Korners to fuel up the two Jeeps that were being driven back home. After they fueled up, we aired up the truck tire again and hit the highway. We stopped in Prosser at the Rest Area and topped the tire off again. We stopped again to do the same in Granger Buena, and Parker. Not fun watching a tire for over 100 miles.

This was a very fun trip thanks to all who came.

Here are some photos of EWE Juniper Dunes Trip:

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Photos: 2021 Slab ORV Area Clean Up

2021 Slab ORV Area Clean Up
Report and photos by Clay Graham / CegPics.com

On Saturday March 20th, 2020 volunteers met up at the Slab ORV Area near Buena Washington around 10 AM for the annual Slab Clean-up hosted by the Yakima Valley Dust Dodgers & Eastern Washington Expeditions.

The volunteers spread out over the area picking up trash along the way.
We would like to thank all the people that came out to help. Thank you to the Dust Dodgers for taking care of the dump fee.

Here are some photos of the Slab ORV Area Clean up:

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Store: Eastern Washington Expeditions Pre-order T Shirt Sale

T shirt Sale

Eastern Washington Expeditions Pre-order T Shirt Sale

$20 each for sizes S-XL
$22 each for sizes 2X-4X.
These prices do not include sales tax or shipping.

The sale ends March 3rd 2021.

The order will be ready by March 20th and can be picked up at the Slab Clean up or later at our office.

> To order send us a message on our Contact Us Page.

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Photos: EWE 15th Annual Slab ORV Meet & Greet

15th Annual Slab ORV Meet & Greet!
Hosted by Eastern Washington Expeditions
Report and photos by Clay & Doc Graham / CegPics.com

On Saturday February 20th 2021, Eastern Washington Expeditions held the 15 Annual Slab ORV Area Meet & Greet.

We had a good turn out. Five rigs from “Liberty State Overland Club, Four rigs came from “Overland Central WA”, TJ-Dave with the “Peak Putters”, and friends from Yakima with two rigs.

The area was partly covered with snow. The rest was muddy.

This was a very fun event and a great day thanks to all who came.

Here are some photos of the EWE Slab Meet & Greet:

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