Photos: LSOC Blue Mountains Overland Trip – Day 1

Liberty State Overland Club
Blue Mountains Overland Trip
By Clay & Doc Graham / CegPics.com

On Monday, August 17th 2020, Liberty State Overland Club members met up at Viking Village in Selah for the Blue Mountains Overland Trip. We convoyed to Dayton. In Dayton, we stopped for fuel. Foxracer stopped at Chief Spring’s Brew Pub and filled up a growler with IPA. Don went to the part store and the rest of us waited across from the Columbia County Courthouse. After everyone was ready, we headed up Kendall Skyline Road toward the Blue Mountains in the Umatilla National Forest. We took a short break along the road once we found shade.

After the break we headed on up. We found a big area to pull off and stop there for lunch. Shelby was happy to be able to get out of the Jeep after the long ride.

After lunch we continued on Kendall Skyline Road. We stopped for a break at the Kendall Skyline Road Monument.

We then head toward Table Rock Lookout. The gate was close with a sign saying the lookout area was close due to Covid-19. We moved on and stopped at Bone Springs Warming Shelter. We set up camp and had dinner around the propane campfire.

Here are some photos of LSOC Blue Mountains Overland Trip Day 1:

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Photos: EWT Clear Lake Trip

Eastern Washington Tourism
Clear Lake Camping Trip
By Clay & Doc Graham / CegPics.com

On Wednesday, August 12th 2020, the Eastern Washington Tourism staff set up camp west of Rimrock at Clear Lake to have some camping fun. Our friend Scott let us know there was an open camp spot right next to him, so we took it. It was a nice campground, but the place was packed by Thursday. By Friday afternoon there were people camping in places that were closed. Some were using chainsaws in the campground to cut wood for their illegal fires. It is sad that people won’t follow the rules and get places like this closed.

On Thursday we went out exploring with two Jeeps. We drove down to a campground next to YMCA Camp Dudley. The road in had deep ruts and was a challenge in my low rider YJ Jeep to get back out.

We then headed up US12 toward White Pass and stopped at Clear Creek Falls. The views of the falls are awesome.

After getting a few photos of the falls, we headed back to Clear Lake. We stopped to checkout the fish ladder on the way to camp.

We had lunch at camp and then headed to Conrad Meadows. We made a few stops along the way to check stuff out. Once at Conrad Meadows, we were disappointed how small the camping area has became. In the early 2000s we use to camp and ride horses from there. It was a bigger area back then. Use to be able to drive down close to the creek.

We headed back out toward Rimrock Lake. A 14 mile drive down FS1000. Once at the lake we drove around the Peninsula. The place was packed. We almost got hit by a rice burner drifting onto the one way we were driving out the right direction. We went back to camp at Clear Lake for dinner and then bed.

On Friday we hung around camp and and played in Clear Lake some. We head home at 5:00 PM.

This was a very fun trip. We ate well since we brought our Chuckwagon kitchen and the main cook. The meals were great! Thank you Scott for letting us know about the camp spot being open.

Here are some photos of the Clear Lake Camping Trip:

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Photos: EWT Nile Camping & Mud Springs (4W696) Trip

Eastern Washington Tourism
Nile Camping Trip
By Clay & Odo Graham / CegPics.com

On Tuesday, August 4th 2020, the Eastern Washington Tourism staff set up camp off FS1601 at the Nile Sawmill AKA Sawmill Flats to have some camping fun.

We ate well since we brought our Chuckwagon kitchen and the main cook. Better then our normal, cooking cans of chili on the Coleman stove.

On Wednesday Charlie came up and we went wheeling. We ran FS1601 up to the top of the ridge and turned onto 4W696. We aired down at the first cross road. We ran 4W696 all the way up to Clover Springs with one stop along the way above Mud Springs. Once on FS1600 we headed down and stopped at Little Bald Mountain for a late lunch. After lunch we head back down to camp.

We stayed at camp until Friday enjoying the great outdoors.

Here are some photos of the Nile Camping Trip:

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Photos: LSOC Bethel Ridge Backroads Trip

Liberty State Overland Club
Bethel Ridge Backroads Trip
By Clay & Doc Graham / CegPics.com

On Saturday, August 1st 2020, Liberty State Overland Club members met up at Oak Creek Ace Hardware in Naches. Charlie’s ZJ had a leak on the upper radiator hose. They cut off the bad part of the hose. Steve went in Ace and bought some better hose clamps and put them on.

Around 10:50 AM we convoyed to the Nile and turn up FS1500. We ran it up close to the end of the pavement before stopping for a break.

After a short break, we headed on up FS1500 to the end of the pavement. We turned on FS1502 and drove to McDaniel Lake. At McDaniel Lake we let the kids and dog run. There were a lot of snakes in the grass near the water.

Next we back tracked FS1502 and turn up the gravel on FS1500. We turn off a few miles up onto FS1506 and drove it up. We ate lunch above a herd of sheep.

After lunch we drove back down and continued up FS15oo. We turned up FS1500-190 and drove up to the top of Timberwolf Mountain.

Up on Timberwolf Mountain we took in the sights. For a cloudy day, we still could see pretty far. Mount Rainier and Mount Adams stood out well.

After awhile we headed back down to FS1500 and drove it down to US12. We aired up and headed home. Doc got a few good shots of the bears at Trout Lodge as we drove through Rimrock Retreat.

This was a fun day in the mountains.

Here are some photos of the day:

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Photos: Dinner Jeep Ride to Gold Creek Station

Eastern Washington Tourism
Dinner Jeep Ride to Gold Creek Station
By Clay Graham / CegPics.com

On Friday, July 31th 2020, it was very hot. The wife and I took a Jeep ride up Chinook Pass to have dinner at Gold Creek Station. It is one of our favorite place to eat but don’t get up there much due to our busy lives.

Once at Gold Creek Station, we found things were different than normal. Due to the Governors orders we could not eat inside the restaurant. We were able to get food to-go and eat outside. The food was great as usual.

On the way back down, we took our time enjoying the mountains. We drove up to Saw Mill Flats for the fun of it. Due it getting dark, I only got one photo that turn out once we left Gold Creek Station.

Here are some photos of the Jeep Ride:

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