Photos: Santa’s Sleigh Ride Around the Yakima Area

Santa’s Sleigh Ride Around the Yakima Area
Sponsored by Eastern Washington Expeditions
By Conrad Graham / CegPics.com

On Wednesday December 2nd, 2020, the Graham Family’s Santa & Elves drove around Yakima, Union Gap, and Selah to bring Christmas cheer.

About the Christmas Characters:
Since 2015 the Graham Family has dressed up as Christmas Characters to bring free Christmas Spirit to the community. This year they have a Jeep named, “Santa’s Sleigh” they are driving around. Normally they go to events and visit small businesses. Due to the Governor’s mandates this cannot happen this year. There are no gathering events and they do not want small businesses to get fines since they are not wearing mask. Random locations are posted on the Eastern WA Expeditions facebook main page when they are out driving around. Please “Like” our Facebook page to get up dates: https://www.facebook.com/EWaExpeditions

Here are some photos of Santa’s Sleigh Ride:

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Photos: Liberty State Overland Club Christmas Tree 4×4 Trip

Liberty State Overland Club
Christmas Tree 4×4 Trip
Hosted by Eastern Washington Expeditions
By Clay Graham / CegPics.com

On Saturday November 28th, 2020 (Thanksgiving Weekend), Liberty State Overland Club members met up at Oak Creek Ace Hardware in Naches. The Graham Family Farm Christmas Characters (Santa & two Elves) were there giving out candy canes and taking photos with whomever came by.

At 10:30 AM we convoyed to the Nile Area. We headed up FS1702 and aired down at a pull off past the residential area. We ran FS1702 up the mountain. The snow got deeper as we went. Up high we followed some snow blown older tracks. My low rider YJ, Santa’s Sleigh did well breaking trail.

We turned up 4W675 which starts out with a long hill climb. Santa’s Sleigh just kept going until we hit a section where others had slid off the trail. I thought we were done for, but I backed up a little and went for it again. We got traction, and up to the top we went. The other rigs followed.

We pushed on up the trail. It started getting wild farther we went up. We had to blow through a few snow drifts. I stopped right before the trail dropped down again. TJ40 called over the radio he had slid off the off camber section and had to winch back on the trail. Charlie (in the last rig) called on the CB and said he was sliding backwards down one the the hill climbs. So we decide to turn around and go back down. We found Charlie stuck where he slid backwards down the hill. TJ40 pulled him out and we were on our way back down.

Down on the FS1702, we turned up a side road to go find a Christmas Tree. It was a great snow wheeling challenge since there were no packed tire tracks to follow until we hit a cross road. We found a Christmas Tree and headed back to FS1702 and down stopping twice for pictures. We aired back up where we had air down earlier.

This was a fun event thanks to all who came.

Here are some photos of the LSOC Christmas Tree 4×4 Trip:

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Upcoming: Santa is Coming to Town

santa jeep
After Thanksgiving keep an eye out for Santa. He will be driving his Jeep, “Santa’s Sleigh” around Yakima County giving out candy canes. You are welcome to take photos with him free.

Note: We do this every year for free to bring the Christmas Spirit to the community. Do not ask us to follow Covid-19 mandates. If you are afraid, then please stay away.

Random locations will be posted on the Eastern WA Expeditions facebook main page when he is out driving around. Please “Like” our Facebook page to get up dates: https://www.facebook.com/EWaExpeditions

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Photos: LSOC Beverly Dunes Trip

Liberty State Overland Club
Beverly Dunes Trip
By Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Expeditions / CegPics.com

On Friday, November 6th 2020, the Liberty State Overland Club members headed up to Beverly Dunes for the annual Camp out and Clean up. This time it was without the clean up part because of the Governor’s Covid-19 mandate says we could only have six volunteers. We had way more people than six camping. Some showed up on Saturday. Saturday evening we had a potluck.

The weekend was a blast playing in the sand and hanging around the propane fire in the pop up.

Here are some photos of the Beverly Dunes Trip:

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Photos: EWE Halloween Jumpoff Lookout Trip

Eastern Washington Expeditions
Halloween Jumpoff Lookout 4×4 Trip
By Clay Graham / CegPics.com

On Saturday, October 31st 2020, Eastern Washington Expeditions held a Halloween 4×4 run to Jumpoff Fire Lookout. Members of the Liberty State Overland Club and other guess met up at Oak Creek Ace Hardware in Naches at 10AM for the drivers meeting.

We convoyed to Wind Point and aired down on FS1302. We worked our way up the mountain and had lunch at Jumpoff Lookout.

After awhile we moved down the ridge for another view. Then headed out through the Ahtanum State Forest and out Cowiche Mill Road. We aired up at the pavement and head out. Some came to the Halloween Party back at the Club House.

This was a great time.

Here are some photos of the Halloween Jumpoff Lookout Trip:

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