Photos: EWT Evans Canyon Fire Aftermath Trip

Eastern Washington Tourism
Evans Canyon Fire Aftermath Trip
By Clay Graham / CegPics.com

On Sunday, September 20th 2020, the Eastern Washington Tourism staff took a drive to the Wenas Wildlife Area by the way of Sheep Company Road to see if the area was open for an upcoming event since the Evans Canyon Fire went through there. We aired down at the entrance and headed up Durr Road. All the roads a long the way were posted closed except Rosa. There post there but on signs. We found a closed sign on Durr Road where the Evans Canyon Fire jumped the road. We headed back down and aired up.

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Photos: EWT Juniper Dunes Trip

Juniper Dunes Trip
Hosted by Eastern Washington Tourism
By Clay & Doc Graham / CegPics.com

The EWT Crew fueled up and headed from Selah towards Juniper Dunes around 2:00 PM of Friday September 11th, 2020. As was got closer to the Tri-Cities, the smoke from the wildfires got thicker. We pulled into Smith Canyon at Juniper Dunes around 4:00 PM. We set up camp and waited for guest to show up. Steve and James H came in their ZJ not long after we got there. Later that night my oldest son with family and other UTV riders showed up to camp with us.

Saturday Morning we had other Liberty State Overland Club members come and some from Overland Bound show up too for the main ORV run. Around 10:15 AM we headed out into the dunes with five Jeeps and a Ram. I rode in Doc’s YJ. It was his first time driving in the sand. Charlie followed in his ZJ and it also was his first time driving in the sand. James lead the way in his YJ taking us on some fun trails.

One ridge we came up to was too steep for a few rigs that tried to climb it. Doc’s 4 cylinder just didn’t have the power. Doc worked his way down the ridge trying climbs until he found one he could top. Charlie was still working on climbing a bigger one. Charlie almost topped it but had to stop because a coolant hose fitting broke. Charlie let the engine cool down and then backed down to a safe stop to make the repair. As we were making the repair, the two rigs from Overland Bound left.

We worked our way around the ridge and met the UTV guys at the Wilderness entrance. We took a short break and then head on north.

We ran all the way to the north fence and headed back down the west side. James found some real challenging trails for us to follow him through. My sons learned a lot from following him.

James got us out to one of the biggest bowls. The boys really liked driving around it after being scared the first time around.

James left us at the bowl since he had to get home. We worked our way to the big sand open area and then ran the southeast fence back toward camp. It was fun running the trails through the tall Sagebrush.

Back at camp the UTV riders were packing up to leave. The boys drove around the hills of Smith Canyon a little until Steve had to leave. The EWT Crew spent the night and head for home around 3:00 PM on Sunday.

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

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Photos: LSOC Columbia River to Naneum Ridge Overland Trip

Liberty State Overland Club
Columbia River to Naneum Ridge Overland Trip
By Clay & Doc Graham / CegPics.com

Around 10 AM Saturday September 5th, 2020, Liberty State Overland Club members met up at the Kittitas Shell Gas Station of I-90. On this day we started out with four Jeeps (1 YJ, 1 ZJ, 1 XJ, and 1 TJ).

We convoyed up the Vantage Highway to Whiskey Dick Creek Road and aired down. We ran Whiskey Dick Creek Road then up Cayuse Road and stop for lunch at the first place we could get to the Columbia River.

After lunch we continued north working our way up to Quilomene Ridge. At Quilomene Ridge Road we headed east and run down to Quilomene Bay.

At Quilomene Bay we took a hike out to the sand bar. Well we did not go all the way to the sand bar because the place was packed with people and boats. It was very loud from all of the boat stereos blaring. Our group decide to jump in the bay where there was not people. As some of our group swam, the rest of us checked out all the cool boats.

After everyone was finished swimming, we headed back up Quilomene Ridge Road and ran it onto Beacon Road into the Colockum Wildlife Area. We turned up Colockum Road and ran it to Naneum Ridge Road. We ran Naneum Ridge Road a few miles and then stopped to camp for the night. Charlie (Cook for Eastern Washington Chuckwagon) made dinner as we set up camp. Kevin (AKA TJ40) headed home after dinner.

The next morning after breakfast, we headed on up Naneum Ridge to Wenatchee Mountain. The view from Wenatchee Mountain was great. The north side of the ridge was nice. South of the ridge was real smokey due to the fire in the Little Naches Area and the Wenas Wildlife Area. Looking down at Mission Ridge you could see they are doing a lot of work to the ski area.

While we were at Wenatchee Mountain, some guys came up and open up one of the buildings. They gave us a tour of their radio building.

Next we headed down the mountain to Naneum Creek for lunch. There were a lot of people down at the creek when we got there. We drove up stream and found a place to pull off for lunch.

After lunch, we headed up Boulder Road and back down Coleman Road. We aired up at the Naneum Ridge State Forest entrance and headed for home.

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

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Photos: Back the Blue (Selah)

Back the Blue
By Clay, Doc and Odo Graham / CegPics.com

On Saturday August 29th 2020, Americans came together in Selah to support Central Washington Law Enforcement. 1st Street was packed with supporters with flags ans signs. This was a great American event.

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Selah Back the Blue

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Photos: LSOC Blue Mountains Overland Trip – Day 3

Liberty State Overland Club
Blue Mountains Overland Trip – Day 3
By Clay & Doc Graham / CegPics.com

On Wednesday August 19th, 2020, Liberty State Overland Club members woke up to nice weather after the stormy night at Misery Campground in the Umatilla National Forest.

After breakfast we head out toward Pomeroy, Washington. We stop at Spuce Spring to fill up water bottles. We then took a break to check out Clearwater Lookout and Clearwater Guard Station.

We moved on down toward Pomeroy. At the pavement we aired up at Boundary Campground.

In Pomeroy we stopped for fuel. It took 10.79 gallons of gas to do the loop from Dayton to Pomeroy in the YJ. Foxracer headed out early due to the long drive back to Mount Vernon. The rest of us convoyed to Dayton. Don and Matt stopped off to pick up a burger. Charlie and I kept going to the meet up point which was Lewis and Clark Trail State Park. We stopped to see the “Giant on the Hill” along the way.

At Lewis and Clark Trail State Park we ate lunch. Charlie and I swapped vehicle batteries since his alternator was not working right. When everyone was finish with lunch, we headed back home to the Yakima Valley.

This was a great trip thanks to all who came. We will be back to the Blue Mountains again someday.

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