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When planning our yearly winter migration up to the cabin, for some reason the excitement around this years trip took on a life of its own and everyone wanted to go.  The people who typically come up here are guys from work and when word spread that Joe was renting a full sized passenger van and taking names, the list grew to more folks than ever for the Winter Trip to the Cabin.  The crowd  was sort of split into two groups, wheelers and partiers and a few who do both.  Total Tally was 28 people, most of which was there for the party and 9 vehicles that included 4 ATVs.  The Friday arrivals came in throughout the afternoon and evening with most staying in town, yet the cabin was packed with overnighters.  The weekend then developed into a Winter Bash and was a ton of fun on the trails, back at the cabin and out at night down to the local joints for some fun and brew where the craziness ensued.  

First run out on Friday was the first group of guys to get there.  They proceeded to drive down into the valley and check out the creek's depth, which was pretty deep over normal and moving fast.

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Above, Jeff's Quad popped a bead. They had to remove the tire and to get it re-seated, with no problem. 

Back at the cabin again where more arrivals were gathering.

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Prior to heading out to dinner a few guys killed a little time with some Target shooting.

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Friday Night

Friday Night we went to Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, which offers several varieties of "large" for the extreme burger enthusiast: a 2-pound Challenger, a 3-pound Baby Boy, and, a 6-pound Ye Olde 96er (so named because it contains 96 ounces of meat).  As advertised on the pub's web site, a 96er sells for $23.95 and includes the following fixings and condiments:

  • Two whole tomatoes
  • A half-head of lettuce
  • 12 slices of American cheese
  • A full cup of peppers
  • Two entire onions
  • A river of mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard
Dennys-belly-buster.jpg (59782 bytes) Denny's also has the "Beer Barrel Belly Buster" a monstrous 15-pound burger featuring 10.5 pounds of ground beef, 25 slices of cheese, a head of lettuce, three tomatoes, two onions, a cup-and-a-half each of mayonnaise, relish, ketchup, mustard and banana peppers. On a bun.  (Pictured to the right).  While you may not be into abusing your belly, they do have a great selection of specialty burgers, about 2 or more full  pages worth in their menu that really are great.

Denny's (not to be confused with the national chain restaurants of the same name) offers prizes for customers who can completely consume one of their big burgers within three hours.  None of our group took on the challenge but a few guys got the 1 lb burger, which was pretty big in itself at 4 times the size of a Burger King Whopper.

Apparently in January 2005 a 100-pound woman became the first person to win the Denny's Beer Barrel Pub challenge when 19-year-old Kate Stelnick of Princeton, New Jersey, downed a six-pound Denny's "96er" hamburger and five pounds of fixins' in 2 hours and 54 minutes, just shy of the three-hour time limit. For her trouble, Ms. Stelnick got a special certificate, a T-shirt, and other prizes, as well as having her tab for the $23.95 burger picked up by the house.

Denny's also has a great selection of beers, bottled and on tap with something like 120 different beers to choose from.  Denny's Beer Barrel Pub is located at 1452 Woodland Road in Clearfield, PA.  Check them out if you're ever in the area.

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Friday Night, after Denny's, we search for and finally found MoJo's.

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