Autumn. Our favorite time of year up here. Trees are
changing colors, temperatures are refreshingly chilly as the campfire
burns bright. Sometimes, as with this trip, the air is so clear that
the Milkyway looks like a solid cloud stretching across the night sky and
you can see satellites move across the sky.
We settled in for the first night, drug a few standing, dead trees
over to the campfire and built a fire. Without a moon, the night sky
was lit with countless stars.
As sunrise, we headed down into town for breakfast suitable for a
lumberjack. A few quick stops and it was time to hit the trails.
Hitting the trails, we had a plan to head to one of the tallest hills
around and have some fun with an old tire we brought up. Navigating
the valley, we stopped a few times, just to enjoy the view.
Lee's Hill. A long, 1/4 to 1/3 mile long, very steep
hill. Almost too steep to 4 wheel on. And we're going to roll
this old mud tire down the hill. Not as easy as it seems since this
hill is like a bowling alley, long and narrow. But our plans are to
roll it down, then go recover it. Check out the video below!
Tire Take Two
The Hidden Valley
After scouting out a few trails below the well worn trail we normally
come down, we finally found a small connecting trail that took us to the
floor of the valley. From there we discovered a beautiful
valley with a large field bordering the stream. We then followed a trail
that ran along the stream and came out on another trail we usually follow.
To our surprise, it was a complete loop of the valley! One we had
never known about, in 20 years of coming up here! Along this route
was a great swimming hole and incredible screnery.
The documentation of a several
year project building a Jeep CJ-7 piece by piece. From
restoration of stock parts like the frame, body, engine and
driveline components to upgraded aftermarket improvements
over stock to custom fabrication and design ideas.
in Rattlesnake Country
In this offroad report we have the opportunity to take a
2007 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon and a 2007 Toyota
Cruiser up into the Pennsylvania Mountain Trails for a
Weekend of Offroading. With this report we will
run down the pros and cons and our offroad impressions
of the FJ Cruiser and the JK Wrangler Rubicon. But
bear with us as we get the report together...