Gettin' Dirty with the Wans: 8400 miles - UTBDR, KLIM rally, Canada, WABDR, OBDR +

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LittleWan, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. Hobbes950

    Hobbes950 Darth Kitten

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    That cashew Mameshiba made me think of Harlan Pepper.

    Can I post a link to the John and Ponch video in the "Thread of Awesome" down in the Basement?
  2. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Ummm.
    Thank you (I think...:scratch that's what your sig says, anyway.:lol3)
    I'm sure you have good intentions...
    but, I prefer that our shit stays out of the basement. Just as a general rule.


    I'm sure you can understand why...:rofl
    Sorry.

    :dunno
    thanks for asking first, hobbes!






    Thanks also - redog, motorradrudi, Rwelch, and Syntroxis! :D

    You guys are the best! Thanks so much for the well wishes.
    Grandad is doing great, he's out of the ICU and back to cracking jokes.
    :clap


    I'm working on a short post for tonight...

    see you in a bit. :deal
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  3. Hobbes950

    Hobbes950 Darth Kitten

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    No problem. That is why I asked.

    It definitely was a compliment. I LOVE that clip.
  4. alcanrider

    alcanrider alcanrider

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    Sounds like you may have got your sense of humor from your Grandfather. Glad he is doing better.
  5. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Haha, we found the theme song online somewhere -
    I can't find the exact one now, but there are a bunch out there...
    You and your husband should make one of those videos! :ricky:ricky
    They're fun. :deal







    Thanks, alcanrider! :D
    Heh, that may or may not be true...
    But, here's one of Grandad's favorite jokes
    (he tells it slightly different [no Brit slang], but this version is close)

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    Day 51: 8/11/12
    Crane Crossing to Christmas Valley, OR 263 miles








    Once again, the rushing river was the perfect white noise machine, and we slept great. :snore

    Started the day with coffee and donuts.

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    Oh, right.
    The crossing.

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    North Fork
    Malheur River

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    The GoPro was on the wrong setting for the first part of today. :rolleyes
    So, no video - just screen shots. :dunno
    Matt figured it out and fixed it for the second water crossing.

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    The river was pretty deep.
    Well, deeper than it had been July 2010.

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    Stay loose, stay loose!

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    Whew. Made it!

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    Got a nice bike wash.

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    Looking back at the crossing.

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    Poor Matt. His feet got pretty wet.
    We stopped so he could wring out his socks.

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    Even with my boots on the pegs, the water soaked about 3 inches of my cuffs.
    But, my feet stayed dry.
    Thanks, BigWanimal Honey. :crash

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    These things did surprisingly well - I don’'t know if they'’re supposed to be waterproof.

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    The important thing is, the TP stayed dry! :thumb
    It was wrapped in a plastic bag, luckily.

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    I wish I could remember what he was laughing about! :scratch

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    We had fun that day. The riding was getting better...

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    And, prettier.

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    You had a bug on you...but, it’s gone now.

    Land of the Lost has been stuck in my head (I watched part of it when I was sick).





    :lol3



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  6. jadedillusion

    jadedillusion Adventure Wife

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    There was a Harley couple outside the store. On his and her hogs.
    The woman was wearing a tee shirt, some stretch jeans and some mule slides.


    Mule slides!?!:huh. I have never been a fan of Harley riders serious lack of apparel, but mule slides? How do you properly shift and not lose your shoes? :loco

    Glad your grandfather is better. Love the joke. :lol3
  7. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    :dunno either way...:loco
  8. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Yup, Crane is wide and not very deep, Malheur is the deep one and the baby is buried south of Seneca.
  9. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi jadedillusion, redog. :wave


    Yeah, I don't really get the Harley outfits, either.
    Actually, the Mule-shod woman thought I was insane for wearing so much gear.

    "Aren't you hot?"

    :rolleyes

    and then when I said I don't mind being hot, I'd rather have protection for crashes...

    She said, wide-eyed, "You guys crash??" :eekers

    Um. Yeah. All the time.


    She said, "Honey, if he crashes all the time I don't think you should ride with him any more!!"

    :lol3

    Haha. We're from two different worlds, lady.
    Two completely different worlds...


    :p3rry




    Huh. I think Crane was deeper for us, unless I have them confused. :scratch

    Well, I'll just post what I have and let you guys figure it out. :rofl









    Day 51: 8/11/12 continued
    Crane Crossing to Christmas Valley, OR 263 miles







    Right about here, I remembered that I wanted to try and leave a safety cone back at Crane Crossing.
    Gah! Totally forgot.
    Oh well. I don’t think there was a good place anyway.
    Maybe at the Malheur Ford.

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    Also, I forgot to show you this friendly bug.
    He lives back the Crane Crossing campground.
    Hello, Grasshopper...

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    Ok, back to the trail...
    Blocked road. There was an easy go around.

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    This definitely isn'’t right. :eek7
    Dammit, Norm.

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    But Matt realized that he was zoomed out too far.
    It looked like we were on track, but we were just slightly off.
    We had turned too early.

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    Back the way we came.

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    There’'s the right road...

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    It was a little less interesting.

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    So, these white butterflies were everywhere in the Malheur Forest.
    It was crazy. At first we thought it was ash floating through the air...
    They kept landing on us, so Matt thought it would be funny to get one for a salute.
    We wasted a bunch of time on it, at a number of different stops. :loco

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    I have at least a dozen of these pics, so here’'s another one. :lol3
    FYYFF!

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    I did a little reading about these butterflies -
    This is the Pine Butterfly Neophasia menapia



    Apparently they’'ve been having a population explosion in the area (for the last 3 years),
    but after this little burst, they will probably disappear for another 20-30 years.


    They’'re found in the Pacific Northwest and are an aggressive defoliator.
    I think the OPB link said they ate needles off 250,000 acres of trees.
    It didn'’t sound like the butterflies themselves harm the trees (though the caterpillars eat the needles),
    but they do leave the trees vulnerable to other pests and disease.


    Here’'s a little video about Pine Butterflies in the Malheur Forest,
    from Oregon Public Broadcasting.





    I guess we were lucky to see them during the “snowstorm in august” phase.
    It sounds like it’s a pretty rare event.







    Here we are, at the second crossing.
    Malheur Ford.

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    Some of you might remember our rare bigfoot sighting from the summer of stupid. :evil

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    Or, the great Nipple-out of 2010. :lol3

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    I had considered leaving a safety cone here, but there were too many campers.
    There were tents and some trailers around and people hanging out.
    I wanted this cone to go to an ADV inmate, so the Malheur Ford was out.


    Some of you might notice that the rocks on the left were new.
    Maybe to make it deeper for swimming or fishing?
    I couldn’'t really tell.

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    Short video of our crossing.
    I left it a little long, so you can see more of the river and the road...
    it's still only about a minute.





    This crossing was no sweat.
    Well, other than turning to the right instead of the left...

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    We skipped a couple of the other lookouts on the OBDR, but Frazier is hard to miss.

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    It seemed like a great place to leave the safety cone.

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    I know I mentioned this stuff earlier, but all that'’s buried now. :cry




    So, get to the lookout and find the picnic table.
    Sit where Matt is and look over there ------>

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    It’'s pretty hard to miss those dead trees/stumps.

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    The one you want is pretty tall. Six or 7 feet high.
    Cone bundle is up there on top (in a ziplock bag, with a rock for a weight).

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    Hmmm. Maybe even taller than that.
    The shorties are going to need help reaching!

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    Sorry, I didn'’t realize this one was so height-ist. :dunno

    :robin Jump! Jump! Jump! :smile6





    I haven'’t heard anything about this cone, so I think it'’s still out there.
    Probably too late now.
    I assume it'’s lost to the forest now.
    Most likely shredded up in a squirrel’'s nest or something. :cry




    A couple more trail pics...

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    And, I’ll leave you guys here.



    Today is election day (in the US). Did you vote?
    It seems pointless, but I always do. Haven't missed an election yet.


    2015: Hmm. Looks like the original clip I used is dead, but this one will work:




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    Hope you guys exercised your right, too.

    OK, that's it - that's all we'll say about politics here...:deal



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    have some scary kewpies instead.





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  10. D-Stylz

    D-Stylz Been here awhile

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    I know I'm late to the party with this RR, but I just caught up in one sitting! :D

    This is one of the most engaging and well written RRs ever! I look forward to the rest. :lurk
  11. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    keep it up, enjoying your report...

    heard rumors that bearcat lodge in Seneca is now shutdown, confirm?

    road thru the trillion white butterfly mob last year as well, same area. Freak of nature...made it safely thru by the skin of my teeth

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  12. sion

    sion sigh-own

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  13. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Thanks, D-Stylz!
    I'm glad you're enjoying it!
    We had fun in your backyard. :wink:



    Hey dvwalker -
    thanks for the butterfly photos (that bottom one is pretty!).
    Were you there in August?
    That seems to be the month to see them.
    Yep, Bearcat was closed (pics coming up).





    (sion's link is messed up - I'll post it here)


    Haha, thanks sion! :thumb

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    Day 51: 8/11/12 continued
    Crane Crossing to Christmas Valley, OR 263 miles







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    At first it looked like this rut was full of rocks...

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    But it was full of water and dead butterflies. :cry

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    I tried to take more pics of live butterflies, but it was kind of bright.
    As in dvwalker's pic, the white specks are butterflies.
    You can make out some around the left side of the pic (along the edge of the road),
    and around the top of the frame.

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    More specks.
    Had I known this was so rare, I would have tried harder to take photos of the butterfly "snowstorm." :dunno
    These are not very impressive...:lol3

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    Here we are - Seneca.

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    Here’'s the front of the Bearcat Lodge - the window says "“closed for the season."”

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    But the sign out front says something different.
    For sale.

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    No more bobcats.

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    The woman at the gas station said the Bearcat has been closed since last fall.
    2010 Article from the Oregonian that might shed light on the empty building...

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    Ooh, creepy! :uhoh

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    Loaded up on sugar. :rolleyes

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    Tires.
    Somewhere between 500-600 miles.

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    I wasn'’t happy about this crack. :bluduh Hope that doesn't become a problem in Xmas Valley!

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    Then it was back on the trail...
    I missed a photo of the sign,
    but the shooting range here was in use so we had to detour around it...
    safety first! :2guns

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    Lots of nice roads today.

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    Sometimes the trail got faint, but it was still enjoyable.

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    Sometimes got rutty.

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    The road was kind of blocked here.
    Not a great pic.
    There was an opening on the left (behind the mirror), but not quite enough for our wide load.

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    This one little pokey piece was getting caught on our side bag.
    Might as well break out the saw...

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  14. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    Yes, same route and direction as you guys but our timing was early Sept of 2011.

    Perhaps this big butterfly hatch is an annual thing now with the warmer temps. During one of our gas stops someone mentioned they're Pine White Butterflies.

    bummer bearcat is closed, goodbye bearcat lodge :marc

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  15. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    yep, did you watch that OPB clip?

    more butterfly info:

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    It sounds like after this year, those huge numbers won't be seen again for at least 20 years.
    This article says maybe 30-40 years!








    In other news, Radek is out of the Baja 1000. :cry
    He got hurt during pre-running.
    Maybe a broken foot, plus a sprained ankle/knee.
    Enough to keep him from doing a solo race.

    :2cry

    We're so bummed. This really sucks!
    But I'm glad he isn't hurt worse.
    When things go bad on a 990, they go bad FAST.



    Heal up, Radek! :freaky


    I hope he at least hangs out in Baja for a while, enjoying the sunshine.
    Lica happens to be in Baja, too. On his way to South America (hopefully)!
    I hope they get to meet up...




    Speaking of Baja, you guys have seen this one, right?





    "....oh, and a rear tire." :lol3




    Matt is screwed, I know all about baja so none of that stuff works on me.
    :rofl



    OK, not sure if my next post will be ready tonight. If not, I'll see you guys in the morning.



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  16. VFR

    VFR Been here awhile

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    Thanks for another amazing Wans report. I can't believe you can be riding out in the middle of nowhere & come across a campsite exactly when you need one. Really nice ones too. I sure can't do that on the roads....
  17. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Interesting post to read before work.....

    White butterflies :clap


    Bearcat Lodge. :huh


    Radek :cry Sorry to learn he had a mishap and not able to complete the race. Heal quickly Radek.
  18. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi VFR, I'm happy you're still with us!
    Well, it doesn't always work out that perfectly, but Oregon has lots of great camping.
    British Columbia was good for that, too. Sometimes we got really lucky. :D





    Good morning, Ladybug!
    :wave



    Oh, you get up so early!
    I know I said I'd be back in the morning...
    I'm just barely getting it done in time.
    whoops.

    Well, it's still morning in Hawaii! :deal


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    Day 51: 8/11/12 continued
    Crane Crossing to Christmas Valley, OR 263 miles






    When we left off, matt was sawing away on a part of the log that caught our bags...
    All better! :thumb

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    This must be a real mess in winter...

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    Someone lost a sofa. :eek7
    Looks like a great spot for Movie Night! :lol3

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    Oh, I know this place. :nod
    We did a little video here...

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    heh heh. :evil






    Last time, Norm sent us out across that meadow...:scratch Oh well. It worked out. :dunno

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    The roads were still nice...

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    But we were starting to notice a lot of smoke in the air.
    It was getting pretty strong here.

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    In 2008, lots of the OBDR had been on fire, and Matt had spent a great deal of time re-routing...

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    Out in the forest, it's always hard to tell exactly which way the roads are going.
    Often times it feels like you're going in circles...
    :norton

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    For a while, it seemed like we were going away from the smoke... OK, cool. :thumb

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    But other times, it felt like the tracks were taking us closer to the thick smoke.
    Finally, we decided that it was getting too hard to breathe.

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    So, we let Norm re-route...

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    He had some trouble at first...

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    But then we got on a main road.
    We surprised this cow. Sorry!

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    Tried to get a pic of these rocks.
    After miles and miles of nothing but forest, they stood out.

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    The smoke in the valley was getting pretty dense.

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    That’s Delintment Lake down there. You can barely make it out...

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    Here'’s how it was in 2010.

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    So, we missed the baby'’s grave this year.
    In avoiding the smoke, we skipped Delintment (and the road that goes past the grave).

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    We ran into a guy in a truck who told us that today was the opening of Antelope season.
    While we were talking to the hunter, his little dogs were jumping around the cab and climbing all over him.
    Then he mentioned that he had his loaded guns on his lap.
    Yikes.
    :eekers
    We thanked him and then took off before one of his dogs stepped on a trigger!






    This was a super dusty road. We were leaving a huge cloud.

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    I was trying to get an over-the-shoulder photo of the dust. You get the idea...

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    Riley, here we come!

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  19. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer

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    BTDT... DTAS :wink:

    -M
  20. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    You guys and your acronyms! :scratch



    BTDT - been there, done that?


    OK.
    But "DTAS" - the things that came up from urban dictionary were a little...inappropriate? :arg


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