Monday, June 27, 2016

Weekend Adventures: Camping in the Cricket and INSANE Jeeping!

We had a crazy, fun filled camping trip this weekend!  On Friday morning Zac picked up our rental trailer, a Cricket, from the owners in Mountain View through a company called Outdoorsy (like AirBnB for trailers!). We loaded it up and headed to the Sierras!  We camped at an amazingly beautiful campground in the high mountains, Union West.  Sweetest camp host and cleanest pit toilets I have ever seen!  The only bad part was the mosquitoes.
Jeep and the Cricket!
 On Saturday after breakfast we headed for the Jeep trails!  This was the reason we had come to this area.  The internet said the trail was pretty easy to do with a stock Jeep (which is what we have), with maybe a few technical parts.  This was true for the first half of Slick Rock Trail.  We stopped and had lunch by a stream, climbed around on the rocks - awesome.  HOWEVER, the 2nd half was CRAZY.  We kept going thinking that it couldn't be worse, the internet said a stock could do it right??  Oh my goodness.  It is such a good thing that Zac is an amazing trail driver (and I'm such a good spotter) or we would have seriously broken our Jeep.  As it was he had to be winched once and rocked off of being high centered twice.  The only damage we came home with has a bent driver side rocker bar!  Totally the grace of God right there.  The trail took 3 times as long as the internet said, so by the time we got out we were thirsty, dirty, hot and tired!  We all jumped in the lake and slept good!  Don't get me wrong - we loved it!  It was a combo of trails in Elbe Hills and rock crawling in Moab.  We just need to do a few modifications before we go out on a trail like that again!
Enjoying the mountain flowers growing out of the rock before things got crazy.
It's getting crazy!
This was what I did for the 2nd half of the trail.  Out in front spotting.
At one point, 2 wheels were in the air!
This was the craziest obstacle, and Zac did it without a winch!!  He was shocked!
On Sunday we went for a little hike around the lake, had lunch and headed for home.  The Cricket has been returned and we are thinking about the next trip!

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