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  1. 14 points
    Before Ron Pratte bought Paradise and half of Gordons they used to frequently go to Buttercup. There would be a circle of 20 - 30 of these "million dollar rigs" all pulling a matching stacker with their dunebuggy.com cars and fancy golf carts or rhinos ( pre RZR days ). Anyways we would always make comments just like the dude in the video about these guys. Rumors would float around about if people camped in their spot when the high rollers got there, they would pay them to pack up and move so they could have the spot. Well we tested that out one year while on spring break. Well some dude shows up in a pretty nice H1 Hummer, and started walking around the area looking very intensely at the ground (we later found out he was looking for nails and firepits and such). We thought here we go, time to get paid. We even left some stuff still packed up anticipating this moment. Well, as we had hoped, he approached us and to our surprise he let us know that there were about 15 riggs about 15 minutes out that would be rolling in and were probably going to surround us. No money was ever offered and he was as polite and honest as could be ! We thought lets just hang out and see what happens. Sure enough just like the circus this big convoy of Diesel pushers and stackers came rolling in. They did surround us, yet they made their circle including us in it. Each driver that parked by us came and asked if they were too close and made sure we had room to leave or do what ever. We sat in our chairs and watched in Awe as each bad ass car was unloaded after the other, my kids even stopped digging in the sand long enough to watch these impressive machines get unloaded and strategically parked in a line right through middle of camp. We watched the Hummer guy ( what we referred to as the butler) proceed to chop and stack wood right next to a decent sized hole he had made for the fire pit. Long story short, each one came over and introduced themselves to us and our kids. Invited to sit by their fire, included us in their potluck dinner, gave us rides all week long in their sand cars and one lady even brought my kids fresh backed cookies from her RV. ( see comment from earlier post ). That week was referred to as Disney Dunes as we had a great time with some funny characters and got to ride some of the nicest sand cars at the time. Pratte flew in and was escorted to the spot by the butler and he hung out for a few days. Got to know him and his wife (fiance at the time). We have visited him at his house at Gordons many times since and have been given many tours of the property as well as invited to run the Honda pilots on the back track. I guess I could have moved that day and then bitched about the A-Holes and their high dollar toys, but then my story would have turned out very different now wouldn't it have. My kids are now in their 20's and they still remember that week we spent at Disney Dunes !!
  2. 14 points
    Most of you know that my father passed away on New Years Eve. It has been a very strange road I've traveled since; a road i've never traveled. The day after my fathers ceremony in February, my mom developed a cough. We wrote it off as just exhaustion and a combination of all that had been going on. But this cough persisted when she got back home to Texas. My mom is probably the strongest person i've ever known; a Marine. She always did her best to make sure WE, her boys, didn't worry about her. A few weeks had passed, and she told us she was going to the doctor. Dan, Jeff, me, and mom have been very tight since dads passing, and we are a very very close family, especially right now. Mom didn't say much when she got back from the doctor, and it worried us. The first diagnosis was, “High probability of lung cancer”. When I heard that from my brother Dan, all I thought was, “Not now, please, not now, it's too soon.” Although dad was the rock in our family, mom was the glue, the emotional strength that ran the show. Since that diagnosis, life has been very very different; “We are going to lose mom now?” We have kept it to ourselves, there was no way I, we, could handle this, so we've been on the down low until we knew 100%. Tests began, and the waiting was crippling. I'm sure that many of you have lost family members, and I understand. Nothing else really matters. Today, my brother Dan called me, because we were to hear test results today. I answered the phone with great hesitation, not knowing what I would hear in my brothers voice. He said, “Robert, mom doesn't have lung cancer, doctor says she will be ok, and to come back in 6 months for a checkup." (of course, she's taking meds and being monitored etc...)...BUT NO CANCER! Folks, I have experienced success that has brought me happiness in my life, but today I can honestly say, this was the happiest day of my life; nothing compares to how I felt today when I heard those words. Mom called me right when I hung up with Dan, and to hear her laugh and smile was the best sound i've ever heard. You might all think this is weird, but I dreamt about my father two days ago, and I talked to him. He was happy, smiling, and had that look that things are good. There was no mention of mom; but I finally made contact with him. In my mind, real, or whatever, I don't care. It was good. I wanted to share this with my GD.com family, because today was a ****ing GREAT DAY!
  3. 13 points
    This morning during breakfast with my wife I was reflecting on my grandfathers (dads side) service in the Korean War. My grandmother is not doing well health wise which spurred the conversation. As of a couple of years ago all of my friends and family that had served in WWII have passed. I had a couple friends that I saw every week and occasionally they would tell me stories that I absolutely loved to hear. My great uncle was on a flying fortress and my grandfather on my moms side was infantry. That war was a time of national patriotism and nearly the whole country was proud. Certainly there has not been anything like it since. Everyday my hatred for these pinko progressive commie big government bastards grows. On the way to the shop heading south on 13 highway this morning there was a car with a flat tire on the shoulder. I always stop to see if stranded motorists need anything especially since it is often when I have my service truck full of tools, oil, anti-freeze, hoses, etc.etc. Running 75 miles and hour and seeing this car was just over a hill I had to pass by and turn around to come back. On the way by I saw the elderly gentleman that was driving the car get out and come around the back to get the tire out of the trunk. I guessed him to be in his early 80’s. I pulled up behind and blocked the shoulder a bit with my service truck and walked up and asked him if it would be ok for me to change the tire for him to which he happily replied yes. I asked him to get back in the car and buckle in just in case someone hit us. If you know anything about death statistics on the side of the road for tow truck drivers you know it is a very dangerous place. I noticed he had a Korea War hat on. After I finished changing his tire (a whole 5 minutes) I told him he was ready to go and told him I had just been talking to my wife about my grandfathers time in Korea during the war. This fella lit up and told me he was stationed in Japan when the Korean war broke out. Three days later he said he was there fighting and it was horribly cold. We talked a few minutes, he tried to pay me but I thanked him for talking to me and told him I was glad he lived long enough to see another President that honored and respected the military once again. He enthusiastically said “amen” and we parted. I know he felt good having someone else come along and help him out and I felt good doing it. 10 minutes well invested. I write this to encourage everyone reading it to try and help someone out for no particular reason especially elderly folks and especially elderly veterans. We owe them at the least our gratitude. The older I get the more important these things become in light of the futility of material stuff which wastes away but we seem to spend the majority of our time chasing. I don't do this very often but I asked if I could take his picture and get his hat to show my wife.
  4. 11 points
    Some real mother effing hypocrites in this thread let me tell you. First and foremost, its illegal. We all know, we all get it, some of us still do it and run the risk of tickets, kicked out, pass revoked, etc. If yore caught, pony up and pay. For all the nanny goats out there that have been going to the desert or dunes for several years now, way before pit toilets and rv’s in your possesion, when you were tenting it with your pos 1776vw rail that leaked more damn fuel and oil than you could keep in it, when you had to use the restroom did you and your family of four piss in containers and take it home, did you sh!t in a grocery sack and tow that home too? When you hung up your camping shower bag to warm in the sun did you place a plastic tub under your feet to catch the skin cells, hair, and other nastiness from your body and bring that home? Did you ever throw a half eaten sammich in the bushes? Jeebus H Christ I never knew there were so many ivory tower dwellers out there. Let me put this out there, bash away. I have sh!t and pissed more times in the desert and dunes than I care to recall. There were no pit toilets back then. There are still places I go to that still dont have them. We dug holes and buried it. We did what little dishes we had and dumped the water in the dirt/sand. We bagged all our trash and brought it home. When our rails, bajas, atc’s, bikes, etc leaked, oh well. We fixed the leak and went back to riding. Fuel got spilled while refueling, oh well. We did the best we could with what we had, we did our very best to leave no traces so we could continue to enjoy our off road time. If this makes me a bad person, then Im a bad person. Im willing to bet there are many more here on this boatd and in this thread that have done the same. And you know what? Im 47, soon to be 48, and I still piss outside and still bury a scupper trout when im somewhere there is no pit toilet. I always ride with a backback and a roll of sh!t tickets in it, just in case of emergency.
  5. 11 points
    I've been back and fourth between my regular job and Glamis for the past two weeks while my family is out of town for the holidays. My wife is from Kansas and takes the kids back almost every year. So while I have an empty house there is no reason to be there. I worked night shift Fri to Sun on Christmas weekend. No big deal, I don't celebrate the holiday so I'd rather work and let those that do celebrate have the time off. I left work on Monday morning, Dec 26th and headed straight to Glamis to meet up with my dune family. Four hours later I pulled into camp and thought about going to sleep. But the need to drive my car got the better of me and I started unloading it. An hour later I was ready to dune with our group. We all headed out to Swing Set, my first time there. It was really cool to see the kids playing. I hope that it lasts and is preserved for the next generation of duners and their children. We hit all the usual spots- Fireman's Flag Pole (formerly Brawley Slide), Flag Pole and then back to camp. By 7pm I was ready to pass out. So that's exactly what I did. I was up early the next morning checking out my car and getting ready for that days ride. We usually tell our group that we want to leave camp around 10am. We have a fairly large group so not everyone goes on the same runs. This morning half our group was going to Duners Diner but I wanted to dune my car again so I opted to go with the "duning" group. We headed out around 10 am and hit the usual spots again- Swing Set, Flag Pole, Fireman's Flag Pole and then on to Oldsmobile Hill. I ran into a lot of board members and clients, some people I haven't seen for a long time, and some I had seen in the prior months when servicing their cars. It is a totally different atmosphere when talking to someone in the dunes rather then in my shop. I prefer the former. While we were at Fireman's Flag Pole my buddy DZRTRUN noticed another dunebuggy.com Sidewinder and pointed it out to me. I didn't know the owner or the car but it was exactly the same as my car and really cool to see another big azz heavy prerunner out in the dunes. We packed up and headed back to Swing Set. We were at Swing Set for a few minutes and I saw the other DB car pull into the area. A few minutes later the cars owner walked over and introduced himself. We looked over my car and I told him a little of the backstory of how I came to own it. We soon realized we knew a lot of the same people from racing. In fact, he had pre-ran with our team in Baja on a trip I couldn't attend. We walked over to his car and looked it over too. We talked about how 'indestructible' our cars were compared to most of the sandrails in Glamis. We said goodbye and everyone headed back to camp. A few hours later I get a phone call from a 714 number I don't recognize. I answered it and it's the DB car owner. He said he hoped I didn't mind but he called a mutual friend and asked for my number and hoped I didn't mind. Of course not! What's up? He said just after leaving Swing Set he broke his right trailing arm. Just then the text pics started coming in (slow cell service in Glamis). Uh, wow, yeah that's broke. The wheel plate came of the trailing arm. Unfortunately I've seen this before on one of our DB.com prerunners back in 2010. While racing in Barstow the team owner landed on the left rear wheel and the exact same thing happened- the wheel plate shot off the car causing it to roll over several times. We took the arms to ES Motorsports for repairs. They said there was zero internal plating and only tack welds. They got the arms all fixed up and we have beat the shit outta them all over CA, AZ, NV and Baja for the past 6 years with zero problems. Back to the story... The cars owner, Trevor, said he had called Dickerson Tow in Brawley for the Snow Cat but they said they wouldn't come out at night. It was now 7pm, dark and the car would have to sit out there all night. Fortunately it was in the deep dunes a few miles from China Wall on the way to the washes. The Snow Cat would be there at 8am for the recovery and it would cost $250 per hour ROUND TRIP! I had heard of the cost for the Snow Cat but never actually got a true number until that day. This tow was going to cost around $2000! I told Trevor that I had a spare set of arms for my DB car back at my house and could have them in Glamis by 9am the next day via matt86 who was meeting me on Pad 5 to pick up a broken 4 seat Racer and deliver it to Teague in Santa Clarita, CA. They were only the tube "sand" arms but they'd get him through the weekend. With 2-3 guys, 2 floor jacks and some 4x4 pieces of wood he could get the car back on it's wheels and drive it out and potentially save himself $2000. He wasn't interested in fixing it out there though. He figured he'd get it back to his camp and take the arm to Joe Fab for a repair. I gave him my best words of encouragement but he stuck to his plan. Regardless, I called one of my guys and asked him to go to my house and dig out the arms. matt86 was ready to go get the arms but Trevor said he was gonna have it towed. Around 9:30pm my phone rang again and it was Trevor asking me to have my spare arms brought out. If I would come help/supervise he'd try to change the arm in the dunes. I said no problem and put in a call to matt86 to arrange picking up the arms at my house. This added about 90 miles to Matt's drive, but he didn't mind. Or did he? I wasn't listening, just get the arms and get out here. Matt showed up on Pad 5 as scheduled at 9am to pick up the broken Racer. I met him there to pick up the arms and called Trevor to tell him I was gathering the troops and we would head out to his location. Trevor text me a picture of his GPS coordinates so we'd know exactly where he was. Back at camp we all got out cars fueled up and ready to go. I, admittedly, HATE leading in the dunes, but my buddy DZRTRUN is an awesome leader. I programmed the GPS coordinates into both of my Lowrance units and I programmed DZTRUN's Lowrance HDS unit- and we were off! The spare arm strapped in the backseat of my car. There were three buggies and 4 RZR's in our group. We didn't know the terrain where we were going so we thought it would be safer to not take everyone along for this journey. We stopped at Swing Set and left 2 of the lesser experienced RZR drivers there while we went and looked for Trevor. After an hour or so we were having no luck finding Trevor. We were close according to the GPS but we just could not find him. Some of these dunes looked like they had never seen a car, RZR or even a quad ride them. I'm sure that's not true but it just looked so desolate in this area. We had no cell phone service either. We headed for China Wall and asked anyone we saw if they had heard of a broken buggy nearby. No one knew of it. We headed back to Swing Set to try and get cell service. No luck on cell service there either. We gathered up the RZR's we had left behind earlier and headed back to China Wall. Our group was whole again but we hadn't completed our goal of getting the spare arm to Trevor. Just then I get a text! I text Trevor that we had been looking for him for 2 hours but couldn't find him. It would be best if we met up at a known spot to get him the arm. We choose Fireman's Flag Pole because he said it was closest to his location and he'd meet us there. Our search party headed to FFP and waited for Trevor. We got to FP around 1pm and Trevor showed up a 15 mins later with a buddy in a RZR. I gave him the arm and he said he had a good handle on how to reassemble it and didn't need me to go with him. I was kinda relieved to hear that but told him to call me if he had any questions or needed help in any way. We packed up and headed for Oldsmobile Hill. After catching up with a bunch of friends and clients we all packed up and headed back to camp. Over all we had spent 2-3 hours in the dunes looking for Trevor, but we hit all our usual spots alone the way, so it was a great day of duning. Around 5pm I got a text from Trevor thanking me for the loaner arm and some pics of his car back on its wheels and headed for his camp in the washes. I was stoked and went out to let our group know. The caar is sitting weird because he had to discharge the nitrogen in the bypass shock to get it installed. Overall this was a really fun experience. We got in a lot of duning and got to help out a fellow duner whom I'd just met the day before. Thanks to matt86 for getting my spare arm to me the next day and DZRTRUN and his wife for leading in their two buggies and all the guys and gals in the RZR's for coming along on this adventure.
  6. 10 points
    Thanks for all post .....
  7. 10 points
    But...being white... We can say things like "Thanks for the warning officer" and "I talked to my Dad today..."
  8. 10 points
    Hello All, I dont post much lately but do still sit on the side lines from time to time. Next generation of my family went for a quick ride in my buggy over the weekend, she was screaming happy. Wheelies, slides, go fast mode, she loved it all. Life is good, grand kids make it better
  9. 10 points
    Ok, this is my first tech write up, so be gentle. First some background. I have a Sandtrix F5, Stock LS1, Fortin Wide gear, Outboard hubs, 934's, 2750lbs. This past season, I made 9 trips, 40-50 gallons of gas per trip. Decent season for me. I never added grease to the tranny side CVs. Every trip, I would do 30 pumps through the zerk fitting on my hub side CVs. I installed the CV savers on my tranny side CVs before the season. I always fill the tranny cups with grease and my outboard hub caps with grease. I bolt the CVs up dry on both the tranny side and hub side and fill the CVs with grease using a grease needle. Ok, here are pix as I tore everything down. I pulled the boot back and this is what I saw. Kind of disappointed as how much grease came out through the season. Not as bad as past seasons with no CV saver, but sure not like the company portrays on their videos. Here is what the CV looked like after I unbolted it and, still on the axle. Not horrible, but I was hoping to have a little more grease still in the CV. This is what the cup looked like. This looks totally normal from every year in the past when I have torn them down. This is what the boot looked like after I took it off the axle. Quite a bit of grease in there, but I have seen it worse in past seasons, so the CV saver was keeping some grease in the CV and out of the boot. This is what the CV looked like off of the axle. Both tranny and hub side CVs looked like this, so good amount of grease still in the CV. Now onto the hub side. When I pulled the leather boot back, this is what I have. Totally normal for running outboard hubs. The grease gets pulled from the cup, through the CV and into the hub. I have so much grease because I pump in grease every trip because I know it will do this. I mainly wanted folks to see what the inside of an outboard hub looks like. I know some have not seen this before. Now from the CV side, this is what it looks like after I unbolt the CV and cap from the hub. Again, totally normal. Inside of the cap after I take it off. This cup is full when I bolt it up at the beginning of the season. The axle moves into the cup as the trailing arm cycles and pulls grease from the cup through the CV. Outboard hubs give the ability to have more travel due to you can run a longer axle. Now onto cleaning. The following pix are after cleaning. I have had these CVs for 5 years and they look great. Star Cage Body I wanted to show an example of what a body for a Fortin tranny looks like. The body has to be faced to fit into the drive flanges correctly. I learned about this the hard way. All clean and ready to go. Safe keeping. I know a lot of pix, but I always learn alot from LRS write up with all of his pix. So, long story short, I will try the CV savers 1 more season. I then may try the Fortin double boot set up after that and see how that does. I know JAlper will come on here and say "I told you so", but I had to try them for myself and now I have. Fire away with questions/comments!!!!
  10. 10 points
    I've heard this statement regarding Trump's lack of presidential bearing a few times. I could give two rat's azzes what he says, I care about what he does. You want "more presidential" feel free to go dig up McCain or some other neutered Republican Party lap dog who's been groomed to speak. If you want your position represented at a circus you don't send an accountant you send a clown. Trump is exactly what's needed at this point of time, not another introspective soft spoken mannequin sporting a red tie versed in theory instead of real world implementation of theory. "More presidential," haven't you and a few others cruising this board had enough of well versed condescending political aristocrats that have a track record of doing nothing? Give it a rest...
  11. 10 points
    Top of the evening GD.com members, hope all is well as we head into the middle of this beautiful duning season. There are however, a couple things Slap would like to address, and he hopes all of you will take these words into consideration. This duning community has been around for quite awhile, and we have been through so much together. From the early days where an action caught us off guard, but united us. Our strength was our numbers, our mission was to succeed. We fought together, hand in hand, ultimately winning our battle. During that long fight, we found a purpose; to protect and stand by each other no matter the circumstances. Yes, we squabbled amongst ourselves, but our passion and love for what we do kept us strong and united. From opening our dunes, to building a new wash road, honoring our vets, consoling grieving families, cleaning Mother Glamis, saving a life, playing a golf tournament, attending a taco tuesday, even crying on each others shoulders. We had a purpose, and it was good. Let's take the time to to honor each other, the duner. Right now, our passion is still very strong, and our purpose remains the dunes. However, our passion seems to be misdirected; at each other. It's not very bad, but it's there. The description of common decency, courtesy, tact, and respect hasn't changed, our boundaries have. They have shortened, been forgotten, or maybe it's a reflection of divisive elements of our internet culture; to say whatever behind the screen. Our community, or family, has historically chosen to be unified as one with the dunes; we don't fall under the category of “Internet Culture”. We have always accepted fellow websites, from the mountains, deserts, rivers, and oceans; all are welcome. There are times when Slappy's heart is broken because we attack each other at the place where we normally come together to chat, barter, trade, plan, laugh, cry, help each other, make this place better; the things that family's do. We are not trolls, nor do we stalk, or purposely intend to hurt someone, that is not Glamisdunes.com. You are Glamisdunes.com. The quality of our community, this website, is the sum of each members character. We don't do things out of spite. Slap asks you all to remember that. For example, if there be a newbie wanting to join GD.com, and he see's a couple members being Mcpenises, he's going to say, “Those people over there at GD.com are assholes.” And we really are not. One of the things that make GD.com so uniquely different, is that we strive for the duning culture, not the “Internet Culture”. Slappy wants to put a challenge out to every single one of us, THE FAMILY, to put aside differences that may exist when we are away from the dunes, let go of that “Internet Culture”, and to focus our efforts and energy to the unity and bond we exhibit while in Mother Glamis. This doesn't mean we can't rib each other, or have heated debates, it's what we do. But to demean for the sake of a soap box and audience is downright pathetic. Like Abraham McLincoln, (Slap's old pal from Louisiana), once said, “We must yield to the better angels of our nature”. Or as Slappy likes to say, “DON'T BE A MCPENIS”. We are all in this together, see you in the dunes, Slappy gone!
  12. 10 points
    Travis, I believe I could be categorized as either of the sub groups you described, haters vs. non-haters. On a few occasions I offered a critique as well as support for your situation, I stand behind both. The people you feel are seeking refuge from the hate on this site would more than likely feel threatened / victimized on Craig's List. You have been a long term fixture in the sport of Off Road by choice. As you are well aware the sport attracts participants that have some common core beliefs. Self accountability and self reliance are probably two of the most common shared beliefs. What happened to you in that horrible incident while sad falls under the two most common traits of your peers, self responsibility. I know there is more to it, after the fact. You were put in a position where a lawsuit was the best / only way to shield you / your family from devastating financial harm. You chose the best possible course for your protection. I watched another nail in the coffin being hammered in as we neutered one of the last vestiges of true freedom, getting out on the open desert and hauling the mail. I watched as a gift wrapped invite was delivered to a nanny state BY OFFROADERS to save us from ourselves. Your critique of Crusty as a moderator seems to be yet another example of a misguided search for fairness or acceptance. Crusty's performance as a moderator is supposed to be some kind of "grading on a curve" that would make your stint as a mod not so bad? Crusty has nothing to do with your life choices, hyper-sensitive GDC members / former members or the general opinions of your peers. I don't know you very well, I don't hate you. I don't dwell on the choices you made that made it harder for me to enjoy the sport I have participated in for roughly 40 years. I don't wish you ill will, quite the opposite, I wish nothing but the best for you and your family. I truly hope you find peace and hope you find it in a lawn chair at my campfire. Most of all I hope you realize that "fairness" is a goal that is best measured daily or even hourly. Expecting long term social equality / justice does nothing but create victims of hate who are forced to flee us terrible oppressors on public forums like GD.C in search of safe zones where your worth is legislated by hypersensitive thought police.
  13. 9 points
  14. 9 points
    We try to take a family trip every summer around 2-3 weeks long. Last year we did the National Park tour through Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana and Colorado that put us on the road ALOT! That trip was 3 weeks long and around 6,000 miles. This year, the wife put a stop to that much traveling and said we needed to be stationary for several days before we had a travel day. Last season was our first back in Glamis in several years and the family has got the riding itch bad again, so we made this trip about riding and a little fishing mixed in where we can be stationary for several days at a time. We left Norco around 6pm on Saturday the 16th of June with our sights set on stopping just north of Vegas for the night. The drive out was the typical Vegas drive. Had our traffic through the IE and the construction in Vegas. We found a nice gravel area off an exit just passed the Vegas speedway around 11:30pm and decided that was our stop for the night. Wasn't a bad little spot. Only other vehicle was a truck that wasn't running his engine or reefer so it was nice and quiet. Also had a little breeze so it wasn't terrible to sleep in. Our makeshift campground for the the night. We were up at 5am to finish our drive to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. Just like the Idaho dunes, I'd never been there before and we wanted to give it a try since we were out to this way. We booked 2 nights at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Our first impression was the campground was very very tight. With a looped campground, you typically get very narrow drive paths cause they're only 1 way. We managed to find our spot at the very end of the loop. I'm 64.5 feet tip to tip and I was able to fit in site #17 with ease. My brother in law is around 54 feet and he got in to site #21 pretty easily too. There are no hook-ups but the State Park offers showers/restrooms. After unloading, we immediately got to riding. I had started a topic a while back when we were planning this trip asking questions about this place and the majority of the people said the sand is very soft. Well, it is. VERY soft. The kids had a little trouble in the smaller quads in the dunes but they were great on the trails. There is a very small area for actual dunes and it's mostly trail riding. This place is great for quads, dirt bikes and SxSs but I would not bring a full size car here at all. You wouldn't even be able to enter in the entrance area to get to the dunes. Here are a few pics of our stay: Towards the end of our 2nd day here, my wife wanted to take the two little ones for a ride in the RZR. We were cruising around the trails with my 4 year old and 18 month old when my wife saw a young girl waving her arm back towards the dunes. She thought nothing of it as there were a ton of people hiking the dunes on foot to take pictures at the top of the dunes. After a few more minutes, my wife saw the same girl and another younger boy doing the same thing. She told me about it and I headed over there immediately. We get to the girl and she is hysterical. I'd say she's about 14-15 and through screams and tears, he was able to tell me that she rolled her RZR and thinks she broke her arm. The little boy comes running up confirms the same thing she just told me. I look around for the RZR and there is nothing in sight. This place isn't that large so I've got no idea. I'll take care of her and come back to find the RZR. I manage to get 6 people in a 4 seat RZR w/ 2 car seats with some strategic seating arrangements and drive her back to her camp. I drop her off with her family and a few of us go back looking for the RZR. We came across the top of the larger dunes and found it resting on it's lid at the bottom of the bowl. It was really smart of that girl to realize that nobody was going to see her on the backside of the large dunes at the bottom of a bowl so she decided to climb to the stop and start walking towards the heavy traffic areas. We get it back on it's wheels and the only damage was about a quart of lost oil. The get it towed back to camp and we start packing up to head out early in the morning. Later that night ,the camp host came up to us and she she had broken her arm/wrist. The next morning (the 19th) we headed out around 6am for our long haul to St. Anthony. We had reservations for the next 5 nights at the Sand Hills Resort. Traveling in a motorhome is both a blessing and a curse w/ children. I've got 4 kids ranging from 13 years old to 18 months old and occupying there time on long hauls can be difficult for my wife. My 18 month old is obsessed with the steering wheels and controls of the motorhome so we had to put up this baby gate to prevent him from walking up and messing with them. So, She spent most the trip like this staring at me or eating. The weather was looking pretty bad as we approached St. Anthony and by the looks of it when we got there, it had just stopped raining. We get checked in and get to our spots. I think we were in 16 and 17 for the first 2 days and then we had to move to 37 and 38 for the final 3 days. The campground is pretty nice. Some spots are better than others and we scoped out some spots for the future that we would like to have. We talked to our neighbor a bit and he said the weather has been crappy for most of his stay so I guess we lucked out. The weather was pretty good for most of our trip. Very little rain/wind. St. Anthony is an absolute blast. We had a great time. We spent a lot of time riding the next 4 days. In order for my brother in law and I to cover as much ground as we possibly we could, we came up with a strategy for the smaller kids when their thumbs got tired. My brother in law and my 13 year old son would ride their own quads. I would drive the RZR w/ my 4 year old daughter and we had a Polaris 90 for the other 3 kids. When one would get tired of the 90, we'd swap them for a fresh kid that was riding in the RZR. Then Rinse and repeat when that one got tired. It worked great and allowed us to go on 2-3 hour rides without a problem. Here are a few pics from our stay at St. Anthony. We were scheduled to leave the morning of the 24th so we wanted to get as much riding as possible on the 23rd and of course the weather was garbage. We got a morning ride in and that was about it. We were cooped up in the motorhome the rest of the day. With the second part of our trip being pretty flexible, we thought we'd try to stay another day. We went up to the office hoping 2 spots in the entire park were open so we could stay another night. Not only was there spots available, there were 2 right next to each other. We had to move for the 3rd time this stay but there were no complaints from us. We got to stay an extra day and do some riding. The next morning I'm Sorry stopped by and we talked for a bit about the campground and the dunes. I can't thank your wife enough for being accommodating and putting up with us!! We headed out on the 25th for the second part of our trip. I won't give you a run down on everything as this is a Glamis website but we headed to Mackay Reservoir in Idaho, Twin Falls, ID and eventually Great Basin National Park. Here are a bunch of pictures from the second part of our trip but first I'll leave you with probably my favorite picture of the whole trip. You know how I said my son is obsessed with the steering wheel and controls of the motorhome and we had to put up a baby gate to prevent him from getting to me. He spent so many hours sitting in that same position that he managed to put himself to sleep and was knocked out for a few hours. Then, he got back up and continued watching! Thanks for reading. Andrew
  15. 9 points
    Loved the Heartland Northtrail 32BUDS for a travel trailer, a lot of good times over the last 4.5 yrs and going to miss my outdoor kitchen and bar - hated to see it go! ...but tired of taking two vehicles to G and the toys needed a home. Picked up this Attitude 39CRSG today
  16. 9 points
    20 years ago today I married my fantastic wife Jen. She is the finest woman I’ve ever known, and it’s been 20 years of wonderful, and I love her more than anything. I’m looking forward to my next 20 years. She puts up with me, no question the only woman that can. I’ve known her for 40 years; grew up together on the same street. We went to elementary school, and were good friends all the way through high school, and I told her in 6th grade that I was going to marry her. I’m a lucky man. Here’s to 20 years you fine woman.
  17. 9 points
  18. 9 points
    So, A few months ago I had the idea to send Dave at Kindigit Design one of my custom street signs. I sent it and then heard nothing back...thought it may have been lost or stolen and was about to make another one. Well, I just got tagged on Dave's Instagram and just received an email from Dave's wife Charity: "Hi Dale,Thank you for the awesome sign! Sorry this has taken so long to get to you. Dave loves it and he will be hanging it in our showroom. Thank you for being so generous!Have a Bitchin’ day!"Charity Kindig Pretty Stoked!
  19. 9 points
    Probably because half of California burnt down this summer. However, the only thing flammable in glamis is an xp1000.
  20. 9 points
  21. 9 points
    I would have a nice chat with her. Let her know the cats out of the bag and that you know about her pussy. Let her know that your sure its a nice pussy, and while you have nothing against a nice pussy your afraid that it will get its hair and scent all over your polished wood. And if it ruined your wood she is going to have to get on her hands and knees to clean your wood or your going to charge her a cleaning fee.
  22. 9 points
  23. 8 points
    Forest fires are always stress full, especially when it may come your way and your forced to make some hard decisions fast. I live up in Aguanga, Anza area, and this became our week and a half of surviving no direct fire danger, no electricity, no water, and triple digit temps. First, I determined the west to east wind direction favored us, so it was a little comfort knowing that as long as the wind continues that way, we should be ok. We did start making a list of impotant items to load up if the wind would have shifted south towards us. Anza electric co-op gave a warning of when the power would be shut down. We had about two hours of power to get started. We filled up over a dozen 5 gal water container, 2 30 gal containers, filled 2 shower tubs up, went to fill all vehicles with gas, filled 5-5 gallons of gas for the generators. Have honda 3000, and honda 5000 at the moment to get ready. Next day, day 2, went to buy a champion dual fuel, 9000, or biggest model, cause I wanted to run propane. Cant forget many flashlights. We shut off the water supply to the toilets, ensured nobody turned on the sinks or showers to prevent the well pressure to drop off. We couldn't use the well because it was tied into the house power. We learned the hard way the first time when we used all the pressure up in the well, and required us to prime it a few days later when we had a small window of electricity 4-5 days later. We used our RV for showers, and microwave. I kept a drum of water, and a harbor freight water pump to fill the rv. A welcomed comfort in the heat. Day 3, I was checking the champion while running on propane about midnight, and found that it was spewing propane from the regulator near a blowout disc or relief. I about had a heart attack, and immediately shut it down. Glad to be alive, and also pissed cause I was counting on this thing so much. I just spent about $400.00 bones on propane and 2 40 gal tanks added. Back to gas... With the champion on gas, I could run the freezer, refrigerator, 2 small window a/c units, an oxygen machine, 2 tv's, 2 fans, and water machine dispenser for about 7-8 hours non-stop. We ran 24-7 for a week and a half, except when we had periodic power. We basically made home in two bedrooms of the house this whole time. The champion runs well on gas, but its going back once this is over. Im pissed about that I couldn't run on propane. If gas wasn't available at casino, I would of had to leave and drive 44 miles round trip to get it. The Honda 5000 would do the same for about 6-7 hours, and the Honda 3000 would only run 2 window units, 2 tvs, 2 fans. I rotated the 5000 and champion the most so I could get some sleep at night without getting up at 3:00am. I forgot to mention, were sustaining power for 4 adults, and two small children. We used the water from the bath tubs to flush the toilets. And filled back up as needed. Note, IF your gonna have a portable generator for emergencies, you gotta have 1-2 generators 5000 or more. Why 2, so you can run in 6-8 hour increments, and give them a cooling period if you can afford it. I have 4 75-100 ft. heavy duty cords to run, which is important to prevent fire due to cheap cords. My daughter, across town, melted a cheap cord, and luckily, didn't have a house fire. I CONSTANTLY checked cables about every 45 min, to an hour to be sure everything is operating safely. About 4-5 days in, we got random power restoral for up to 2-4 hours at a time in a day. We tried to replentish water and take showers in those windows when they were at night. We kept cases of water in coolers on ice. Ice was always easy to get, and at times, went to Walmart 22 miles away to get it and simple food. Tried to keep things as simple as possible to reduce using the oven and stove. This whole evolution was an eye opener. We take electricity and water for granted, and its a Bit--h without it. Without generators, it would have been very expensive. We couldn't leave, because of all the animals, but would have if the fire became a true threat to us. We consider our situation better than most because we had the means to stay in place. We burned about 10-15 gallons of fuel a day, which adds up fast. our ancient toilets burned 2-1/2 gallons per flush, and we went through about 120 bottles of drinking water, 200 lbs of ice. Security.. Unfortunitely, with situations like this, there are those that want to steal your water, generators, even barrels. So you have try to secure your stuff and be prepared to stay up late, or be near to catch someone. Some neighbors were ripped off during this emergency. Having the generators was a life saver, but it would definitely be a good idea to cut the madness of this by having a home emergency generator that runs off of a big propane tank. This is really the way to prep in the future, and worthy of budgeting for. These days, after the SDG&E lawsuits, the electrical providers are not shy to shut down power during high wind and fire events. Im so gratefull.. Yes, this was a huge inconvenience, but we were lucky to still have a home to live in. My best advice is to take a real honest look at how this type of emergency can affect whether you can ride out this situation for over a week straight. We didn't have an alternative to leave, unless the fire hit us. We had full power restored on Friday night, a week earlier than what was predicted. We were originally told power would be restored in two weeks. Thank god for the fast efforts of all the fireman, electrical workers to pull this off as fast as they did. I hope my story may help some people from this experience. It was pretty hot, stress full, trying to keep medical equipment, basic comforts for everyone. Thanks for listening..
  24. 8 points
    Here's a quote from Kevin to me a while back. " Keep the positive up man, it helps. I have never bitched about our shit ass disease one time to anybody, and I never will. Its not who I am. Instead I'm living my live to best of my ability now, and having as much fun with my GF and daughters as I can. I love them like there is no tomorrow, and make sure they feel it. " Till we meet again.
  25. 8 points
    What have I learned in 59 years on this planet? 1) Love the the people in your life that truly have your back no matter what! Not because of what you can do for them, but just because they want you in their lives. 2) Take care of those people and do your best to make them proud. 3) My children and grand children are absolute gifts! I could not be more proud of all of them! (4 My wife means everything to me! My partner in crime! The voice of reason, the calm to my storm. The one true thing that when the world is falling apart, she is always there to help me through it and never waver on how she loves me! )5 Have fun!!! Do the best with the time you have! Work hard, love your life, but have fun!! It's all ends way too soon!!

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