everyone knows Southern High Rollers is again hosting the SWFWDA Spring
Quarterly. The event will be
held at Barnwell Mountain Recreational Area in Gilmer, TX.
For those who have not been there yet, it is a great place to go.
It doesn’t have much in the way of “hard-core” rock crawling,
but there are trails from easy to very hard and in some people’s words,
“The trails keep your interest”. Last
year when we held the event there we had to have many club work runs to get
the property and trails ready for an event.
This year the trails on the property are much more established and we
only have to make one work run just prior to the event and the main reason
for this run is to cut back all the over-growth from a wet winter.
20 vehicles: 8 CJ's, 5 TJ's, 2 YJ's, 2 Cherokees (1 small, 1 full-size), 2
Toyota's, and 1 Land Rover. (and
that's probably not all of them as I don't remember exactly all the guests
that came with all our members and I'm sure I missed a few).
people went up on Friday and set up camp (tent or hotel) and there were a
few of us that got up before the crack of dawn on Saturday and drove up.
We met at the mountain around 10am.
Some of the ones that got there the night before were already out on
the trails. Our group started
out with about 11 vehicles, some “hard-core” rigs and some stock, some
veterans and some newbies. It
was a good mix and we headed out for some easy trails to get the newbies a
little experience. We wheeled
for a couple of hours and everyone had a great time.
All of the newbies made everything with a little coaching and by now
Not everyone was able to stay for a
run on Sunday, so we ended up with about 8 vehicles and it was decided that
we were going to hit some of the harder trails.
We did leave one vehicle behind (a stock, long bed, Toyota pick-up)
and they found empty seats to enjoy the ride.
These trails proved to be much more difficult than any of the trails
of the day before and some elected to by-pass a lot of them.
But everyone had a good time and that’s what counts.
We quit around noon and headed back to the top of the mountain to
load up and grab some lunch before heading home.
The trip home was uneventful and we made it back in time to catch the
2nd half of the game!
The general consensus of the weekend was “A great time was had by all”. As a matter of fact, the weekend reminded us of “the old days” back at Ft. Hood. The weather was beautiful, the trails were relaxing and the company was great! We left happy and content and ready for the next trip like this one.
We hope everyone can make the event and show your support to SWFWDA at the quarterly meeting.