Looking Down the Road

2007 is history. And it was a good one for Rough Country 4 Wheelers. We were very active with a wide assortment of activities and trips to suit everyone’s tastes and wants. The party grew last year also, with the addition of new memberships. 2008 is here and it’s time to plan trips and events for this year. The Club has been on a roll for the last several years and ‘08 will be no exception. A number of trips and events are already planned for. Anyone who has additional ideas for Club trips or events please make your voice heard. The more the merrier!

The following trips and events are already on the table for ‘08: First will be the annual RC4W awards party at Dewey Williams house in February. Always a good time. Dewey has promised free beer to the first 500 guests…..kidding! Then the biggie, Easter Jeep Safari at Moab, Utah. The largest event of it’s kind in the world. It’s the Sturgis of off-roading. This year’s event is March 15-23. There are a number of RC4W members going and it’s only 7 weeks off. More info at www.rr4w.com There will also, of course, be Club runs in February and March. The April Club run will be a good one after this winter’s impressive snow totals. May will find RC4W members flocking to the sand hills at Walden over the Memorial Day weekend for the annual sand fling!

June will once again bring Wind River Fever as RC4W heads to Lander, Wyoming over the Father’s Day weekend for the Wind River 4x4 Association event. This is a great little event, 60-70 rigs, campfires, BBQ’s, door prizes etc. Great people and atmosphere. The wheeling is mild to wild, pick yer flavor! Outstanding scenery and a show and shine on the last day. Cool little town in a beautiful valley. Really a fun deal!

We have been contacted by the Casper club for an all Wyoming clubs get together sometime this year and each successive year on each club’s home turf. More on this as we get it.

A new destination trail adventure is in store for the 4th of July weekend. Mt. Blanca in southern Colorado is another old club favorite. We first started running it in the mid-’80’s but it’s now been over 10 years since we last ran it. If you like the Holy Cross experience you will love Mt. Blanca. It takes the Holy Cross experience to another level! It is featured in the March, 2008 issue of 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility magazine.

There has also been talk among members, of a trip to Montrose, Colorado sometime this year for a romp on the good stuff! If you are interested, speak up. August will again bring the annual work trip weekend, always a good time (until someone pitches their tent in a low area!) For this year’s bash we have invited the Casper club down to hang out for the weekend. Should be a good one.

Labor Day weekend usually signals the end of summer and what better way to usher it out than a good romp in the Black Hills at the Dakota Territory Challenge. This was an annual RC4W trip every year throughout the ’90’s. Trivia: RC4W first went to it in February, 1978 when it was the “Badlands Baja” off road race near Wall, SD. 15 of us got stranded in 1 motel room in Lusk, Wyoming during a blizzard on the return trip to Cheyenne. And, yes, we did make it to the liquor store before it closed! The Badlands Baja later morphed into the Dakota Territory Challenge. It’s a great time. More info can be had at www.bh4wheelers.com 125 rigs, same campground, awesome scenery, campfires, parties, a band, dinners, door prizes etc. Wheeling is mild to wild, pick yer flavor! And their “wild” tends to be a little more so than most areas! A good bow/chain saw helps! They truly are “pack a lunch, bring a flashlight” type trails! Extra batteries, and breakfast, wouldn’t be entirely inappropriate!

Well, folks, there’s just part of the RC4W 2008 schedule. Feel free to add to it. If you get bored this year it’s “yer own damn fault”!

Happy Trails,
Rod