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Old 07-17-2016, 12:36 PM
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First off, let me start by saying a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out yesterday. You guys are really awesome!

We had a really productive day. Everyone met up at the Georgetown Visitor's Center where we aired down and had the Trasharoo Raffle.


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Douglas was our lucky winner

We started out by checking some of the lower campsites for trash. We found one camp fire that was still hot and smoldering. So we put it out. In general there really wasn't much trash which was fantastic. I'm not sure if this was just due to luck, or people were actually cleaning up after themselves. (I'm going to go with luck...) Like usual, we split into two groups to cover the upper and lower trails. Dan and Douglas then split off and drove across the river to check out the roads on the opposite hill. They reported back that things seemed in good shape other than the road block at the top has been destroyed and people are going all the way to the top of that ridge again. (I'll be discussing this with Brant soon) The rest of us all met up at Waldorf and started eating lunch. Then Dan come across the HAM and said that he was experiencing technical difficulties with his 80. Some kind of a terrible sound was coming from under it and he surmised it to be a Burfield going bad. A small rescue details was dispatched to assist. The rest of us stayed at Waldorf and began to install birdhouses.


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We installed ten houses and gathered GPS coordinates on them.

Thanks to everyone who helped out, we were able to get this done really fast.

At this point we made contact with Mike about what was going on with Dan's 80. Luckily it turned out it wasn't anything critical. The exhaust pipe had come loose and was bent into his driveshaft. They had him patched up and rolling again shortly.
A couple folks had to head home at this point. So the rest of us, about six or seven rigs, linked up and headed to where the downed tree was at. Just before we got to the tree I was surprised by a large Moose crashing through the bushes beside the trail and called it out on the CB. We stopped and took some pictures.

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We all took turns working on the tree. Big thanks to Daine for bringing out his chainsaw. Unfortunately we couldn't get it started at that elevation. But it was ok. We used our axes, hand saws, straps, and my winch to get it cleaned out of the way in about an hour.


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We continued on to the small miner's cabin and cleaned up some trash from around and inside. Then we decided that it was definitely time to head up to higher elevations. At this point our group was six rigs and we started to ascend the trail to Mclellan Pass. This was really cool for me. The weekend before this event, I was up here and had gotten to visit Argentine Pass for the first time. And now I was finally getting to go to the other side as well. In the past I've always been up here too early in the year to get up this high. We got to the top of the pass and looked around for awhile then decided to head up to the top of Mclellan Mountain.

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At this point Mike realized he had lost his cellphone somewhere. So he and his dad went back down the trail to look for it. The rest of us headed up to the peak.



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What a fantastic view. Such an amazing place. After we had hung around the top and taken pictures for a while, we started back down.


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We all met up back at Waldorf. The missing cellphone was found. Mike mentioned that they had seen another Moose while searching for it. Dean and Douglas were going to camp out that night so we said our goodbyes to them and headed out down the upper road. On the way out we got to see the other Moose Mike had mentioned. They were both together now and heading lower into the valley.


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We got off the trail well after dark. We aired up in the parking lot of the nature trail just down the street. We all said our goodbyes and headed out. I ended up driving back over Guanella Pass to get home. I had several close calls with deer jumping out onto the road, but made it home without incident.

What a fantastic day. Everyone was very helpful and we had a great time. Again, thank you all for coming out and helping. I really do appreciate it.

I had a lot of time to think about stuff while we were driving around enjoying this fantastic place. And I was reflecting on my time spent with this club since I moved here in 2013. The Argentine Cleanup run was the very first club event I ever went on. And it amazed me to be here now leading the event. Thank you Tim for coming out and saying hi and for your words of appreciation. It just got me thinking what a fantastic influence this club has been for me in the past years. I've had such a great time with you guys. I've learned so much about trucks, wheeling, and taking care of our wild places. You guys have helped me grow my wheeling experience and grow as a person. And I'm honored to be able to call you friends. :rising sun:
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Old 07-17-2016, 12:53 PM
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Thanks Travis for setting this all up and for leading. It was a great day.
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Old 07-17-2016, 03:52 PM
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Great Job Travis!! I had an awesome time with a great group of fellow wheelers.
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Excellent event Travis. Thank you for your leadership. A giant thank you to everyone that came out to help and enjoy one of the most scenic areas Colorado has to offer. Our Argentine adopt a road is a success through the efforts of all of you.

Travis - TheHoneyBadger
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Bill - chillbill
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Ken - Kenon698
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Tim - nakman
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I think Mike was driving the blue FJC we saw up there with the RS sticker in the back window
Who was driving the Gray FJC that was with Mike?
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Old 07-17-2016, 07:13 PM
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I finally got the pictures up.
They turned out kind of crappy looking in this format.
If any of you would like to have me email the original copies of your rigs or the Moose or whatever, just let me know.

Also, I need everyone who was there for this event to please do me a huge favor.
I was supposed to fill out some paperwork for this event to record the names of everyone there. This way, Brant can record the volunteer hours we spent out there and turn them in to the Forest Service. But I ran out of the house that morning and forgot to bring the forms with me.

So please PM me the names of all the adults in your rig, your number and your address. I think that's all I need on the form. I'll fill out the paperwork and get it turned in.

Thanks!
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Old 07-17-2016, 07:48 PM
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Here's some more pictures from the lower road water crossings.


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pre shots
and then ran into a herd of hummers (Douglasvb had a clever alliteration for the herd of hummers but I cant recall what it was) coming up power line road on way to other side of valley to meet up with Dan

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kenon698, tacodane, and 3 WHEEL BEN

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last 2 including 1 of my wife that Mary Lou, Bill's wife took ...I can never convince her to go wth me, but did this time...thanks!

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