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Well we all met up at XL gas in BS at about 8 am. H535 had his maf sensor in hand and we tried spraying it clean but no go. They did get it to the dealer so thats good. Well we set out from BS at around 830 or 9ish. after a few map misreadings and turn arounds we finally made it to the trailhead for Canyon Sin Nombre. Aired down for comfort and went on our way. Some beautiful mud sculptures, sediment walls and sandstone formations were seen throughout the trip. First stop was the Mud caves. Wow has that place changed since the time we were out there. We found a live bat chilling out in one of the caves. the temp was at least 20 degrees colder in there. then we headed on to the turnoff heading to the next turnoff to Diablo dropoff. well we took a turn too early and headed into a dead end wash. I looked at the map and realized the mistake so we all crammed the trucks forward so the last driver could turn around and then on down the line till tailgunner was trail boss. We went down a bit furthur to the correct turn off and cruised through som desert flatland reminicent of Mohave road. then we got to the dropoff. I pulled up to the ledge on the far side and everyone else followed suit. When they asked, How are we getting down i pointed them to the nicley ritted and loosened road. Looks like lots of folks have been doing it backwards with open diffs because there was alot of right foot left foot rutting all the way down. it was fun! then down to fish creek. this one gave us a real lesson in spotting, stacking, Hi Lifting and exploding x-jacks. after almost dying of heat stroke and a bunch of freshly painted rocks we made it through into the wider part of fish creek. We cut a little loose and got sideways a couple times. The place was completely empty so it was safe. We got up to elephant knees but the walk up hill is closed due to dune restoration. then we stopped to take a look at the wind caves but nobody opted to hike it today after our first long ordeal in the sun. Shortly after we stopped for lunch in the shade of a huge sandstone canyon. Next we rolled on back to the road and headed to ocotillo wells for some fun on the devils slide, A huge sand dune in the middle of nowhere, so fun. Then we said our goodbyes and went on our way.
By the way I got a ticket for no covers on my rack lights at about 7:30 AM. Anyone running the mesh type covers Like the Piaa or any others that cover the center of the light, I found out those don't cut it. It has to be fully covered by an Opaque material. I choose electrical tape. ;D



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whoo hoo! we all had fun. i also couldnt take pics.....hubby BROKE my camera so hopefully someone will post up pics soon. (hint hint) mike......great narration......i especially like the part about the EXPLODING X-JACK (or fake x-jack....triton "pillow")..........ppffffffffffffffffff! oh well..........i'll do a bit of research on that and hopefully can return it. dang.
it was a great adventure.....adding the perfect touch of pucker in some spots.
thanks to everyone for a great day. brendan didnt even have to be told twice to go to bed (and he was in bed and asleep early so thats a bonus).
cant wait to see pics and we'll be seein yas at the next trail run!
 

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I have an X-Jack and this post got me worried but if it was "fake" maybe I shouldn't be concerned? I need to test this thing out a few times in a low stress situation before I decide to use it for real.

Sounds like a really fun time. I spent the day playing Rockband with friends while our kids played and grilling out so I guess it could be worse.
 

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Well it was in sand and we put a floor mat between it and the vehicle but is seems like it was a sharp rock hiding in the sand. I don't know if there is a difference in materials or not. All I know it was a pain in the butt to use and it popped first time using it. I like the concept but I think I'll stick with the HiLift until someone shows me the other ones are puncture resistant and easier to use. :(



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We had an awesome time FunJunkie!!!

Again thanks for leading us newbies through the trail & getting the Vehicross and the rest of us through the tight spot.

I'll get my pics posted up by tomorrow night, tried to upload pics from my friend's camera who took the most pics... but something happened to the memory card/ computer couldn't read it/ all the info got erased... couldn't even recover it with a card recovering program.

Hitting some fast whoops and catching little bit of air however knocked my TRD CAI loose causing a small gap between the silicone hose and filter box... but no check engine lights or loss of power... I hope all would be alright in the long run. Gonna get an oil change this week as part of the 5,000 mile maintenance which should help clean out any small dust that got in the engine.
 

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WOW what a fun-filled day at Anza Borrego! FunJunkie led and BoBoNel tailgunned. Thanks for showing us some amazing trails and putting us through hair-raising challenges. I enjoyed the run and learned some more recovery stuff -- good experience. As always, loved meeting more FJC friends and you guys and gals were great company.

Arrived at the mud caves on Arroyo Seco del Diablo Trail (Devil's Dry Wash):



Exploring a couple of caves: (BoBoNel: Brendan has so much energy. He would have kept on going 'til who knows when in the caves. And he was narrating Star Wars and Indiana Jones in there :))


Early Holloween! Brendan spotted a bat:




The Diablo Drop Off; first drop:
It was fun watching the tires taking turn spinning in the air or just slipping on the loose sand. Just slip and slide slowly down ;D. From the driver seat, it looked really scary!

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pandafj's friend, Harold, in the VehiCross. How cool was that thing .... on three wheels!
 

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GREAT PICS. and YES.......Brendan does have the energy. wish i had 1% of that energy....or ADHD whichever came first. :) thanks for exploring with him. that heat was too hot for my fat as5 to go hiking and exploring thats for sure! hee hee hee

as for the Titan air jack (thats the brand i have or HAD...not the ARB x-jack.....not sure of the material of the ARB x-jack and i'm thinking it might be better??).........but my TRITON AIR JACK punctured quickly, easily and rapidly. i'm in the process now of contacting the company to see if they will return/refund my money. i'll stick with jacks and hi-lifts also until i can afford the ARB x-jack (which is double the price of the tritan but probly better quality...obviously) i'll keep yas all posted.

i had such a fun time. its always extremely rewarding to go thru a trail, sometimes hair-raising, with folks that are experiencing it for the first time. the smiles of accomplishment will be forever burned in my memory.

i'm also happy to report that PANDAFJ scratched/dinged his stock TT bling plate. YEAH.....he'll be modding soon! wooop woooop seeing that thing (stock bling plate) again is amazing. its so LOW and almost acts like a shovel....i'm glad we were able to give him the oppurtunity to upgrade. hee hee
 

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More pics:

The Diablo Drop off; second drop:

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Cammo. Looking sure-footed controlling the manual. Great job!


Fish Creek Trail:

I was towards the back of the pack and when we stopped moving, I got out on foot and ran up to see that somehow, we arrived at the John Bull of Anza Borrego :eek: :D! I started wishing for 35" tires and SFA! I think this part of the trail is rated 8, so:

Out came BoBoNel's Titan Air Jack for Harold:




pandafj:


Cammo


BoBoNel


Everyone needed spotting and all got out fine. That was a good lesson with spotting, Hi-lift, Lift-mate, air jack, etc..

We took a well-deserved lunch break here:





The group went on to a sand dune to play and I went home. While airing back up, a man stopped just to make sure that my truck was not broken down and that I had water. Nice people in Anza Borrego!

Thank you all for having made it a great day. It was a good cap-off to a nice Labor Day weekend!
 

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What would make you happier: A six-pack of abs or a six-pack of beer??!!! 8)
 

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Looks like a lot of fun... I'm going to invade you guys one day, I swear it! ;D
 
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