Rockin’ XJ Jamboree 2006

Johnson Valley, California
Friday – Sunday, November 17-19, 2006

I spent this past weekend hanging out on a dry lake bed and four wheeling with a group of friends in Johnson Valley, California. This was my very firs trip to California and I know it won’t be my last. Since I flew in to Los Angeles, I didn’t have my own Jeep with me this time, but I did hitch some rides with my friends. There were definitely some very difficult trails there that were a lot of fun. I’d like to get my Jeep out there sometime in the future. On to the pictures!

I got a late start leaving from LA on Friday morning at 3:30am, so by the time we were getting close to JV the sun was just coming up for the day.

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A bunch of people from our group were already there when we arrived.

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Shortly after we got there, everyone woke up and headed out for the day. I ended up riding with one of Richards friends who had a built TJ. We started out on the beginning of Wrecking Ball and then turned off down Bender Alley.

Here’s a few pictures from the first part of Wrecking Ball:

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Now some from Bender Alley:

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Broken stub on the Dana 44

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After finishing Bender Alley we headed down Jack Back.

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Then we shot over to check out Dirty Sanchez. Matt was the only one to try, but didn’t make it this time.

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Finally we went over to take a peek at Chocolate Thunder and Richard decided to give it a shot. He made it look easy…

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Just as the sun was setting for the day.

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That evening we hung out at camp for a while and and I actually got a little bit of sleep. On Saturday I rode with Geoff and we some easy scenic stuff before watching some of the others on the big waterfall at the top of Wrecking Ball.

Here’s a few pics of the easy scenic stuff:

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Part of the easy stuff included a nice flat dry lake bed that we got to race across.

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Don’t go past the barrier!

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Racing across the playa.

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Then off to watch the waterfall on Wrecking Ball.

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Then it was back to camp for dinner and a raffle. Oh yeah, and Scrappy was tired of his roof flapping around so he took an angle grinder to it…

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Plenty of good raffle prizes.

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Sunday we didn’t stick around too long since I had a flight home to catch, but neither did anyone else. Before leaving we watched some rigs run the waterfall on Backdoor.

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I shot some videos of that, too.

Cracker (13MB): http://myxj.net/videos/JV2006/Cracker_Backdoor.wmv

Goatman (10MB): http://myxj.net/videos/JV2006/goatman-backdoor.wmv

Scrappy (20MB): http://myxj.net/videos/JV2006/scrappy-backdoor.wmv


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