The weekend started out at the pavilion with check-in and a brief driver’s meeting. Soon everyone broke off into groups to hit the trails, some tackling the more aggressive blues and others sticking with the greens to get their feet wet. No one suffered any severe trail damage, aside from a broken mud flap or perhaps a tire popping its bead. The Jeep in our group encountered a rock stuck by one of its rotors and was making extreme shrieking noises all through the park. A quick tire removal to discover and remove the rock and we were back on the trails.
After a day of wheeling, the group was treated to a wonderful Italian meal, complete with lasagna, pizza, salad, and subs. During dinner, guests were encouraged to peruse the many product donations we were offering up for raffle and to purchase raffle tickets. Items included a new set of coilovers donated by ToyTec, a set of rock rails donated by Trail Gear, a Hi-Lift jack, ARB recovery kit, and two sets of Hella fog lamps donated by the club, and many other great donations from our sponsors. After the raffle, everyone disbursed to either get a good night’s rest before another great day of wheeling or head home.
On day two of the event, with our group numbers a bit smaller, we explored the other section of trails in the park, which made for an exciting day for everyone involved. Soupy mud, challenging rock gardens, and steep hills taxed our skills and added a new level of excitement to the day’s wheeling. After about five hours on the trails, our exhausted group aired back up and went our separate ways, looking forward to the next event that would bring us together for fun and fellowship.
For more information on the FJ Bruisers and to join, please visit www.fjbruisers.org.