Christmas Eve 2002 Arizona Snow Run

By Jeep Experts

Scott Kruize gave me a name a number of days earlier than Christmas and requested me if I used to be up for a snow run on Christmas Eve.  Scott often makes a snow run as much as Crown King in the course of the winter so he can play within the white stuff a bit.  This is an outdated mining city that has about 100 everlasting residents which then swells to effectively over 1000 when the summer season season hits.  The outdated Jeep path that runs up the again approach is a well-liked path for the native of us who don’t get into laborious core off-roading.  A inventory TJ can run it, though I’ve pulled a number of autos over the ledge since I’ve began working it.  Now….throw in some snow and issues can get extra attention-grabbing.  The cliff edge trails you run….those the place a misplaced tire will drop you 700 ~ 800 toes down the mountain aspect earlier than you knew what hit you makes this journey rather more attention-grabbing within the winter (a Jeeper did in actual fact go over the sting this 12 months and died). 

We hit the path with 3 TJs, 1 YJ, and a full measurement F-250 pickup.  Scott lead the run and I picked up the tail gunner place.  The journey ran from dry gravel to snow and again once more….and it contained each conceivable mixture of mud, clay, dust, water, and snow you would dream up.  Somewhere alongside the way in which, (I feel it was on the 4th obstacle) I made a remark to Joey that I used to be on 5 completely different strains and none of them was the one I used to be attempting for.  We had been slipping and sliding round.  Now I do know why I favor the dry rocks when I’m taking part in on them. 

So, listed here are some pics that Scott and I took on the run.  And as at all times, it was enjoyable to get out with my buddies, Joey, Jake, Phil, and Scott.

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Compared to the runs made in the course of the different 3 seasons of the 12 months, the path appears so completely different with a splash of the white stuff throughout.  It had snowed the night time earlier than so we had been handled to a contemporary layer of snow. 

We stopped a number of instances alongside the way in which to stretch our legs and make a snowball or two.  I feel I caught Scott within the early levels of gathering some snow to throw at somebody.

Joey works his YJ up a steeper part of the path.  You can see Jakes yellow TJ at sitting beneath as he waits for Joey to achieve the highest.  We found early that it doesn’t take a lot to cease ahead progress and for the Jeep to slip backwards on the path.

Christmas Eve 2002
Arizona Snow Run

Phil walks up the path in the direction of Scott as Scott snaps an image of his TJ.  If you look carefully, you possibly can see the brown clods of mud on the hood which gathered there earlier down the path.  It appears that Scott’s lack of flares left him a bit unprotected from the wrath of the mud gods.

OK….so at the least one in every of us was within the vacation spirit.  Scott snapped an image of me and my elf hat (fortunately, you possibly can’t see the elf ears on the aspect of it!) 

Phil and his F-250 pickup works his approach up the path.  As we neared the highest of the mountain, the solar was hiding behind the low clouds.  I feel Phil’s shiny pink pickup would have regarded good with a wreath, proper in the course of the grill.

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Christmas Eve 2002
Arizona Snow Run

After Joey made it, Jake gave it a attempt.  I feel he’s looking for some higher traction on the aspect of the financial institution.  Nothing like utilizing the sidewalls to assist your self alongside

This is T.J. Frosty, just a little fellow that Scott discovered on the path and arrange on high of Jake’s hood.  Mr. Frosty rode on Jake’s hood for some time earlier than he slipped off.  I used to be cautious to not run him over as that may not be very becoming for such a pleasant man.

Once we bought to the switchbacks, Scott was in a position to rapidly get some elevation and take an image of me citing the rear.  Ah sure, a lonely job however any person needed to do it!

Christmas Eve 2002
Arizona Snow Run

I ended to take a few footage and have a look round.  Given a number of extra toes of snow, this path might move for being in Northern Minnesota, the place I grew up.  However, given all of the Jeepin’ alternatives that now we have right here within the Southwest, I’ll preserve what I bought and go TO the snow once I wish to see it (slightly than dwell in it 4~5 months out of the 12 months!)

We adopted a wide range of animal tracks as we bought near the highest of the mountain.  There had been deer for positive and one thing that had paws.

We lastly made it to Crown King.  After parking, we headed into the Crown King saloon to seize some lunch.  If you haven’t tried it, they make a fairly good BBQ sandwich within the little restaranut (at the back of the saloon).  Phil and Scott handled us to lunch and we had chocolate chip cookies for dessert in addition!  After a cease on the Crown King General Store, we referred to as the journey successful and headed again to Phoenix by way of the graded highway that takes you out to the freeway (after 40 minutes of wash boards and switchbacks). 

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It was an uneventful journey again to city apart from our transient cease to air the tires again up.  We had parked on the finish of the S-curve (the place the gravel highway turns into asphalt) and had been getting began on the duty at hand when there was an amazing squealing of tires.  I regarded up in time to see the smoke (from the tires) after which a automobile go capturing off of the highway.  The individual had hit the S flip too quick and jumped his automobile about 15 toes into the ditch (for those who can name it a ditch….extra like a bit of desert).  We all ran over to the automobile, which was now about 25 yards from us, to examine on the driving force.  As we approached, he indicated he was OK after which bought out of the automobile.  He was shaken (not stirred) however was OK.  Phil dropped him off at Black Canyon City (on the way in which again to Phoenix) to make preparations to get better his automobile.  The suspension regarded fairly flattened and for essentially the most half, it was sitting on the physique.  I’m pondering that leaping a mid-sized automobile off the highway shouldn’t be a very good factor.  Luckily, nobody was harm, and that’s the necessary half.

Well, that was the journey.  I bought residence and cleaned up a bit (I nonetheless haven’t scraped the mud off the TJ but).  My oldest daughter flew in from Minneapolis and the remainder of the children got here to have fun our household Christmas.  I hope you and yours loved the vacations and that subsequent 12 months’s trails are good ones.  Happy New Year!


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