Photos: EWE Destination Wenatchee Mountain Backroads Trip

Destination Wenatchee Mountain Backroads Trip
Hosted by Eastern Washington Expeditions

Report & photos by Clay Graham / CegPics.com

On Saturday, October 23rd 2021, Liberty State Overland Club members met up at the Shell Gas Station in Kittitas about 10 AM and topped off the fuel tanks. We then convoyed to the Naneum Ridge State Forest. We aired down on Coleman Creek Road.

We headed up Coleman Creek Road onto Dawson Road. We drove by some of the campsites to show the new guys where we make came in the future. We took Boulder Road over to Naneum Creek and stopped for lunch.

After lunch we headed up Swift Creek Road and then turned up the rocky road to climb up onto Naneum Ridge. As we climbed we drove into the clouds and it got colder. The plants had ice and snow on them. There was a little snow falling. Once on the Naneum Ridge we drove to Wenatchee Mountain. The views of the valleys were not there but it was still worth the trip.

We moved on running the Naneum Ridge Road all the way to Colockum Road and took a break there. It was clear enough to see the Columbia River, Quincy and Quincy Lakes.

Next we headed up Colockum Road. We stopped at the Historical Marker. The site of Halfway Station Colockum Pass between Ellensburg and Wenatchee. Freight and immigrant route from the Dalles Oregon and Ruby Mines B.C. 1887

Then we continued over Colockum Pass and made our way down to the power lines. We ran Brushy Road, Beacon Road, and then out Parke Creek Road. We saw a lot of deer along the way. We aired up near the pavement and then headed for home.

This was a great time thanks to all who came.

Here are some photos of the Eastern Washington Expeditions Destination Wenatchee Mountain Trip:

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Photos: EWE Oktoberfest Backroads Trip

Oktoberfest Backroads Trip
By Eastern Washington Expeditions

Report & photos by Clay Graham / CegPics.comOn Saturday, October 16th 2021, Liberty State Overland Club members met up at the EWE Club House around 10 AM. We convoyed through the Yakima River Canyon seeing the site along the way.

Once in Ellensburg we headed to the Ellensburg/Wenas Pass. At the end of pavement on Umtanum road we stopped and aired down. We headed over the pass and turned up Hanson Pond Road. Once at Hanson Pond we took a short break. We then headed on up to the top of Manastash Ridge. We stopped at the view point and then again at the Manastash Ridge Observatory for lunch.

After lunch we headed down Observatory Road. We turned up the Mud Flats Road and then up the Manastash Ridge Road. We ran W-5600 and down Hudson Road onto the North Fork Wenas Road. We stopped at Cascade Camp to use the Outhouse and then headed out Auduban Road. At the pavement we aired back up. Some headed home and the rest of us went back to the EWE Club House for the Oktoberfest Dinner.

This was a great time thanks to all who came.

Here are some photos of the Eastern Washington Expeditions Oktoberfest Backroads Trip:

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Photos: EWE Wagons East (Naches Pass 4×4 Trip)

Wagons East (Naches Pass 4×4 Trip)
By Eastern Washington Expeditions

Report & photos by Clay Graham / CegPics.comWagons East is our clubs Jeep trip on the Historical Naches Pass Trail. The trail is famous because the Longmire party was the first wagon train to used it to head west in 1853. The trail was not finished so they had a rough time getting across. They had to winch down the Naches Trail Cliffs near Greenwater. On our Wagons East Jeep trip, we start at the Naches Trail Cliffs and go west to east.On Wednesday, October 6th 2021, Odo and I headed up to the Lost Meadow Campground in the Little Naches area to set up camp for the Eastern Washington Expeditions Wagons East camp out. It was close to dark by the time we got the EWE Chuckwagon Mess Hall set up. Odo cooked us up Dutch Oven Enchiladas.

Thursday morning there was some frost on the ground. Odo cooked up us some breakfast. TJ40 pulled into camp around noon. He set up came and then we headed out exploring some roads we never had been on. We found some dry firewood and hauled it back to camp. It was still early so we headed up some roads around Bear Creek to see what was up them. We found closed gates on all of them. We went back to camp for the night. We sat around the propane fire in the EWE Chuckwagon Mess Hall as Odo cooked up some food. Odo forgot the cabbage for the Tinfoil Dinners so he came up with a plan to cook what we had for them in cast iron. Oh it turned out great.

Friday morning it was frosty again. TJ40 decided to get an early start on fixing his Jeep in case he had to run to town for parts. For some reason the caliber was sticking making the disk hot. He put it back together and it seemed to work right again. Others in our group showed up throughout the day. 99 and BP-Tree joined Odo in the EWE Chuckwagon Mess Hall to cook up some burritos for dinner. Most everyone else sat outside around the campfire telling stories.

Saturday morning we had a lot of help at the EWE Chuckwagon Mess Hall with the potluck breakfast. We had a driver meeting to follow and then headed out to wheel the Naches Pass Trail.

We headed over Pyramid Pass to the west end of the Naches Pass 4×4 Trail. We broken into two groups to head back east. The two groups met up at FS7065 on the Naches Trail and then again at FS7080.

There was a group fixing some of the bridges in the Government Meadows area. Two in our group continued up the trail to help fix the bridges and the rest of us drove Pyramid Pass over to the East side then headed up FS1914-793 to get back on the Naches Pass Trail. Once on the trail we stopped for lunch.

After lunch we kept heading East on the Naches Pass Trail. At FS1914 two of the rigs turned off and headed back to camp. We stopped off for a break at a viewpoint. After the break we worked our way east on the Naches Pass Trail to FS1913 and then headed back to camp.

Back at camp we had fun around the campfire and had a great potluck dinner by volunteers at the EWE Chuckwagon.

Sunday morning the weather was nice. We had a good potluck breakfast cooked by volunteers at the EWE Chuckwagon. Most of the group headed home after breakfast. Most of the rest of us took a drive up to Raven Roost. It was very windy and very cold there. We headed back to camp and loaded for home.

This was a great time thanks to all who came.

Here are some photos of the Eastern Washington Expeditions Wagons East:

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Play Wagons East Video

Posted in 4 Wheel Drive, Camping, Naches Drainage, Naches Ranger District, Outdoor Adventure, Overland, Recreation, Road Trip, Sightseeing, Tourism, Washington State Tourism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Photos: EWE Wagons East (Naches Pass 4×4 Trip)

Photos: EWE Moses Lake Sand Dunes ORV Trip

Moses Lake Sand Dunes Base Camp ORV Trip
Hosted by Eastern Washington Expeditions

report by Clay Graham / CegPics.com

On Friday September 24th, 2021 we convoyed to the Moses Lake with the F350 pulling the trailer with my YJ (Santa’s Sleigh), Doc’s drove his YJ, and Dan was in his JK. We stopped and topped off fuel in Mose Lake and then headed for the dunes to set up camp in the gravel pit. We set up camp and TJ40 showed up. The Chuckwagon cook was Odo and he cooked up some tinfoil dinners. We had a good time relaxing around the propane fire. It was after 1 AM when we headed to bed.

Saturday morning the weather was perfect. The Chuckwagon breakfast was eggs, corn beef hash, and coffee. James showed up to wheel with us.

We headed out around 10:00 AM or so and hit some dunes. We stopped at the South Pole for a photo and then worked our way out to the Potholes Reservoir. We played along the Potholes Reservoir and then up Crab Creek.

We headed back up in the sand dunes. We stopped for lunch on one of the tallest dunes we could find. After lunch we played on all the big dunes we could find. There was also a fun sand track out there.

We made our way back down to Crab Creek and ran the beach. We had to stop and remove my YJ’s front drive line since I lost a u-joint cap.

We ran on up to Potholes Reservoir and then back up into the sand dunes. I got stuck once since I missed a turn and could not back up in 2 wheel drive. TJ40 gave me a tug and we were back on our way. Up in the sand dunes we played as we worked our way toward Moses Lake. At Moses Lake we stopped for a break.

It was getting about dinner time so we headed back to camp. James and Dan both headed for home. The Chuckwagon dinner was fish and potatoes.

Sunday morning we headed out after breakfast. We ran across the dunes to go play on the beach of the Potholes Reservoir. TJ40 and Doc tried to find a shallow path to an island. They never made it there. We then ran the beach. I had to head back because Doc got stuck. TJ40 gave him a pull and we were back on our way. We ran along Crab Creek and then went back into the sand dunes. I round noon we headed back to camp and loaded up for home.

Here are some photos of EWE Moses Lake Sand Dunes Base Camp ORV Trip:

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Photos: Kennewick Giant Swap Meet

Kennewick Giant Swap Meet
Report by Clay Graham, Photos by Clay & Calvin Graham / CegPics.com

On Friday September 17th, 2021, we set up the Eastern Washington Expeditions booth up at the Benton Franklin Fair Grounds for the Kennewick Giant Swap Meet that ran Saturday and Sunday. We did not sell food this year due to the Governor’s mandates.

Saturday the event ran from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM. There was a $1 admission fee. Sunday the event ran 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and the admission was free.

It was a great time.

Here are some photos of the 2021 Kennewick Giant Swap Meet:

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Liberty State Overland Club
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