Trip Report 20120101
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Every year, our
good friends Kai and Tina host a New Year's quad trip to the Borrego
Springs area. This year was no exception and unlike some of the
previous years, the weather was OFF
THE CHART!! The days were high seventies, sunny and no
wind. The nights were in the forties, clear and no wind.
What a rare treat and a great close-out for the somewhat suspect year
The photos below are what we saw.
approach to the Borrego Springs area is via the so-called Montezuma
Grade. This grade is steep and we have had a number of brake
failures on it over the years. We were lucky as losing control
and going over the cliff would likely be fatal. But, scary
descent notwithstanding, the views of the valley below are breathtaking.
was some slight haze in the air, most likely from dust raised from all
the folks with off road vehicles cruising around in the great weather.
the right side, middle of the photo above is the so-called "Borrego
Sink" which is a (usually) dry lake bed. Our camp site would be
to the north (left) of the sink in that patch of green brush.
we arrived at camp, I noticed that we had gotten an extra prize during
the trip. That is a 1/2" hex head bolt sticking from my
nearly-new $1200 Michelin tire. Ouch. The good news, if you
can call it that, is that the tire held pressure all the way back to
good friends Kai, Tina and dog Reilly.
1017A towed the trailer as if it were not there. Above is the
camper in the travel configuration.
camper in the raised configuration.
we were set up, it was play time. One of the guys brought a
super-trick nitro-methane powered 4x4 RC truck. This rig was fast
and very entertaining.
kids were totally enamored with chasing after the truck.
Ron put a little too much throttle in the turn.
drove the RC truck hard and in the end he damaged some internal
workings. He put the rig on the "bench" and quickly found that
one of the internal bearings was wasted.
truck is both sophisticated and pricey. The purple tower is the
heat sink for the cylinder head.
and the girls in camp organized group meals making it easy on
everyone. Above Kai works the griddle with his famous pancakes.
1017 was our base station for the weekend and was the shelter from the
non-existent foul weather. This was such a pleasant
surprise. We have camped in this area in the winter many times
and have frequently had cold, windy and/or rainy weather. High
winds in a dusty area is no fun and there is usually no place to hide.
camp had a clear view of the mountains to the west of Borrego Springs.
trusty 1998 Yamaha Banshee. This quad has neck-snapping
acceleration and goes as fast as you dare.
2000 Raptor. This quad has had some issues over the years, but is
had brought our rifles and pistols, so we thought that we would go
shooting in one of the neighboring washes. So, we loaded our junk
on the quads and prepared to head out.
not have a rifle rack on my quad, so I placed them on the seat and sat
on them. Not an ideal solution, but it DID work. The cloth
cases prevented any damage to the guns or the quad seats.
did not go as well as we would have hoped. I purchased a thousand
rounds of Wolf steel case .45 ammo and the loads were very hot.
The casings bent my firing pin and required some heroic efforts to get
it out of the slide of my 1911. Happily, firing pins are not very
expensive but it did end shooting for the day. Plus, the powder
that Wolf uses is very, very dirty and almost seems resistant to normal
powder solvent. On Wolf, "once burnt, learnt" is my
philosophy. I am sure that I will get plenty of emails on the
topic, but rest assured they have been removed from the "approved
vendor" list. My HK ate them without incident, but the steel
cases did hammer the face of the slide on both guns. I normally
shoot my own reloads which use brass cases, so this is not the normal
situation. In the photo above, my cooler served as the ad hoc
cleaning station for this event.
Reinhardt came by with his kids and his 1450 DOKA with nice camper
box. The box is unfinished, so they slept in tents.
shot of John's rig.
in the rear of the photo above, brought his paint guns and let the kids
have a go at them.
a great time, as always. There were several acts of drama,
though. Kai crashed his moto as did his son (in separate
events). Luckily, they came away with minor injuries. The
weather was as nice as it could be and our trip back to SD was
uneventful despite the 1/2" bolt in the tire. Thanks to Kai and
Tina for organizing the event.
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