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Old 06-09-2019, 10:37 AM
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I'm roadtrippin' up to Portland this month!

Wife and I are spending some quality married time in Portland/Boise area 30 June-13 July. I'm driving her Pathfinder up there and she is flying up a day later.

I'm gonna spend Saturday night 29 June in Manteca CA at my brothers house, then hitting the road to Portland Sunday after church. Anyone want to meet from some coffee along the way? I'll buy! I'll be on the 5 pretty much the whole way and camping in the back of our Pathfinder Sunday night the 30th. I can also meet up for some coffee or something Monday morning as I don't have to pick up my bride from PDX until the afternoon. The wife will be annoyed if I do much FSJ'ing after she gets there so those 2 days are probably the best times...

Johnsonic, Wagoneer Taylor, deckside? Anyone else around? PM me and we'll see what we can do!

We'll be driving over to Boise later the second week, so driftwood, I'll hit you up then, too!
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Old 06-27-2019, 02:03 PM
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Just saw this...I will be home starting the 13th if you are still around or drive back through, can host for some drinks out in the burbs...will even wash my rig before you show up
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sounds like fun Rang,....

hope you enjoy it.

have a good time.

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Just saw this...I will be home starting the 13th if you are still around or drive back through, can host for some drinks out in the burbs...will even wash my rig before you show up
Im here now through about the 8th or 9th. Will you be here before the 13th?
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Thanks dave! So far its been amazing! Road trip was great getting here, met up with wagoneer Taylor and the wedding waggon and johnsonic with his amazing 84 GWag! Great group of folks on this forum!
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Old 07-02-2019, 01:33 PM
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sounds great rang
glad you are enjoying the trip,...

you are right,...
a lot of great members on IFSJA

and you are one of them.

keep having fun !

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Old 07-02-2019, 09:24 PM
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We'll be driving over to Boise later the second week, so driftwood, I'll hit you up then, too!

Awesome! give me a shout. I showed my wife your burn-out video tonight. Loved it. I'm not worthy.
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Thanks dave! So far its been amazing! Road trip was great getting here, met up with wagoneer Taylor and the wedding waggon and johnsonic with his amazing 84 GWag! Great group of folks on this forum!

It was awesome meeting up with you, think we talked in the parking lot of a pub for almost 2 and half hours
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Sounds like a great trip. You will have to share some photos with us on the trip. Hope the weather is nice.
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Old 07-05-2019, 11:52 AM
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Im here now through about the 8th or 9th. Will you be here before the 13th?
Afraid not Amigo. Rain check? (Portland pun intended.)
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Old 07-06-2019, 11:58 PM
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sounds great rang
glad you are enjoying the trip,...
you are right,...
a lot of great members on IFSJA
and you are one of them.
keep having fun !
dave in NC
Will do, Dave!
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Awesome! give me a shout. I showed my wife your burn-out video tonight. Loved it. I'm not worthy.
Haha! I have another one, too but didn't want to post 2 of them. Looking forward to seeing your headliner, and tailgate! Wooo Hoo! I get to Boise Tuesday night and will be there, mostly working Wed-Fri.
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It was awesome meeting up with you, think we talked in the parking lot of a pub for almost 2 and half hours
Yep! You too! Good times! Seemed like 15 minutes though... LOL!
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Sounds like a great trip. You will have to share some photos with us on the trip. Hope the weather is nice.
You see, if I was smart, I woulda taken some pictures. But, well, I'm not. The wife and I are going to hit a trail tomorrow up on Mount Hood but it'll be in her Pathfinder. If I get a decent picture, I;ll post it. I will try my best to get some when I meet up driftwood.
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Afraid not Amigo. Rain check? (Portland pun intended.)
Okie dokie! For sure! I'm hoping to come back up this winter and will hit you up!
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:42 PM
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I got to meet Marc last night. We met at Bear Island Brewing in Boise. We talked so long and shared so many stories that we finally got kicked out by the owner so she could close shop and go home for the night. Good Times! Solsaks, you missed it. you should have been there!
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Yeah, that was awesome!! Had a blast! Next round is on me, though! Hopefully next time we'll have my turd there (with Idaho plates) and can sit and chat more! Good times! We forgot to take a picture though. LOL!

speaking of pictures:
Here are some cool rigs I saw driving around (other than the Wedding Wagon, Johnsonic's ride, and Driftwood's ride)



Took my wife's ride on a trail up in the mount hood area. Here is her ride in it's offroad costume (removed running boards and no sway bars)


We went on the Barlow Road Trail and then to the Badger Lake trail. It was pretty awesome. Great views. I would call it "moderate" difficulty. I definitely used 4WD and low range. 2WD would NOT have made it there and back but open axles were fine. One creek crossing was about 18 inches deep. Took us about 90 minutes from pavement to the lake (all dirt) and then another 90 minutes back. Some cool pics from the trail. The lake was AMAZING!!! The pictures I took of the lake won't transfer over to jpg (they are some stupid apple specific HEIC format or something like that) so I can't resize them. There was almost no one at the lake when we got there. As we were sitting there drinking our drinks and eatin our snacks, a deer walked behind us, ate some leaves next to us (about 15 feet away), then gently walked off into the woods. What a great trip. My bride had never done anything like this and we both ate it up. These pics are the really pretty areas, not the challenging ones... Would be way more fun in a FSJ.





While we were out there, this tree mooned us. Probably because we were not in a FSJ.
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Old 07-13-2019, 08:55 AM
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This is the proper method of visiting Mt Hood!

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LOVED THE PHOTOS RANG, WISH I WAS THERE WITH Y'ALL.

Driftwood, that dang firecracker red wagoner just keeps getting

better looking everytime I see it,(ESPECIALLY WITH THE BOAT ON TOP )

one of my favorite rigs on the forum !

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Looks like a ton of fun man - glad you had a great trip!
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This is the proper method of visiting Mt Hood!

Concur! No argument here. Wait, those aren't the rims on your rig last week. What happened to those? Is this when you guys picked it up? I notice it is also pre-truck mirrors....
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Driftwood, that dang firecracker red wagoner just keeps getting
better looking everytime I see it,(ESPECIALLY WITH THE BOAT ON TOP )
one of my favorite rigs on the forum !
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RIGHT?!? That red looks so nice!!!
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Looks like a ton of fun man - glad you had a great trip!
Thank's John! You're a big reason it was so epic!! Next time I head up, would you guy (and the G/F) want to hit a trail with us? Your truck would have had no problem on this trail. We saw a few more like this we want to try next time, too.
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Here's why we went to Boise. These are the 2 rooms we painted. Guess why we painted them. I also had a ton of little fixes to do to the house after the renters left. I have no way of conveying how bad I want to move into this house NOW; words fail me:


After



Drove home yesterday through some of the most desolate country I have ever driven through. We went south from Boise, down the west side of Nevada (rode the old Pony Experess trail in places), and then in through Eastern California. We passed through ALOT of towns that are almost ghost towns and saw some signs for some real Ghost Towns (Candelaria NV is the only one I remember off the top of my head). It was really interesting to see and if we weren't in such a hurry to get home, I would have loved to stop and explore/Take some pics.
Our path:
84W, Idaho 51S, Nevada 225S, 80W, Nevada 305S, Nevada 50W, Nevada 361S, 95S, Nevada 360S, 6S, CA 395S to 14S, to 5S, to blah blah blah (SoCal). I mention this because if you want to see some cool old ghost towns or near ghost towns, check out those roads. Mina NV, Lunning NV, Gabbs NV. pretty cool places. Here are some cool pics I took on the road. These pictures represent about 90% of what we saw:



Here is the summary from my Pathfinder's trip computer. I reset this as I backed out my driveway 2 weeks ago and took this picture as I pulled into my driveway last night. Drive from Downtown Boise to my driveway in Camarillo: 0830-2300 (All Pacific time) included one stop for dinner (~30 mins), 1 speeding ticket in Inyo County (~15 minutes), 3 brief stop's for fuel (~10 mins each), and 2 "Health and wellness" stops (about 10 minutes each). Keep in mind, this is Camarillo, to Portland, around Portland, to Mount Hood, Around mount hood, offroading, then Mount hood to Boise, back and forth between our AirBnB and Boise house, then Boise to home.


Here's what the tray of shame looks like after 2 weeks. That's all from the Xfer case.
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Old 07-14-2019, 05:27 PM
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Concur! No argument here. Wait, those aren't the rims on your rig last week. What happened to those? Is this when you guys picked it up? I notice it is also pre-truck mirrors....


Here's what the tray of shame looks like after 2 weeks. That's all from the Xfer case.

This is a older pic. Pre Cool-dude mirrors. I still have the slots. I want to give them a polish.....and awaiting permission to buy new BF Goodrichs for them. The set on it now will get used studded/snow tires this winter.
I wonder if you know what "Winter" is... ; )


I don't see the tray of shame.....But I do see the Red Sea. : )

We are glad you got home safe.

SOLSAKS, You're missing good times!
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Would be all over a trail next time you're up! Would be nice to get the WeGone-eer off the pavement for the 1st time.
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. Wait, those aren't the rims on your rig last week. What happened to those?

I still have them. They are stored behind my shed waiting for new tires and a buff/wax/polish attempt.

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