Eventually we came to the
two mild obstacles - one a downhill rocky section that we passed without comment, and next
a rocky hill climb that we each took in turn. Everyone made it through. Jon
showed us what a well driven Bravada can do coming up the rocky hill.
A storm appeared to be
rolling in so I flipped my rack and put my top back up. Due to the extra time
needed, I have been very conservative about running top down. I think I might have
to get a bikini top or something like that so I can be a little more spontaneous. We
continued along the ridge with the sky getting darker and the temperature getting lower by
the minute. The last thing I wanted was to get caught in a thunderstorm on the
ridge, and worse yet, in the middle of the field up on Meadow or Flagpole Knobs.
As luck would have it, the
most we got was a few cold breezes and a few sprinkles. With the weather holding out
for the moment, we stopped along the trail to play where Stone Camp sits on the
A rock outcrop presents a
I went over first, with some
good spotting to prevent me from modifying my rear bumper and passenger side rear wheel.
Next came Carl, who
acquitted himself beautifully.
Mike demonstrated how a
connected TJ differs from a disconnected TJ. Got Air?
James decided that line had
been explored well enough and tried something different.
Jon like the line that James
took and decided to try it too.
Jim decided that going down
was not enough and took the obstacle from both directions. His upward approach was
interesting. At one point he was trying to get his front wheels up on the rock and
we could see his front suspension pushing back toward the rear of the Jeep. He
decided that maybe a slightly different approach would prevent breakage...
During his trip up the face
of the rock, One of Jim's new Xterrains wrinkled itself around a rock. It was folded
over itself and looked to be about to get pinched against his steel wheel. It was
called to his attention and he backed off to get it out of harms way.
After that he went up and
down the rock, making me wish my priorities for my vehicle (90% commuting, 10%
off-highway) could be biased in favor of trail riding...
We got to Meadow knob where
we found a group camping, with the Confederate flag proudly waving. We gave them all
the high sign as we passed, paused for a minute to admire the view from Meadow Knob, and
to greet the dogs that came over to sniff us.