PNW4WDA Region 4's
"Pick Up A Mountain"
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures
Every year on the third weekend of September, Region 4
of the Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association holds a big event at Jim Sprick Park to pick up trash in the surrounding mountains of the Naches Drainage.
People started setting up camp Thursday afternoon and by Friday night the park was packed.
Saturday September 15th, 2012 the day started with a driver's meeting at 8 AM. Naches Ranger Irene Davidson came out to talk with us before we headed out into the mountains. There were many fires in the area and we needed to be out of the way of he fire crews. She also wanted us to report any fires we saw as we were out.
After the drivers meeting we took a group photos of the rigs and headed out
Our group Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch
(a division of Eastern Washington Adventures
) headed up FS1701 which is across the road from Jim Sprick Park. We stopped at the intersection of FS1701 & FS530 to clean up the camps. Next we ran to the end of FS1701 and turned up 4W694. We picked up trash along the way. We took a lunch break at the Manastash View Point. After lunch we continued on 4W694. We drive around Funny Rocks since other were there. At 4W695 we turned up it and stopped to pick up trash at Moon Rocks. Next we headed down 4W695 and turned back onto FS1701. We normally run FS530 up to Bald Mountain and take 4W675 down but there looked to be a fire near 4W675. This year we just ran FS1701 back down.
In the afternoon they had games for the Junior Jeepers.
In the evening they had the Corn Shucking Contest. Joleene Vessey won the Corn Shucking Contest the second year in a row.
After all the corn was shucked and cooked, they had a potluck dinner. Pollock's Rears and Gears donated the pork for Pulled Pork.
Around 6 PM the raffle started. There were