vehicles in our group pulled into a small field next to the woods
off of the street to form a near-circle. Everyone parked their vehicles
and made any final preparations such as airing-down tires before enterring
Paragon. A second debriefing by trail-leader Lynn Ehrenfeld was held.
Lynn advised folks of four-wheeling techniques, keeping the person
behind you in sight, and anything else that needed to be addressed.
gathered around as Lynn spoke. Some wielded video cameras so they
could experience the event again in the comfort of their own home,
or show their loved ones. Some were seasoned Jeepers, while others
had never been out on the trail before. The trails we were about to
embark on could accomodate all vehicles, large and small, stock or
is going to drive my truck if I'm running around taking pictures all
day? This is the expert driver of my TJ, Jen Bathurst. Her job was
to monitor progress of the "middle" of our relatively large
group, and give status reports to Lynn while navigating the TJ through
difficult terrain. All designated trail guides for the All American
Jeep trail event wore light tan "Jeep" hats.
debriefing in the field continued. The weather was perfect, but a
little chilly in the morning of April 30th. We were eager to see tops
off of Jeeps, but it was not meant to be. Jeep camraderie shined at
this event. For the most part, everyone who "waves back"
on the street in the Hazleton and Tamaqua area could be found at this
was essentially the very same one you hear at every organized, hosted,
trail-ride event. These are the instructions that inform the newcomers
to the sport of four-wheeling of necessary do's and don'ts out on
the trail. It is also very helpful to remind the more experience
four-wheelers of these things because one day, when you least expect
it, the safety tip is going to pay off on the trail.