picture was taken further upstream than the last one. As I mentioned
before, the streams around Paragon flow out of collapsed mineshafts
in the area. Just 20 yards left of this location is where water erupts
from the hillside. It seems to come from nowhere, and there is alot
of it. Softball-sized holes spew water at gallons per second! This
area at Paragon is commonly known as "The Spring".
the base of the spring, vehicles scamper up a steep and loose hillside.
At this moment in time I had been leading a good portion of our group,
and I directed them toward this obstacle. It was an error in judgement
on my part. While some made the climb with ease, small tires and deep
ruts hindered others. A turn-around and bypass had to be formulated.
Everyone really appreciated the challenge, fortunately.
directing everyone out of the spring area with Jen's help, our group
found their way to the lunch tent. Here a bunch of trail-guides sit
and gossip about the misadventures of the morning. As you can see
here, many of our trail-guides rode on ATVs in order to shoot ahead
of the convoy and get ready to spot at the next obstacle. This proved
invaluable, as on-demand spotting isn't often available at many organized
circus was in town at Paragon as the All-American crew made sure that
all of the event's participants were well fed with a hearty meal before
they continued for an afternoon of wheelin'. This is the lunch tent,
and as you can see, it seats very many! It was located in a clearing
actually within Paragon Adventure Park, so there wasn't any need to
hit the blacktop. It was chow-time on the trail! Eating on the trail
is almost a "sub-sport" of four-wheeling. Large tents and
gas grills are not uncommon.
was over and we were off once again. A trail runs right out from behind
the lunch tent, and we followed it up a hillside in the woods. It
was easy going at this moment in time. This was our relaxing break
with some scenery. Since it was early spring the foliage was thin,
but late in the summer the woodlands get dense, and they grow in around
woodland stroll descended deep into a narrow valley within Paragon.
I cannot recall the name of this trail, most likely because it was
named out of necessity. Since it's a high-traffic trail, not much
usually happens here. One time I did help repair a broken slave cylinder
on a TJ here at night, but it wasn't quite the type of ordeal that
would give a trail a name. This is our trail-leader, Lynn Ehrenfeld,
who has been frequenting these woods for years now. Lynn knows the
land there like the back of her hand.
trail is dotted with small mud holes that vary in depth through the
year. Throughout most of the year, one will go through or around the
mud holes without incident, but in winter you better watch out! You
can fall through the ice and get yourself good and stuck.
isn't the most demanding terrain we've ever seen here on Rockcrawler,
however it does remind us of the lighter side of four-wheeling. Everyone
has to start somewhere, and this event is an example of what is being
done by many organizations around the country to help educate people