on the agenda was the Lucky Trail. The Lucky Trail was so named because
of the discovery of a horseshoe on the trail around the time that
it was being blazed. Like many of the other trails that can be found
in Paragon Adventure Park, it used to be an ATV trail. The Lucky Trail
is mildly challenging for a stock vehicle. There are a few rocky out-croppings
and some shallow pancake-batter.
length of this trail is dotted with curious small ponds. The ponds,
although I am uncertain, probably originated when the mining company
came up to this part of the land and tested it for coal and other
raw materials. My guess is, they came up empty, and left gaping holes
to fill up with water and create picturesque ponds. Their depth is
unknown, however, being a 4x4 park, I'm sure that someday someone
will attempt to find out, against their better judgement.
the back of my mind, I pictured the General Lee from The Dukes of
Hazzard flying through the sky across the ponds. Due to light foliage,
sandy mounds, and watery holes, a small group could probably easily
blaze a winding trail that weaves in and out of the more subdued Lucky
Trail. This trail was a good way to finish up an even better day of
wheeling. Everyone was winding down, and a sense of closure had been
it was toward the end of the day, the carnage was just beginning.
Somewhere along the way, this poor Commanche got a hydraulic-fluid
leak, so the clutch stopped working. It wasn't a problem at the moment.
We refilled it, and the Commanche was on its way.
clutch fluid leak became a problem at a traffic light in the middle
of Hazleton, unfortunately. The Commanche was then safely moved out
of the road, and its passengers hopped in with somebody else. The
gang at All American Jeep eagerly tackled the problem the following
morning. Fortunately, for our trail ride, the only hood-popping that
took place was toward the end, here on the Lucky Trail!
That was it
for Jen and my TJ for the day. It was the first time that she was
ever at the helm for the entire day! I'm going to have her drive
more often, because it'd definately cut down on having to buy new
parts. She displays much better control of the vehicle on the trail
than I, and takes the strap less too!
brownie-point gain attempt>
trail-ride was complete, and our group proceeded to exit Paragon Adventure
Park. Our convoy headed back through town en route to where we had
started at the catering place. There, we would be served a grand buffet-style
meal, and the door prizes would be raffled off! Free stuff is the
perfect end to any day.