it was Wednesday, middle of the week, and around lunchtime
during work. I had an idea to get the guys together and go
four-wheeling after work.
at 7:00 PM from the Wal-Mart parking lot and began our drive
up to the gas station where we aired down and set out for
the trails near Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Fortunately, I remembered
my digital camera.
a picture of the trail head as soon as we left the pavement!
Notice the terrain is really dry and rocky. Perfect!
party of spontaneity-laden adventurers, we had two Jeep TJs
with four people. I drove my TJ, with non-Jeeper Bill riding
shotgun, and Dan in his TJ with Mike riding shotgun.
a picture of Mike spotting me up some nasty jagged rocks!
Mike's a good spotter. Notice the very clear and understandable
hand signals he's using to navigate me to safety.
a picture of Dan driving across a vast garden of rocks. Nice
articulation, Dan! In this picture, Mike is watching Dan's
rear quarter to make sure it doesn't get snagged on a perilously
this, I decided to try climbing up a massive boulder that
the trail branched over. Once again, my ego was writing checks
my TJ couldn't cash. We came dangerously close to rolling
and Bill tasted seat for the first time.
time out to stargaze is mandatory on any night-time trailride.
It's at this point we had deep conversations, talked about
life, women, and contemplated the possibility of using a sheep's
bladder to help prevent earthquakes.
was clear and the stars were readily visible. I think we really
could've stayed there all night, but...
a picture of Mike and Bill doing something. I'm the third
figure in the background, formulating infinity.
another picture of our stargazing break. I am the figure in
this picture, taking a swig of Mountain Dew Code Red with
my back turned to the camera.
where we had stopped was a "playground" type place
with coal hills. There was a vast amount of open space and
rolling mounds of coal.
was over and we hopped into our Jeeps and continued down the