Up here are what are referred to as "The Cat Trails". These trails were cut by the San Diego 4 Wheelers and all are associated with cats. I dunno why, they just are. One of the trails is called Black Cat, and the razors decided to stay pretty, so we split up. It was middle of the day, one of the event groups were coming through this trail, so I felt ok going out on my own for a little exploring (get it? ) and I ended up playing in some notches that allowed me gorgeous views (none of which I took pictures of.. I gotta get better at this) and some places to see how I could flex the sarge out I got bored out by myself, and a buddy of mine arrived with his group of Jeeps, so I left the Cat trails, went back over the dam and down the terrible highway, and got over to the mud hills where I met up with these guys and gals having a blast. Ended up being apart of a group called "NotaRubicon". When I looked them up on their facespace, I didn't recognize any of the jeeps or people that were out there. Still a fun group, no matter who they were. We rode around for a bit, then made it up to this area that has a bunch of rocks stacked on top of each other. Was cool to look at, so someone came up with an idea of a picture... Not all of the vehicles could put themselves on the top of the other person's tires, but it still made for a fun picture After this, we all headed out and played in the hills a little more, before going in for the raffle and dinner. I didn't win anything, and ate dinner back at camp where we had carne asada tacos that were delicious. At around 8 pm, the jeep group texts, and we head out on an adventure. We ran all the wishbone trails, which are some of the toughest truck trails, but they have more difficult buggy trails too, but these are definitely fun with a group of vehicles on 35s and not everyone has 2 lockers or a winch. One of the last obstacles (at around 1:30 AM) was a good slick ramp that was pretty steep, and about the length of a cherokee (it was just a bit longer than the gray one in the picture above). The jeep in front of me couldn't make it up after plenty of attempts, so we moved him out of the way enough to get Sarge lined up. The extended wheel base and lack of worrying about a scratch allowed me to climb the ledge the first attempt, and secured me as the anchor truck to bring the rest of the group up. Not everyone needed a tug, but pretty much everyone. (Sorry again friends, I don't have an awesome camera, and night pictures with flying dust from an old iphone suck so I don't have pictures.) By the time we made it to the end of the trail, it was after 2 am, everyone was exhausted, so we headed back to camp. We had to cross the sand dam and sand hell highway again, and by this time all the spectators that normally form at the bottom of sand dam were very slim. Those on the sand highway were non-existent outside our group. The Jeeps were all camped together, but I was camped a good ways in the opposite direction, and this were shit went from great to shit. I was headed through the sand highway and came over a berm to find it was the top of a very not-fun-looking bowl that I could barely see. I slammed on the brakes, and the explorer sank, like the ****ing titantic. I managed to back up enough to turn the truck around, but everytime I moved, it got the truck closer and closer to the edge of the bowl that dropped off about 10 ft. My buddy Mike was following me, and the rest of the group were further ahead (they all weigh close to half what this big lovely weighs), so I was stuck. Mike was able to back up to the top of the hill thanks to his light ass TJ and I used him as my winch point. We had to pull out the line to about 90 feet 2 times to get the explorer out of the bowl. After getting out of the bowl, I followed mike back to his camp, then turned out in the flats towards camp. We pulled into camp around 315, and hit the sack. The next day we rode around in the mud hills for a little bit, hung out around camp, then headed back to San Diego-ish right before dusk. All in all, it was a great weekend with new friends, awesome weather, good beer, good food, and a damn good time. The explorer did great, got a couple new scratches, a busted tail light, and my winch is now not working, so a few things to fix. The new diff cover works awesome. Lots of new scratches and marks, but no new dents. I've already emailed Warn for a wiring diagram, and have the rebuild threads saved. The project for this weekend is get the winch torn down so I can order any needed replacement parts and get the truck ready for KOH.