Lake Tahoe Hi-Lo’s Gamblers Poker Run

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Friday morning Sandi and I drove to the Meadowcliff Lodge in Coleville CA and checked into our room. It is a very nice motel in a beautiful location. We even had a complimentary lizard on our patio. From there, we drove up over 8,314′ Monitor Pass to the Centerville Flat Campground and checked in for the Lake Tahoe Hi-Lo’s Annual Gamblers Poker Run. After returning to Highway 395, we passed our motel and continued South to Walker to get a couple of hamburgers to go at Walker Burger and made it back in time to catch the NASCAR Xfinity race in Bristol Tennessee.

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Jeeps on trail in Carpenter Canyon

Carpenter Canyon & Wheeler Well

By Denis & Sandi Inman

A total of 10 Pahrump Valley 4 Wheeler member rigs, 9 Jeep Wranglers of various models and a Gladiator Rubicon left Smiths parking lot at 7:00 AM on Saturday for a trip up to Carpenter Canyon and then on to Wheeler Well for lunch. The participants were me & Sandi, Matt, Jim, Brian, Dave & Judy, Andy, Sel & Pam, Liz & Poppy, Rick & Mary in the tail gunner slot and Dennis & Laura rode with Mike & Patti in the Gladiator (they said it was very comfortable). We aired down right after we got off the highway and onto Carpenter Canyon Road.

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Harrison Pass & Ruby Valley

By Denis & Sandi Inman

It was the final day of the PV4W Elko Club Run and we were on our own, no more help from the Ruby Mountain Rebels. After our 7:00 AM Driver’s Meeting, 4 Jeep Wranglers drove through Elko and on to Spring Creek via the Lamoille Highway. At the 227, our group turned South. The Thursday expedition consisted of me & Sandi, Vic & Janice, Sel & Pam and Rick & Mary. Highway 227 becomes County Road 718 and eventually Harrison Pass Road.

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Abandoned building at Bullion Mine

Bullion Mine

By Denis & Sandi Inman

On our final day of the Ruby Mountain Rebels series of trail runs, we were down to 6 rigs. Randy, Marlene & Amber took the point, followed by me & Sandi, Vic & Janice, Sel & Pam, Rubin was back and Rick & Mary rode drag. After leaving our gathering location, we went through downtown Elko to the Errecart Blvd. bridge in order to cross the Humboldt River, then headed Southwest on Bullion Road.

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Jarbidge city sign

Jarbidge

By Denis & Sandi Inman

We lost 2 vehicles from Monday and added 3 for a net gain of 1, so there were 7 Jeep Wranglers at the Tuesday RMR-PV4W 7:00 AM Driver’s Meeting. Marlene and Amber joined Randy in his rig, brand new RMR members Scott & Nicole found the Ruby Mountain Mountain Rebels on Facebook and were with us on their first run as members. RMR members Gene & Dog made it today as well as Vic & Janice from PV4W who passed on the Monday run were with us again. Those adventurers were followed by Sandi & I, Sel & Pam and Rick & Mary once again brought up the rear.

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Vehicles on Kittridge Canyon trail

Kittridge Creek South Fork of the Humboldt River

By Denis & Sandi Inman

The Ruby Mountain Rebels off road club is doing 5 trail runs this week and the Pahrump Valley 4 Wheelers have been invited to participate. On Saturday, there was a run over Harrison Pass and on Sunday they did a trail ride to Soldier Canyon. Vic & Janice from the PV4W are staying in Elko for the Summer and participated in those excursions. The remainder of our club arrived in Elko on Sunday and our first run was today, Monday.

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PV4W Wallace Canyon, Plateau & Wheeler Pass Run

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Maybe the delayed start of 7:00 AM was the reason for the light turnout, but our group was back in Pahrump by 1:30, so we weren’t out too late. I guess we could try a 6:00 AM start for for the next run to see if we get more people wanting to get up into the mountains before it begins to get hot. Our exploration team consisted of myself in our JKU, Lloyd & Sharon in their YJ and Mike & Patty riding in the tail gunner spot in their Rubicon Gladiator.

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Ruby Mountain Rebels at Elko parade

By Denis & Sandi Inman

The original plan was to travel to Elko on Sunday and begin pre-running trails for the Pahrump Valley 4 Wheelers club run on Monday. At the last minute, I received an invitation from the Ruby Mountain Rebels 4×4 club to participate with them in the Elko National Basque Festival Parade. It was an easy 7 hour drive and I arrived at 9:15 AM just as the various parade entries were finding their places in the very well organized staging area. The good news is that throwing candy at the spectators is permitted in Elko. The bad news is I didn’t bring any candy to use for assaulting the onlookers.

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Pahrump Valley 4 Wheelers at the Pahrump, Nevada 4th of July parade

Pahrump club on parade

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Someone counted 19 Pahrump Valley 4 Wheeler rigs that showed up to celebrate our independence from England in the 4th of July Parade. We were easily the longest entry with the most vehicles of any participant. The weather was nice and there was a slight breeze. All the people lining both sides of Calvada seemed to be enjoying the procession, however they were clumped up mostly in areas where there was shade.

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Echo Canyon Trail Ride

By Denis & Sandi Inman

From our 6:50 AM Driver’s Meeting at the Horizon Market at Bell Vista and Leslie, we traveled West on Bell Vista to Death Valley Junction. After a short jog North on the 127, the octet of Jeeps turned West on the 190 and followed it to the Entry Fee Station. Continuing West, our group of explorers aired down at Zabriskie Point.

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Wheeler Well Work Party & Spring Fling

By Denis & Sandi Inman

The Pahrump Valley 4 Wheelers, as one of our contributions to the community, are the primary caretaker of the plumbing that feeds a wildlife watering trough from a couple of springs up the creek. We combined a work party to bury the plastic tubing inside some metal pipe in the highest traffic areas adjacent to the water tank with our annual Spring Fling. Paul & Gary approached Ahern Equipment Rental to see about getting a discount on a trencher, but the great people at Ahern generously offered to bring up a backhoe, hand tools, 150′ of pipe and laborers at no expense to our club.

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Tonopah Peavine Canyon

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Our Tuesday group of adventurers was down a couple of Jeeps from the previous days run. Rick & Mary had already indicated they could only do the Monday trail as they had a previous engagement on Tuesday. Jeremy had already helped me with pre-running all 3 groups of trails and did the Hot Creek run twice. I really appreciate all he did to assist with putting on the Tonopah Club Run. 

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Tonopah Club Run

By Denis & Sandi Inman

You may have heard of the famous Mizpah Hotel. Well, Sandi and I stayed at the motel right next to it.

Roughly a third of the group complained that a 7:00 AM start was too early, several that thought it was a good time and the balance couldn’t understand why we were starting so late. From the Driver’s Meeting, 5 Jeep Wrangler Unlimiteds (4 door) and a Toyota FJ headed South on Main Street to Highway 6 East. At Saulsbury Wash Rest area, we took our first break. There were bighorn sheep ewes and lambs gathered at Warm Springs, so we stopped again to look at them.

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Club participates in Wild West Extravaganza

By Denis & Sandi Inman

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The Pahrump Valley 4 Wheelers were invited to participate in the Wild West Extravaganza Parade that started and ended at Petrack Park in Pahrump. We had 10 Jeeps from the club ardently showing support for our community. The enthusiastic participants in a mixture of TJs, JKs, a JL and a Grand Cherokee were Mike & Debbie, Me & Sandi, Jeremy, Dave & Judy, Sel & Pam, Brian & Yvonne, Mike & his Retriever, John & Jackie with their Heeler, Gary & Nancy and Paul.

Amargosa Days 2019

Story & Photos by Denis & Sandi Inman, Pahrump Valley 4 Wheelers

With 6 vehicles, the Pahrump Valley 4 Wheelers contingent may have been the largest entry in the Amargosa Days Parade. The Fire Department was close, however one of their units dropped out after hitting the side of the station house door while exiting and destroying the track. It was one of the more exciting events. We can throw candy at this procession and it only takes a small bag to get from the start to the finish, even with two people tossing confectionery from both sides of the Jeep.

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