After a challenging day on Stinger, we decided to shift gears (ha!) and try Grafton, a more relaxed, scenic trail. This trail attracted a much larger group (see photo above) and included several stock Jeeps.
While there were some challenging obstacles, recovery winching was not required. Grafton was all about the views and comradery.
And there was plenty of both!
We met some amazing people on this trail — even Fletcher made new friends.
And speaking of special people, our trail guide’s sister invited the entire crew to her house for lunch. She had spent days baking more delectable deserts than you can imagine — just for us Jeepers!
Her house was the model of an off-grid paradise, complete with a private lookout tower. Here’s the view from the tower.
But the fun didn’t stop there. Immediately after lunch, we faced our most challenging obstacle yet… The Hill.
We know from experience that pictures and videos of off road trails never look as severe as they are in real life, but even this hill looks imposing in the photos. And that’s because it was.
One by one, we were all humbled. All but a few magical people with jet-powered Jeeps tried in vain to reach to the top. Here’s one of Alison’s valiant attempts — she was so close.
For those that didn’t make it up the hard way, there was a bypass. And the view from the top was absolutely stunning.
As I mentioned, there were several stock Jeeps on this trail. It was truly awesome to see what these things can do. Here’s a short video of a stock 2012 Sahara crossing a rocky creek.
Followed by Ruby Jean. 🙂
Our two days of Jeep Jamboree were filled with fun, challenges, and most of all — great people! We made new friends and can’t wait to see them at a Jamboree in 2017. Maybe the Cumberlands?