@AestheticsInMotion Funny. I can't think of any nearby colleges, maybe I have just been in the wrong parts - seemed kind of hot and dusty last time I was there, but I only pass through in the summer. Probably lacks many of Yakima's social ills at the very least.
Its just fascinating to me because it looks kinda like your typical Mojave or maybe Sonora desert area but with a shit load more green. Looks like a very neat place worth visiting. I am only familiar with the Portland area in OR, so much of the state is a mystery to me.
Also, I quite like the rock gap shot! I have a much crappier photo of a similar thing, just always like those perspectives.
I found myself wondering what size they were, and if they could be setup tubeless.
nope, the tire is so loose on these things you need the tube to actually hold the tire in place. related: changing tubes on these strollers is a huuuuuuuuuge pain in the dick. had to do that way too many times when i worked in an outdoor retail store/bike shop.
The comments in that era was such a magical part of why I always refreshed jalopnik so many times per day. The articles, the comments, all soo good. That was truly one of the best eras of that site. I was pretty much a lurker in the greys who gave stars back then, but it was fun to witness.
It's a shell of its former self these days, but I'm glad so much of the community made its way over here.
This. It was a place populated by clever, creative people on the internet interacting in a generally intelligent and non-internet way. And it made for a hell of a thing to interact with at the time.
@nowhere This was probably pushing it, especially in a vehicle that I rely on every day and when I needed to pick up my baby the next morning. Don't want to have to call the ex to explain I crashed out on a mountain.
I've still not done Jones! I hear it's pretty. Have you looked at trading in the Ridgeline for a Ranger, Gladiator or Colorado?
I lost track of how many of those 100-year floods we had in my lifetime in Missouri. We also had the issue of levees making it worse for those upstream by not allowing the natural flooding to occur thus keeping smaller (and poorer) towns under water for far longer than they would have otherwise.
As a flood control guy these days I feel compelled to point out that term 100 year event gets commonly used in a way that leads people to think it should happen once a century. On a long enough timeline that might workout, but the term in flood control and meteorology is an exceedance probability. This should be read mean to a rain event that has a 1% chance of happening in a given year.
The historical datasets used to calculate this is revised every few years by NOAA with lots of data and modeling help from USGS to determine corresponding stream flow rates and stages and base flood elevations for the various exceedance probabilities.
There are some issues with rules and regs that define how this is calculated and how that relates to flood control planning and flood control structure engineering, at least outside of normally wet climates. The modeling is all based around the hydrology of places like the PNW, the East Coast and even places like California that get atmospheric rivers in the rainy season. That is to say places that get long duration rain events. In the Southwest that doesn't happen. We get almost all of our rainfall in form of highly local, intense, short-duration thunderstorms during the monsoon season.
A big thunderstorm may drop an 1.5" of rain and cause both public and private property damage in the area along one particular arroyo further down the watershed. That could be a storm well bellow the 100-year event threshold of, say, 2.25 inches of rain for that watershed, but that 100 year event designation is based on a 24 hour total. That 1.5 inches falling in 10 minutes is a different animal, and one the federal definitions aren't built around.
This is something we always have to factor into our planning and engineering, and it sometimes causes issues in our federal dealings.
Stream Stats from USGS is a neat tool to poke around for those with an interest in such topics. Depending on where you live, seeing stream flow data and inundation mapping for various exceedance probability rain events might make you more likely to buy flood insurance. Fair warning.
@wrong-wheel-drive I did recently get a great winter sleeping bag, no complaints with that. It was mostly just cold while around the fire (you know, back/head cold while your legs/arms burn from being close to the fire).
I've got a parka coming in soon too
Ahh you meant while sitting outside it was cold lol. Yeah that is a somewhat unavoidable problem.
@sovande Literature is one thing, but experience is another! The weight of the Ram can only help traction, for instance. The fact is the tires exceeded expectations, and not just on the trail.
Speaking of, this trail is normally much easier; the expectation was that the step rails wouldn’t be too low, which is why I left them on. For the record, my step rails are 13” off the ground:
The front bumper, namely the part that got damaged, is even higher:
We’ll see what the damage situation is underneath when I crawl under the truck, but so far, I only see two or three scrapes under the left step rail. It bashed a skid plate maybe once or twice, and I haven’t noticed any change in driving thus far, so I’m not expecting much…
As for general trail performance, a full-size truck will do better than an AWD crossover ten times out of ten, because (a) it has mechanical four wheel drive with low range, (b) it has better clearance, step rails or no step rails, and (c) the articulation is better.
There was a reason why I was far from the only full-sizer on that trail that day (with all being at least the same length/wheelbase as mine). Hell, even the Gladiators and crew cab Tacomas we encountered are very comparable in wheelbase, and nothing’s stopping them from hitting the trails on the regular.
@carsoffortlangley Great pictures! I think I recognize a couple of places - I've only seen most of the area from the air though. Ross Lake is as far south as I've ever flown out of Hope. From 10,000 feet it looked like it would be a great place to visit in person. When I had the Element I took a few drives on the mild forest service roads as far as I could that led more or less west from the Silver lake road that eventually gets to Ross Lake. The only real off road trip I ever took was with a friend on a non-flying day. We went up the American Creek (I think) road on the east face of Dog Mountain as far as we could go. Basically until it turned into a trail that would be cramped for deer let alone an old Pathfinder. It was an eye opener as the friend who was driving is one of the most cautious, careful and conservative pilots I have ever flown with but she turned out to be utterly fearless off road! (and quite highly skilled too) Me, I was full of fear as I had never done anything like that before.
@someoneatacura the reasoning doesn’t really matter, fact is that the US is finally doing better than Canada on a per capita basis, BC included.
Mind you, Canada is still not nearly as bad as the US at its peak numbers (250-300k cases/day). Canada as a whole is at a bit less than half that rate per capita, which is still quite bad. Hopefully the numbers will taper off quickly as the lockdowns have their intended effect.
@carsoffortlangley That’s still better than a lot of Jeep’s. The most popular configuration was a Sport S with the Technology Group (screen with CarPlay), & usually with the standard 2.0. Now that the 80th Anniversary is out with the 8.4”, that’s what seems to be everywhere instead. Body colored fenders, too. People liked those.