Our second year as a club has seen great advances. While membership numbers have steadily increased what’s more impressive is the increase in the experience level and knowledge of our club members. Last year was several members’ first off-roading adventures in their Jeeps. Learning basics like airing down tires, disconnecting sway bars, learning the principles of tread lightly, and becoming familiar with trail safety. This year many others in the club moved to more advanced trails at Barnwell Mtn. and Hidden Falls, expanding on their base off-road knowledge and adding an extra level of complexity to their off-road driving skills. We had our first out of town Club trip that consisted of a great wheeling weekend at Hidden Falls OHV park, and the Club Sponsored Summer Bash at Martin Creek Lake State Park near Tatum.
This year has also been a great year for club camaraderie. Many members met with each other in non-club sponsored activities such as sharing garage space when repairs and upgrades were needed, and had a few impromptu meet-ups at local restaurants and venues.
We are looking forward to a fun finish to 2014. Our next Club trip will be at Shilo Ridge near Alto, TX and is scheduled September 27th. We will head back to Barnwell Mtn. November 8th to wrap things up for the year.
Currently we hold monthly Jeep Club meetings in Longview, Tyler, and Nacogdoches. We hope to broaden our base this year and next to gain more members in more areas of East Texas adding a few more locations to our monthly meeting venues.
Expect a 2015 calendar of events to go official sometime in December. Keep your eyes on the forums; it’ll be posted there first. If you have any questions, please feel free to join the forums for free and visit with club members. Hope to see you at the next local cruise in event in your area soon!