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Unread 03-06-2002, 11:41 PM   #1
Jeff Alu
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Where my Jeep TAKES me!

Well, I'm a photographer and I do lots of shooting in the deserts of Southern CA. I have a 96 Grand Cherokee which I abuse quite a bit. It's missing the front bumper, I've had it trapped in the mud in a "Dry" lake. Took an 80 year old local, his tractor, and lots of chain (and about 6 hours) to pull me out. On another trip to the desert, I got TWO flat tires, within 10 mins., And I only had one spare!. Well, I'm sure this is nothing compared to some of the situations you' all have been in. But I love my Jeep to pieces!

Just wanted to show you some of the places my Jeep has taken me via my photos. You can check them out at:

Digital Gallery

Hope you enjoy them,

Jeff

Oh Yeah, here's my Jeep after we got it out of the "dry" lake. Had to rip off the bumper to hook up the chain:

Jeep1
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Unread 03-07-2002, 07:00 AM   #2
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Wow, you are quite the photographer. Those pics are awesome. Wish I could do that.

Your Grand looks good with all that mud on it. Sounds like it was quite the job.

Keep on Jeepin!

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Unread 03-07-2002, 11:51 AM   #3
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Yeah, I love the mud on the outside, just not the inside! Although this was dry desert mud, it had been baked by the sun for years, and was very purified. It actually came out very easily, no smell, etc. Lucky me...
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Unread 03-07-2002, 02:56 PM   #4
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hahahhaah damn dude.. that's a lot of mud on the inside.. how'd you manage that? just tracked in on your feet?
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Awwwwwwwwwwww... So he wants to go OFF-ROAD does he????

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Unread 03-07-2002, 03:07 PM   #5
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Well, it wasn't really tracked in, but pushed in. The mud was up to door level, and there was water coming in and thinning out the mud even more, which didn't help. A number of times the suction pulled my shoes right off when walking around my Jeep. I'm still hitting myself for not getting more photos of the event.
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Unread 03-09-2002, 09:53 PM   #6
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bahahhahhaa... next time.. dont drive in the puddle that you think is only inches deep.. ;-)
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Unread 03-11-2002, 02:29 PM   #7
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Well, it didn't look at all like a puddle. The surface was dry looking, but there was mud underneath. I was doing about 40mph, when all of a suddon...
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Unread 03-18-2002, 11:22 AM   #8
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Awesome pics Jeff! Thanks for the "process" section, I'll have to do some playing around in photoshop now.
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Unread 03-18-2002, 07:59 PM   #9
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Wow! That was an interesting journey. Thanks.
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Unread 03-18-2002, 09:51 PM   #10
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Was this "dry lake" near Borrego Springs? We almost lost a Jeep in the Borrego Sink...
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Unread 03-19-2002, 01:36 AM   #11
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The lake was Harper Dry Lake, just west of Barstow. Be careful if you ever venture out onto this one. Here's a pic:
http://terraserver.homeadvisor.msn.c...=1211&Z=11&W=2

You can see the damp (darker) areas as they looked in 1994. The really dark areas just above the circles along the edge of the lake are VERY muddy, and that's just below where I got stuck. Had to pull my Jeep out through one of those areas and it was quite a challenge...
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