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Tierra del Sol 44th Annual Desert Safari

Rear View Hill Climb Sand
Jerrod Jones | Writer
Posted July 1, 2006

Fun Under the Sun

The best mud in SoCal probably resides in Azusa Canyon, so it's always a good chance that if you see big Boggers, there are probably some Azusa locals not too far away. This cab truck was making a heck of a dust cloud trying to weasel his way up this climb out of the Nachos with only his rear differential locked.

Every year we try to make it out to the Tierra del Sol 4x4 Club's annual Desert Safari for a weekend of fun in the sun. Our plans for this year's 44th event were no different, and we joined a good portion of the 4Xcommunity for dry and dusty times at Truckhaven Hills near the Salton Sea of California. Good times were to be had by most everyone, with 4x4s, motorcycles, ATVs, motorhomes, Rhinos, and just about every other type of motorized fun you could imagine, even some with wings!

One of the first things we did this year was to run and register for the event, not so much to be eligible for the Desert Safari trailride or the late-night raffle that gives away more prizes than you can shake a stick at, but really to show our support for what the Tierra del Sol 4x4 Club does for the off roading pastime. The money they take in goes towards planning the next year's event, cleaning up after this year's, and towards keeping areas open that you are able to play in all year round. It's not required that you pay to be out in Truckhaven Hills during the event since it's public land, but it sure is respectful, not to mention a good show of your support for what this hard-working club is doing for you.

If you haven't been before, you should check out next year's event, and remember to bring a little ching to pitch in to keep your wheelin' spots open.

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Does Tierra del Sol sound like fun to you? You can join in the fun at next year's 45th annual event. Check out www.tds4x4.com for registration information and directions. The event takes place in Truckhaven Hills the first weekend in March, and isn't too far from the Salton Sea on Highway 86 in the San Diego County desert. Bring your own food, water, firewood, and bags to clean up with. You can find food at a couple Salton City establishments, but don't count on any fine cuisine or quick meals, since lines will be out the door. Most motorhomes can make it into the campsite area no problem, and any 4x4 from a stock Montero to a monster truck can have fun in the terrain of Truckhaven Hills.

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