Dear Ultimate Adventure Hosts,
Fred and I and the rest of the Canoeligans had a great time at summer camp. We went 4-wheeling, stayed up way past lights-out, slept out in the rain, went canoeing (Fred and I fell out of the canoe three times), explored lots of cool areas, and even learned how to tie a few useful knots. Two of the Canoeligans also got to drive a tank. I was so jealous that I wanted to beat up one of the kids who got to drive the tank, but he was bigger than I am. Also it turns out that that guy, Cooper, is a pretty nice guy.
Everyone at camp asked me to write a letter to say thanks again for letting us play at your off-road parks. We had a blast at the Powerline Park Off-Road Park just outside of St. Clairesville, Ohio. We would like to send out a special thanks to Greg Eaton for letting us play in the mud, rocks, and hills. Another thanks goes out to Troy Ayers for guiding us and the rest of the Powerline Park crew, Eric Eaton, Darin Dye, Jeff Donda, and Matt Burghy, who all helped make sure we had fun at camp.
We also had a great, although brief, visit with the Clay Valley Dirt Park near Roseville, Ohio. Special thanks to Ralph Painter for allowing us to play in the dirt. And we can't forget to thank Kyle Painter, Bill Gardner, and our trail spotters Rachel Reno, AJ Holland, and Shawn Hubbard from Clay Valley, as well as Team Awesome Jeep Club, for spotting us and helping us get through the trails.
Camping and playing in Harlan, Kentucky, was something many of us have dreamed about . The Putney Trailhead, Harlan County Campground, and Cabin Rentals near Putney, Kentucky, took us in despite the rain and our muddy feet. Also the Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area was amazing, and we would have gotten lost despite my new compass without our guide Jason Vanover. Thanks Jason and everyone else who helped.
Getting to wheel any area with the name Tellico in it is something that many of us thought would never happen again. We are very thankful to the folks at Durhamtown Tellico for letting us play, especially owner Mike McCommons and Chuck Davis for guiding our group. We'd like to thank Justin Byers, Tyler White, and Scott Helton for lending a hand and for running a bunch of winch cable back and forth to a certain white Bronco. Enjoy those trails, guys! Also thanks to Aerian Rayburn for checking us in and Christy Rayburn for helping us get everyone's name right (we hope they are all right).
Thomas Pickett of the Adventure Off Road Park, we thank you for sharing your trails. We also want to thank the rest of the guides and spotters—David Bizzell, Eddie Mosely, Doug Silvera, Tyler Garrett, and Jared Huffman—who helped (and fed) us on the Fourth of July. The pulled pork sandwiches were a wonderful change from gas station hotdogs and boxes of soaking wet Cracker Jack.
To all of you (and anyone we may have forgot), thanks again for letting us and others play off-road in an area where more and more public and private trails are closing. We hope to see you again soon!
Verne and the attendees of Ultimate Adventure 2015