Reader: I'm new to the south-central Pennsylvania area. I have a mild addiction to cruising around off-pavement. Having moved here from eastern Washington. I spent plenty of time in both the Blue Mountains and the Cascades, but I don't have a clue where to go out here! What am I going to tell the kids when they start begging to hit the trails? I'm looking for you guys to bail me out here-make Daddy look good. Do you know of any good places to go four-wheeling in central Pennsylvania? Can you suggest any resources?
Editor: We're not too familiar with the central part of the state, but in the past we have visited Rausch Creek (www.rauschcreekoffroadpark.com) and Paragon Adventure Park (www.paragonap.com), two private ORV parks located to your east in the Poconos. (At last report, Paragon was embroiled in a legal dispute with its landlord, and may no longer be in operation by the time you read this.) There are also a number of 4x4 clubs in Pennsylvania who can perhaps point you in the right direction. Two of the bigger ones we know of are the Erie Jeep People (www.eriejeeppeople.com) and the Keystone Krawlers (www.keystonekrawlers.com). Give 'em a holler and see what they can tell you.
Reader: Last year I missed the Springfield (Missouri) Jamboree Nationals by a few weeks and was greatly disappointed. I am already trying to make arrangements with my friends and family and was trying to get some information on the event.
Editor: We've been all over the Jamboree Nationals like a cheap suit from Year 1, so check our "Calendar" listings each month for starters. For info on all the Jamborees throughout the year, go to www.familyevents.com. For what it's worth, you missed this year's Missouri bash too-it was held May 5-6. But there's another Springfield Jamboree this year, this one in Illinois, and it happens June 23-24.
Reader: When it comes to truck mags, you are the best in my book. I am writing to complain a little, though. Where I live in central Florida, there are truck events almost every weekend within a 100-mile radius. There are tug-of-wars and lots of mudding events. These are big events, with 10,000 people, and 300 to 500 trucks-everything from stockers to trucks with 64-inch tractor tires. Let's see some more mud. Let's see some features on these types of trucks.
Lake City, FL
Editor: We just happened to be not far from your neck of the woods last month. Check out "Waterwhirled" in the June issue for our coverage of swamp buggy muddin' and madness in Naples, Florida.
Reader: I have a couple of pictures I would like to submit to the magazine if possible. Some friends and I went up to Lake Pillsbury in Mendocino County, California, to do some wheeling in the snow. While we were there, my buddy got a funny idea for a photo that we would like to send in. It's a photo of my friend sitting on a "snow toilet" while reading your magazine. I don't know if you have a section in your magazine that will accommodate a photo like this, but someone told me that one of the 4x4 magazines has a section for "strangest places to read our magazine." I am hoping that you'll be able to publish the photos.
via the Internet
Editor: Sorry to say, for reasons of taste, we don't publish reader toilet photos. But since your buddy was willing to (literally) freeze his butt off for the greater glory of Four Wheeler, we figure the next best thing we can do is send you guys a heaping box of FW swag. Thanks for writing.