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Naches Trail Washington 4x4 Off Road - Heavy Weather - 4Word

Posted in Features on April 1, 2005
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Contributors: Mark Nobles

Very often, we cover four-wheeling that takes place in relatively warm climates. Many of the features and trail rides that we shoot are done somewhere in the Southwest, where we can rely on the weather not turning against us. Of course, we travel extensively around the country, trying to hit as many different areas in as many different states as possible, but typically only in the spring and summer.

Now, I don't want to make it sound like we're weather wimps. We all enjoy the snow runs that start cropping up as soon as winter really sets in. The problem is that you need decent light to shoot a decent photograph, and since I don't subscribe to the idea of using power flashes that could light up a deserted alley on a dark night, this limits our coverage.

Occasionally, though, we get lucky with one of our winter runs, and the weather turns out beautifully. The irony, of course, is that the other four-wheelers on the run are usually disappointed by this because they've come out specifically to tackle the ugliest, nastiest onslaught that nature can throw at them - not a sunny day in the park.

Recently, I joined the El Dorado Dust Devils in central Washington as they set out for an all-day, all-night trail ride through the historic Naches Trail. Despite heavy weather in previous years, there was very little snow, the mud was only mildly goopy, and instead of being bitterly cold, it was only damn chilly. Although the others were a little disappointed that Mother Nature was not going to make the day as extreme as they were hoping for, it still turned out to be an excellent trip.

To take a closer look at how the trail measured up, turn to page 58. We've still got a little winter left around the country, and who knows, maybe we'll drop by and see how obliging the heavy weather in your neck of the woods can be.

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