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Tundra brake upgrade

Finally completed my Tundra front brake upgrade. No more warped rotors or shaky braking. Decided to install the bigger 231mm version but needed to cut-off some of the dust shield.

Pictures of the cutting…those sparks are hot!

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Cedar Creek Falls (aka, Devil’s Punch Bowl)

Went on a Sunday hike with Maddy out to Cedar Creek Falls–also known as the Devil’s Punch Bowl.

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Turkey scouting and off-roading at Palomar

Maddy and I went out to the trails with Keith and Landon on Sunday to scout out some hunting spots as the season opened today.  We were both very surprised at the number of turkeys we saw and the lack of hunters…both good things!

Here are some pictures of the turkeys as well as some playing in the snow and off-roading on the way back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pilot Rock Off-Roading

Headed up to the San Bernardino Mountains a couple weeks ago to do some wheeling with guys from the Toyota 4Runners forum (www.t4r.org).  We went up a trail called Pilot Rock (http://www.dirtopia.com/wiki/Pilot_Rock).

Here are some pics!

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Off-roading

New 4Runner and Maddy’s First Wheeling Trip

So I couldn’t stay away from off-roading.  I had an ’03 Tacoma a few years back and it was AWESOME!  I kept it stock but took it on a few off-roading / camping trips.  Always had a good time and it never let me down.

With Maddy turning 3 soon, I knew I needed to get a vehicle where I could take her and Pai out for some wheelin’ fun.  I want her to have an appreciation for the outdoors now, so I picked up a 2000 Toyota 4Runner to help us out.  It took me a week to get it out, but I found some time on 2/21 to hit-up the local deserts–about an hour east of the house.

Called Ocotillo Wells (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1217), it’s a well-known off-roading spot in SoCal with tons of desert trails, canyons and valleys to discover.  It’s easy to just drive out there and spend the entire day toiling around the region.  At the end of a long run, you can head back to your camping spot (did I mention you can camp ANYWHERE?) and throw down a few while watching the desert sunset.  Night time comes, and with that, the craziness begins.  A few more beers, fireworks by the neighbors, and if you’re prepared, a huge bonfire party with other campers.

As this was the first trip for both the 4Runner and Maddy, this was just a day trip–more specifically, an afternoon ride.  Maddy and I headed out in the early afternoon and drove through some of the main areas: Shell Reef Expressway, Quarry Road, and back through Tarantula Wash.  I’ll be honest that I got a  bit concerned on the last bit of Tarantula since I have stock tires and the sand started to get thick near the end.  At times, it felt like I was in a gooey soup surfing the sand in the 4Runner.  Good thing for 4WD and speed!

Here are some pics I took while we were out.  Needless to say, Maddy and I had a blast!