NOTES FROM THE ROAD



At the BHM Test Facility…


Joined some Ladies Offroad Network colleagues…


25 May 2019: Upstate New York today with some of the ladies from the Ladies Offroad Network for a video shoot at the BHM Test Facility. The video about women and off-roading is intended to encourage more ladies to take part in the sport …



Out Exploring on LI…


Looking for old trails…


24 May 2019: Got out east today to some of the old favorite spots, but also spent some time trying to find other dirt roads that used to be open. Many of them turned out to be blocked off and locked now, even though they were still marked on maps. Did manage to find one or two still open …



A Day of Orienteering…


Working on map and compass skills…


18 May 2019: A fun day out in the woods at Sunken Meadow State park with the Long Island Orienteering group. Got to practice map and compass skills and just enjoy a beautiful spring day outdoors…



Rainy Day Jeeping at AOAA…


Getting the JL out in the mud…


12 May 2019: A very rainy day out on the trails at AOAA today, but the Jeep enjoyed the challenges as we continued to test out the JL’s capabilities on different types of terrain here in coal country…



Trail Cleanup at AOAA…


Land stewardship in Pennsylvania…


11 May 2019: A great turnout for the weekend trail cleanup at Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area where almost 100 folks from 4 states stepped up to volunteer and help clean up a section of land that had been used as a “dumping ground” for 50 years before becoming a part of the offroad park. The group was able to pull roughly 1,000 tires and a dumpster’s worth of general trash out of the woods. Big THANKS to Off Road Consulting and Driving Instruction and Quadratec for organizing and sponsoring the cleanup. Check out our recap here



Leaving Minnesota…


Meandering through the North country…


29 April 2019: The drive south from Ely back down to Minneapolis wound through some beautiful wilderness before reaching the edge of the suburbs and then the urban center. Pristine lakes and woodland terrain encouraged a few stops along the way …



Observing Wolf Behavior…


Watching the Wolf Pack..


28 April 2019: We had some amazing opportunities to closely observe pack behavior and learn a bit about how these animals interact with each other and their larger environment, and the results of our tracking would help the researchers in their long term study of the area packs. On the final day of the program we were able to discuss the on-going studies and were briefed on some of the larger issues relating to conservation and controversy surrounding the wolves …



Locating Wild Wolves…


Tracking the Packs..


27 April 2019: There were three wild wolf packs with territories in the vicinity of the International Wolf Center, and we had the frequencies of three individuals (one member of each of the area packs) that we were trying to locate. We were able to successfully locate two of them, noting their position on range maps, which would be shared with the researchers studying pack behavior in this area…


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THIS MONTH:

Back to Pennsylvania Coal Country for a Quadratec sponsored Trail Cleanup at AOAA with theOffRoad Consulting group. The event brings together volunteers from the off-road community to help clean up the trails and surrounding woodlands …


COMING UP SOON:

Participating in this year’s Ladies Offroad Challenge which begins May 13th and continues for ten weeks. Designed by Charlene Bower as a fun way of building skills, the challenges offer something for everyone, and can be as hard or easy as desired — though at least one is designed to push participants outside their comfort zones…


Heading to the Jeep Invasion and the 9th annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, June 7-9, in Butler, PA. The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is a tribute event to the original jeep, the history behind it, the people who created it, and its birthplace, Butler Pennsylvania. The event provides Jeep enthusiasts with on and off-road experiences that embrace the vehicle’s past and the lifestyle it now fosters. The family-friendly event is held at Coopers Lake Campground, about an hour north of Pittsburgh, PA every year with on-site off-road trails, a Jeep “playground” obstacle course, Jeep History exhibit, huge vendor area with 150 companies and more…


Joining the ladies at Woman and Machine New England for a day of automotive learning fun focused on cars, engines, welding, and more. This automotive educational and networking event is designed for those who want to understand more about their vehicles and/or explore the skill sets that make up various realms within the automotive industry. The event is open to everyone from seasoned professionals to the wrench-curious ladies who are interested in learning more about cars from other women …


Attending the Ladies Offroad Network Convention in Atlanta, GA. The 3rd annual convention will be held August 1-4, 2019, with lots of hands-on opportunities to gain all types of offroading skills, learn and engage with other offroad ladies as they share their stories, and laugh the whole way. The convention is an action-packed, interactive 4-day weekend educating, motivating, and guiding offroad ladies…


Back to Pennsylvania Coal Country to guide for the 2019 Women’s Wheeling Day at Rausch Creek Offroad Park hosted by Jeep Girls Rock. The day focuses on learning, enjoying the trails and meeting new friends, and is for all trail levels, from beginners to advanced. Female Guides will be assigned to each group and will encourage those who have never wheeled before as they build confidence out on the trails and learn what their vehicle is capable of (guys are welcomed to attend and ride along with women drivers at this family event) …


ABOUT AOAA

AOAA Trails is an extensive off-road trail system conveniently located in Eastern Pennsylvania. Named one of the top 10 destinations in the country for ATVs, full-size vehicles and dirt bikes, the park has hundreds of miles of diverse trails on 6,500 acres and top-notch facilities. The coal lands in lower Northumberland County are leased by AOAA for the purposes of actively managing a family-friendly motorized and non-motorized recreation facility. AOAA officially opened in May of 2014 and in addition to recreation, the property has many unique environmental features, rich mining history, and varied terrain.


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