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Old 11-25-2012, 09:59 PM   #1
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Our T-day in Glamis trip

Every year we go to Glamis, CA for Thanksgiving weekend, its a tradition that I've been a part of for 34 years. We used to camp there back when everything was open (north of the highway & the dunes) and they used to have wet t-shirt contests accross from the store (yah, my dad used to take me & my sister to them, it was the only way mom would let him go! )

We used to have a huge turn out, 6 to 8 buggies on runs but the guys have gotten older and their kids that grew up camping have turned their backs on it. So it just leaves my dad, bryce & me for functioning buggies. Nevertheless we had a great trip!

We arrived first (thats the first time thats ever happened as everybody else is pretty much retired) at wash 17 with Travis (new to camp with us) just a few hours behind us. We got our imaginary circle of rigs in mind & dug a firepit. We unloaded my buggy & the kids quads (all of which needed to be worked on).

(this is where I would be putting in pictures if my computer / photobucket was allowing it... ugh. Well I will continue later & hope that all that I have typed so far won't be lost when I click to submit)
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Sounds like a fun time, Kat.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:20 PM   #3
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My parents first took me to Glamis around 1965 or something like. The VW was just being made into buggies and everyone else had Waterpumpers. I too remember when all the north dunes were open and have lots of good memories of the dunes. We quit going 10-12 years ago because of different reasons and I know it's nothing like it used to be but still fun. I've heard the stories about the trash everywhere and that saddens me, someday they will close it all.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:29 AM   #4
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Here is the start of our camp, never did get a pic of all the rigs but that would have been nearly impossible as we were pretty spread out.




Bryce showed up next with Bob shortly thereafter and my dad arrived that evening. While waiting for my dad to arrive Bryce (in his buggy), myself, hubby, & son (in my buggy) and Travis & son (on their quads) went out for a ride where Bryce proceeded to get high centered. Here is Bryce stuck #1 pic. lol



Its labeled #1 because throughout the week he proceeded to get stuck 3 times (not counting him getting stuck in his truck with toyhauler when he pulled off the highway to water a bush) which is odd because its usually my dad who gets stuck often.

And here are Bryce stuck #2 & #3





I'm actually very surprised that I didn't get stuck out there with the fact that I have a VW engine (they have Hondas), I barely have any paddle left on my paddles & that stuff was super soft out there!
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If you look in the "Bryce stuck #2" photo (left side, mid picture, just above his orange slanted bar) you can actually see the spot where he ended up getting stuck for his 3rd & final time.

And I know that the stuck #1 & #2 just look like different angles but its actually different days with him having different passengers.



Here are some pics of the dunes that we played in.









And sometimes you just gotta take a break & dust off.



Of course while the kids climb the dunes & roll down them.

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The kids had a great time riding their quads, especially when we took them to the kiddie track & little dunes (although my sons quad didn't have enough umph for it).









Here is a lifted caddy with paddles that we saw while we had the kids at the kiddie track.

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We had a great time with great people & I'm so happy that I got some pics of me actually duning (my daughter was riding with my dad to lighten my load & she got pics from her ipod. Yay!)

Now I gotta stop looking at these pics cause its just making me want to be back out there! lol
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:46 AM   #8
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Tdog, it used to be really bad. Super trashy, people on top of people, caution tape everywhere, you couldn't look anywhere without seeing a mexican flag, fights & gun shots at camp but it has gotten soooooo much better! I don't know if its because of how expensive the sport is or the fees they charge at Glamis now or the BLM / police presence there, but whatever it is, its working.

Sure do wish they'd open up north of the highway and south of the highway dunes that way we're not all smooshed into such a smaller area. But I'm sure that will never happen.
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Kat_, well that's good news about it getting better. People complain about the enforcement but its people who caused that to happen. I'm not a 'tree hugger by any stretch of the imagination' but I think it's ok the north stays closed to preserve some it in its original condition . I was hoping to make a trip out there this season just to check it out but schedule doesn't look good.
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The powers that be, are attempting to double the yearly entrance fee from $90 to $180. I don't see anything to justify it. Dumpsters had bags laying outside of them and there were fewer law enforcement than before. They also didn't allow the proper time frame for discussion of the rate increase.
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Glad you had a good time,we've been going out there for the past 30 years,a lot has changed,this was the 1st t day we have missed in 20 years,due to moving to Idaho,we will be going for Christmas for a week then to quartsite for some hard pack
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I agree Dunner, not only were the trash bins overflowing but the out houses stunk to high heaven and that was just driving past to get to vendor row! I didn't use any of their facilities (outhouse, dumpster), do I get a refund? There seemed to be way less vendors too, just 1 row & then when we left it looked like about 3 vendors starting a 2nd row.

Have a fun & safe trip flasher. We will either be in red cloud or Ocotillo.
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flasher, do you remember the year that a carnival set up just the other side of the highway of the store? That was hilarious! They never came back, probably still cleaning that fine sand out of their gears. But it sure was fun riding the rides!
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Great photos-My friend and his wife and his family (and me) use to go out there in the 70's and 80's. Lived in the Pomona area. We had a VW dune buggy and his father/mother had a Corvair powered 4 place buggy. Great times! Good memories....
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