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Wild West 2002
2002 - August 23 - 26, 2002
Wild West 2002 was the first western US meet for the Chevrolet Avalanche
Fan Club. Fourteen Avalanches and 38 people attended this four day
event that explored the southern Oregon and northern California region.
Most of our journey took us through the scenic wonders of the mythical
state of Jefferson.
at Crater Lake National Park and spent an entire day exploring the area,
including little visited sections. Then the group headed south to
Klamath Falls before crossing the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge to
visit Lava Beds National Monument.
While at Lava
Beds club members explored ancient volcanoes, lava flows, and crawled into
the dark reaches of several lava tube caves, including giant Skull Cave.
From Lava Beds National Monument we said farewell to one Avalanche, two
took an alternate route and eleven elected to go on a 96 mile on-road
off-road adventure in the Shasta and Modoc National Forests. While
there they saw Arnica Sink, Medicine Lake and scoured a massive wall of
The next day
started in the small town of Yreka, California where 13 Avalanches headed
west to the town of Happy Camp, California. From there a group of
ten went white water rafting on the Klamath, and enjoyed an outstanding
lunch on the river. The remaining group of 28 went to lunch at the
Indian Creek Cafe and enjoyed the icy water and sweet berries found on the
Klamath at a local swimming hole. After a creepy stop in the Hoola
Indian Reservation the cruised arrived in Eureka, California, where
members ate at the famous Fresh Freeze Drive-In.
On the final
day the cruise turned and headed north along the Pacific Coast and
explored Redwoods National and State Parks. The cruise started at
the Lady Bird Johnson Grove for a mile hike through stately Redwoods.
Then north to Elk Flats and Fern Canyon for some creek hoping, lunch, and
exploring. The group then continued north along the scenic coast to
Crescent Beach where the sun was shining and it was a balmy 70 degrees.
On the return to Eureka there was a brief stop at Trees of Mystery to see
Paul Bunion and his Ox Babe, before arriving at the Samoa Cookhouse for a
farewell dinner that couldn't be beat and awards.
below are shown in chronological order and were contributed by nine
different members. This is a partial preview of the pending Wild
West Screen Saver.