Truck/Jeep show this weekend in Saratoga

Hosted by the 4play 4wheelers:

I will probably be there at some point, at least dropping my Jeep off for the show and to help raise $$ for a friends wife who is having a bad time with cancer.

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Cantina at the Con

Again Foresthill/Madhatters members step up to help out in the kitchen. With Jill, Marie & Carol chopping steak, chicken & veggies. Scott the head taco flipper,Craig getting the tacos to Rich who was slinging the bull, Oops I mean beef. Rich was also tasked to point out all things female to those of us facing the wrong way and Capt. Kurt as the supply Sargent making sure everyone had what they needed including beer. For 4 hours no one had to wait for tacos because of us. After the shift was over we enjoyed a margarita, checked out the vendors and bought raffle tickets. At that point knowing we could do no more good at the Con we retired to CBR aka. Robb’s place for cocktails and a round of Purple Hooters. A great time had by all!!

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Cleaning out the barn

Hey – Lisa is in the process of emptying the barn of stuff I’ve been hoarding for years. Before someone on Craigslist takes the stuff, anyone interested in a set of Yakima roof racks (locking towers for rain gutter style roof, 78″ bars w/ canoe and kayak brackets/bars). Or Weathertech custom fit floor mats for a TJ wrangler?

Also have the rear seat from my 2003 Rubicon for sale – I’m never going to use it again it appears.

I expect more stuff will be uncovered and find it way to Craiglist this weekend. She’s on a mission :-)

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Donations/volunteers sought for Panamint (from Cal4)

Event is November 8-10 near Trona, CA

It’s that time of the year again… Time to start planning for our 28th annual Panamint Valley Days. It will be in the same location as years past, off Slate Range Road, outside of Trona.

We know that last year the weather did not cooperate, with all the rain the week prior to and the wind and cold during the weekend. But it turned out to be a good weekend anyway.

We would like to invite you, your club members and friends out for another fun weekend in this beautiful part of the country. We are urging all clubs to attend this event, register, order a t-shirt, but we are also asking for donations to the kids’ and adults’ raffles. We acknowledge the donors in our program if we receive the donations before the event. On site donations are always welcome but would not be able to be listed in the program.

The funds raised from this event goes to Cal 4 Wheel to help run the day to day operations, to fund our Natural Resource Consultants and to continue the fight to keep the lands open for all to enjoy. Supporting all the Cal 4 Wheel events helps tremendously.

For more information, flyers or registration forms, visit

If you are interested in leading a run, helping with safety inspection or helping out in any way, please don’t hesitate to give me a call. Volunteers are always greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your continued support and we hope to see you out there!

Mail donations to:
Panamint Valley Days
c/o Ken Thompson
40203 – 107th St West
Leona Valley, CA 93551

Bonnie Ferguson and Terry Dean, co-chairs
661 943-9744 (Bonnie’s home number)

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Lake Tahoe Hi Los Poker Run – this weekend Aug 17

For any folks looking for a nice chill weekend in the Sierra, the Hi Los are doing their annual Poker Run – doing the Barney Riley trail.!gamblers-poker-run/c13kb


I will be up there Fri evening thru til Sunday.

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Cantina for the ‘Con

The annual Cantina for the ‘Con is coming up over Labor Day weekend again. The RTF is looking for any clubs / individuals to help with stuff:

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Sierra Trek plans for this weekend

From El Presidente:

As of this writing Scott, Wild Bill, Dave Jones and myself have secured camp for members attending Trek. For the long time members, we are in the same camp we’ve used for the past 15 years. For the newer members tell them to keep their eyes peeled for the Madhatters banner. We are right on the lake.

To our surprise the camp area was “packed” when we arrived. Cell service for AT&T phones is good.


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Club Picnic/Work Party (Sept 13th-15th)

WH5 work   Due to the Deer Valley trail being closed, the club voted at the last meeting to change the location and date of the Club Picnic to Meadow Lake. This will allow us to have our 2nd work day on the Fordyce Trail. The workday will be on Saturday the 14th. I will be meeting with the Friends of Fordyce (FOF) group during Sierra Trek to find out what work is needed on the trail. As a reminder, we are responsible for everything on the trail from Winch hill 4 to Meadow Lake. I don’t anticipate much trail work needing to be done, but we’ll see what FOF is suggesting for us to do. I will update as the information becomes available about the work needing to be done. I will not be coordinating food or a trail run as other members have signed up for those responsibilities.  See new attachment (WH5 work) added to post on 08-19-13.
Scott Caster

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Madhatters club roster has been updated

An updated club roster has been posted to the Members section of the Madhatters website.  Our newest member Gary has been added.  As usual, please email any additions or corrections to me.

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July MUDSLINGER posted

The MUDSLINGER minutes from the July 23 club meeting have been posted to the Members section of the Madhatters web site.

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