DrivenToExplore
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9/15/15
12:11 PM
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Here’s the published list of diplomats from Qatar in the US as of June 15th. I have no idea if this is comprehensive or not, but if any of you interwebs sleuths want to see if you can find a match:

4/16/15
11:26 AM
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For sure. If it's 2wd you may want to give it a couple of days to dry out after any substantial rainfall as some of the mud was a little deep. I never actually needed 4wd, but it was close a couple of times. Bring a shovel and a friend.

4/15/15
4:11 PM
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I'll check it out! Using what you got is the most important part. Far too many 4x4's never leave the mall parking lot.

4/15/15
4:09 PM
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As a ex-Florida transplant 20's at night sounds cold, but nothing that a good sleeping bag and campfire couldn't overcome. Your camping spot looks pretty great.

4/15/15
4:06 PM
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Great point! Highway tires and mud negate any benefit of 4wd very quickly. I have Goodyear Wrangler AT/S on there now. Good balance of highway comfort and traction offroad for mild trails. Did a good job of self-clearing and didn't sling gravel too much.

4/15/15
4:04 PM
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Colorado trails are definitely on my "must-drive" list. Awesome photo. I've spent a lot of time in the mountains there during the winter and would love to explore more when things are green. Yellow lab would be a great trail companion (I grew up with one), but a bit too much work travel for me. One day...

4/15/15
4:01 PM
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Completely agreed. I had some basics with me and intentionally avoided anything that was risky and will be adding a full recovery kit very soon. Big fan of being over prepared.

4/15/15
3:57 PM
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Nice. I've got a "go bag" with most of my stuff ready as well. Less friction to get out there the better. Looks like you're doing it right with man's best friend as a co-pilot.

4/15/15
2:22 PM
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It's my 3rd 4Runner, so I obviously have a soft spot for them. Can't kill them, well behaved on road and good storage space. Fuel economy isn't good (18-19mpg mixed driving. I don't drive to work, so for me it works just fine. Honestly, if you want something that can handle routine trips off-highway and has room to

4/14/15
9:09 PM
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Looks awesome! Agree. Every time I actually do something like this my first thought is almost always "Why don't I do this more?". Hoping this blog keeps me motivated to keep getting out there.

4/14/15
9:01 PM
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Rock. Anything with lower ground clearance than a Subaru would have a very time getting to this spot.

4/14/15
8:59 PM
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Completely agree. Photo is a little deceiving. Fire is about 15ft from the tent as was fully doused before I headed to bed. With the California drought status, I was less concerned about the tent than the entire tinderbox of a forest around me.

4/14/15
8:55 PM
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Good to know. I did see a few unsavory characters, but no one gave me grief. I did tell a few people my plans before I left, but I agree a backup plan is always a good idea.

4/14/15
8:48 PM
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I'd be up for that. Laguna Seca and Rubicon are within driving distance...

4/14/15
7:43 PM
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This was a solo trip. I agree scheduling and getting people to go can be the hard part and an easy excuse. Going by yourself has distinct benefits. You can get lost, roam aimlessly and enjoy silence. Group trips are fun too, but don't be afraid to get out there on your own.

4/14/15
7:06 PM
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Keep checking back. I planning on exploring a bunch of other trails in the area.