Monday, October 30, 2017

Women’s Wheeling Day at Rausch Creek 2017

A Jeep Adventure to Remember


Women’s Wheeling Day at Rausch Creek Off Road Park is hands down one of my favorite events of the year! This year marked my fourth year attending, and over 200 amazing ladies joined the fun.


Jeep Momma Off Road at Rausch Creek
Jeeps posing on the rock for a picture

From Humble Beginnings to Epic Gatherings

Back in 2013, the first event saw only eight women hit the trails. Fast forward to today, and the event has grown exponentially, becoming a highlight for many Jeep enthusiasts.

My Jeep flexing on a rock


Friday Fun: Swag Bags and Meet & Greet

I arrived early to help stuff the swag bags. These bags were filled with JeepMomma bracelets, purple Jeep Talk Show koozies, and other fantastic vendor goodies.


Swag for the Swag Bags


Then it was off to the meet and greet at O'Neal's Pub. It was a blast catching up with old wheeling friends and meeting some new ones too.

My friend Mandy and I


Early Start and Smooth Sailing on Saturday

The next morning, I was up at the crack of dawn to assist the event organizers, Christie from OK4WD and Susan from Jeep Girls Rock! These ladies know how to run a smooth event!

Jeep Momma wheeling at Women's Wheeling Day at Rausch Creek
Sunrise at Rausch Creek

Hitting the Trails with Mandy


For the second year in a row, I paired up with Mandy as my Trail Guide, and I served as the tail gunner. We had such a fantastic time last year, so we teamed up again.

Advanced Winching and Hi-Lift Class


Our group of five Jeeps started the day a bit differently by attending an advanced winching and hi-lift class presented by NORA4x4, an off-road driving school in New York. Jon, our instructor, was incredible at explaining vehicle recovery techniques and shared some great tips. This class was a game-changer for me, and I’m definitely planning on more training in the future.

NORA 4 x 4 Recovery Class at Rausch Creek
Off-Road Training Class


NORA 4 x 4 Recovery Class
Jon demonstrating recovery techniques


Diverse Group, Diverse Adventures

After our class, it was time to hit the trails. Our group featured a range of drivers, including the "little Red Jeep that could" – a stock Jeep tackling blue trails for the first time!

We also had the pleasure of wheeling with JoMarie, a Gazelle Rally 2014 competitor and an excellent photojournalist from USNomads.org. She captured some great shots of me on the rocks.
   
Red Jeep on Pizza Rock

My Jeep on Pizza Rock

Partner in Crime: Amanda

My trail buddy, Amanda, is a fellow Jeep mom I met online years ago. We’ve wheeled together a few times, and she’s usually my co-pilot. We always have an incredible time together.

My co-pilot Amanda and myself


Jeep Moms Off Road at Rausch Creek
Amanda and I

Jeep Moms Off Road at Rausch Creek
Amanda & I 

Pizza, Prizes, and Perfect Memories

After a day on the trails, we gathered at the pavilion for a delicious pizza and salad dinner, courtesy of OK4WD, followed by a generous raffle with prizes from awesome vendors. I was thrilled to win a gift certificate from Northridge 4x4, which I used to buy a Bartact Fire Extinguisher Mount for my Jeep.

Winner of a gift certificate


An Unforgettable Experience

This event is truly special, thanks to the amazing women who attend. They’re supportive, uplifting, and encouraging, leaving everyone feeling empowered. I can’t express how much I love the Jeep Community and can’t wait for next year’s Women’s Wheeling Day!


             

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