Cedar Creek Road

Cedar Creek Road is a trail of easy difficulty that a 2WD truck with some ground clearance should easily pass through in dry conditions. There are no hard obstacles on this trail, just wonderful views of the canyon and an easy-going drive that is close to San Diego with little risk of vehicle damage. There are also numerous hiking trails in the area for when you just need a nice, long walk outside. This trail is very picture heavy so be sure to enjoy all of the photos here on the dedicated page!

This is where the southern end of the trail starts, even though it does not show up on Google Maps. Cedar Creek Road heads north from the junction at Three Sisters Falls trailhead.

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A Vegan LoLsuit…

A funny and depressing story that has been making it’s way around the world concerns a vegan woman, Cilla Carden, in Australia who felt the need to sue her neighbors for cooking meat and having some kids that play basketball. Where is there to go with this story? Where to even start? How does this woman deal with life? What does she do when passing some crows eating roadkill? On the upside at least the Supreme Court of Western Australia threw out her room temperature IQ lawsuit. To quote Ms. Carden: “It’s been devastating, it’s been turmoil, it’s been unrest, I haven’t been able to sleep,” Well, it looks as though she’ll just have to deal with it.

It seems that some people that still have their sense of humor intact came up with a Fakebook group called “Community BBQ for Cilla Carden” with the following mission statement: “Cilla Carden has a problem with her neighbors cooking meat on their BBQ, because she’s a vegan. Recently taking them to the Supreme Court!” and “Don’t let Cilla destroy a good old Aussie tradition, join us for a community BBQ in protest of her actions, and help Cilla Carden GET SOME PORK ON HER FORK.” I tried searching for the Fakebook group page but was unable to access it though it is still the top search result. Thousands of people responded to the nascent plan and since Ms. Carden couldn’t take being the butt of a joke pulled out the lawyer card again. In the words of Mr. Hammond (who I’m certain is ecstatic about his litigious client): “Any person who seeks to attend Ms Carden’s property on Saturday October 19, 2019 or at any other time in relation to this event or matter will be referred to the WA Police on the ground of trespass,

I actually didn’t realize how many exceptional stories there are about the exceptional behaviors of these “animal rights activists” types and I may have to type up a few more blog posts about this later. For now I’ll leave you some story links and a few of the more interesting comments.

BBC News – Australian woman sues neighbours over barbecue use

Fox News – BBQ protest near home of vegan who complained about neighbors grilling fish canned over legal threats

News Corp. Australia – Perth vegan’s lawyer hits out at ‘nasty’ comments as plans for community BBQ protest scrapped

9 News Perth – Perth vegan demands neighbour stop cooking barbecues

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White Mountain

White Mountain is a trail of moderate difficulty that a 4×4 truck with decent tires should be able to navigate. No obstacle is terribly difficult but there are lots of tough rocks of which a few demand careful tire placement. For much of the trail the brush is very tight or there is a steep cliff to one (or both sides) which may make it very fun to deal with opposing traffic. It would be wise to stop your vehicle at an open spot when you get a chance and take a quick look to see if any other trucks are heading your way. For this trip I was a passenger (for once) and just got to enjoy the scenery a little more than I usually do. I also had a great chance to take more photos than normal, enjoy the rest of the photos and videos here on the complete page!

White Mountain location:

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Espinosa Trail

The Espinosa Trail is a path of moderate difficulty that will be hard on your truck’s paint job and is harder yet on full-size trucks. No single obstacle really stands out, just lots of moderately sized rocks and hinderances that are more difficult in wide and long vehicles. The Espinosa Trail is located in the Corral Canyon OHV area approximately 50 miles east of San Diego and is conveniently located just south of I-8. For those who are more adventurous and have capable rigs there are the two difficult trails known as Bronco Peak and Sidewinder for your enjoyment. Enough of my written description of this wonderful trail though, enjoy the photos and videos and find all of them here on the full page!

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The price of siphoning gas…

Another day passes and another tragedy happens. In the case of a tanker explosion in Tanzania though the deaths of at least 62 people were easily avoidable. Here’s a tidbit from the Fox News story:

Witnesses told the Associated Press that a crowd had gathered around the fuel tanker after it was involved in an accident early Saturday. People then rushed to try to siphon fuel, but the tanker burst into flames.

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Another insightful piece of the article:

People getting killed in explosions while stealing fuel from incapacitated tankers are fairly frequent in East Africa, though the Saturday explosion is among the deadliest in Tanzania. Those stealing the fuel usually sell it to motorists for cheap.

Apparently the explosion happened in a rather busy part of the town of Morogoro which may explain why there were so many injured however the first thought in my mind when I think of a gasoline tanker leaking near me is to get away. I wonder what’s going through the mind of someone standing next to a geyser of fuel to collect some and make a few bucks?

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I saw this story out of Tanzania and it reminded me of a similar case out of Mexico that involved a pipeline explosion. In January of this year at least 96 people were killed near Tlahuelilpan, Mexico as they were trying to collect gas from an illegally tapped pipeline. I’ll be quoting a few bits from the Los Angeles Times story below, starting with a concerned father:

‘I came here in the night looking for my son, walking through charred bodies lying on the ground,’ said Martin Francisco Trejo Hernandez, 55. ‘Some people were still alive, screaming in pain, screaming for help. I never imagined I would see such a sight.’

It seems that shortly after the pipeline failed it was swarmed by hundreds of people with jerry cans, buckets, and barrels:

Soon, as many as 800 people had converged on the site to gather gasoline, which gushed like a geyser from the ruptured pipeline more than 20 feet into the air, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, Mexico’s defense secretary, told reporters Saturday.

It’s really amazing how much static electricity can be built up in your clothing or other objects that don’t conduct well (easily over 20,000V in dry conditions) so it’s really no surprise that as hundreds of people were getting some gas from pipeline fountain that eventually something went boom. You can see this in the video but here’s another bit from the L.A. Times:

Videos taken before the blast showed soldiers standing around the scene who did not appear to make efforts to disperse the mob.

Cresencio, the defense secretary, sought to justify the military’s actions, saying the small number of soldiers had been unable to deter a sometimes “aggressive” crowd.

It seems that a lot of the criminal element in Mexico is moving from drugs to mining and petroleum and the incident I mentioned above is just one of the most recent and deadly and certainly not an aberration:

I’m glad that I’m not so desperate as one who is willing to be drenched in gasoline to sell to people who actually have cars. Even if I was destitute, I believe that I might try a few other things first. I’m glad that I’m an American and pray that my country never turns into a Mexico or Tanzania…

I’ll embed a few notable comments from the Fox News article before signing off for the night:

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Fox News – Tanker truck in Tanzania explodes as people siphon fuel, at least 62 killed

Los Angeles Times – Mexico’s president vows to ‘eradicate’ gas theft amid the horror of pipeline explosion

 

The Coxey Trail (3N14)

The Coxey Trail (3N14) is a trail of easy difficulty north of Big Bear Lake that any truck with some ground clearance would easily drive through. This trail starts high near Big Bear Lake and gently descends down the San Bernardino Mountains into the vast expanse of the Mojave Desert. The southern end of the trail starts in Fawnskin along CA-38 at the Rim of the World Drive. The northern end of the trail is at the junction of Bowen Ranch Road and Coxey Road. This is a fun, relaxing trail run that will be well worth your time. The rest of the photos and videos may be found here on the dedicated page. Enjoy!

Clark’s Summit and Skyline Drive

I’m putting both of these trails on the same page due to how they intertwine with each other. I suppose you could just drive along Skyline Drive on its own but only completing Clark’s Grade would require a U-turn as soon as you reached the top. A 4×4 truck with decent ground clearance and tires will easily pass through this road under dry conditions. The path to Clark’s Summit is a narrow shelf road in which encountering opposing traffic is rather miserable. I’ve generally completed this route from the southern end starting at Seven Oaks Road just north of CA-38.

Upon reaching Clark’s Summit Skyline Drive goes off both east and west and snakes its way north towards a few different spots in Big Bear Lake. The views the entire way are amazing and well worth your time! There are many hiking and biking trails that pass through Skyline Drive so be sure to watch out for pedestrians. There are multiple methods of reaching both of these trails and I will have to pass through more of them in the future. Be sure to look on the dedicated page to find all of the photos and videos and enjoy!

San Diego Driving, Part Two

Good evening everybody, this post is simply to showcase another video about driving on the fine roads in San Diego and the drivers contained therein. From wrong way motorists, to Interstate crashes, and illegal U-turns my dash camera has recorded all sorts of highway hijinks for you to be amazed by. Enjoy!

The Rise of Skywalker predictions video

Well everybody, yet another Star Wars movies is about to be released so that means it is time for another Red Letter Media prediction video about The Rise of Skywalker! I have written before what I think about how this film will turn out but now Mike and Rich have attempted to perceive what will happen in what has turned into an over-bloated Disney disaster of a commercial project and I want to spread the news of this far and wide. I think that I will see this film just to watch what J.J. Abrams does to try and salvage the Star Wars film series. I think that it will be hilarious…

 

The future is DUST

One of the more interesting YouTube channels that I have stumbled upon recently is a science fiction outfit called “DUST. Almost all of the films are under twenty minutes long and are typically left with a conclusion for the viewer to contemplate on their own rather than having a definite ending; the film embedded below being a very notable exception:

The short films more typically do not have a definite resolution and are much more open-ended:

If I remember correctly, this was the first film I saw featured on this channel:

Here is one more film that I greatly enjoyed just for good measure:

The channel “DUST” is well worth your time and I highly recommend it to everyone!