This past March a couple of friends and I met in Disney, Oklahoma at a public use off-road park. We made a weekend of it and camped nearby. The goal of the trip was to put our Jeeps to the test and enjoy the good weather. Travis had recently lifted his TJ (white Jeep shown on above on the right) and needed a shake down run. We only had to go to the parts store once. Overall, Disney delivered a great time.
We were admiring a few local rigs.
We expected some congestion with such great weather. Red Dirt Jeepers and a few other clubs were at the park this weekend.
Travis and his Jeep TJ. He is running a 6″ Rough Country Long Arm Lift, Belly up skid plate, 1″ motor mounts. It’s sitting on Mickey Thompson Classic II wheels wrapped in 37″ Nitto Trail Grappler M/Ts.
This is Dave and his TJ. Yes, it’s a TJ with a YJ grill. Why? Apparently, he had one lying around and the original one was toast. Dave is running a frankenstein lift that performs well. His Jeep is sitting on 35’s. His bumper is a custom concoction from a cut down ARB bumper. Dave is a bit of a tinkerer and usually has multiple projects going. This one is a budget wheeler composed from parts (and Jeeps) lying around his shop.
The park offers a variety of terrain.We began on the side with the elevation. This included steep climbs followed by steep descents. Erosion and other Jeeps have made parts of this area challenging. Primarily for Jeeps like mine with lower ground clearance.
Travis climbing with some speed.
Every Jeep trip should include poser shots with varying amounts of flex on random objects.
Crawling down a deceptively steep trail.
Water crossings like a boss.
Shaking off like a puppy.
Point-of-view during a water crossing. Low visibility is expected. Also, why distance between your Jeep and the Jeep in front of you is very important.
Travis admiring his handiwork.
The defacto shot every Jeep club takes at the off-road park in Disney, Oklahoma.
Skillfully, climbing in.
Besides elevation changes and hills. There are many rock gardens to play on. Here Dave is making quick work of a few boulders.
There was a time in my life when mud was fun. That is no longer the case for me. But, for those who still love it, I’m content to photograph them. Dave needed a bit more speed to push through the deep sticky Oklahoma mud and clay.
Travis pushing the mud until he wasn’t. This pit was deep.
Annnnnnd, he’s stuck.
But, he wasn’t stuck for long.
After getting stuck in the mud it is a good idea to rinse off with a few water crossings. That was next on our list.
Dave’s TJ taking full advantage of drain plugs.
Note: Photography taken on a Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 16-35mm 2.8l lens and edited in Adobe Lightroom. Location: Disney, Ok. March 15, 2014.