Pumpkin Patch Run, Saturday October 10, 2015

Here is where we'll plan our annual Borrego Fest event, including Amateur Radio testing, wheeling, camping, and gourmet dining in the desert.
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Pumpkin Patch Run, Saturday October 10, 2015

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Post by toms » Wed Sep 23, 2015 4:56 am

Saturday October 10, 2015 Borrego Fest Pumpkin Patch Run

Lead: Tom Severin
Tail Gunner: TBD
Comms Designee: Tom Severin
Difficulty: Medium – low end of the Blue Range
Meeting Time: 8:00 am
Meeting Place: Butterfield RV Ranch Resort Group Campsite
Departure Time: 8:30 am
2M Simplex: 146.460
2M Repeater: Monument 147.240 (+) PL: 103.5
FRS 4 PL 4

Format for sign up
Name, Vehicle (FJ, JK, TJ, Land Cruiser …), OAUSA Screen Name, Ham Call sign

Signed Up:
Name Call Sign Vehicle
1. Tom – Land Cruiser – Toms – KI6FHA
2. Phil - FJ Cruiser - Voodoo Blue 57 -- W6PET
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TRAIL DESCRIPTION:
Located within the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area, you'll need an off-road vehicle to get to this remote location where there is an enclosed field called the "Pumpkin Patch" off the Tule Wash which features numerous pumpkin-sized concretions, or round sandstone formations.

Desert Magazine first published an article about the Pumpkin Patch in 1970, showing a black and white picture of its concretions. After seeing this wonderful photo by David Muench in the January 1981 edition of Desert Magazine it became a major attraction for the area.

This unique landscape is the result of wind and water continuously eroding the surface soil and revealing globular sandstone concretions that look much like pumpkins in size and shape. Such concretions are believed to be formed by the natural cementing of sand particles to a small object such as a piece of shell, a grain of sand or even an insect. Help preserve the Pumpkin Patch and the nearby ridges where new pumpkin-size concretions grow


LOGISTICS:
We will meet at camp grounds at 8:00 Saturday morning. Each vehicle needs a vehicle inspection and all drivers and passengers must complete a waiver of liability. Have sufficient gas for the trip and bring a lunch.
The plan is to travel to the pumpkin patch via the pumpkin patch trail. This is trail has washes, sand, lots of steep ups and downs, and some tight turns – fun but not too difficult. After looking at the Pumpkin patch and lunch we will return via Long Lizard trail. This trail is a bit more difficult.

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Reply to this post with your name, rig, and call sign if you have one to sign up. See format above.
See you on the Trail!
TomS
KI6FHA / WPZW486

Badlands Off-Road
tom@4x4training.com
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Re: Pumpkin Patch Run, Saturday October 10, 2015

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Post by Voodoo Blue 57 » Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:04 pm

Phil
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Re: Pumpkin Patch Run, Saturday October 10, 2015

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Post by toms » Thu Sep 24, 2015 6:18 am

Got you on the list Phil.
See you on the Trail!
TomS
KI6FHA / WPZW486

Badlands Off-Road
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