First Inaugural Run - Julian Banner and Borrego Squeeze, April 22-23, 1995
The first official outing of the Manx Dune Buggy Club took us to
Borrego Valley. We stayed at the Stagecoach Trails Campground near the
original Butterfield stage route. The first day took us up the pavement to
Julian through the mountain passes. From Julian we
returned to camp via a dirt road through the Oraflamme Mountains.
The next day was the challenging run through Fish Creek to Ocotillo Wells.
This is a one-way road that goes through the famous Squeeze (Hummers
won't fit and 4-wheel drives lose windows and mirrors !) and then over
the Dropoff. The Dropoff is an extremely steep hill that is navigated by
locking the rear wheels and sliding down ! No one claims to have ever
been able to drive up this hill ! Lunch was served in the shade of the
beautiful Fish Creek canyon by the crew of our Chuck Wagon.
The Squeeze tests your skid pan as well as your width
Getting some "AIR" at the top of the DROPOFF
The thought of sliding down the DROPOFF causes weak hearted passengers to walk
Passing through the Fish Creek canyon
Lunch is served by the Chuck Wagon crew in Fish Creek