February 13-18, 2007 Annual Cabin Trip: (86 Photos)
86. The Annual Winter Trip to the Sooley Family Cabin finally arrived and it shaped up to become one of the best trips yet! This year the weather cooperated with lots of snow, a large crew on hand, lots of sleds, and lots of gas to burn.
85. Sooley, Adam, French and I were the first to arrive at the cabin on Tuesday morning, and quickly took advantage of the untouched snow before anyone else arrived. We headed up to Highwaters and spent the day climbing hills, getting stuck, jumping, getting stuck, generally having a time. It was a great clear winter day, and the riding conditions were prime.
84. French was riding his 2005 RX-Warrior, I was on project Renegade, Adam on project Slammed Summit, and Sooley was riding the family Enticer II having wrote off his Mach1-700 at Mount Peyton in March 2005. He did take the opportunity to hit a lot of jumps on project Slammed Summit while Adam had a break!
72. After an awesome afternoon burning gas and hauling stuck machines out of the snow we relaxed by the fire in our fire pit clearing at the top of Sooley's pond.
67. Wednesday morning arrived and while waiting more of the crew to arrive the four of us set out again under beautiful sunny skies tearing up more hills near the gullies this time South of Sooley's cabin.
57. We also ran back over to Highwaters for a rematch of yesterdays adventures, and were surprised to find our usual water skimming hole almost completely frozen over.
55. A few rips across on the sleds soon opened it back up again!
54. We managed to log a fair bit of flight time, although much of it wasn't captured on camera. Sooley was riding one of the enticers, but again occasionally took Adam's sled over some of the larger jumps. Project Renegade had a minor collision with a Juniper but survived unscathed and was running really well.
51. The snow was awesome, drifted and soft. You could jump of the edge of the pond and land in time to hit the cornice on the snowdrift! It was awesome.
49. That evening we got a bonfire going up behind the cabin to burn off some of the wood cutting brush from last fall, finishing out the evening with a few brew in the cabin.
46. Thursday arrived and so did Maffer, Janes & Bill. Once the guys suited up we hit the ponds and jumps once again!
45. Bill was riding his 2005 RX-1, Maffer his black & white 2006 REV 500ss, and Janes was riding one of the Sooley's Enticers.
44. In bigger news, later that evening Sooley got a surprise call from his wife. She bought him a 1994 Skidoo Mach1 670 which we had to pick up in Ocean Pond which was just a 10 minute drive from the cabin!
43. A couple of us went with him, not telling the rest of the crew what we were up to. The sled was truly mint, and ran great!
42. We gave it a quick polish with some SC-1, a quick maintenance (Seafoam added to fuel, grease and inspection) and the sled was ready to ride!
36. That evening Learning arrived with his 2004 V-max 600 triple. We hung out in the garage and put a few decals on Maffer's REV and Learning's V-max.
35. Friday brought sunny skies once again and Sooley was itching to try out his new whip in daylight hours!
34. We quickly hit the best jumps from the previous couple days but then crossed the highway to try and reach a large lake called Gander Pond.
33. This was new snowmobile country for our crew, we made our way across triangle pond and over open country stopping to play on every large drift we found.
32. We eventually stumbled across a woods path that headed in the general direction we needed to go and in no time we reached Gander Pond.
27. This is a rather large body of water, and there were hundreds of all new untouched hills and drifts to climb and jump, it was a fantastic place to ride.
14. We all had a blast especially Sooley who was finally riding a half sensible machine with more than 2" of suspension travel. We stayed until our fuel tanks were pretty well dry then headed back to the cabin for supper.
10. Although Learning was at the cabin with his sled, but I can honestly say I can't remember seeing it move the whole weekend.
9. Saturday arrived and we spent the day riding and trying out new jumps, unfortunately the cameras stayed off as we concentrated on burning gas! That evening all the girls arrived for a "time" at the cabin.
5. Even Ronnie and family made it up for the relax evening of the trip!
1. Sunday was the last day of the annual winter trip and was spent getting the cabin cleaned up, and vehicles loaded up and headed for home. Al in all it was one of the best cabin trips to date with awesome snow conditions, lots of gas burned in the sleds and the whole crew on hand to enjoy some fantastic time together.
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