May 25-27, 2012 is Memorial Day weekend and marks the start of summer. For those of us in the California Association of 4 Wheel Clubs (CA4WDC) it is also the time for the 41st Annual Hi Desert Round-Up (HDR).
This year’s event will be held at the new location on Anderson Dry Lake in north Johnson Valley. HDR is a family event with guided trail rides on Saturday to locations in the Cougar Buttes and the world famous Hammer Trails. There will be a best-equipped game held Saturday evening. This game is open to everyone. Get a group of your friends and stuff everything you can think of in the vehicle you choose. When I say everything, I mean everything because you never know what will be asked for. Some of the more common items asked for are: U-joint, fan belt, first aid kit, gas receipt, cold beer (this is usually because the announcer is thirsty).
In addition, on Sunday there will be vehicle games for the adults and in the afternoon we will have games for the kids. The most popular game for the kids is the stick and can game. This is a kid’s version of the adult game of the same name. Another version of an adult game is the potato scoop, where the kids have to follow a course and collect potatoes and put them into a bucket. On Sunday evening there will be a kids raffle as well as an adult raffle.
HDR is an important fundraiser for the association and for us here in the south district in particular. Since the south district seems to be the hotbed of land use issues, more money is spent in the south district lately than any other district.
In addition to representing us in our land use issues at state and local levels, CA4WDC also provides representation at a federal level through our lobbyist. These association fundraisers further allow us to promote the responsible use of public land, prevent legislation that would restrict off-highway vehicle use, and encourage state and federal agencies to develop new areas and trails. In addition to all the things that the association does, it also provides for low cost insurance for our member clubs that choose to have an event of their own.
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis (1916-1939) was quoted as saying, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” So, turn off your smart phone, put your Blackberry, your Strawberry, or whatever kind of berry you have in a drawer, and come to the 41st Hi Desert Round-Up. At HDR you will be able to enjoy some of the Mojave Desert’s disinfecting sunshine.
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