The month started off with the Lucas Oil Off Road Expo in Pomona. You can check out those photos in my 2013 Lucas Oil Offroad Expo gallery.
Next I spent three days at Cal4Wheel's Operation Desert Fun in Ocotillo Wells. This event is a benefit for the CalDiego Paralyzed Vets Association. They offer trail runs of various difficulty levels throughout the Borrego Badlands, even one for stock SUVs. The event finishes off with an amazingly large raffle with incredible prizes like a set of tires, bikes for the kids, electronics and other goodies. The raffle went on for hours. There were about 250 registered attendees and 65 vehicles out on the trails. It would be great to see better support from the off road community for this charity event.
See more photos in the Operation Desert Fun gallery.
Last weekend was OMC Offroad's 3rd Annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive with a trail run hosted by 4 Wheel To Heal through the beautiful San Jacinto mountains.
More photos from that trail run are in my OMC 3rd Annual Holiday Toy Drive gallery.
You can read two of my articles on DrivingLine this month:
6 Hot Off Road Vehicle Trends contains highlights of the Lucas Oil Off Road Expo
Beginners Off Road Basics is the first article in a series for people interested in learning more about getting off the beaten track and exploring trails.
After all of that, of course I broke something on my Jeep the week before SEMA when everyone is getting ready for the big show. My rear passenger coil spring failed and collapsed on itself. Having your rear end bottom out on a trail is not fun, ouch! She's fine to drive on the road but now I'm waiting on replacement coils to get her back on the trail again.
I love off roading in beautiful places with good people and I especially love photographing Jeeps on the trail but I'm ready for a day or two of quiet time out in the desert to enjoy the landscape and do more landscape photography.