Joan drives the Soup Bowl bypass
Joan going down one of the many unnamed obstacles
First thing the second morning was this little rock. Joan went up it with no coaching aside from a few "keep coming" signals.
One thing we learned on this trip is that there's no shame, and considerable advantage to be had, in moving a few rocks to improve the "road".
Driving is easy IF the spotter gives good directions.
Driving on the sides of the tires like this is actually quite easy. It's that big step down ahead of the right wheel that requires some care.
This looked impossible to me at first. Except that I had just seen our instructor drive thru it. As it turned out with a little coaching, I managed just fine. But it's a good thing we have 3/8 inch steel skid plates underneath everything!
A little easy stuff just before quiting for the day.
Our camp site at Buck Island Lake.
The best part about camping is that it's relatively easy to get up for sunrise :-)
Buck Island Lake Sunrise Silhouette
Down the other side of that rock was a bit harder. The key here is to go slow and avoid bouncing. And to obey the spotter!
See all the scrapes on the skid plates.
Studying the situation first is frequently necessary. But it always looks different from behind the wheel.
Hence the need for a spotter. But even for the spotter the obstacle looks different with the Jeep in it.
This sort of thing is a lot easier if you don't have fenders (or don't care about smashing them). But fenders are required to be street-legal.
This sort of thing is starting to look easy :-)