Sunday, February 06, 2022

Maiden Jeep Voyage

For Rosie's first trip off-road, we chose an easy trail in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  We drove out the starting point at Yaqui Wells with a stop in Ramona at the Packard coffee shop.  From Yaqui Wells, we made the pleasant drive up Grapevine Canyon, making a few brief stop along the way. I tested all the modes and off-road features such as axle locks and sway bar disconnect.  At the end of Grapevine Canyon, we headed off on the Jasper Trail.  This road was rougher but still pretty easy.  We checked out a couple potential future campsites before stopping at the Wilson Peak trailhead.  From the trailhead we made the 9 mile out and back along Pinyon Ridge to the summit of Wilson Peak.  This peak has some of the best 360 degree views in the county.  We got back to the car just at dusk and the temperature was dropping fast.  We passed some folks braving the cold and staying overnight.

I also got some data on MPG.  The computer reported 21.2 MPG and I calculated 21.3 after I filled up the tank.  This was with a full battery leaving the house, driving in hybrid mode the entire time and max regen on most of the time.

Dusty jeep

Smiley rock

Jyoti on the trail

Great weather

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