Past Trail Rides of 2-Big Broncos 4x4 Club
Northwest Chapter

Pacific Ocean Beach Run - May 11-12, 2002


4th Annual Pacific Ocean Beach Run

Location:

Long Beach, WA

Overview

This event is an official tradition of the Northwest chapter. Our 4th Annual Beach run turned out to be the biggest event in our chapter's history. Everything you've come to expect from the 2Big Broncos 4X4 Club, and so much more! This report will be long...over 100 photos. Quite a story to be told, I am honored to be allowed to do so. Class A run, WITH vehicle repair stories, a huge turnout(32 vehicles), a well organized cleanup, a fantastic cook out, and an amazing lost child found by the Portland gang. All in all...a typical Northwest chapter weekend!
The group on the beach.
The group on the beach

Participants

Alvey
Alvey Stubblefield
96 Bronco
Andrea
Andrea Coppick
97 Expedition
Anne
Anne Knebel
94 Explorer
Berne
Berne Strom
79 Bronco.......
Us
Bob & Anne
93 Explorer
Chad
Chad Halvorson
86 Bronco.....
Dale
Dale Kennedy
93 Bronco
Darron
Darron Dong
72 Chevy P/U
Derek
Derek Hacker
72 Scout II......
Greg
Greg Myers
96 Bronco
Greg
Greg
Chevy Blazer
Jack
Jack Cox
82 Bronco
James
James Hilton
87 S-10 Blazer
Jim
Jim Hayes
78 Bronco
Jon
Jon Bellamy
78 Bronco
Ken
Ken Konikow
83 Bronco
Kurt
Kurt Hartsig
86 Bronco....
Laura
Laura Foxworthy
95 Jeep TJ
Mark
Mark Zoelch
95 Bronco
Mike
Mike O'Brien
89 Bronco
Nick
Nick Morrell
79 Bronco
Patrick
Patrick Daniels
99 F250
Patrick
Patrick Goolsby
94 Bronco
Rade
Rade Spasojevic
90 Bronco
Ross
Ross Luengen
89 S-10 Blazer
Steve
Steve Scott
78 Bronco
Steven
Steven Racki
90 Bronco
Tim
Tim Crase
89 Bronco
Todd
Todd Hager
85 Bronco
Toni
Toni
82 Bronco
Tony
Tony Eaton
78 Bronco

Not Pictured...

Randy & Cindy Goolsby...89 Bronco
Joe Coppick...99 F250
Angela Skaar...88 Bronco II

The Beginning . . .

We all knew to meet at the arch in Long Beach.  For the folks who didn't know, we were on CB channel 4 as well.  We met up and got the introductions going.  Also we started the use of our 2Big sign up sheet.

Most folks showed up Friday night, so a 9:00 AM start time was set.

meeting at the arch
Meeting at the arch.
BIG crowd
A BIG crowd.
What a crowd!
What a crowd!
Anne and Bob
Anne and Bob
Laura joins us
Laura joins us!
The kids are ready, too.
The kids are ready, too.

On the Beach...

After all the hellos and finishing up the attendance roster, we headed up to the beach to the furthest point north. As a group, we'd head there, take a few pictures, let the kids play in the sand, and then start the clean up.
Kurt's view
Kurt's view
Look at that line.
Look at that line
Berne on the beach
Berne on the beach.
Bob's view
Bob's view
How long is that line?
How long is that line?
Kurt getting a picture.
Kurt getting a picture.
Fun in the sand.
Fun in the sand.
Flags a-flying.
Flags a-flying.
The kids started digging.
The kids started digging.
Kurt, Megan and Sara.
Kurt, Megan and Sarah.
Fun in the sand.
Fun in the sand.
Jim's on board air.
Jim's on board air.

The Clean up...

Over 30 vehicles, 15 miles of beach to cover...hmmmm. The decision was made to pair up vehicles, place them a mile apart, and let them collect what they could in that mile. Team 1 went all the back to the first mile from the entrance, while team 15 started right there at the stop point. Bags, gloves, (rubber surgical gloves I might add) were issued and the teams departed. A tight schedule was observed. Kurt had talked the local collection station to stay open until 3 PM for us. The hope was to clean as much as possible and get to the collection center before it closed.
Bob picking up his mile
Bob picking up his mile
Anne doing a great job.
Anne doing a great job.
It was a team effort.
It was a team effort.
1 mile makes a difference
1 mile makes a difference.
The new folks are in the spirit.
The new folks are in the spirit!
Ken K
Ken working his mile.
After the clean up, we gathered at the Arch again to load the trash into as few vehicles as was possible for transport to the collection station.
Joe's truck is loaded.     
Joe's truck is loaded.
Lined up at the gate.     
Lined up at the gate.
I'll open the gate.     
I'll open the gate.
In we go!     
In we go!

Kurt's comments....

This year's Washington Pacific Beach cleanup was very successful. Here is what I know -

Date of cleanup: May 11, 2002 Total trash picked up and dump at the local transfer-station: 1,650 lbs, including 5 tires.

Total beach surface - 15 miles from Long Beach, WA north.

Number of 2BigBroncos members participating in the beach cleanup: 32 Vehicles (maybe more), XX number of people (expecting the final count sometime this week).

Total hours of cleanup: 2.5 /each person X 75 people (estimated) is 185.5 community service hours.

WE DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB!! Why wasn't the Seattle Times reporter there? Portland or Long Beach folks to do a write-up on us?? I didn't mention it to them - this time.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE PARTICIPATING... thank you!

The Cookout...

After the cleanup, everyone headed back to their campsite or hotel room and prepared for the swine feast that was prepared by Randy and Rade.  The 2Big Master Chefs!

We all met at the Breakers Hotel gazebo for the barbeque feast.

Randy ready to enjoy!     
Randy ready to enjoy!
What a spread.     
What a spread.
Cook it, and they will come.     
Cook it, and they will come.
Alvey and Nick.     
Alvey and Nick.
Rade and Tabatha.     
Rade and Tabatha.
Jack, Ken and Anne.     
Jack, Ken and Anne.
The day seemed to never end. After the cookout, we had our meeting at the conference room.   Where Kurt laid out the future plans for the chapter.   Also announcing officially that the NW Broncofest is on for Kaner Flat this July!   The meeting lasted until dark, then folks scrambled to the beach for a bon fire.
Gathering around the fire.
Gathering around the fire.
Darkness set in.
Darkness set in.
Casey looking for Greg.
Casey looking for Greg.
And Greg looking for...
And Greg looking for...

The new folks' perspective...

Tony Eaton:
My wife (Linn) and I had a great time! We met lots of good people (Randy and his wife, Kurt, Greg and his wife Casey, Joe and his wife, Bob K., and others I just can't name right now!!), had a spectacular BBQ (Again, hats off to Randy & his wife for the great food!!), and was made to feel right at home. I was really surprised that we got that much garbage picked up (1650 lbs.!!). It felt good this weekend to be a part of a group like this, and we are really looking forward to Broncofest in July, which we will also be attending . Thanks again to everyone, see you in July!!!

Tony and Linn
P.S.: Forgot to mention, my wife and I were driving the yellow and white '78, 4" Rough Country lift, stock (for now) axles, new 429ci. c-6, 35" mud kings.

Dale Kennedy:
"2 Big Broncos Long Beach run 2002"
This is brief overview of the weekend and is done in a “Monty Pythonesque” manner. No offense is meant to anyone as it is reflective of the fun I had meeting and helping folks this weekend. I certainly won’t claim that I am skilled writer but I hope you can enjoy it for the parody it is. I look forward to meeting more of you and wheeling with more of you in the future. Thank you.

Dale

"Broncos that are 2 Big"
And lo, the masses did descend upon the beach that was long and so began the 4th annual Run-O'-the-beach. And the masses were restless and the smell of 4x4 did waft across the air. The Broncos while seemingly well mannered did chafe at their hubs and a low rumble was heard across the sand. And even those that till land were inspired to action.

When dost the wheeling began was the question by all? More valiant steeds await the command to roll forward to battle the filth covering the land. The anticipation could be tasted. And one man stood forth from the crowd and said...."Hey listen up" Question's flew hither and thither about one steed already wounded on the march down to the "Beach of Long"...and soon all knew of Sir Bob's loss...we mourned. The masses looked on in shock and dismay but Sir Bob said fear not for my replacement steed hath the heart of the mighty explorer. More of the filth fighting forces arrive to bolster our ranks.

And Randy Goolsby the bearer of swine brought forth the medals to be given out before the battle hath begun. At the peak of anticipation "Wild Horses" arrives bringing more filth fighting forces. And with a rumble of thousands of horses of power the host did set forth in search of the enemy. No tension was evident even for those who were new to this as all had a just purpose. The host did rumble onward forward and that away. Blazing a path till our destination was reached. Preparation now began for operation clean sweep. The only injuries were to Sir Kurt’s steed and required the gutting of a compressor to allow for a smooth functioning mount.

After the battle is the celebration of victory over the filth forces...for this year at least. The next day was punctuated only by the dry fields and the lack of the very thing we set forth to deal with on this day...mud. On the way home, I had thought all was over for this weekend and that I would only see this host again at the "Kaner Flat" meeting. But the meeting came earlier than I thought as the brakes locked up on Rade Spasojevic steed making it a heated situation requiring some field repairs and soon they were on their way. Thus did end my first official meeting with the group know as the "Broncos that are 2 Big" on this 12th day of the month May in the year of our lord Two thousand and two.

Child Rescue...

A tale of a lost child re-united with his mother. Truly a heart warming one. Portland members of the chapter were quick to the call. And I must say, "My heart swells with pride at these words".

Steve Scott: As if our 4th Annual Long Beach trip wasn't already a success! Read This...:-)
Alvey, Anne, Ken and Kelly, and myself decided that we wanted to drive the Oregon side on the beach around Ft. Stevens and fly kite's with our girls before heading home. We were on the beach about 3 hours when we decided to call it a day. When we came off the beach and parked by the rest area to unlock the hubs and head home.

Anne and Alvey heard only part of a conversation about a woman who couldn't find her six year old son. Anne, brought this my attention, at which time we ALL knew we were going out on the beach to look for this child. I ran down to the mother and told her that we were a 4wd club and we had 4 trucks that would be leaving to look for her son as soon as she could give us a brief description of his name and the clothes that he was wearing!

The father had already ran down the beach and around the dunes before I talked to the mother. We left the mother there, since she had called the police who would be arriving shortly!

We decided to divide into two groups North and South. And also if we saw the father to get him in one of our vehicles for a more positive ID on their son. We never saw the father, he was in the dunes searching. Anne & Alvey went northbound and Ken and myself headed southbound looking, and talking to individuals who might have seen him. And to let people know to look out for him.

Anne was the one who spotted a child who fit the description about 1 MILE north of the original location of where he was last seen! He was looking down at the sand kicking it, all alone. Anne could tell he had been crying. When Anne pulled up to the child, another woman who was sitting in her truck on the beach came out and thought Anne might be the mother of the child, just as Anne was asking her the same thing. After a short conversation, both woman helped "Sabastian" into Anne's Explorer to go and be reunited with his mom! Upon the way back Kaitlyn and Kassie put Sabastian at ease with kids conversation.

When Anne and Alvey pulled up, the police and other Law Enforcement were already there. Anne delivered Sabastian to his mother. The police asked Anne how far away he was from where the mother last saw him? Anne said at least a half mile away, Alvey later said about 1/3rd of a mile. But Alvey's GPS said when he got home they found him 1 mile away! Bottom Line. We all give thanks to someone else who put us there to be able to help on this special day, MOTHER's Day......

I know some Mother's that will never forget THIS Mother's day...;-) Including a lot of other people! myself as well. Happy Mother's Day! And yes, it was a great Long Beach Run!
Thanks to everyone!

The Breakage...

Yes, even on a class 'A' event we can break things...
One mile from the house.
One mile from the house...
Kurt's made it to the hotel.
Kurt's made it to the Hotel.
Rade's made it a little further.
Rade's made it a little further.

Epilogue...

We all made it home. Safe and sound. If you've made it this far, you've read the longest trail report I've ever written. This will top anything we've done to date in size and scope. Great people...great times!

Bob's Pics
Kurts's Pics

Bob Kennedy - 1986 XLT Bronco