After taking the last month off since the FJ Summit, we finally decided it was time for another run. Our friend Lance organized an AZFJ Lake Party out at Saguaro Lake this past Saturday. It was hot, it was dusty, but it was fun!
We headed out Friday night to meet up with some other friends who were planning on camping the night at one of the lake coves. Neither Josh nor I had spent much time out at this lake before, let alone off-roading out there so it was all new to us. We arrived a little before 7p and found another lost soul, Tim from Tucson. Luckily we both had laptops in our trucks so he was able to give us his GPS coordinates so we could find him.
Our mission was to make it to the cove that Lance had picked out and we didn't think that would be a problem since we had the GPS coordinates for that as well. Boy, were we wrong. By this time it was dark and we just couldn't figure out how to get to where we needed to go. For anyone who has not been out to this area, picture the desert with nothing but ridges and sandy washes with tracks going everywhere! We couldn't see a thing down these ridges and didn't realize you had to drive very far north on a ridge, then turn and drive back south on another ridge, just to head in an east or west direction. Needless to say we were out there wandering for hours...but at least we were lost together! We finally managed to pick up Lance on the HAM radio, got directions to the cove and set up camp. By this time it was midnight and time for dinner. It was a comfortable night sleeping in the tent with the windows and doors open...until the sun came up!
We woke up Saturday morning at 6am to extremely loud rap music being played by one of the boats out on the lake. After they went away it was time for breakfast and to head back to the trail head to meet everyone else. We ended up with 7 trucks for the morning, having fun running around the ravines and washes. Then we headed back to camp for lunch, and truck talk. Just as we were packing up to leave, another 2 FJ's found us! We paused for the obligatory group picture then headed out for more play time around the area. After all day in 105 degrees +, we called it a day around 5pm and headed home.