PDA

View Full Version : Hunner's USA Adventures



Hunner
09-05-2011, 05:19 PM
I started my Hummer experience in 2006. After bolting on some equipment that added weight and even with some engine mods I decided to jump on an 08 Alpha when they were rumored to be discontinued. I do some towing and travel in mountainous areas frequently.
I have done a list of mods and have had some custom fabrication made.
I am more of an Expedition Adventurer than any other type of wheeling. Hopefully this will inspire others to get out there in the great USA backcountry. Hope to see ya soon!
A work in progress, so many trails so little time.

Arkansas, Saline River Bottoms
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_8462.jpg
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/cr_8474.jpg
Arkansas Ouachita National Forest volunteer scouting low water bridge GPS mapping
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/1220.jpg
Hummer Edition proving grounds, 180 degree spin stabiltrak OFF! remote trigger camera
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_9722.jpg
Power slide stabiltrak OFF
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/9648.jpg
Gravel excavation pit, not virgin soil!
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/9323.jpg
Moab SteelBender rocks were piled up or spare would have hit, only got the license
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/5x5324.jpg
Death Valley
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/9118a.jpg
Start of the Mojave going West old man.
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_8665sh.jpg
Mojave Road
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_8977.jpg
Near the West end of Mojave Road
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_9016shcc.jpg

kd7irm
09-05-2011, 06:10 PM
love the pics and love the rig Hunner!

HUMMER INVESTMENTS
09-05-2011, 07:03 PM
x2. Love your rig and pics! Cant wait for the adventures to come!

3Hummers
09-05-2011, 07:18 PM
I had some stuff to do around the place tomorrow but if I can convince the wife we take the 98 and H3 and go wheeling for awhile tomorrow. All your fault Hunner with all these pictures. :)

skippy
09-05-2011, 07:46 PM
as always hunner great pics and story board

Hunner
09-05-2011, 07:56 PM
But I'm just getting started listing the places to go in a Hummer. The views are changing constantly. AC and XM onboard ain't bad either! It must be working to get the couch potatoes stirred up! I know I am ready to go. Fall weather hit Arkansas today. Probably won't last.
Out from Moab of the La Sal Mtns. I think the back way to Arches. Neo wood know:confused:
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/9565s.jpg
Arches for sure with the La Sals, look I see Neo up there cuttin up!
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/9639sc.jpg
Capitol Reef National Park the scale of things out here dwarfs an H3
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/1205acsmt75-1.jpg
Maybe even three of them
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_1253ac-1.jpg
ok I actually have some without a Hummer in them.
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_1260acs-1.jpg
More trails around Death Valley you don't want to be in here if it rains upstream! The GPS mapping kept having gaps, no horizon. If you set up a computer like this be sure to pull fuse 27 the passenger will appreciate it
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_9148sh.jpg
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_9156sh-1.jpg
Back down below sea level
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_9229acshs.jpg
I made friends in low places
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_9188sh-1.jpg
The dunes at sunset
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_9194sh.jpg

Timgco
09-05-2011, 08:18 PM
Great thread Hunner! ...looking forward to next time we can wheel together.

Hunner
09-05-2011, 09:31 PM
A little side trip to Colorado and Bridal Veil Falls to cool off. Just happens to be at the end of Blackbear pass, it's all down hill from there!
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_1370sh.jpg
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_1403fx-1.jpg

HUMMER INVESTMENTS
09-05-2011, 10:02 PM
Dam Hunner!
When are you gonna start bringing me on your trips:p
Or at least give me your truck! Hahaha
You should go against Recon and Bebe again if we get ROTM again. That would be a completely insane ROTM. I am sure youd hold everyone out till the end!

Hunner
09-05-2011, 10:47 PM
Starting early and early retirement has allowed me to enjoy many years of freedom. Who knows, I could show up in your neck of the woods anytime!
I think those two are in a different league of their own, and rightfully so.
Mine is just an H3 with mods anyone can do to increase reliability with some time and effort and budget for it a little at a time. I have had some custom made items but I either share how to make them, sell them or can tell you how to install them and where to get them.
I concentrated on reliability and functional mods to save me wrenching time, on the trail. I don't want to be limited to where I can go by myself or with a very small group is why I did all that. Carrying all the spares and tools is no good unless you know first hand how to use them.
I showed all my cards on that ROTM and would not want to just cut & paste all that again. I want to inspire others to get under there and go for it. My Dad moved off the farm when he retired and called the neighbors that worked on their cars on weekends, "Driveway lizards" and it stuck and some of them did some remarkable things.

BW_Hummer H3
09-05-2011, 10:55 PM
Sweet truck! Love the pics!

alrock
09-06-2011, 01:31 AM
Great thread Hunner!

Ron46
09-06-2011, 01:35 AM
Those pics are amazing! You have a great looking truck and I agree great thread!

671HUMMER
09-06-2011, 02:40 AM
Those pics are amazing! You have a great looking truck and I agree great thread! One day when I grow BIG my hummer is gonna look like this! LOL.... Nice Pic's Hunner!

TXH3T
09-06-2011, 03:54 AM
Man those are great pictures hunner and your rig looks great. I would love to see half those places! Im trying to go the overland direction but its hard to find time for longer trips. Oh well someday!

Hunner
09-06-2011, 02:16 PM
Well if this is helping motivate people using your Hummer to explore,
Here is a bit more of the Mojave Road trip. Great scenery in the spring as the desert was in bloom. I would do this again.
The road to the horizon. We went all the way to those mountains and over them.
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_8845.jpg
Navigation was by keeping the "cairns" as the Indians called them on the right. I cheated in case somebody moved them and I used a mapping program. There were some places the wrong choice would have taken me miles out of the way, and back. That could have been bad, consuming more of my planned gas usage.
I also used more gas because of the soft sand for miles.
Always get the book and do some research before you leave on trails like this to get the most out of the trip.
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_8888-1.jpg
Lots of wide open spaces. Not much traffic.
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_8900-1.jpg
The flat dry lake was awesome. I did some slow speed runs to look for dips or holes and then made some return runs for pictures at speed. The H3 does have a speed limiter unless you have had that removed with a PCM program.
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_8930cr.jpg
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_8940.jpg
It's a good idea to ALWAYS carry extra DexCool plus some gallon water bottles, just in case. Besides your drinking water.
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_8933sh.jpg
Soda Dry Lake, alkali salts. They say if it rains this as slick as snot! Keep in mind there is nothing to winch to out here in places unless it's another vehicle. So, the stupid anchor trick is not so stupid! Actually two is better.
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_8984.jpg
In the Wells book you will learn of all the rituals of travelers over time. You are supposed to bring a rock from your home state to place here. In the middle of the pile is a placard with and inscription you are supposed to keep to yourself when you read it.
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_8985.jpg
I liked this stretch of trail with the cacti and no I don't even think about the antenna unless somebody mentions it.
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_8878a.jpg
and one more without a Hummer
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_8763.jpg
What are you waiting for, have you packed yet??

justintaylor
09-06-2011, 02:51 PM
There is nothing better than just grabbing a map and going out on trails and seeing what you can find. I just wish that I had the time to do it more often. Your pics really show how beautiful of a country we really live in.

Hunner
09-06-2011, 05:18 PM
Yeah and in a lot of cases, the road less traveled is the one with the best scenery that you can see at 5 mph instead of 75.
Like a little side trip I made after Moab. The website said the roads to Yellowstone were open to "over the snow vehicles" well hell a Hummer H3 with chains for all four wheels fills that description. I had heard places I wanted to go had big fines for passing chain zone signs when applied. Even in 4 wheel drives you were suppose to have them in the vehicle.
What the website failed to state was there were still 10 foot snow drifts blocking the passes when I tried that. I also found out and thought of another Hunner saying "when your wheels are not on the ground, the snow is too deep."
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/5510-1.jpg
Yeah I know that looks like a good place to play out there BUT that is a frozen lake with the Tetons in the background.
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_5554-1.jpg
I thought this looked like a postcard
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_5539.jpg
However I got to play around Jackson Hole and see the Tetons. Sort of strange after being in the desert in Moab the day before.
More pictures later I think I broke Photobucket now!
Nope looks like Comcrap is cheating me again on upload speed.

LagunaH1
09-06-2011, 09:34 PM
Man, I am so ready for a wheeling trip. The Mojave Road is "just" a long dirt road but I love the idea of being far, far away from everything. Great pic Hunner!!! -Please post more, I now you have lots and lots....

TXH3T
09-07-2011, 01:02 AM
Man, I am so ready for a wheeling trip. The Mojave Road is "just" a long dirt road but I love the idea of being far, far away from everything. Great pic Hunner!!! -Please post more, I now you have lots and lots....
Thats some of the best stuff. Not too hard on the truck and can truly be an adventure. This road is now on my MUST do list. Haha anyone down for this run in the next year?

SWANK3T
09-07-2011, 07:49 PM
I am doing the road hopefully this month! Hunner great thread! Can't wait to get home and do this. How long did you take?

ajk150
09-07-2011, 08:37 PM
:HOLY:These are amazing pictures Hunner. Great job. I am way of retirement unless i win the lotto anytime soon (fingers crossed). But when i do retire, i am hoping i am still up to do something like this. Looks like a great adventure. Keep it up and keep up the great pictures!

Hunner
09-07-2011, 08:40 PM
We did it in two full days. We camped about the halfway mark by driving to a nearby Official camping area off the trail. Three of us had met on a forum and talked for a couple of years. When one of the guys in Vegas said he wanted to go and the other guy from Cal. joined in. We met at a Casino close to the head of the trail the night before.
A great way to meet and we already had a lot in common. We drove 10-15 most of the time but let it out a few times in the dry river beds and did some "dirt trackin" at speed. Fun to test out my BP tie rods over the whoops and gullys. We stopped often as I HAVE to take pictures. Nice layed back trip, no rush, no traffic. There were some wash outs over the mountain that were a little tough to get thru. I had to almost rub the cut on the pass side to fit. There were more tight ones but my nav told me to quit shooting and drive. I tried to run back and get the other guys but they zipped thru to get it over with ha ha Should have staged some shots but I was on vacation/retirement as a photographer.
That last shot of me crossing the "river" was near sunset the second day. There is a camping spot there but me and my nav headed for Death Valley and stayed at yet another Casino late that night.
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_8839-1.jpg
If a group of you guys out that way get something together post it up.
The book to get is Mojave Road Guide An Adventure Through Time by Dennis G. Casebier get the sprial bound one so you can fold it open.

kd7irm
09-07-2011, 09:13 PM
Dang Hunner your making me want go on a road/exploration trip!

Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk

TXH3T
09-07-2011, 09:39 PM
What kind of winch anchor are you using hunner?

Hunner
09-07-2011, 11:59 PM
A Bruce and a CQR off my boat! I had those down on the coast for sand and there are too many rocks in the lake here in Arkansas for that style. They will hold a 10,000 boat in a blow at 50+ knots, ask me how I know??

DJinCO
09-08-2011, 12:18 AM
Hunner, You and I are kindred spirits!

I agree with everything you posted. Great images.

TXH3T
09-08-2011, 12:58 AM
A Bruce and a CQR off my boat! I had those down on the coast for sand and there are too many rocks in the lake here in Arkansas for that style. They will hold a 10,000 boat in a blow at 50+ knots, ask me how I know??
:whaa:.......:HA: Thats the greatest thing I have ever heard. Its brilliant! I know what Im investing in out here in AZ!!!

SWANK3T
09-08-2011, 11:13 AM
Got the book a few months ago went through it looked really good.

HUMMER INVESTMENTS
09-08-2011, 08:03 PM
With all these adventure how many miles on that Bad A$$ rig you got there?:huh:

MaxPF
09-09-2011, 04:01 AM
Hey Hunner, you ever tried the Pull-Pal winch anchor? http://www.pullpal.com/

SlikRick
09-09-2011, 05:21 AM
Hunner your pics and adventures inspire me, one day I will make that journey.

Hunner
09-10-2011, 08:52 PM
With all these adventure how many miles on that Bad A$$ rig you got there?:huh:
Well I was just shy of 50,000 (warranty at that time) on the 2006 H3 I-5 but part of the time I trailered that baby to save wear and tear on the rough interstates ha ha and to insure I had a ride home! I had room for a tool box of big tools and a generator, air compressor and a welder, you know for small jobs. I made one trip to Sedona, Arizona from Arkansas and parks in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Alabama with the H3 on the trailer.
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/_DSC5185-1.jpg
The 2008 H3 Alpha with 100,000 mile warranty has 41057 right now. I drive my 95 Dodge (turned up) Cummins Diesel for a daily driver most of the time since the Hummer is a rare and collectible vehicle.:roll: Then go out and drive it offroad, is that an oxymoron? Trying to make that warranty last.
The Alpha is so much better to me for towing and loaded in the Mountains of Arkansas that I have driven it more for long weekends than I did the other. I sold the trailer and bought some other Hummer equipment I wanted as I began to trust the reliability of the CI diff and BP tie rods and added Hutchinson wheels. So right now no free ride for the Alpha.

Hunner
09-10-2011, 10:05 PM
Hey Hunner, you ever tried the Pull-Pal winch anchor? http://www.pullpal.com/
Those have been around for years. No but it looks like a middle buster plow, sort of what we used on the farm for things that got stuck.
I already had these anchors, and more from the 8 years I had my sailboat on the Gulf. Might as well use them. They are out of the way on the front end and easy to get to. Plus after they get all muddy I don't have to throw them in the back.

f5moab
09-10-2011, 10:57 PM
Mr. Hunner....
Just mounted my Pull Pal frame to the roof rack with a set of these from Fourtreks....
748749

Before mounting, I painted the framework hammered black. Shovel is inside under the tool bags...

Hunner
09-11-2011, 12:17 AM
Speaking of Sedona, a few posts back, that was my first far out West trip trailering and running on Red Rock. It was not technical type of wheeling but had some good falls and climbs and a bit rough for some people. We ran some of the more known scenic trails early in the morning to try and miss the pink Jeeps! There were some great views and a great bunch of drivers I got to meet.
I tried to pick a few with Hummers and some scenic shots. I'm hosting on ACDSee so it won't load up the forum. I edited them down several times but it was tough to cut some and I want to try something a little different here bear with me while I do this. Comcast got me back up to 5.62 mbps up load, for now anyway. Let me know how this works for you. Some of you way ahead of me probably know to click on the first image and then you can see how to advance them.
This will last for 30 days so hopefully I can figure out how to implant the code into my blog for it to stay until I remove it. @@##$%&*#$!!

http://www.sendpix.com/albums/11091103/0345560000000040f4242d498beaed128791612f9df1b5/

Hunner
09-11-2011, 12:18 AM
Mr. Hunner....
Just mounted my Pull Pal frame to the roof rack with a set of these from Fourtreks....
748749

Before mounting, I painted the framework hammered black. Shovel is inside under the tool bags...

ATTA boy F5, someday you will be glad, especially if you are one of those solo runs! Good work.
Now you need to check in to a wireless remote for that winch so you can set that Pull Pal by yourself.
I thought I had some sand ladders tied up but they got away.

DJinCO
09-11-2011, 12:31 AM
I need to get in touch with you Hunner, I go out solo all of the time. I need to get some stuff "in case" because I am wheeling a stock H3. Probably should think about the tie rods first.

Or buy an Alpha.

Hunner
09-11-2011, 02:06 AM
Be careful you will wind up like me and have lots of "stuff":emb:
I was a Boy Scout, and a son of a farmer, both prepare you for what life throws at you.
Perhaps you me and F5 will go on a mission some day. The geezer patrol? ha

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geezer - CachedGeezer is a term for a man. It can carry either the connotation of age and eccentricity or, in the UK, that of self-education such as craftiness or stylishness.

You said once before we were kindered spirits, that's cause when you been around as long as we have, you at least know a lot of things that do not work!
I'm available anytime to share what could be a good idea, or at least what works for me.

Man I miss Nugget...............
quote"Adventure before Dementia"quote

Sometimes a satellite phone, which allows two way communication can save your bacon,(They can be rented)
while a Spot device could make some people risk danger for no emergency. Perhaps those have or will improve to at least text messages.

Calamitygirl
09-11-2011, 08:56 AM
Thanks for sharing your adventures Hunner, you are inspiring to say the least!

Expendable
11-23-2011, 02:14 AM
Nice Thread! Love the Pics! I love all your adventures and look forward to your next ones too!

Hunner
03-14-2013, 02:13 AM
Well all things considered (time and money) it is time to do some Arkansas re-exploration. It has been years since I traveled extensively here. I wanted to go back and see what is left here in the state after 15 years of running all over the country.
First thing I discovered was pavement in places I never thought there would be. Then development in areas that were desolate. Instead of rocky and dirt hiking trails some of the "natural" areas that had rocks stacked for stairs as the most developed, they got lazy and used concrete!! I tried to hide that in some of my pictures and was really disappointed to see that.
It worked my old body hard to hike in to see some favorite places but I also found with the Hummer I was able to cut out a lot of walking by using trails that are established but only passable to within a mile or so of the natural features. I hope it stays that way. After all, conquering getting there is all part of it. If it was easy everybody would overrun the areas.
A lot of these places I discovered years ago when I was mapping the state thru aerial mapping and ground exploration with quad maps. Now I am recording my locations on my laptop for easy returns.
This is a photo story of natural areas and not many H3 pictures. (that's different!)
This was my first time with the new FX format digital camera and I did lots of lens changes and settings learning what works.
This is also a study for me of the capabilities digital photography has progressed to, having been a film photographer and lab rat for 50 years+!
I am now seeing detail I believe may at least be equal to or better than some of my finer film work.
The subtle detail in the shadows and the ability to now use high ISO and still have quality is amazing to my eye.
I strive to use the lowest ISO possible to achieve the results I want.
My favorite setting is aperature priority so I can select what I want in focus.
Enjoy
First set is Waterfalls.
All the trails and adventures don't have to be "technical" to be rewarding. For me the vehicle can be a means to get me there and at times the point of going in the first place.
This trail shortened the walk in by about 2 miles. So I got in a bit of wheeling, muddin, and rock crawling up and down some steep areas to get me closer.

2.8.19 damn Flicker!!!
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8531/8556911994_c0033e79db.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8556911994/)
[/url] (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8556911994/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8252/8556688912_926e7aa8cf.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8556688912/)
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8556688912/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8509/8556674982_a762d988c7.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8556674982/)
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8556674982/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8522/8556673778_eee30e907b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8556673778/)
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8556673778/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8373/8555561591_44ed3d3113.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8555561591/)
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8555561591/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8390/8555558757_88ae1b012c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8555558757/)
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8555558757/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8508/8556667138_fba8355e26.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8556667138/)
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8556667138/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8244/8556671998_1468af0552.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8556671998/)
[url=http://www.flickr.com/people/93741462@N06/] (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8556671998/)

Hunner
03-14-2013, 02:18 AM
Next set is Barns or old buildings. I found that many of the ones I shot years ago have since fallen down and hauled away. These somehow are still standing and being used. The photos tell the story of old log construction but covered in rough sawn planking as years went by which are now showing their age, like me!
My trusty steed waits patiently in the background on these trips rather than being the subject. lol

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8365/8555809769_0e4bc79a36.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8555809769/)
DAH_1622 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8555809769/) by Hunterda (http://www.flickr.com/people/93741462@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8519/8556688446_b212f2df6e.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8556688446/)
DAH_1466 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8556688446/) by Hunterda (http://www.flickr.com/people/93741462@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8230/8556687132_b4d21e74ea.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8556687132/)
DAH_1472 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8556687132/) by Hunterda (http://www.flickr.com/people/93741462@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8386/8556686272_54ec7fa2ce.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8556686272/)
DAH_1475 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8556686272/) by Hunterda (http://www.flickr.com/people/93741462@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8530/8555574747_374331d741.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8555574747/)
DAH_1476 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8555574747/) by Hunterda (http://www.flickr.com/people/93741462@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8235/8555573747_50d962c6ea.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8555573747/)
DAH_1481 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8555573747/) by Hunterda (http://www.flickr.com/people/93741462@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8383/8555572847_da5342f016.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8555572847/)
DAH_1482 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8555572847/) by Hunterda (http://www.flickr.com/people/93741462@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8112/8555571787_37fa665f47.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8555571787/)
DAH_1519 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8555571787/) by Hunterda (http://www.flickr.com/people/93741462@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8089/8555570221_828891bb5b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8555570221/)
DAH_1520 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8555570221/) by Hunterda (http://www.flickr.com/people/93741462@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8103/8555568101_b09df21ca3.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8555568101/)
DAH_1521 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93741462@N06/8555568101/) by Hunterda (http://www.flickr.com/people/93741462@N06/), on Flickr

EDIT 7.5.17
I did not like the fact Flicker exposed all my other images when linking to these. Still trying to figure that out. Mean time Photopucket has decided to hold images posted on 3rd party sites unless you pay the top tier plan for $400 a year. I have 50 GB plan I pay for now but cannot justify the other. EXTORTION!

Expendable
03-14-2013, 03:06 AM
Wow! awesome pics! my great grand parent used to live in Little Rock. too bad we never went off roading when I visited those summers many moons ago.

ArtHummer
03-14-2013, 09:51 AM
This is just beautiful.
Hi Hunner, how do you find places like this? Do you know approximately what you are looking for from research or you just go and explore and see what you can find?
I would love to explore and do some hiking, but from what I see, around where I live, everything is privet property and boring as hell. But maybe I just don't know of some hidden jewels that can be explored.

Hunner
03-14-2013, 08:39 PM
As I mentioned I mapped all of Arkansas with aerial photographs in an Aero Commander from 10,000 feet above mean sea level. It took ten years. I also did low level of some areas. The county maps were made from those and I had access to quad maps as well. It was easy to spot some geographical formations and the head of watersheds. I had a Toyota Land Cruiser wagon back then. FJ55. I explored on weekends areas I had marked. We did not have GPS then so it was hit or miss or use aerial photos and stereoscopes to find the watersheds. It has taken lots of ground work and talking to locals to gain access to some of it.
Some are on National Park land and Forest Service lands. Park rangers are a valuable source of information and local knowledge. Upon knowing your intentions are to take only photographs and leave nothing but footprints they usually encourage documenting these areas.
I also canoed lots of these areas and the Buffalo long before it was taken over by the park service.
I also was the publicity and documentation photographer and videographer for the State Hwy Dept so got to travel extensively in my quest for magazine covers and articles and map covers and photographs for the inside while covering other projects.

Hunner
04-01-2013, 11:31 PM
Wee, it was an interesting day. Got delayed right out of the gate. Took care of that and blasted off. Found out right away I needed to add some shock cords to steady things a bit. So I did. Probably covered over 300 miles. Almost hit total of 60,000 on the clock. Most of this was in the Ouachita National Forest.

I picked up a Wilson cell phone booster I have been eyeing. Where I was going on a weekday I might not see anybody until the weekend!
It does work. It varied but 1 bar became two and sometimes three and I tried it and it worked with that level.

I can say an iPad can survive some serious jiggling and hard knocks. I was running 20 lbs of air in the tires and at times running up to 40 mph on gravel and dirt and natural rock forest service roads. The seat heater and some Naperson kept the back in reasonable tolerable condition.
The new GPS hockey puck for the laptop has greatly improved. Fast cold start up. I was admiring how it did not skip in deep pine forests and noticed it was gone from the temporary place on the dash. I had not applied velcro yet. It was on the floor and working better than the old one!

One other new discovery is the iPad map apps, Motion X HD drive and Google maps kept saying "can't connect to server" so I guess in remote areas it would be best to download those maps. They were missing areas or none at all.
However my old laptop with DeLorme Topo 9 had full topo maps which are installed and GPS tracking happily along. Sometimes older technology comes in handy!

So, travelling roads I have not been on in 15 years or more I found some surprises.
Whoops, missed the flood but not taking that shortcut anymore! Ya think water has some power?
Wee, it was an interesting day. Got delayed right out of the gate. Took care of that and blasted off. Found out right away I needed to add some shock cords to steady things a bit. So I did. Probably covered over 300 miles. Almost hit total of 60,000 on the clock.

I picked up a Wilson cell phone booster I have been eyeing. Where I was going on a weekday I might not see anybody until the weekend!
It does work. It varied but 1 bar became two and sometimes three and I tried it and it worked with that level.

I can say an iPad can survive some serious jiggling and hard knocks. I was running 20 lbs of air in the tires and at times running up to 40 mph on gravel and dirt and natural rock forest service roads. The seat heater and some Naperson kept the back in reasonable tolerable condition.
The new GPS hockey puck for the laptop has greatly improved. Fast cold start up. I was admiring how it did not skip in deep pine forests and noticed it was gone from the temporary place on the dash. I had not applied velcro yet. It was on the floor and working better than the old one!

One other new discovery is the iPad map apps, Motion X HD drive and Google maps kept saying "can't connect to server" so I guess in remote areas it would be best to download those maps. They were missing areas or none at all.
However my old laptop with DeLorme Topo 9 had full topo maps which are installed and GPS tracking happily along. Sometimes older technology comes in handy!

So, travelling roads I have not been on in 15 years or more I found some surprises.
Wee, it was an interesting day. Got delayed right out of the gate. Took care of that and blasted off. Found out right away I needed to add some shock cords to steady things a bit. So I did. Probably covered over 300 miles. Almost hit total of 60,000 on the clock.

I picked up a Wilson cell phone booster I have been eyeing. Where I was going on a weekday I might not see anybody until the weekend!
It does work. It varied but 1 bar became two and sometimes three and I tried it and it worked with that level.

I can say an iPad can survive some serious jiggling and hard knocks. I was running 20 lbs of air in the tires and at times running up to 40 mph on gravel and dirt and natural rock forest service roads. The seat heater and some Naperson kept the back in reasonable tolerable condition.
The new GPS hockey puck for the laptop has greatly improved. Fast cold start up. I was admiring how it did not skip in deep pine forests and noticed it was gone from the temporary place on the dash. I had not applied velcro yet. It was on the floor and working better than the old one!

One other new discovery is the iPad map apps, Motion X HD drive and Google maps kept saying "can't connect to server" so I guess in remote areas it would be best to download those maps. They were missing areas or none at all.
Oh and a 5 amp fuse in a splitter cig plug will not handle and invertor, Ipad, Cell phone booster.

However my old laptop with DeLorme Topo 9 had full topo maps which are installed and GPS tracking happily along. Sometimes older technology comes in handy!

So, travelling roads I have not been on in 15 years or more I found some surprises. This cost me 2 hours.
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_1721.jpg
Eh not a good idea
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_1729.jpg
Why can't I be there, well a safe distance back.
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_1734.jpg
Somebody had a good time.
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_1732.jpg
Old Wagon road down by the riverside, down by the riverside.
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_1725mt.jpg
I got more rapids than waterfalls this trip. Cossatot Falls
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_1735.jpg
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_1739.jpg
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_1745.jpg
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_1744.jpg
http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac336/DHunter_bucket/DAH_1740.jpg
Besides that I spotted deer 7 times, saw two LIVE armadillos, and a Roadrunner. Beep Beep
Got some interesting remarks at a couple of Mom and Pop gas stations about my "Experimental Vehicle"
Just got home at dark 30, but I got lights, lots of lights................

Nacho
04-01-2013, 11:36 PM
Great pictures, looks like it was a fun with with great weather. Some day I would like to explore the part of the country.

ArtHummer
04-02-2013, 10:30 AM
This is some nice looking scenery.

bendyprissy
04-07-2013, 05:39 PM
Hunner, I know you have been asked this several times already but I have yet to understand your explanation & am hoping you can take it down a couple notches so I can "get it". What you are doing is the off-roading that I want to do. I do enjoy going to the off-road parks, meeting lots of great people, & seeing what my Hummer is capable of, but what I want to do mostly is your type of scenic drives (off the beaten path). You mentioned maps, a book, etc. What is your suggestion for me to be able find locales like yours? And please, be gentle with my lack of know-how.

There are several Texas members on this forum but I have yet to find anyone who shares the same scenic desire, though I wish I could. I tried to find other forums to try & meet like-minded individuals but no luck!

Hunner
02-02-2014, 11:23 AM
Wow I guess I should check back here more often.

Got distracted doing overland trips and was gone for a month or so a couple of times.

All my mods just still work and I did not have much to say, weird huh?

Then I got sidetracked with RC quad copters and aerial photography from that platform. I like to take that with me to get some interesting shots.
I'm still new to that and just now trusting the reliability of the craft toting my camera.


I suggest visiting your State Parks and Recreation office and load up on maps and brochures. Talk to them about natural features you would like to see.
They are a great source of info.

You should have an Office of the National Forest and rec areas there also.
If your enthusiasm gets their attention they may make some other maps available to you.
Some they charge for and some they will provide if you are a volunteer.
That normally consists of reporting back to them conditions you find the roads in while exploring remote locations.
There are several programs that offer different involvement.

Another good source is the office of Geological Survey.
I think now you have to look at the index of maps and order them online. They only print the 7.5 quad maps when you order. They are made from older surveys and show great old roads and trails as well as contours so you can look for watersheds in rugged terrain and find waterfalls.

County maps from the state transportation department are also a great source of detail showing creeks and tributaries to rivers.
You can probably buy just the counties you want to explore.

I have a full set of 75 or Arkansas counties made from my photography. They are well worn and marked up showing locations I have been or want to go to.
Get some of those Texans rounded up and make some trips.
Usually if someone will do the planning you will have people tag along.

Sorry I was months late but life is short and I'm burning fuel and exploring this great land while I can.

alrock
02-02-2014, 02:20 PM
How about some new pics of your travels? You take such great pictures.

ZWilson07
04-17-2014, 07:46 AM
Any recent updates?

Love the thread and seeing this type of stuff.

Hunner
12-10-2014, 07:18 PM
Well I guess I have been busy. Did not think to check back here.

I do lots of solo runs and sort of got caught up on the H3 posing.

I shoot lots of scenery, barns, insects, waterfalls and such for my following of wall display clients.
I figured I had shown most of my GREAT adventure photos in the past.

Gas is getting cheaper, I may adventure out of state more and find some new places to explore.

Simplelife
03-22-2016, 06:43 PM
This thread was amazing ! Felt like I was actually there ! Awesome pictures... I too drive a dodge Cummins 😎... I drive a lot to Monterrey mx ... But I'm thinking about taking the h3 this summer to do some off roading ... Being in south fl all we have is swamp and mud trails !

???
12-16-2016, 01:57 PM
Looking for more updates and great pics!

Hunner
12-17-2016, 11:45 PM
Apparently the last crash of the forum broke the links to Flicker I was using in post #42 and #43. I have no idea what pictures I thought at the time were supposed to be in there. Sorry.

alrock
12-22-2016, 12:54 AM
Sorry about that. F'in Russians, or Ukrainians, or Chinese, or Phillipinians, or whomever. Argh.

Hunner
12-23-2016, 03:37 PM
Martians?
They heard we were coming.