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Saturday, September 8, 2018

[AUDIO] COWBOY POETRY; MY RETREAT FROM RHYOLITE

COWBOY & OFF-ROAD POETRY BY DEL ALBRIGHT



Originally published on ModernJeeper.com





As we continue our series of off-road and cowboy poetry, author and ModernJeeper Del Albright takes us back to the mining days of Death Valley in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Characters were abundant and according to Del, "More money went into the ground than ever came out; and every town bragged on how many bars it housed."  Rhyolite is a ghost town on the outskirts of Death Valley, near the town of Beatty, Nevada.

My Retreat from Rhyolite
By Del Albright

There I was late one night, on the outskirts of Rhyolite,
I decided to stop in and have myself a bite.

Not far from Death Valley, there ain’t much around Rhyolite,
Bars and whiskey were the most common sight.

Old Death Valley Scotty was in a bar having a toddy,
He wanted me to join him, and I said ok, but first, I gotta go potty.

He laughed and said, ok, son, we don’t want you to scare us,
Head to the back of the room, behind old Shorty Harris;
You’ll find the place.

Well, I didn’t want to be a public disgrace, so I did what he said.
And sure enough, I moseyed back there and found the head.

And when I come out after I finished doing my thing
that crowd was all in a tizzy, they wanted me to sing.

I said ok, you asked, and then I sat down at the piano,
I told them boys I’ll play a few tunes, but I only sing soprano.

Well, that did it; right there, they got ugly and with a great big shout they threw me out.
Right into the street; thank goodness I landed on my feet and did the only I could; I made my retreat.

Back in to the desert where the sane never wander.
And I spent the rest of my life looking for gold, here and yonder.
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Hear Del recite the poem, campfire style:
 

IMAGINE A CURE FOR SIGN BLINDNESS

GETTING PEOPLE TO READ SIGNS IS A CHALLENGE


But there is a cure.


By Del Albright

You’re driving to your favorite trail and whipping right on by the kiosk or starting place with all the signs of do’s and do not’s. We all do it. And we do it because we know our trail and the rules. Unfortunately, not everyone knows the rules. But they are sure “blind” to signs way too often.
I spend a large part of my time educating folks on how to recreate responsibly – doing it right while enjoying the great outdoors. But the one thing that frosts me is how some people do not seem to see signs, and therefor suffer from what I call sign blindness – the inability to see what is in front of them and follow the rules!
Read the whole article on ModernJeeper.com here: 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

HISTORIC POST WILDFIRE GROUP FORMED

POST WILDFIRE OHV RECOVERY ALLIANCE (PWORA)


LAND USE UPDATES: Historic, national alliance formed to restore off highway vehicle trails on public lands after devastating wildfires. http://modernjeeper.com/restoring-wildfire-destroyed-trails/


Sunday, August 26, 2018

[AUDIO] COWBOY POETRY PART II: OL' SHEP

OL' SHEP AND THE WOLF

By Del Albright

Cowboy and Off-Road poetry, part 2, with me reciting campfire fun with Ol' Shep and the Wolf.

Original poetry with an outdoor and off-road flavor.




Ol’ Shep and the Wolf
By Del Albright
The clouds were a building as Ol’ Shep and I hunkered down for the night
That dog snuggled in close, and the cattle were bunched up tight.
We were camped at 10,000 feet on that cold mountain side
Last time I looked up at the heavens, there wasn’t a star was in sight.
Soon the tent began flapping, the lightning flashing, and the thunder clapping
It was sure too durn noisy for any jaw-jacking.
There was no doubt in my mind that all hell was about to begin
And this whole symphony was accompanied by one hilacious wind.
Somewhere in the night, Ol’ Shep and I heard a lone wolf howl nearby
I cursed to myself and said son, get near these cows and you’re gonna die.
So, I grabbed the old .30 and headed out to protect my critters
But by now it was raining so hard my finger was slippery on the trigger.
Somewhere in the lightning flashes, I saw that wolf coming in on the prowl
Down at my feet, Ol’ Shep uttered a menacing growl.
No time to waste, I threw the old flashlight up along the barrel of the gun
Pulled back the hammer, and said, this is your last night, old son.
But all of a sudden, things weren’t right, Ol’ Shep wasn’t acting like him
Sure enough, I looked down and that fool had a great big grin.
Why he was looking up at me like everything was just fine
Then all of a sudden, I felt that tingle crawl up my spine.
I moved my head, cautious-like, for a slow, careful look around
There was that wolf, not ten feet away, sitting on the ground.
Then it dawned on me, scared as I was, by golly I see the deal
That’s a she-wolf sitting there and she ain’t looking for no meal.
Why them canines were looking at each other like two kids in school
Ol’ Shep, he was getting a little excited, he was even startin’ to drool.
I said well, what the heck; I’m gonna cut these dogs loose to go have some fun
But I knew Ol’ Shep would come home someday, with a wolf as his son.
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Hear Del recite the poem, campfire style: 

JEEPING INTO SPANISH BASQUE HISTORY

IF THE TREES COULD TALK


Exploring Aspen Tree Art, arborglyphs in the west.


By Del Albright

See great pics of aspen tree carvings left behind since WWI by mostly Spanish Basque sheep herders, with campfire stories galore.  I really enjoyed the research it took me to put this story together.

Enjoy it on ModernJeeper here: http://modernjeeper.com/if-the-trees-could-talk-jeeping-into-spanish-basque-country/

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Read my story on Death Valley and the "Rim of Hell" and the City of Gold here:

https://delalbright.blogspot.com/2018/08/death-valley-trails-to-hell.html

Read my story on how we can Imagine Wheeling with the Ancient Ones (Rock Art, pictographs and more) here: 

https://delalbright.blogspot.com/2018/07/imagine-wheeling-with-ancient-ones.html


Friday, August 17, 2018

VIDEO: THIS IS HOW YOU KEEP A TRAIL OPEN

VOLUNTEERS SAVING A TRAIL


This great video shows you how volunteers make the world go round. Saving a trail, keeping our access open, is a team effort and this vid nails it.

Overland Bound helped put this together to capture the work of the Clovis Independent 4-Wheelers, Calif. 4Wheel Drive Association, Sierra Foothills Overlanders and many other great volunteers. 



Monday, August 13, 2018

6 TIPS FOR BETTER CLUB LIFE

SOFTENING THE IRON GRIP OF CLUB ELDERS (when needed)


By Del Albright

Too many times people walk away from an off-road or Jeep club or group because of a club elder putting them down, or not allowing them to contribute. On the other hand, club elders and founders get frustrated when the “youngsters” do not do it their way! Have you seen either of these situations?

Read the whole story on ModernJeeper here.

More land use help here:


#modernjeeper #landuse

DEATH VALLEY TRAILS TO "HELL"

THE RIM OF HELL; THE CITY OF GOLD


By Del Albright

A Taste of Desert History
It seemed like months of baking, desert sun since he had tasted a decent drink of water. His tongue was swollen and dry. The sun felt like it was burning a hole through his old miner’s hat. His lips were long since chapped beyond recognition, but he wanted to find that pot of gold he’d been looking for. Heat was part of mining in the desert. Nonetheless, August in the Funeral Mountains of Death Valley was no place for a man to be alone. But it was 1871 and he was alone. He thought.
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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

ALBRIGHT IN THE GAME; NOT RETIRED

NO RETIREMENT IN SIGHT FOR DEL AND STACIE ALBRIGHT


Rumors and Some Internet Quacking are Wrong.

Stacie and I did not retire from anything, so do not listen to rumors and others.  We are in the game; on the team; and fighting for you and your love of the great outdoors.  We do not do it under the banner of BlueRibbon Coalition Sharetrails.Org.  We have better outlets for our work now.

Drop me a note if you have any questions.

##  Del.


Friday, August 3, 2018

ALBRIGHT DOES JEEP TALK SHOW PODCAST


DEL TALKS LAND USE AND MODERN JEEPER


The fun folks at The Jeep Talk Show, Tony, Josh and Tammy interviewed me for this podcast and we had a ball.  Check it out and give a listen:

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

BECOMING OVERLANDING READY

TOM SEVERIN GIVES US 4 KEY TIPS


Shared by Del Albright

When overlanding, it is critical that you have all the “stuff” to live and be comfortable as you travel and explore. You need to be quite self-sufficient to handle most obstacles presented – everything from break downs, a stuck vehicle, to a medical problem. We are at the top of the food chain for space compared to quads, side by sides, motorcycles, mountain bikers, and backpackers but we can’t take it all. Each item needs a reason.

Read the whole story on Modern Jeeper: http://modernjeeper.com/4-key-lifesaving-tips-to-be-overlander-ready/


More land use help here:


#modernjeeper #landuse Del

Monday, July 30, 2018

FOUR-EXPLORING BY JEEP

SEE THE COUNTRY BY 4X4 WHEREVER YOU LIVE

Four-wheeling is more than just bouncing around in rocks doing hard core trails. Stacie and I do our share of rocks like the Rubicon Trail and Moab, UT, but we have also found that exploring, or overlanding, or jeep camping, or just 4×4 touring really has some fun side benefits.  And yes, we don’t break our rigs nearly as much!

Read more about exploring the back county and how much fun it can be on Modern Jeeper here:

http://modernjeeper.com/how-to-fun-four-explore/


More land use help here:



#modernjeeper #landuse #olverlanding

STRATEGIC TRAIL FORCE HITS THE GROUND

QUIET WARRIOR RACING, DON AMADOR'S NEW FORCE FOR ACCESS


By Del Albright

Join up and be part of the new Strategic Trail Force.

QWR has created its STF program as a fun way to inspire OHVers who are not members of motorized organizations to consider joining one or more organizations, becoming a trail volunteer, and donating to special trail access projects.

You can join even if you ARE a member of other organizations.  Get on the Strategic Trail Force.

Read more on Modern Jeeper:

http://modernjeeper.com/join-the-strategic-trail-force/


More land use help here:


#modernjeeper #landuse #strategictrailforce

Sunday, July 29, 2018

LETTER WRITING TUTORIAL

WRITE BETTER LETTERS TO POLITICIANS AND BUREAUCRATS

Make an Impact with Your Letter.

By Del Albright

See the video with tips and read the article on Modern Jeeper.

http://modernjeeper.com/7045-2/



More land use help here:


#modernjeeper #landuse

WILDFIRE HOUSE AND LIFE SAVING TIPS

6 SIMPLE STEPS TO SURVIVE A WILDFIRE


It's all about the 6 P's:
1. People and Pets
2. Papers
3. Prescriptions
4. Personal Needs
5. Priceless
6. Plastic

Read the whole story and get the full list of tips and suggestions, that start with defensible space and being in touch with your local fire department.

Modern Jeeper for how to make your plan.



#wildfire #fire #firepreparation #firepreparedness

Saturday, July 28, 2018

PICK UP YOUR ROCK AND JOIN

KEEP PUBLIC LANDS OUT OF JAIL.


By Del Albright

Read the whole story, learn more about picking up your rock, and join, to keep our lands out of jail.


Help keep our public lands from being locked up and put in JAIL.  Follow these simple steps and you can make a difference.

More here in Modern Jeeper: http://modernjeeper.com/4-ways-to-keep-public-lands-out-of-jail/

More land use help here:


#modernjeeper #landuse Del

IMAGINE WHEELING WITH THE ANCIENT ONES

JEEPING INTO HISTORY


By Del Albright

Many modern jeepers today enjoy the fun of backcountry exploring and finding interesting parts of our nation’s history to see.  Rock art from our historic past is one of my favorite past times.  

Check out my full story, two parts on Modern Jeeper here:

http://modernjeeper.com/imagine-four-wheeling-with-the-ancient-ones-part-i/

More land use help here:



#modernjeeper #ancientones #landuse
Del

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

ALBRIGHT MOVES TO MODERN JEEPER

DEL NAMED WORLDWIDE AMBASSADOR, MODERN JEEPER.


Taking Land Use and Access to New Heights, Partnered with MetalCloak and Modern Jeeper.

By Del Albright

I am now full time as a Worldwide Ambassador for Modern Jeeper, a magazine and social network company completely behind land use and keeping trails open.   We will be organizing jeep Adventure trips under Modern Jeeper Adventures as well.   Follow the magazine; get on the forum.  Stay turned for some worldwide excitement.

Modern Jeeper Magazine: http://www.modernjeeper.com


Modern Jeeper Forum: http://www.modernjeeperforum.com/


Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ModernJeeper/

#modernjeeper #landuse

Sunday, July 22, 2018

ALMOST HALF A MILLION JEEPS SOLD SO FAR IN USA

JEEP TALK SHOW POINTED OUT THAT JEEP HAS SET NEW RECORDS


495,000 jeeps sold already in USA, in half a year.


By Del Albright

I was listening to the Jeep Talk Show podcast and they pointed out that the Jeep brand is breaking all records and might even break even their own best records.

That number is like a 22%  increase in sales across the country.  Now if we can just get them all to join an organized recreation group, national, regional, state and local. Check out the Jeep Talk Show if you get a chance.  http://www.jeeptalkshow.com/
Del

Monday, July 16, 2018

EGONOMICS

EGOS AND SOME PERSONALITIES CAN RUIN A CLUB OR GROUP.


Egonomics Studies the Cost of Allowing Egos to Rule Your Recreation.

By Del Albright

I have coined the term "Egonomics" to shed light on the cost of letting egos and personalities rule your recreation, and possibly ruin it.

Is your club ticked off at a neighboring club? Are you drifting away from your club or association because of the behavior of a few folks? Do you find yourself attending fewer club/group meetings these days? Do you feel like your opinion does not count? Are you tired of the politics and clicks in your club? In other words, do personalities and egos rule your recreation?

Now do not get me wrong.  Most all off-pavement motorized recreation have egos.  Usually that means we get things done; we can lead projects or efforts; and we step up to help clubs and groups grow.  But then on the other hand, all too often egos and personalities become the deciding factor in too many things.

Here is my take on the question: Do Personalities Rule Your Recreation?


Personalities must be addressed when you are talking about leadership.  More on Leadership and a Horse Harnessed Before All Others, here.


And more on Resolving Problems in Clubs with Partners, Possibles, and Poops.  With the three main tips for getting to the bottom of this: Find Out; Focus; and Facilitate, summarized here.


STEP 1: Find Out.  The first thing to do is find out why clubs have problems -- to recognize and accept the fact that we are people and we have shortfalls, as well as personalities.  Learn to accept the basic fact that we are not all poured from the same mold.  In stead, find ways to understand and make better use of our differences. But that comes from first finding out (identifying) just what causes our club problems.

STEP 2:  Focus.  Next, focus on the issue or problem, not the personalities. Learn to separate a problem from the person who seems to be causing it. Lay the problem on the table, dissect it and figure out how to put it back together in better shape than when you started.   Enlist the help of the person you think is responsible for the issue, if possible.  Get them to become part of the solution. But whatever you do, learn to address the issue, not the person or personality.  It’s not Joe that is causing the club to drift apart; it’s something Joe is doing – his behavior.  That is what we must focus on – the behavior that needs changing.

STEP 3: Facilitate.  Facilitation is a skill every leader or club activist should develop to some level.  To facilitate means to make things easier – to lessen the resistance; to smooth the path. In clubs and groups it means finding ways to help people help them selves.

Once you find out what is really the issue, and you focus on that issue, you then begin to facilitate a resolution. In volunteer organizations there is seldom a rank structure (like the military), so we must learn to ease the resistance and smooth the path with facilitation skills and techniques. 

Before you walk away, please make sure you have done and tried all you can to fix the problem.  We need clubs, groups and associations fighting for us and our rights/freedoms.

Finally, if you would like to read about Softening the Iron Grip of Club Elders, here.


#leadership #egos #personalities #clubs

Thursday, July 12, 2018

QUIT LETTING OUR FEDERAL RESOURCES BURN!


"HOPE" IS NOT A METHOD FOR FIGHTING WILD FIRES!

Let's tell our federal land managers and politicians to stop "letting it burn!"

By Del Albright

I published this blog last year during a terrible fire season, and I am going to republish it again this year, right now, as 2018 appears to be another raging fire season year.

Wildfires continue to destroy our heritage and natural resources in the West, while in many cases aggressive fire suppression has been lacking on federal lands. We recently heard the term "minimal impact fire suppression" -- meaning really that they intend to stand back mostly and watch it burn.


They "hope" the fire goes out and doesn't do much damage. 


Federal land managers have been plagued for years with "tactics" forced on them like "let it burn" or "prescribed fire, unplanned ignition" or "let Nature take its course."

Baloney!



I'm tempted to write this letter to the federal land managing agencies. What do you think?
To whom in the federal government it may concern: "Hope" is not a method of fighting fires. Let's quit hoping the fire goes out; and quit hoping the bugs don't kill more trees that will eventually burn up; and quit hoping Nature takes its course or that Nature puts out the fire; and let's start aggressively and actively fighting fires on federal lands with every "impact" you can dream up, from ground and air, to stop fires from destroying our heritage and resources!

This does not apply to every federal agency or every federal firefighter.  And now I even worry about state fire fighters in some cases. But if the shoe fits....


To stand around and talk about it, and hope it doesn't burn structures or get totally out of control is unacceptable, unprofessional and obviously a ploy to satisfy some political agenda. Stop it. Fight the fires. Put out the fires. Save America's treasures and resources with everything you have.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

GET SOME VOLUNTEER TRAINING ONLINE


ONLINE LEADERSHIP AND VOLUNTEER TRAINING.


Summer Blowout Sale to Get More Trained Enthusiasts on the Ground.


By Del Albright

If you have ever thought about getting some training to help your volunteer efforts, especially off-pavement adventure recreation and volunteer OHV type clubs, NOW IS THE TIME!

There is nothing else offered like this in the country where you can get online volunteer leadership, supervision, management and volunteerism in general training.  10 Modules based on 35 years of volunteer supervision and management experience, first-hand.  Combined with 26-year fire service career ending as a Chief, added to 14 years of military experience, highlighted as a Green Beret, Ranger during Vietnam era.

The Recreational Leadership Training Course (RLTC) is what we offer at Albright Enterprises.

Is is often enhanced with a hands-on workshop, Volunteer Leader & Land Stewardship (VLLS).

Many businesses have supported and helped conduct this valuable training because they see the critical importance of having leaders and volunteers who know how to keep the sport alive and the trails open.


GET SOME TRAINING NOW.  SIGN UP HERE.  RLTC ONLINE TRAINING COURSE.

#leadershiptraining #leadership #rltc #albrightenterprises #volunteertraining #volunteers


Sunday, July 8, 2018

OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS

WE ARE ABLE TO HELP YOU BECAUSE OF THESE SPONSORS/PARTNERS.


Buy ONLY from Businesses that Support Our Trails.


By Del Albright


A key component of having access to trails is having businesses that support our sport and keep us in products and new innovations for our motor toys.  We must do our part and keep them thriving for us.  Here is now.  BUY ONLY from businesses you know are doing something for the sport. Donating to raffles.  Being members of groups/clubs.  Putting organizational logos on their business website. 


What are you building for?  Learn more and buy from BFG at: http://www.bfgoodrichtires.com




MetalCloak, it's your jeep, only better. 

Get rock biting armor and 6PAK suspension at:
http://www.metalcloak.com





We send out a special shout out and thank you also to:

Raceline Wheels, multi-piece alloy wheels that handle any conditions.  http://www.racelinewheels.com

TNT Customs, Cheyenne, WY.  Master Your Terrain.
http://www.tntcustoms.com

ARB USA, Air Lockers and 4x4 Accessories.
http://www.arbusa.com

WARN Industries, off-road equipment and accessories.
http://www.warn.com
#BFG #bfgoodrichtires #warn #metalcloak #cloakedrepublic


Saturday, July 7, 2018

NOT A GOOD FOLLOWER?

LACK OF UNITY IN MOTORIZED ENTHUSIASTS


Why Are We Not Good Followers?


By Del Albright


Why would you expect a person like me (four wheeler, dune buggier, old dirt biker, wanna-be snowmobiler) who is living the American Dream of Freedom of Expression to be a good follower?  Why should I not be completely skeptical?  Why is it we have such a hard time following another volunteer?

Here is what I have found that hinders us from being good followers.

Well first off, we are pretty territorial.  Turf battles are not uncommon in the OHV world.  Membership struggles are a constant reminder that we want to hang onto our own; no matter what and no matter how ineffective we or our group might be.

Secondly, we’re self-serving sometimes. We want our own kingdoms (and trails and freedoms).  We certainly, again, do not want to lose our memberships to other groups or organizations.  I experienced this first hand when I helped start NAMRC.  All NAMRC does is coordinate, facilitate, and find common solutions to common problems.  But it took several YEARS to even have the first meeting.  I, personally, had to take one public bashing at an annual convention that I will never forget over starting NAMRC.  People get pretty possessive about the sport and organization they love.

Third, we have learned in today’s society to distrust.  We do not trust government.  We do not trust the anti-access folks.  And many times we do not trust each other.  And if a big national group is not doing something immediately recognizable for a local group, the distrust surfaces instantly.  And distrust certainly does not generate unity or donations.

Fourth, we do not have enough money.  The anti-access folks have tons of folks working full time for their cause.  Do we?  No.  Do we even find room in our budgets to send folks to important meetings?  Sometimes; but it is always a struggle.  We are not there enough when we need to be.  We do not have enough full time folks working for our cause. Yet, we still have wins, especially large national groups like the BlueRibbon Coalition and their legal team: https://sharetrails.org/legal-current/

Fifth, I have to address personalities.  Yes, I am suggesting that we are susceptible to personality management – managing by personalities.  You joined your local club probably because you liked the people in it.  It is only natural.  We like to associate with folks we like. We operate in clicks.  So if a national figure or group does not wrap your winch, you most likely will not consider him/her a leader for you.  (Read more on Do Personalities Rule Your Recreation?).

It would be nice if we could get away from personalities, turf, self-serving, and all the other things that hold us back.  We need to hitch our horses to one lead horse/group, while still maintaining our individual places on the team. Old timers who refuse get it, or young whipper-snappers who will not follow the rules, need to park their junk and stay off our trails until they DO get it.

The bottom line is money.  At one time, I ran a large volunteer fire department as part of my other life.  Volunteers were hard to come by. Volunteerism throughout the nation is on the decline.  The solution inevitably seems to be paying volunteers to volunteer.  

People have too many priorities these days and are just too busy to do everything.  So we provide an incentive -–money.  It is the way the anti-access "greenies" operate.  It is time for us to do it too.

Yes, I would rather put more bucks in my rig.  Yes, I would love to have a new RV.  But just maybe, it is time for me to kick some more money into groups saving our trails rather than get that new goodie this year.  Heck, if I do not, maybe I will not have a place to use my junk before it is all over?

It is time to talk as one; to fight as a team; to be good followers; and to have a united front against those who want us to park our rigs in the garage and leave them there. Freedom is at stake.

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Del


Thursday, July 5, 2018

ADVENTURE AWAITS OFF-PAVEMENT

ADVENTURE AWAITS; BUT NOT FOR LONG.


We Must All Do Our Part to Keep Trails Open.


By Del Albright

Whether it's rocks, mud or just off-pavement adventure, we MUST ALL do our part to keep these hobbies and passions alive.

Please do not get caught sitting on the couch thinking someone else will do it for you.  Just figure out what YOU can do and DO IT.

It all helps and we can all make a difference.
See here for more on what one person can do:
http://m.delalbright.com/jobs.html

Remember: Only YOU can prevent trail closures.

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Del

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

CELEBRATE FREEDOM IN AMERICA

FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE


CELEBRATE WHAT WE HAVE IN THE USA AND SAY THANK YOU TO A VET OR ACTIVE MILITARY


By Del Albright

Our country's independence was fought for and hard won.  We still fight for it.  A lot of Americans.  Never forget why we can celebrate.

Happy Fourth of July and Happy God Bless Independence Day.

America!