W hat used to be a cattle property is now the pride of a friendly family who actually bring their gear down from the house to enjoy their own creekside encampment. Running Creek Parklands is on a flood plain hence the portable toilets, but that entices a certain type of clientele that includes us. Lovely grassed sites in the open, under trees or by the creek offer spacious choices and when they throw in animal feeding, a fire pit and cheap delivered wood who can complain? It is dog friendly here and we had our share of friendly dogs with us. A cool and dewy morning saw us head up the steep and windy Bellthorpe Range Road past Running Creek state forest and in to Bellthorpe National Park. Green scenic farmland borders the road and is an interesting attraction before reaching the forest drive. Marcel took Matt for the mandatory hill start drill at Old Brandons Sawmill site while we others adjusted our air for a comfortable trip. Early days and Leighanne was smiling as the Jeep found the more direct lines through the mud. Others were happy that meant less dust especially for Kerry and Chris at the tail. Lush rain forest lulled the ladies and all agreed they should be the ones to clean the cars back at home. Sadly Sarah the photo bomber (notice how she always smiles for the camera) was to leave as Tiny had to come rescue the family due to a broken front uni (or something like that) on the Jeep. Morning tea filled in time and kudos to Trent for accurately analyzing the car problems and getting in touch with Mr Grimstone... that extra antenna on the bullbar helps with phone service... and then there was four.
Hi all! We have been so busy this month, especially with Clean Up Fraser Island so thank you to all the members and visitors that attended. The wind was strong, so with limited protection we set up low! We all enjoyed ourselves immensely and represented the club in a professional manner. It was great to see some of the kids of the club out and about having fun in our family friendly environment. The meetings about the ICT have been progressing well and the management committee are getting ready to set up a Memorandum of Understanding with the provider. Deb and I attended the Four Wheel Drive QLD Rep meeting on the special resolution on fees. We have spoken to the committee and relayed the clubs thoughts about them cutting costs and the resolution votes will now happen on the 7/6/17 at the 4WD QLD, hall.
The ARB open day was great and I'd like to thank all that attended this day to promote MDORC on a membership drive and building a relationship with ARB. The feedback has been very positive with lots of potential new members contacting to club. I'd also like to say thank you for your concern about my health after the jack fell over and dropped the cruiser on my arm. I was pined by my arm and this was very scary. I did have a wheel under the car but I could have done more to be safer. A lesson learned the hard way. Thank you Ben Clark for your help the next day to get the cruiser up and fixed for the Fraser Island Clean Up Trip
Please stay safe and tread lightly! Tiny Grimstone President, Moreton Districts Off Road Club
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