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wayoflife
03-18-2019, 12:22 AM
It's hard to imagine but just north of all the glitz and glamour that is the City of Las Vegas, lies the 2nd largest wildlife refuge in the country and the largest one in the lower 48 states. I am of course talking about the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and it really is about as beautiful as it is vast. Unfortunately, a majority of it does lies within the restricted, Nellis Air Force Base (think Area 51) but a good portion of it can still be traversed in a 4WD vehicle like a Jeep. Of the many routes you can explore, our favorite is also one of the most remote and potentially dangerous ones and that is, the Road to Alamo.

Back in the early 1900's, pioneers established a stage route that connected Corn Creek to the town of Alamo, which is located over 70 miles to the north and in the lush Pahranagat Valley. It was created to help transport goods and supplies to the booming mines and towns of southern Nevada and today, you can still travel along on the exact same rough and rugged road. For better or for worse, the road is in a National Wildlife Refuge and so it is well marked and even has informative signs along the way. Some of these signs remind travelers that there are NO services, NO water and very little to NO cell service out there and caution should be taken when traveling in the area. Also, there is a section of the trail that crosses a "dry lake" bed and more times than not, it is IMPASSIBLE due to being anything but dry. There have been many near life threatening instances where ill prepared individuals have gotten stuck at this point. Deep ruts filled with pieces of wood and other debris remain as evidence of people struggling to free themselves of the muck. With nothing to winch off of, the dry lake section of this trail should NEVER be crossed when wet.

With all that said, this short video highlights a recent overland trek that Cindy and I took across the lonely Alamo Road. Certainly, it's nothing fancy and there's no rock crawling to speak of but we do hope you enjoy it for what it is - a day in the life of WAYALIFE.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQk3fCKvbzM&feature=youtu.be

Although we didn't cover it in this video, I would highly recommend that you stop and check out the Visitors Center before heading out on a trek of your own, across the Desert Wildlife Refuge. They have great displays, tons of information on the area and even a nice little hike that takes you out to some cool stuff including an old historic cabin. :cool:

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RESURECTIONJK
03-18-2019, 12:44 AM
Heading home from Moab and then Iím putting this up on the big screen.

BaddestCross
03-18-2019, 12:45 AM
Here's to living the dream! 🍻

Love seeing the historic routes and towns you guys go to. One of these days we'll need to spend some time out in your neck of the woods.

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Trail JK
03-18-2019, 12:50 AM
Gorgeous views! Iíve always loved seeing the natural patterns in sand dunes. Great video! Youíre inspiring me to enjoy this great weather and hit a local trail. Thanks for sharing it!


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boardsurfer
03-18-2019, 01:07 AM
The amount of places to explore out there is just crazy. Thanks for another cool video!

TrailHunter
03-18-2019, 01:25 AM
Thank you for that 16 min of relaxation on a busy weekend.. Great Views! Looks like a peaceful day.

drrags
03-18-2019, 01:38 AM
Damn straight that's why we love Nevada - it's like the earth has its clothes off and you can see everything. I will never get tired of it. Thanks for the excellent video!

Jimmypaget
03-18-2019, 01:54 AM
Never knew it was there! Iím definitely going to make this trip! Awesome video as always though!


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pop2tu
03-18-2019, 02:21 AM
Nice video. It is truly amazing how wide open that part of the country is. Thank you for sharing


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wayoflife
03-18-2019, 02:37 AM
Heading home from Moab and then Iím putting this up on the big screen.

LOL!! Damn, you've been out that way a lot lately! Hope you had a good time. :thumb:


Here's to living the dream! 🍻

Love seeing the historic routes and towns you guys go to. One of these days we'll need to spend some time out in your neck of the woods.

Thanks! It really is nice out there. :yup:


Gorgeous views! Iíve always loved seeing the natural patterns in sand dunes. Great video! Youíre inspiring me to enjoy this great weather and hit a local trail. Thanks for sharing it!


Weather has been real nice - first time for us in a long time. You definitely need to get out there and enjoy some of it :thumb:


The amount of places to explore out there is just crazy. Thanks for another cool video!

It's why we love it out here :cool:


Thank you for that 16 min of relaxation on a busy weekend.. Great Views! Looks like a peaceful day.

Awesome - so glad we could bring it to you :cool:

wayoflife
03-18-2019, 02:38 AM
Damn straight that's why we love Nevada - it's like the earth has its clothes off and you can see everything. I will never get tired of it. Thanks for the excellent video!

:cheesy: Now that's a great way of putting it :D


Never knew it was there! Iím definitely going to make this trip! Awesome video as always though!

Be sure to stop over at the visitor center and check it out. It's really nice :yup:


Nice video. It is truly amazing how wide open that part of the country is. Thank you for sharing

With any luck, it'll stay like that until the day I die :yup:

OverlanderJK
03-18-2019, 02:43 AM
Pretty neat area and cool video bringing us along.

Every time you guys talk about lake beds all I think about is the whiskey trip before getting into middlegate when you said it felt like brownies and then Cindy got buried up to the frame. Lol


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longarmwj
03-18-2019, 02:49 AM
Awesome video. When you jokingly gave the name of the dry lake bed I paused the video to look it up thinking you were being legitimate 🤣.


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Abntroop
03-18-2019, 03:21 AM
Awesome, yet another trip to add to Laurie and Iís growing list. Great video as always! Thank you! House goes up for sale tomorrow, the clock keep ticking down!


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kpig
03-18-2019, 03:21 AM
Wonderful video. I miss these scenes that remind me why I own a Jeep. there is more to wheeling than just crawling an obstacle. Sometimes we need to explore for the sake of appreciating the wonderful world out there with family. Keep em coming. Hope to see you out there again.

jeeeep
03-18-2019, 03:27 AM
very cool!

When I was younger and had my CJ, friends and I would explore Nevada from the Utah side.

We would get topo maps from the USGS, stock up on food and water, few jerrycans of fuel and go exploring.

It was always cool to find abandoned buildings. There is a lot of history out there and OFF LIMITS signs too lol

The desert can be a pretty awesome place :thumb:

Seahawkfan
03-18-2019, 03:29 AM
Another great video. Thanks for sharing your journey. Can hardly wait for the day when I'm home for good to really enjoy the way out places you two always seem to find. Keep em coming.:thumb:

CharlesC
03-18-2019, 03:39 AM
Thanks for taking us along. Some amazing view thatís for sure! Time to put winter away and bring on some heat- tired of the cold 🥃 Cheers guys!!


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Sharkey
03-18-2019, 04:43 AM
So cool. I never cease to be amazed by how expansive Nevada is and how much of it I still need to see.

jdofmemi
03-18-2019, 05:15 AM
That was nice, and a good way to wind down after an excitement filled day of wrenching and changing tires on the Jeep.

I'm ready to get out into more of the desert in Nevada, Arizona, and even parts of Kalifornia

Labricon
03-18-2019, 05:16 AM
Thanks for taking us along again for the ride! Looks even better when I have the chance to play it on the TV rather than phone or IPad


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Thunder
03-18-2019, 05:26 AM
My favorite kind of trail too :) Great vid!

Bear_JKU
03-18-2019, 05:27 AM
That was a really cool video Cindy and Eddie. The area there sure looks amazing. Thank you for sharing your ride.


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Brute
03-18-2019, 09:17 AM
Very cool trip...I do love exploring. Awesome this is so close to LV...I'm definitely going to check this place out in the future...

WJCO
03-18-2019, 02:23 PM
What a pretty area. Thanks for sharing.

wayoflife
03-18-2019, 02:40 PM
Pretty neat area and cool video bringing us along.

Every time you guys talk about lake beds all I think about is the whiskey trip before getting into middlegate when you said it felt like brownies and then Cindy got buried up to the frame. Lol

:cheesy: Yeah, I don't think I'll ever live that one down. A lot of the maps of the refuge including the one they offer at the visitor center doesn't even show the road going all the way through. It stops at either end of the dry lake and there are signs that warn travelers about crossing it and with photos of people buried in the muck. Fortunately, it was actually dry when we got there but without higher clearance, I could totally see how people could still get stuck in the deep silty ruts. Even when we were there, we knew there was a chance we'd have to double back at this point.


Awesome video. When you jokingly gave the name of the dry lake bed I paused the video to look it up thinking you were being legitimate 🤣.

LOL - I know it's crazy but that's what it's actual name is. :crazyeyes:


Awesome, yet another trip to add to Laurie and Iís growing list. Great video as always! Thank you! House goes up for sale tomorrow, the clock keep ticking down!

Awesome! Looking forwarding to having you out here :cool:


Wonderful video. I miss these scenes that remind me why I own a Jeep. there is more to wheeling than just crawling an obstacle. Sometimes we need to explore for the sake of appreciating the wonderful world out there with family. Keep em coming. Hope to see you out there again.

Cindy and I love rock crawling and taking on tough obstacles but that's not what got us into Jeeps. What you see in this video is. :yup:


very cool!

When I was younger and had my CJ, friends and I would explore Nevada from the Utah side.

We would get topo maps from the USGS, stock up on food and water, few jerrycans of fuel and go exploring.

It was always cool to find abandoned buildings. There is a lot of history out there and OFF LIMITS signs too lol

The desert can be a pretty awesome place :thumb:

LOL - that would have been rough ride in an old CJ. Bet it was tons of fun :thumb:


Another great video. Thanks for sharing your journey. Can hardly wait for the day when I'm home for good to really enjoy the way out places you two always seem to find. Keep em coming.:thumb:

You bet and for now, I hope our videos can wet your appetite for the adventures to come.

wayoflife
03-18-2019, 02:49 PM
Thanks for taking us along. Some amazing view thatís for sure! Time to put winter away and bring on some heat- tired of the cold 🥃 Cheers guys!!

Man, I couldn't agree with you more! Been a hell of a long and unusually cold winter this year. I am so ready for spring! :yup:


So cool. I never cease to be amazed by how expansive Nevada is and how much of it I still need to see.

Cindy and I have been exploring this state for a very long time and I kid you not, there are still so many places we have yet to see. It really is amazing out here and with any luck, it'll stay that way for a while longer.


That was nice, and a good way to wind down after an excitement filled day of wrenching and changing tires on the Jeep.

I'm ready to get out into more of the desert in Nevada, Arizona, and even parts of Kalifornia

Sounds like you had a fun filled day! Glad we were able to help wind things down for ya :)


Thanks for taking us along again for the ride! Looks even better when I have the chance to play it on the TV rather than phone or IPad

So glad that we could share some of the fun we had with you :)


My favorite kind of trail too :) Great vid!

Thanks! It's always nice to know there are still places in this country where you can get away from it all. :yup:


That was a really cool video Cindy and Eddie. The area there sure looks amazing. Thank you for sharing your ride.

So glad to know there are others like yourself who can appreciate places like this. :)


Very cool trip...I do love exploring. Awesome this is so close to LV...I'm definitely going to check this place out in the future...

What's really nice about it is that being a National Wildlife Refuge, they do a great job of keeping it NICE and CLEAN. Only registered licensed vehicles can enter the refuge and so you don't see dirt bike or side by side tracks tearing across the landscape. Also, it was really nice to NOT see trigger trash the way you'd find in most places out in the Mojave Desert these days, especially being so close to Vegas.


What a pretty area. Thanks for sharing.

It really is a beautiful area. We're glad you enjoyed seeing it. :cool:

RESURECTIONJK
03-18-2019, 04:54 PM
Unpacked and finally awake after some coffee and I gotta day as much I love the hardcore rock crawling videos, these are the ones that inspire me the most. Just going out and seeing what there is to see. Peaceful, rewarding and epic. Perfect way to recharge the batteries.

tcjku
03-18-2019, 06:29 PM
Thanks for sharing Eddie. That's a beautiful part of NV. I was there last week on the way to Vegas (in the Raptor, so no Jeep porn).

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19YJ94
03-18-2019, 06:45 PM
Great video, nice short exploration. Really cool to see the desert sand dry and wet at the same time!

JCPII
03-18-2019, 08:05 PM
I really enjoyed this video. It's nice to periodically see the adventures that our Jeeps are used for in addition to the Rubicon and Slick Rock, etc., types of trails. Kinda rekindles that "Pioneering Spirit".

Thank you!

rubiDave
03-18-2019, 10:54 PM
Beautiful scenery and awesome videography. Thanks for the ride along.

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Tanktitan
03-18-2019, 11:37 PM
You guys do great work. Keep it up!


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wjtstudios
03-18-2019, 11:56 PM
The vastness of that area is amazing!

Tixslam
03-19-2019, 12:36 AM
Thanks for posting another great video. Always jealous of the interesting places you go to.

DMF
03-19-2019, 02:15 AM
Take me to work with you! Great video guys!


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SeanK
03-19-2019, 04:55 AM
Great video! Nevada has so many interesting trails and places to see.

USMC Wrangler
03-19-2019, 04:57 AM
I love the scenery too. Although some differences, the AZ desert keeps this Hoosier born guy in AZ. It also reminded me slightly of River Road in Big Bend National Park, TX. That one is only 55ish miles across one way but there are plenty of ďside roadsĒ that are fun too. Satellite phones were the only mode of communication there and I loved that!

I LOLíd at Tessa when you mentioned beef jerky! [emoji23]

Thanks again for a great video that makes me feel like Iím along for the ride! I keep saying it, hoping itíll come true, but I want to get out your way someday!

Good2Go
03-19-2019, 06:00 AM
Just watched it in High Def! Not every great trail requires 4L....

Thanks for posting.





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Overland_stormtrooper
03-19-2019, 02:48 PM
Another good one as always 👍👍👍👍

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Edwrds
03-19-2019, 03:51 PM
This is one thing that we all have in common. We see the beauty in the desert where most donít. Great video Eddie and Cindy.


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GemHunter
03-19-2019, 03:55 PM
Our kind of exploring for sure! Your video makes it feel like we were right there with you guys!!!

RanchoRubi
03-19-2019, 04:26 PM
I agree with Gemhunter. The video is great intimate storytelling. And scenery, adventure, and solitude canít be beat. Thanks for sharing guys[emoji16][emoji106]


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rumblebee3
03-19-2019, 06:47 PM
I honestly hope you guys NEVER STOP making videos... Ever!

You guys are the best! HANDS DOWN 🙌

Every video is personable and every video feels like you're right there and honesty.... I can only hope my daughter and I will one day make it in one of theses video if we can ever get out there to meet you guys!

Thank you again for an amazing video. Love the editing and music and all the little touches that go into making these.

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Strainger
03-19-2019, 09:58 PM
I just got back from a two day camp out near the chocolate Mtns. The weather was perfect and there were no issues with the Jeep. It was a great trip. Then I see this video after a nice warm shower. Life don't get no better-n-that. It was like dessert after a big meal. Thank you both for the video.

briand
03-20-2019, 12:22 PM
Great video! The petroglyph cabin is amazing and a cool story to go with it. Looks like it was a fun trip. Gonna have to take a few trips like that the best time Iím down that way


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wayoflife
03-20-2019, 02:25 PM
Unpacked and finally awake after some coffee and I gotta day as much I love the hardcore rock crawling videos, these are the ones that inspire me the most. Just going out and seeing what there is to see. Peaceful, rewarding and epic. Perfect way to recharge the batteries.

Glad to hear you got home safely and had a good time out in Moab.


Thanks for sharing Eddie. That's a beautiful part of NV. I was there last week on the way to Vegas (in the Raptor, so no Jeep porn).

Very nice! Doesn't matter what you get out into the wilderness in so long as you're having a good time. :thumb:


Great video, nice short exploration. Really cool to see the desert sand dry and wet at the same time!

So glad to hear you enjoyed our video :)


I really enjoyed this video. It's nice to periodically see the adventures that our Jeeps are used for in addition to the Rubicon and Slick Rock, etc., types of trails. Kinda rekindles that "Pioneering Spirit".

Thank you!

It's hard to imagine that pioneers not only did all this in wagons or on foot but also on trails like the Rubicon and out on slickrock :crazyeyes:


Beautiful scenery and awesome videography. Thanks for the ride along.

Thank you, we're so glad you enjoyed it :)


You guys do great work. Keep it up!

Thank you, we really do appreciate it. :cool:


The vastness of that area is amazing!

Hard to believe it's all lies just a bit north of a places like Las Vegas. :crazyeyes:


Thanks for posting another great video. Always jealous of the interesting places you go to.

Well, we hope it'll inspire you to explore some interesting places as well :yup:


Take me to work with you! Great video guys!

LOL - thank you :)

wayoflife
03-20-2019, 02:34 PM
Great video! Nevada has so many interesting trails and places to see.

With any luck, it'll stay that way and for a long time to come. Glad you enjoyed the video :)


I love the scenery too. Although some differences, the AZ desert keeps this Hoosier born guy in AZ. It also reminded me slightly of River Road in Big Bend National Park, TX. That one is only 55ish miles across one way but there are plenty of ďside roadsĒ that are fun too. Satellite phones were the only mode of communication there and I loved that!

I LOLíd at Tessa when you mentioned beef jerky! [emoji23]

Thanks again for a great video that makes me feel like Iím along for the ride! I keep saying it, hoping itíll come true, but I want to get out your way someday!

OL!! She heard beef jerky and was all over it :D
Glad to hear you're enjoying your new home state and it'd be great if you could join us out on the trail :yup:


Just watched it in High Def! Not every great trail requires 4L....

Thanks for posting.

Oh no, 4L is icing on the cake but far from being required to make a trail great. :cool:


Another good one as always 👍👍👍👍

Thank you :)


This is one thing that we all have in common. We see the beauty in the desert where most donít. Great video Eddie and Cindy.

Fortunately, we still have it to enjoy or at least for now anyway. :yup:


Our kind of exploring for sure! Your video makes it feel like we were right there with you guys!!!

Thanks Steph! Hoping to have you actually be right with us again and soon :yup:


I agree with Gemhunter. The video is great intimate storytelling. And scenery, adventure, and solitude canít be beat. Thanks for sharing guys[emoji16][emoji106]

Thank you Et! Hope we can get you and Michelle out with us again soon too. :cool:


I honestly hope you guys NEVER STOP making videos... Ever!

You guys are the best! HANDS DOWN 🙌

Every video is personable and every video feels like you're right there and honesty.... I can only hope my daughter and I will one day make it in one of theses video if we can ever get out there to meet you guys!

Thank you again for an amazing video. Love the editing and music and all the little touches that go into making these.

Thank you so much for that. We really do appreciate it and we do hope you and your daughter could join us out on the trail someday :)


I just got back from a two day camp out near the chocolate Mtns. The weather was perfect and there were no issues with the Jeep. It was a great trip. Then I see this video after a nice warm shower. Life don't get no better-n-that. It was like dessert after a big meal. Thank you both for the video.

Hey Tom, so glad to hear you're getting out in your Jeep and having a good time with some of your ol' buddies. Hope to see you and Susan again soon. :)


Great video! The petroglyph cabin is amazing and a cool story to go with it. Looks like it was a fun trip. Gonna have to take a few trips like that the best time Iím down that way

Thank you, we're so glad you had fun watching our video :cool:

TrainWreck618
03-20-2019, 03:14 PM
Cool trip[emoji106] the contrast of the sand dunes and mountains in the background looked so cool.


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firejeeper
03-21-2019, 05:53 AM
Really enjoyed the video. I love exploring the desert. So much to see and so peaceful. Going to have to check out this trip. We were just out in the desert and ďdry lake bedsĒ. Thank you for your videos. Love them.


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wayoflife
03-21-2019, 02:40 PM
Cool trip[emoji106] the contrast of the sand dunes and mountains in the background looked so cool.

It was a bit cold out but it really was an amazing day to be out there. :cool:


Really enjoyed the video. I love exploring the desert. So much to see and so peaceful. Going to have to check out this trip. We were just out in the desert and ďdry lake bedsĒ. Thank you for your videos. Love them.

So glad you enjoyed the video :)

fiend
03-21-2019, 03:06 PM
Incredible scenery. Iím with you: desert landscapes are the best.


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