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September 10, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment


Scene from a past Mug Bog.


From the Arenac County Independent:

The Big Bend Family Campground near Standish is planning on holding its semi-annual Mud Bog Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. until around 7 p.m.

According to Richelle Vaughan, co-owner of the campground, the program will open with the competition run at 11:30 a.m., during which trucks in five different classes — based on modifications and tire size — each take two runs through the mud pit. They are judged on time to reach the finish line, or barring that, the length driven, and the top three finishers in each class will receive trophies, Vaughan said.

“They hold it wide open and go until they get stuck,” Vaughan said. “Then we have a recovery system to get them out.”

Once the competitive runs are finished, she said the field will be opened to anyone who has signed up to run through the mud.

“Some of them get stuck, and like to spin their tires and fling mud up at the audience,” Vaughan said. “They put on a bit of a show.”

She said the campground has had people bring trucks, jeeps, and homemade rigs built from a mix of junkyard parts to run in the mud in past events. Registering a vehicle for the “free play” period costs $20, or for $25 a vehicle can be entered in both the competition and the free play mud bogs, Vaughan said.

She added there is a strict “no alcohol” rule in the mud pit, and inebriated drivers will not be allowed to run the course for safety reasons.

Admission fees for spectators are $5 for adults and children older than 8, and free for children younger than 8. Vaughan said there will be a food wagon on-site selling concessions, and a DJ to do the announcing and to play music.


From the Los Angeles Times:

More than 700 firefighters were trying to get the upper hand Monday (Sept. 9) on a Bay Area wildfire that has burned 1,500 acres in Mount Diablo State Park.

Called the Morgan Fire, the blaze was first reported Sunday shortly after 1 p.m. in the kind of steep, dry terrain that has fueled the rapid spread of other wildfires this year, most notably the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park.

A large order of new firefighters was called in as the Morgan fire nearly doubled overnight, prompting authorities to issue evacuation orders for about 100 homes.

The fire was just 10% contained Monday and threatened PG&E electrical transmission lines, as well as communications infrastructure on Mount Diablo and historical buildings at the summit, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Crews were dealing with steep terrain as air tankers and helicopters dropped water. Low humidity and dry brush were fueling the fire’s spread, said Cal Fire Staff Chief David Shew. "Pretty erratic winds” that have a history of blowing around Mount Diablo were also hindering the firefighters' efforts.

From KFSN-TV, Fresno:

Purses and more than 35 ID cards were found on suspects that investigators say were preying on out of town visitors at Sequoia National Park. Thomas Moore and Keely Patrick are in jail after Tulare County Sheriff Deputies say they were caught stealing from people at the park.

A visitor at the park saw the suspects in a U-Haul acting suspicious. They also saw that a car had been broken into near them, so they call the sheriff's office.
On Saturday afternoon investigators say a person at the Indian Head parking lot, near the entrance of Sequoia National Park spotted a car with a broken window and two people nearby in a U-Haul acting suspicious. Once authorities were alerted to the possible criminal activity, they spotted Thomas Moore and Keely Patrick in Three Rivers, and pulled them over.

"We were able to identify that one of them had numerous warrants from out of the area, that they were in possession of stolen property that they had identification from over 35 different people," said Sgt. Chris Douglass with the Tulare County Sheriff's Office.

Click here to read the entire story.



Pitch a tent or park an RV at Piney Campground during the 40th Annual Camper’s Fair, Sept. 18-22. The public can visit for free on that Saturday & Sunday. See all the latest in RVs to start planning for your next purchase. Enjoy a variety of activities including arts, crafts, and evening entertainment. Piney Campground is located in Tennessee on the south end of Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area.

Piney Campground is open to the public at no admission fee, Saturday, Sept. 21, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., for the open house and flea market. Area dealers will provide displays of camping equipment, RVs, and boats. In addition to extra camping gear for sale, campers can bring arts and crafts to display at the flea market. Campers wishing to participate in the flea market need to notify Piney Campground gatehouse staff upon entering the campground.

"The Camper’s Fair is a great way to celebrate the end of summer,” said Derrick Washington, Piney Campground manager. “Campers can come out and have a great time with fellow outdoor enthusiasts. If you’re considering getting into camping, it’s the perfect event to check out the different types of gear available.”

Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Camping shelters and a limited number of campsites are available by reservation. Reservations are available 24-hours online at or by calling (800) 525-7077 Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CST.


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