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Old April 28th, 2006, 09:30 AM
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GREAT DAY at Asseteague Island, MD

Hi,

We just got back from a great weekend at the beach…........We have been doing this for years - but have not done it since 2000........Check out the attached picture from our day on Asseteague Island (this is the first time I have tried to attach a picture on this website - I hope it comes out.……….

The day included driving on the sand and the bay roads, playing Bocce in the Sand, and a picnic/games on the roof of the cars. Brought back memories of things that we had done years ago…………
Took the window tops off, as you will notice. SO VERY COOL.

I have also build a roof platform. The roof basket of the Defender is just a bit larger than 4x6. The platform that I made uses 3 pieces of 2x4x3/4" plywood. I put edge protectors arround the edges, and put some 12" vinyl tile squares on the front. I put rubber strips on the back, so the pieces would stay in one place. The 3 platform segments easilly fit in the back (on on top the other). The rubber strips also keep them from sliding arround when you are driving. It only takes a few minutest to set up on top the car. When we find a spot that we want to have a picnic, or play games - we always have a spot to sit.

After the day on the beach, I spent a ton of time washing the sand off the car with high powered hoses from one of those do-it-yourself places. Then I brought home, and re-washed it myself by hand. Super vacuumed and wiped down the interior……..The downside of this adventure is the sand and salt water- I am sure weekends like this do not help the rust on the vehicle - but I always try to do a good job cleaning the car - and it still looks pretty good after all these years.

Lots of great memories this weekend…….Usually everyone just posts pictures of their D90, or detailed question areas. My wife and I wanted to share with everyone a picture of US with our D-90.

I love this website............thanks to everyone for all the help, humor, and stories!

Flagg
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Old April 28th, 2006, 10:12 AM
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You'll be finding sand in all the nooks and crannies until the end of time. Rovers like to keep little physical memories like that forever regardless how much you vacumn.

Gret picture!
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Old April 28th, 2006, 10:25 AM
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Chris,

You are right! I do think I got most of it in the 4 year break that the truck had from the beaches......but I know I did not get it all this cleaning. Everytime I thought I had - I found another area! I am sure I will continue to find more over time..........

Glad you liked the picture!

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Old April 28th, 2006, 10:35 AM
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You'll be finding sand in all the nooks and crannies until the end of time. Rovers like to keep little physical memories like that forever regardless how much you vacumn.
When I pulled my tranny to do the clutch work 2 months ago I was finding bits of shells and sand on top of everything in there. I had cleaned it many times with the pressure washer since my last trip to the beach. You'll never get it all. Some of the shells I found were an inch or more across. I'm glad rust isn't a real big issue here in Texas. When I pulled the seatbox I found colors of dirt I'd never wheeled in. A gift from the PO I guess.
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Old April 28th, 2006, 02:35 PM
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Dillo90,

Where where you off-roading where you picked up all those shells??

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Old April 28th, 2006, 03:25 PM
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Where where you off-roading where you picked up all those shells??
Padre Island National Seashore

One of my favoritest places on earth. 60 miles of beach to stretch out on. It's the longest bit of undeveloped beach in the lower 48. There's no real offroading as the dunes are offlimits but you do need 4WD to get away from the crowds on the first 5 miles or so. You drive on the beach between the duns and the water. Sometimes that's not much squeezing room. Go down beach about 30-40 miles and you won't see a soul.
Last time I was there when we walked down to the water's edge and looked both ways, up and down beach, we couldn't see a single light or fire for miles in each direction. All you have are the stars and the lights of a few oil platforms offshore. It was just me, my wife, and son. About as far as you can get from people anywhere near here. It is roughing it though. No water. No bathrooms. No electricity. No cellphone service. Nothing. Which is exactly what I want.
The shells come from an stretch called Big Shell Beach. The beach is literally made up of shells, not sand. Headed down there in a few weeks again with the Texas Rovers club to hang out.
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Old April 30th, 2006, 11:36 AM
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Dillo90,

That sounds awesome, thanks for sharing your favorite place. The Maryland part of Asseteague Island sounds similar. There used to be a 'bayside' road, and a beach - but huricanes have reduced this to just driving on the beach........

It is about 16 miles long. If you drive down 10-12 miles..........it gets pretty sparce of people. Kind of like you describe. But I can not imagine what it must be like driving down 30-40 miles on your beach. Better start with a full tank of gas!

Big Shell beach sounds really neat as well.........

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Padre Island National Seashore

One of my favoritest places on earth. 60 miles of beach to stretch out on. It's the longest bit of undeveloped beach in the lower 48. There's no real offroading as the dunes are offlimits but you do need 4WD to get away from the crowds on the first 5 miles or so. You drive on the beach between the duns and the water. Sometimes that's not much squeezing room. Go down beach about 30-40 miles and you won't see a soul.
Last time I was there when we walked down to the water's edge and looked both ways, up and down beach, we couldn't see a single light or fire for miles in each direction. All you have are the stars and the lights of a few oil platforms offshore. It was just me, my wife, and son. About as far as you can get from people anywhere near here. It is roughing it though. No water. No bathrooms. No electricity. No cellphone service. Nothing. Which is exactly what I want.
The shells come from an stretch called Big Shell Beach. The beach is literally made up of shells, not sand. Headed down there in a few weeks again with the Texas Rovers club to hang out.
wow being from jersey it's hard for me to imagine more then a mile of undeveloped beach, and it would be unheard of to camp there! the rich people would get too pissed... grrr i hate the northeast...
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You can start north of Coralla, NC and drive on beach to Virginia. Can't remember the miles. Haven't done it years.
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wanna get together one weekend and make a run for it?
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i would love to do a weekend trip
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I wonder if is still open. I don't know how bad the erosion is that far north. I'll find out.
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