Polaris Razor high-centered

Friday, October, 27th, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. (PT), we received a request for help with an offroad recovery in California. Bill Dotson, the requester, submitted the following information: “Vehicle is Polaris Razor. It has a broken winch. The razor is stuck on some rocks. Off of Hwy 18 Lincoln Rd Canyon / I’m with the vehicle“.

We reached out to Bill within minutes of getting the request. He confirmed his location but couldn’t send us any photos at the time. We prepared the request for local volunteers and within 15 minutes, we had Eddie Kochara, a local administrator, letting us know we had a volunteer en route to assess the situation.

Photo submitted by Bill

By 9:30 p.m., Debi Oconell, a local volunteer announced on our chatroom (Lobby): “I am on the phone (3-way call) with both Chris (DR member) and the Elder who needs help. They see each other but still haven’t made contact. I am en route until recovered“.

Debi later shared: “The Elder party is A&Ox4, without any complaints. Chris (DR) has met up with Kyle (4×4 Recovery) and they are both working together to find a way for him. I am still en route“.

By 10:55 p.m., the ticket was closed, Bill, was recovered, and we had Chris Condon and Kyle working on this recovery.

Debi later sent us these photos she got from Bill, and this note about the recovery: “Unfortunately, I do not have any photos from this Recovery and most of the contact time was via a 3 and then a 4-way call between all of the individuals involved. As I was driving to the scene I was attempting to assist with finding open trails that would allow the first 2 responders (who were nearer) get to the reporting party. That area is extremely land-locked so the trails that appear as “available” and/or “open” on most of the off-road apps are actually closed off by new housing development; which was very frustrating. I actually pulled out my old Thomas map which really helped.

On a side note, the reporting party just assisted me on a recovery last week. There was a Facebook request for help on one of our local recovery pages and he immediately posted up to offer his assistance. After the recovery Bill called me (still had my number from his recovery) and stated, “I can’t believe that 3 complete strangers would work non-stop together late at night to assist someone that they did not know. And every single one of you were friendly, outgoing and just so positive with knowing that you would find me and get me home no matter what. And now I want to give back to someone like you guys and gals gave to me.”

His comment/observation totally made my night and re-emphasized why we all do this. The willingness to assist complete strangers, just because it’s the right thing to do, is so very much needed in this crazy world of ours right now.”

We want to thank everybody involved, from Eddie to Debi, Chris, and Kyle. Awesome job.

Discovering the Hidden Gem of Lucerne Valley, California

Nestled amidst the vast expanse of the Mojave Desert, Lucerne Valley in California is a true hidden gem waiting to be explored. Far from the bustling city life, this quaint town offers a unique blend of natural beauty, outdoor adventures, and a rich history that captivates visitors seeking an escape from the ordinary.

Creator: Tony Hoffarth
Creator: Tony Hoffarth

Natural Wonders: Lucerne Valley is surrounded by stunning landscapes that showcase the raw beauty of the Mojave Desert. The iconic Joshua Tree National Park is just a stone’s throw away, offering visitors a chance to marvel at the otherworldly rock formations and the famous Joshua Trees that dot the landscape. Additionally, the nearby Big Bear Lake provides a picturesque setting for outdoor enthusiasts, with opportunities for hiking, fishing, and simply enjoying the serenity of nature.

Off-Road Adventures: For those with a taste for adventure, Lucerne Valley is a playground for off-road enthusiasts. The vast expanses of open desert make it a popular destination for off-roading, with numerous trails catering to both novice and experienced riders. The annual “King of the Hammers” off-road race, held in nearby Johnson Valley, attracts thrill-seekers and showcases the rugged terrain that makes this region a haven for off-road enthusiasts.

Creator: Don Barrett 
Creator: Don Barrett  / Just north of Lucerne Valley (CA), I passed these three abandoned farm buildings that looked fairly interesting.

Historical Charm: Lucerne Valley has a rich history that adds to its charm. The historic Pioneer Park, with its preserved schoolhouse and museum, provides a glimpse into the town’s past. Visitors can step back in time and learn about the early settlers who shaped the community. The town’s historic buildings and landmarks reflect a bygone era, creating a nostalgic atmosphere that transports visitors to a simpler time.

Creator: Ron Kroetz 
Copyright: Ron Kroetz 2014
Creator: Ron Kroetz  / Copyright: Ron Kroetz 2014

Starry Nights: One of Lucerne Valley’s most enchanting features is its dark night sky. Away from the city lights, the town offers a clear view of the stars, making it a prime spot for stargazing. The unobstructed views of the cosmos create a tranquil and awe-inspiring experience, perfect for those seeking a peaceful escape and a chance to reconnect with the universe.

Local Flavors: While in Lucerne Valley, don’t miss the opportunity to savor local flavors. The town’s eateries offer a taste of home-cooked meals and friendly hospitality. Whether it’s a hearty breakfast at a local diner or a cozy dinner at a family-owned restaurant, the culinary scene reflects the warmth and authenticity of this tight-knit community.

Lucerne Valley, California, is a destination that surprises and delights with its natural wonders, historical charm, and opportunities for adventure. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a history buff, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, Lucerne Valley invites you to discover the beauty and tranquility hidden within the heart of the Mojave Desert.

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