Updates & WooCommerce
Schwarttzy WordPress Woocommerce Update

In with the new, and out with the old. I’m dumping my old shopping cart software in favor of the more popular WooCommerce. If you’re interested in why, well I have my reasons. I’m theme developer, and I don’t need some shopping cart software attempting to do what I can do better. I would rather the shopping cart software use as many of the well polished built in WordPress features, instead of reinventing the wheel. Some other odds and ends also bothered me too. However those details are rather boring to explain. I’d like to make things fun for you and me. Suppose you find an issues with the website or the shopping cart that I have missed, I’ll hand out a discount for purchase. Something along the lines $5.00 off for purchases below $100, and $10 off anything over $100. If you happened to find an issue, please comment down below, or use the contact me page.

Under Construction
Schwarttzy Under Construction

Just about to finish up with all the new code for my WordPress Theme Semper Fi version 16. Completely rewritten from the ground up with better code to meet the new standards in HTML5 & CSS3. The main reason for all of this new code was to be able to rapidly create new options in the Theme Customizer. I also want to include a option for a Slider, which is just for now on the home page. Later I plan to be able to make custom sliders for pages or posts. This slider is unique because it requires no JavaScript to work, it’s written purely in CSS3. This slider’s code is incredibly easy to work with too, just check one box before saving. I’ve also written a menu specifically for mobile users. It’s the one in the upper right corner, which is very touch friendly. Hundreds of other fixes and new features exist in the theme, but I’ll get to those at a later time.

Last Chance Canyon
El Paso Mountain Off-Road Hummer Jeep

Last Chance Canyon is a canyon in the El Paso Mountains near Johannesburg, California. The canyon runs from Saltdale in the south to Black Mountain in the north; part of it lies within Red Rock Canyon State Park. The canyon includes a variety of archaeological sites, including pictographs, villages, rock shelters, mills, and quarries. Historic sites such as gold mining camps are also located in the canyon. The canyon is owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and is open for recreational use. Hiking, camping, and 4-wheel drive vehicles are permitted in most parts of the canyon. The canyon was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 5, 1972.

Working on that code
WordPress Theme Semper Fi Updating

I’ve been hard at work for the last few months or so on how to introduce a new direction with website menus. Touch screen devices are every where, even my laptop has it, and I want to develop a menu that didn’t leave behind the old mouse and keyboard. This has been difficult for me to figure out a solution that I felt like it really worked. This is why development on my themes has tapered off lately. Been stuck on, “How” to include both devices and make it look good. I saw other websites get close to what I wanted, but when I looked at the code it just didn’t feel right. That is… until I came upon Vogue’s website. Their code does everything I was looking for. However, I like to write my own code, the menu feels more natural on the right, and I also wanted to power it with pure CSS. Now I’m in the trial stages testing out the new code on my website. (I’m actually taking a break to type this post.) There are a few bugs, because I just right clicked and saved my home page to start my developing environment. The dirty syntax of menus produced by WordPress is proving to be one of my biggest problems, because of how clean I wrote the menu in the testing page. I’m also cleaning something things up between Chrome and IE 11, because the test code was strictly built in Firefox. I’m also working […]

H3 Hummer Hidden Winch Mount
H3 Hummer Hidden Winch Mount prototype

Getting a winch on my H3 Hummer has been a goal for a while now. Originally I was going to use Defelice’s winch mount, but chose a different path nearly a year ago. Over that time period I’ve developed my own winch mount that hides inside the factory bumper. What I like most about my design, will be the difficultly recognizing it wasn’t made by Hummer. Currently I’m on my third version of the design and hope to have the fourth version be production ready. The H3 Hummer winch mount is laser cut from 3/8” inch steel to ensure that the design is plenty strong. So far with the testing I have done, it has proven to be plenty thick. As it stands now, the winch should cost in the $300-$400 range powder coated black. Update – Feburary 5th, 2013 Here’s the second video of me testing.

Truckhaven Hills
Truckhaven Hills 4x4 Park Area Salton City California

Three miles west of Salton City California is the 4×4 Training Area called Truckhaven Hills. I wouldn’t describe Truckhaven as either a park or a trail, but instead as a play ground. The obstacles for your vehicle to climb over tend to be man made from things such as logs, giant tires, concrete, and boulders. Having just spent an hour watching video’s on YouTube really say that the place looks amazing, and check out this video at the grand opening 2011. Something I haven’t really seen any where else is the labeling of the obstacles like Ski Hills explaining the difficult of crawling over it. Anyway, the next time in the area around 29 palms, I’ll be sure to stop by Truckhaven Hills. Truckhaven Park Map

Wharton State Forest
Wharton State Forest Off Road Park in New Jersey

The east coast doesn’t have much when it comes to 4×4 trails and park, but it seems that New Jersey has a place of it’s own called, “Wharton State Forest.” While the trails are pretty much as easy as it can get and you might get surprised at what you see driving around back there. I find that the best part might be that it doesn’t have any fees or registration required to drive on the trails. (You know what I mean by that if you have ever been to Attica, Indiana at 9AM.) Your not going to find any technical trails or rocks to crawl, but you can find plenty of mud, swamps, and sand that could put up a challenge with a heavy rain. There are some rules to follow, but it’s nothing special. All vehicles must be street-legal, registered, and insured. All drivers must be licensed Travel is restricted to established roads Stay off private roads, driveways, and gated areas Check for the latest videos on YouTube for Wharton State Forest.

H3 Crash Testing
H3 Hummer IIHS Crash Rating

I happened upon some great video of the H3 Hummer getting it’s IIHS Rating and thought these two videos were to good to pass up.  However, now I’m a bit worried that the IIHS doesn’t quite have the grasp on their job as I once thought. Any true vehicle enthusiast knows the exact motor the vehicle has in it, especially if it’s something weird, but apparently IIHS doesn’t. They have the H3 Hummer listed as an 3.7L V6, when clearly the motor is actually an inline 5-cylinder motor. The tests are only done on 2008+ H3 Hummer models, and you can tell because anything prior 2008+ doesn’t have side impact airbag curtains. That part is nothing special, but when you consider that a 2006 and 2009 have the exact same rating I’m a little bit confused. Anyway, no point in continuing to talking when your most likely here to see the H3 Hummer crash into something.    

Black Bear Pass
Black Bear Pass

One of the more infamous trails in Colorado is officially called “Forest Service Road 648,” but most know it as Black Bear Pass. The popularity of this trail stems from the beautiful views that require the driver to have nerves of steel. Black Bear Pass is a seasonal road and generally opens late July and closes in early fall. The Black Bear Road reaches a altitude of 12,840 feet at the highest point after which point the trail descend 4,000 feet into the town of Telluride Colorado. Be sure to keep an eye out for the sign famous for it’s saying: Telluride –> City of Gold 12 Miles – 2 Hours You don’t have to be crazy to drive this road – but it helps Jeeps Only Special thanks to JK Experience for the photos.

Jungo Road, Nevada
Jungo Road Short Cut to Burning Man

Relatively soon, I will be headed to Black Rock City out in Nevada to attend the 2013 Burning Man, Cargo Cult. During Burning Man, Black Rock City becomes Nevada’s third largest city for the week that the event is held. To get there most take State Route 447, but I take a short cut to get there which happens to be off-road. If you’re driving from the east to get to Burning Man, I highly recommend taking Jungo Road (State Route 49). I was able to shave 4 hours of my driving time, with the way I drove getting there. Jungo Road begins in the town Winnemucca, and continues crossing the beautiful Kamma Mountains until finally reaching the town Gerlach. The road is hard packed gravel and for the most part, it was hard for me to believe that the road wasn’t paved with how well it drove. While other sections would be very uncomfortable without four wheel drive or a full-size spare tire. Most of the road follows along the feather river route train tracks. I was passed by the occasional mining truck, but for the most part, I felt alone out there. As a precaution, I don’t recommend driving Jungo Road unless you have a full tank of gas, four wheel drive, and full-size spare tire.

Superlift ORV Park
Off-Road at Superlift ORV Park

In the 1970’s, off-road enthusiast around Hot Spring Arkansas began exploring the the logging roads in the area, forming an impressive network of trails. Then in 1999, the land owners closed the off-road trails down so that they could put the land up for sale. A couple years later, a group of businessmen bought the land to create the off-road destination Superlift ORV Park. The trail grades begin with completely stock vehicles with four wheel drive, all the way up to trails that requires 36+ inch tires, front and rear lockers, and the expectation of body damage. Superlift ORV Park has hill climbs, mud pits, rock gardens, water crossings, and more through out it’s trail system. Official Website -> Superlift ORV Park Trail Map -> Superlift ORV Park Trail Map

Canyons Off Road Park
4x4 Texas Canyons Park

North of Fredericksburg, in Texas hill country, is Canyons Off-Road Park. The concept of this park began with two rock crawling enthusiast when they realized that their favorite local places to off-road at were being closed down. They decided to open up their own park and the rest is history. This park is only open during the hours Friday at 3 P.M. till Sunday at 3 P.M. Canyons ORV park is geared toward 4×4 rigs and ridiculous climbs, but has things to do for mildly modified vehicles too. Have a look at youtube for bunch of videos of the park and find out why they require you to have some sort of roll cage.