100dollarman, Woods, Steve and Rhonda ( friends of Hundy and Michelle) and myself met thursday night at Loon for a three day trail run. Woods had his son Brandon, Julie and Julie's uncle, Tom along for the run. I had my son Ryan with me this time. I learned later that Tom lives directly behind my father in Grass Valley and lived in the same area I did, growing up. That is a very small world.
It was already dark when we started up ice house road. About halfway to the top, I saw a woman shouting for me to stop. So I pulled over with Steve and Rhonda behind me. We walk back to see a blinged out H2 about 10 feet off the side of the road, on the down hill side facing up hill and high centered. They were lucky to have gone off the road where they did as trees kept them from going several hundred feet farther down the mountain. After two attempts with the winch we got them back on the road. My son was impressed and said " what comes around goes around."
I told him that all I wanted was a hassle free, fun weekend. It turned out that karma was in my favor.
We made it to Loon around 10:30, where we met Woods and we setup camp for the night. Nor-Cal members of jk-forum had a run going that weekend also and I watched some of them roll in around midnight.
The next morning we were on the trail by 7:30 am. Stopped and greeted the guys from JKF and headed down the trail. Made it through gate keeper and the bowl without problems and found a small but challanging sluice box near the top of wentworth springs trail. I'd like to know the name of it if anybody knows. After that , we headed for little sluice. Made it up walker hill with no problems and stopped at soup bowl for hundy's second attempt at it. He made it through. I won't tell you how he did it but he made it through the soup bowl. We took the south bypass at the box and stopped for a break there. I let Ryan shoot his bb pistol while the rest of the group went to cool off in spider lake. After a short break we were headed for buck island. There's another off camber section that rattles my nerves every time. We were just about through when I felt the weight of the jeep shift. I gave it a little throttle and we came out clean. I looked at Ryan, we high fived. He knew it was close too. The rest of the way to buck was just fun wheelin'. We made camp at buck, washed up in the lake and later went to explore a route to the waterfall where rockbound lake flows into buck island lake. We got close but really didn't find a clear path to rockbound lake. Once again, if anybody knows how to get to rockbound lake or the other side of buck, I'd like to know.
Saturday we were off to my favorite section of the rubicon. Big sluice and rubicon springs. Lots of activity on big sluice. Rigs coming up and rigs going down. Rigs breaking and rigs crashing into each other and the " friends of the rubicon" work party there to watch all of it. Ran into "Stainless Steel Dave", who was working with FOTR. For those who don't know, Dave has a flat fender CJ made completely out of stainless steel. It's very impressive. He's also well known over on Pirate.
We made down to the springs and took one of the best camp spots on the river. The wooded area across from the rope swing. Ryan had a blast on the rope swing while I sat in a chair, in the river with a beer in hand. Doesn't get much better. We had an awesome campfire, listening to classic, classic rock on sirius radio, sipping tequilla.
Sunday, we were up early and on our way up cadillac hill. Everyone made it up cadillac just fine. Hung out at observation peek for a few minutes and then off to Tahoe.
A few minor dents and scratches here and there and a few close calls but everyone came out ready to drive home.
Thanks to everyone there for an excellent wheelin' and camping weekend.
Better than last year in my opinion. Nice job everyone.
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