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2019 July TD News - Finally Summer

Dean Eppley  | Published on 7/10/2019

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TD4WD Club members are enjoying summer adventures and the fun continues!  We started with a run to Verdi Peak Fire Lookout but were blocked by snow so we hiked the last ¼ mile to enjoy the incredible views before heading to the Crystal Mine in Dog Valley.  The Mine provided quartz crystals for radios in WWII - we even found some of the clear crystals.  


We enjoyed an informative all-day tour by Nelson Van Gundy of the Truckee Donner Railroad Society. He pointed out historical logging railroad routes from Hobart Mills to Sardine Valley showing us how to recognize the amazing history all around us that many of us had never noticed before. 


We did a snow run up the Rubicon to Miller Lake and removed a huge downed tree blocking the trail. We did a second Rubicon run two weeks later with the South Lake Tahoe Hi-Lo’s Club and found most of the snow gone.  We removed three more fallen trees that blocked the main trail on our way to Observation Point to enjoy the views of Rubicon Springs.   


The Club was well represented in the Truckee 4thof July Parade with five decorated Jeeps filled with enthusiastic club members.


August brings even more fun and exploration with a potluck at Wheeler’s Sheep Camp (8/10) and runs up to Signal Peak (8/17) and Sardine Fire Lookout for stargazing (8/31).  All of these events have routes suitable for stock 4x4s – come join the adventure!