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Bear Lake,
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Sugarloaf,
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Bear Lake, Snowy Range, Wyoming

August 15-16 2009

Trip report below by Dewey Williams

These pictures were sent in by Kristy Kubal

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RC4W Work Trip 2009

    This year's work trip found a small but mighty group of club members their families and a couple friends head to the Snowy Range Mountains to help the Forest Service. Brian & Kristy Kubal came up Thursday night and enjoyed an awesome lighting show up on the mountain showing the way to camp. Friday morning Eric, BJ and Abby Brown showed up bring with them clear skies and lots of sunshine. Mark and Sherry Lee (a co-worker of Kristy's and her husband) joined camp Friday afternoon. Scott Grim and Joe Huston came up for the day on Saturday morning.

    Mid morning on Friday the Brown clan and I headed out in the jeeps for a little trail riding. We headed up the mountain to Libby Flats. We made the trek across the flats down into Nelson Park. We saw a few pocket of snow still left out in the low lying areas but we had very little mud on the trail. I do not think there was a mud puddle big enough to get more that one tire wet at a time. As we made our way down from Nelson Park we had the pleasure of seeing three moose romping down in the creek bed. After a stop back in camp for a bite to eat we headed off again toward the gold hill area. We made our way up forest road 200 to Lake Arraster. On this trip we got to see some deer and slow elk (cows). The navigator (that would Dewey) on the way was too busy paying attention the hill sides and the scenery an took a fork in the road that put us onto forest service road 234 which dumped us out on the highway several mile down from where we started. It was all good just one more area I had never been that we got to explore. We got back to camp just before dark to fire up the grills for dinner and then to the campfire.

    The whole gang of campers hung out by the campfire swapping lies and telling stories of trip past. Yes the walking outhouse and the big fire cracker did come up in conversation. Memories that are what this is all about. As the night wore on one by one the campers headed to their bunks. I am guessing somewhere around one am or so Eric called it a night that left Brian and me enjoying several more cold brews. About two thirty am we drowned the fire and stumble to our respective campers. The morning came awful fast I know for me. I was awakened a little after eight to the sound of Scott and Joe pulling into camp in Scott's jeep. For some reason I think Scott had an idea a few of us might have been hurtin just a little and gave a few blips of throttle upon his arrival.

    At nine we meet with two forest service employees in the Sugarloaf Recreation Area. We had a little bit of rain but that was not going to stop this mighty group. Two ATV's with small trailers were loaded with rock and we headed down the walking trail to start repairing were we left off last year. (Side note: the bad soft and muddy section we spent a couple hours on last year looks great. No mud and no washouts to report.) At this time the rain and clouds had moved out and were replaced by sunshine. We repaired a few muddy sections with rock and fabric down to where the wooden walking bridges start. On top of the large rock bed between the wood bridges we place some fabric and put down many loads of rock. As we were almost finishing with the second section down from the sky little white snowballs came a flying. From the looks of the clouds coming in this was not going to let up any time soon. With it coming up on two o'clock and we had not broke for lunch yet we called it a day. By the time we got all the gear picked up off the trail and back to the main road we were all soaked. Shortly after returning to camp the suns came for about an hour warming us all up and giving us time to grill up some burgers.

    When I started writing this article it has been snowing quite hard for about two hours. The snow has chased away all the other campers but me. I not blame them I bailed last year cause of the snow. I just cannot make myself go home as this is more than likely my last camping trip of the year. After about three hours of snow the clouds have cleared and I see blue skies again. What a day we have got to enjoy all for season in less than twelve hours.

    I have been fortunate enough to spend almost a week camping out riding around in my jeep visiting some of my old favorite spots and exploring some new ones. I have got to see moose every day many of which were large bulls, deer and even crossed path with a coyote. It just does not get any better than this. I would like to give a big thank you to Brian, Kristy, Eric, BJ, Abby, Scott, Joe and my new friends Mark and Sherry for coming up and putting in a few hours of work in for the forest service and the club and giving me more awesome memories of another RC4W work trip.

    Same time next year we will be doing it again maybe you too will come up and join us having fun making new memories and new friends.


    See Ya On The Trail
           Dewey
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