by Chris Collard

As Old Man Winter blankets fall color with fluffy crystalline flakes, our thoughts gravitate to snow runs, sipping coffee by a warm fire in a rustic mountain cabin, and for many of us, Christmas. If this vision finds you reaching for your keys and a thermos of steamy joe, we suggest you turn your wheels toward historic Georgetown, California, and join Overland Journal for the 3rd annual El Dorado Jeepherders Christmas Toy Drive. After dropping off toys at the Jeepers Jamboree headquarters, we’ll make our way up Wentworth Springs Road, the original route to the Rubicon Trail, through sleepy logging towns to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, an iconic 150-year-old outpost from the Gold Rush. Once at Uncle Tom’s, the Jeepherders will be firing up a mountain-style barbeque and the morning will wrap up with a raffle.

Our Editor-in-Chief Chris Collard will be leading a group of overlanders from Auburn, California, up to Georgetown to join the trek to Uncle Tom’s. If conditions are right it will make for a great high Sierra snow run (make sure your rig is equipped with proper winter safety and recovery gear).

Date: December 10, 2016

Meeting place: Auburn California, McDonalds, 1-80, Foresthill Road exit

When: meet at 0700, depart at 0730

What to bring: new toy (minimum $5 value; with batteries if required), non-perishable food item (can or box)

Registration: Preregister or do it on site. Form link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-blG5k9GusNUWFET0pITDNfT3c/view

Communications: 151.625 (Weatherman)

Contact: chris@overlandinternational.com916-952-3630

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Toy Run to Uncle Tom’s Cabin

About the Author: Chris Collard

Chris spent his formative years riding dirt bikes with his dad in the deserts of Southern California and Baja, Mexico, which led to a lifelong quest for adventure. He is handy behind a viewfinder and at the keyboard, and brings four decades of international travel experience to Overland Journal as Editor-in-Chief. His career, which includes work for National Geographic Adventure, Four Wheeler, Hot Rod, and Autoweek, has taken him through 50-plus countries and to every continent. He has also served as correspondent to magazines in a dozen countries and in as many languages. In 2013 he was part of the Expeditions7 team that crossed Antarctica and he has recently been inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame as a pioneering journalist. When not behind the camera Chris can be found on The Office (his sailboat), or undertaking meticulous “research” for upcoming articles in locales such as Tequila, Mexico.