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/
Communications: 151.625 (Weatherman)