Monday, February 22, 2016

Brilliant at One Specific Task

Road and Track Magazine has put together a list of Nine Cars That Are Brilliant At One Specific Task, and as predicted the Jeep Wrangler is included.  From the article,
The Jeep Wrangler is one of those vehicles that even non-car people love. It makes you feel cooler no matter who you are, even if you never take it off-road. Especially in Rubicon form, driving a Wrangler around when you don't intend to off-road it makes no sense. It's not built for pavement, no way. But when it's in its element, far off the beaten path, it's amazing.

1921 Plane Crash on the Rubicon Trail

We all know that the Rubicon Trail has quite a history.  A new page in its history recently hit the news.

The Placerville Newswire is reporting that local area historian Guy Nixon found the above USFS picture of an airplane that crashed at Loon Lake on the Rubicon Trail in 1921.  It is reported that after the crash, he followed the Rubicon Trail by foot to Lake Tahoe to rest and eat some food before continuing on to his home to Reno.  He then returned to Loon Lake by horse with parts to repair the plane.

Miraculously, he managed to find enough of a runway to take off again, presumably on the granite slabs at the shallow end of Loon Lake when the water level was below today's level.