by Frank Tortorich

2013 CarsonCleanupOn a cold blustery day, ten hardy CA-NV OCTA members gathered at the Kirkwood Inn parking area on Highway 88 to plan a day of Trail cleaning, clearing, and marking of two segments of the Carson River Route Trail between Carson Pass and Caples Lake. The day began very cold and windy with spitting a bit of rain but it improved as the day went on and by the afternoon, we were able to begin removing layers of clothing. Even though we were small in numbers, a lot of lopping and chainsaw work was accomplished endeavoring to make the Trail easy to walk. That evening Linda and Larry Lacy opened their Kirkwood home to the group for our traditional potluck dinner and a time for storytelling and visiting. The next day, Larry Schmidt led a hike down the Old Highway 88 whose history goes back to the latter 1850s. This commercial wagon road was built to accommodate the activity of the Comstock. OCTA members participating in the clean up, beside the Lacys and Larry, was Larry’s wife, Phyllis and their dog, Pearl, Ed and Ann Bagne, Gordon Jackson, Jon and Janet Nowlin and Frank Tortorich. Joining us for This was a rescheduled work day from August 26-27 which was cancelled due to heavy, choking smoke from the Rim Fire, when 24 OCTA members were scheduled to work. dinner were Dick and Joan Young and Mary Ann Tortorich. ~