Well, the clean up went
very well. We had plenty of hard workers to get the dirty job done!
We got started around 9:00am Sunday morning by handing out a map
to everyone showing the areas in need of cleaning. After everyone had
a chance to look it over, they signed in on the
sign up sheet. We busted out the garbage bags and rubber gloves and
got it on!
Mike Vincent was over
at west side "Turd Patrol" getting the job done, but not with out barfing
at least once! Let me tell you something , cleaning up after sick people
who cant take the time to bury their own "You no What" is not fun, but
we just can't sit back and look at this once clean and beautiful area
get polluted, and do nothing. I was cleaning up the east backside camp
areas and came across several "Turd Alleys." We had to clean them, but
it wasn't fun. I almost puked. My wife could not handle it and had to
take a break and pick up plain old trash!
Over in the east side
"Turd Patrol" Lance and Gary were doing there part cleaning up. However
Lance wasn't such the master after all - he took one close look at a
big turd and hurled! He claimed that after hurling, he could handle
anything! Gary pretty much laughed!
Mike and Vince were on
"Canoe Patrol" and cleaned up the islands. They helped unload heavy
bags from us, supplied us with new bags, and then hauled the full bags
of trash back across the lake, and then loaded them onto trucks. Back
at camp there were several people cleaning that area, and then there
were about fifteen people working the Little Sluice, surrounding slabs,
bypass, and Winch hill area. There was a lot of trash in those areas
Since we cleaned out the
bottom of the lake last year, and recovered a lot of junk, we decided
it was still pretty clean and would not dive it this year. However,
there was some garbage along the shore lines and twenty feet out or
so. Beer cans and such. So Dana (Lane's girlfreind) put on her snorkel
and mask and took care of that problem.
The west side of the lake
is always the cleanest, I would guess because there are no 4wd trails
on that side. But don't get me wrong that doesn't mean there's no trash
to be picked up! That's why Larry (Lance's Dad) headed that way armed
with a trash bag!
Here are some of the things
we found that really ticked us off. A complete rear bumper off a truck!
I guess it fell off and the person just figured he didn't want it anymore
so he would just leave it on the trail. That person is a Jerk!
Here's one that really pissed me off, thousands of pieces of broken
clay pigeons. These are used at firing ranges, but it seems that some
idiots out there think it's cool to bring them up to the Rubicon and
practice their shooting skills. Of course we picked up quite a few bullet
shells as well! People also leave a lot of trash including tin foil
and cans in fire pits. This looks really bad! There wasn't a campsite
that didn't need a good cleaning. Belive it or not some campers were
acually packing up and leaving as we were working at the camp site next
to them, and when we got over there they had left us a pile of garbage
to pick up for them, and their broken barbeque! The biggest problem
we had was the toilet paper and " turds". They were everywhere! It's
just plain sick. If we can just get people to care more about the trail
and the land, we would all be a lot better off. Please use a shovel
to bury your "turds", and don't do it near or down stream to the lakes.
Also, you haul it in, you haul it out! That's not to hard to remember.
Not more than two hours after our groups cleaned the "Little Sluice"
area several groups of four wheelers came through and left trash all
over! Unbelivable! Right before my very eyes, trash was all over
the granite slabs. It looked like we had done nothing! So we picked
up the trash, bagged it, and headed home. All in all it was a big success!
We hauled out about twenty five large bags (44 gallon bags) of trash.
We had Brandon's Toyota truck full of bags, and Hollis's truck too.
Several of the other rigs had a few bags packed in as well. I want to
thank everyone who helped us out, including several people who didn't
sign in on the sheet, but I saw them out picking up trash.
Thank you all!
Jeff Fretwell, Pirates of The Rubicon Club President
Main Camp and Slabs
1. Jacent Pillow
2. Carrie Pillow
3. Leon Brown
Back Side of Lake Campsites
1. Jeff Fretwell
2. Heidi Fretwell
3. Brandon Miller
Spider Lake Campsites
1. Ron Kirby
2. Shawn Hall
3. Dale Teach
West Side of Spider Lake
1. Larry Clifford
2. His dog, "Shadow"
East Side Turd Patrol!
1. Lance Clifford
2. Gary Smith
West Side Turd Patrol!
1. Mike Vincent
Little Sluice Box
1. Glenn Bonner
2. Dean Hoak
3. Kate Howell
4. Steve Smith
Little Sluice Bypass and area
1. Troy Muse
2. Chelsea Muse
3. Don Muse
4. Lane Schoch
5. Wendy Kamp
6. Joe Kamp
7. Kelly Vakulich
8. Tawni Glass
Winch Hill and Lili Pond area
1. Scott Whittaker
2. Raymond Roy
3. Marty Siler
Canoe Patrol on the Lake
1. Mike "The Maniac" Overmeyer
2. Captain Vince Howdyshell
here to see our 1st annual Spider Lake cleanup!