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41~ Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001 lie';' ~ Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Kin, Pro( / Photos by ferti Da0ust Hillary Russell, Jenny Fry, and Nicole Ludington were three of the 19 students from Paredlee Adventist Academy who traversed the Jim Beckwourth Trail lost week. Try- Ing to be as authentic as possible, the girls dressed in period clothing. Although mailer than the first prairie wagons, students got a feel for what like to ride in a covered wagon over dirt roads. Because of environmental con0 they didn't take the wagon through streams, but found that crossing railroad had its own challenges. For Mindy Vixie and Erin Westphal, it was the second such trip the girls have taken. As the sun began to set on their second day, the students continued trudging i Two years ago, as eighth-grade students, they hiked the Donner Trail. They returned as the early pioneers did to the next camp site still a few miles away. m 28 ) this year to help as chaperones and mentors for the younger students, re COlT "The m i / 7 mmmm mm mm ...... ~:'~::'~~ J S! nt redi ver. :.iiii!~~ ude s sco | By Terri Daoust day, pioneers need to . m Portola Edttor permits from the For( " m Visitors come to elumasvice to traverse the la | County for a number of rea- covered wagon and m sons and last week, a group campfire under the sta m from Paradise Adventist There were also mar m Academy came in search of of the trail on which co | education and the adventure ered wa on was rohil nts, of a lifetime, they forced tpload's "": ~tl ,,- The group consisted of 19 to a flatbed and be dri~ ,, eighth-grade students, nine miles before it could Plumas-Lassen Connection Telephone Directory E-MAIL ADDRESSES for a :l~m~w~me Find E-mail numbers fast in the information pag of your LOCAL telephone directory. Your LOCAL telephone book covering Plumas, Lassen & Sierra Counties. "We're here for you 7 days a week, 365 days a year!" If you need an additional phonebook, contact one of our local offices PinePress FKATHRR RTVKR adults, two mules, a covered wagon, and several horses. Leading the small group of modern-day pioneers was David Vixie. who each year takes his students on one of the early pioneer trails. Vixie said he began taking students on trail rides about 12 years ago, using horses. About seven years ago he and his students built the cov- ered wagon as a class project. In addition to emigrant trails, Vixie also takes stu- dents on freight trails and stage coach trails. This year, Vixie chose to in- troduce his students to the Jim Beckwourth Trail, which is celebrating its 150th year. Their adventure began out- side Reno, at the beginning of the Beckwourth Trail. By the end of the first day, the young pioneers had made their way to Vinton. There, they spent the night at the Thayer ranch, where they were treated to a spectac- ular light show by Mother Na- ture. As the rain pelted their small tents, several of the stu- dents said they were awak- ened by the loud sound of thunder overhead. I don't know how the pio- neers ever made it all the way in just four or five months," one of the students told Chuck Thayer. After a day of trekking through the desert and a very wet and cold night, the stu- dents were already beginning to get a sense of the determi- nation the pioneers must have had to endure all the hardships along their trip west. And they were about to find out that modern pioneers try- ing to follow the same route have hardships and chal- lenges of their own. Times have changed and to- hitched to the mules ble along as in year's The next day took through the Sierra around the southern Lake Davis. rra ( The third day out, styrian e~. climbed Grizzly Ridg , 13, as ing for a way along thebs to tc the ridge. Vixie said it was ( they found remnants ol edra appeared to be the old trY, an To this point, part for k Beckwourth Trail ridge line could not be and Vixie and his are hoping they have that lost section. Vixie said he will information back to Hammond, with the California Trails to see if their find thenticated. Along the way, continued their many subjects. The history of wourth and the one of those subjects. It was in 1851 that wourth first from Truckee the pass that would named for him, ra Valley and ,, Marysville and the In 1852, he Valley at the the middle fork of River. He built a hotel and post, and began his obtain subscri road which would gold fields with points Beckwourth built a his own expense as sure that he would bursed for the invested. He was never rePe had to be content w See Trail,