RECON G6 Presents the
CANTINA FOR THE CON G6
Loon Lake, California
Entrance to the World Famous Rubicon Trail
By: Matthew “Skeeno” Soileau
Every year the Rubicon Trail Foundation holds its fundraiser to support its efforts To Enhance the Future Health and Use of the Rubicon Trail while Ensuring Responsible Motorized Year-round Trail Access. Last year RECON G6 attended and it was such a hit that it was asked to return to provide another RECON G6 for the event. The G Train packed up and made the trip. The Skeenos tagged along to see what the Cantina For The Con was all about.
We got charged up the night before. You gotta be prepared for a RECON G6. Don’t show up with one battery, because you will need more than one.
We got an early start. The drive was about three hours from Skeeno Central.
When we finally arrived, we were a little surprised at the size of Loon Lake. This was my first trip to the Rubicon in about 20 years.
The water looked pretty inviting. I kinda wanted to jump in.
Just when I thought we might be lost, I looked over the edge of the road and spotted this. It looked like we had found the right spot.
Yup, that’s the sign we were looking for.
See that little guy down there? That’s Parker getting ready. He’s setting up the trail markers.
EZ-UPs, this had to be the place. I think I see the RECON G6/ Axial tent.
The parking lot was filled with tons of cool 1:1s. Parker made me include this picture. He loves Yotas.
I personally preferred the 1:1s that had a little more personality. This old Jeep caught my eye.
Lots of the rigs were loaded for camping.
Speaking of camping, this sweet overland trailer was a raffle prize. I wonder which lucky duck got to take this bad boy home.
This GM product had a bit of rock rash. I could see its owner wasn’t afraid to use it properly.
Here’s a map of the Rubicon Trail. It included all the major features of the trail.
1:10 emulates 1:1, just like in RC, in the 1:1 world, you can build or you can buy.
Once I turned into the Spillway area, I saw what everyone came for, the Cantina. You could get tacos and nachos. All proceeds went to the Rubicon Trail Foundation. It’s a tasty way to support the World Famous Rubicon Trail and ensure it stays open for many more generations of off-roaders to enjoy.
The beautiful and charming RC Chick was manning the RECON G6 tent when I showed up.
I also saw an old friend, Werty. He runs WertyMade Products. He wanted to make sure I put his picture in this blog to prove he’s a big deal in the RC world.
After checking in, all the drivers posed for this group shot. Thanks to Elio and Rivas for arranging them so neatly.
Of course, Parker had to explain the special rules and features of this RECON G6 to the drivers.
No H.O.G. (Hand Of God) is the most important rule. Keep it scale.
The first part of the RECON G6 was a few laps in the spillway to show off how cool RC is.
The crowd was a little surprised to see so many RC trucks cruising by.
It’s always fun to see the little ones driving. Here Skeeno Jr drives with some of her contemporaries.
After a few laps around, we made our way up and out of the spillway.
I was trying out my new Deadbolt body. This thing is cool.
This bridge led to the fun stuff.
This guy takes his Falken G6 Jeep to the top of the spillway.
There were some boulders to drive under.
This guy tried to copy my style by jumping off a ledge. It’s not quite scale but was effective for me. He didn’t fare as well. He needed to do some trail repairs after his ill-fated jump. I don’t recommend this technique unless you carry lots of parts at a RECON G6.
These little rocks proved challenging for Skeeno Jr.
Strike a pose.
RC Chick drove with us all day. Here she used the Pull Pal RW60, the official land anchor of the RECON G6, to get up a nasty steep crack.
RECON G6′s can be long walks. Be prepared with water and snacks and don’t be afraid to take a pit stop to rest along the way.
You have to dip your tires if there is water nearby, it’s a RECON G6 rule.
This was the scariest part of the RECON G6. I saw a couple kits take a tumble into the water down there. Skeeno Jr and RC Chick took it slow.
Once away from the lake, the terrain greened up a bit.
It was definitely a scenic walk/drive.
Elio and Dan W showed up and loaned me a battery. Thanks guys for helping me finish. Remember, Finishing a RECON G6 is like Winning a RECON G6.
The new owners of CKRC Crawlers came out. Jason Copeland and his wife Dena are super friendly.
This might be the youngest RECON G6er. I didn’t catch her age, but she followed Parker around all day looking for candy.
There was a Yeti sighting by G Central.
Skeeno Jr hasn’t had a Parker Pickup in a while. She was excited to win her BPC limiting straps.
The Drivers of the Day took home some cool skulls for trophies. Skeeno Jr put hers on her Pit Bull finishing tag.