River Jumpers

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Somewhere east of Reno (the exact location cannot be disclosed for reasons of protecting natural resources and keeping secret swimming holes secret) our whimsical wagon of wild west whoopee made a detour off of Interstate-80.  Leaving the bright yellow big rig safely camouflaged in the sagebrush, Dan and I hiked a half-mile alongside debris-strewn railroad tracks, cut through a rattlesnake-infested riverbed, and clambered up a treacherous volcanic cliff to reach a rendezvous with danger and adrenalin.  By the time we arrived at the cliff known only to a few brave souls, there was no turning back.  We had crossed the Rubicon.  Five brave Nevada teenagers, led by Bree – the only girl and the most daring of the bunch – provided us a security briefing on the dangers and adrenalin rush associated with this leap of faith from a ledge high above the raging Truckee River.  Dan went first, and…

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