Foothill showers delight some, chill others

ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR, Calif. - A chill rain sent some campers packing and others into their travel trailers in parts of the Sierra foothills.

"I don't really like the rain that much because my feet are all wet and dirty and stuff." said Tyce Bartlett of Citrus Heights as he rode his bike in a gentle drizzle alongside his campsite at Ice House Reservoir campground.

His friend Colby Andreadakis agreed.

"My campfire keeps going out and my socks are wet, too," Andreadakis complained.

The Andreadakis family tried to get in one last weekend camp out before the kids went back to school.

"Got some rain, all day long. This is our full day out here so it was kind of disappointing. But a nice place up here. We really like it," said Colby's dad, Adam Andreadakis, as the family shivered around a campfire.

The chill chased some campers away.

"In the last hour the next three campsites bugged out," Sacramento resident Rick Fulkerson said. He said the secret is preparation.

"Being prepared. And then having the right equipment - the rain tent," he said, gesturing to his wife playing a hand of gin rummy with a friend.

"We like to stick it out. We enjoy camping so a little bit of rain is not going to scare us off," Melissa Fulkerson said, as she sat in the glow of a lantern at the campground.

In Pollock Pines at nearly 4,000 feet, the temperature at the peak of the day stood at just 71 degrees and a light rain fell off and on through the day.

"I think we need more rain. I think this is a tease," said Trina Johnston of Pollock Pines as she put groceries away in a light drizzle.

Back at Ice House Reservoir, the boat ramp was empty and not a single person could be seen out on the lake. Campfires crackled and many campers stayed buttoned up inside travel trailers and campers.

But for camp host Carolyn Jefferson, the gray sky and off and on drizzle was just perfect.

"It's a very nice thing. I enjoy the cooler weather. I'm not a heat-type person," Jefferson said.


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