Nine years ago I met a few imaginary internet friends and went with them on a trip to Benton Hot Springs in July of 2008. That first trip was me, @Benjava () & @larryboy. We spent the first night at Benton, then went over to the 4th annual WMRS gathering to spread cheer and camaraderie. It looks like Ben crashed the WMRS list without signing up! But we were so welcomed there that it didn't matter. I remember sitting on the bench in front of the store (the only shade) for hours and regaling each other with stories and saying hi to all the FFs that passed by us on their way to buy beer and other health food items. But that was then, and this is now, so let's get on with the current report! The lineup this year was: @larryboy, @dave6253, @SFMCjohn, Renaud (a former inmate here) and @Kevan Garrett made a short appearance to cook breakfast. As this has become an annual event, our interests have taken on somewhat less ambitious activities. Sometimes just relaxing is enough of an activity. But first, I had to get my work done before I could leave. Yeah, I know I should have cut those quills earlier, but I didn't, ok? Rob and I got on the road kinda late - he wasn't feeling like hurrying so we made it outta Isleton around 10:00 a.m. We took 104 up and rested at Donnell Overlook. But unlike past years, we didn't even go out to the overlook, we just laid down and rested. Rob and I stopped at Kennedy Meadows for lunch, got a little thunderstorm action and stopped at the top of the summit, only to discover that the sign is gone. As we rolled down the other side of the mountain, the traffic backed up for construction. While sitting patiently for the road to open, Reno (Renaud) showed up on his KLR. And eventually we made it over to Benton around 5:30 where we met @dave6253 and after high finance and confusion in the office we go to set up camp. A little after dark, @SFMCjohn showed up and we were fully prepared for a slow weekend!