John Wardlaw, Mark Rumer, Dallas Burney, John Molony, and John Dickson got their photo snapped in 1982 while hanging out on vacation near Copco Lake in Northern California. The group was from Santa Barbara and partying like young men do, all only 19. What do teens do? Set the self-timer, of course, because even in the early eighties, teens were obsessed with selfies.
In 2007, the group told the Santa Barbara News-Press that they knew this picture was special.
"Once we took it and saw the photo, we said, 'We should come back and take it in five years.' I said, 'We have to vow to do it every five years,' '' said Wardlaw, whose grandparent's cabin was hosting this wild group. "We all thought, 'In 20 years, what if we all don't know each other?' By vowing to take a photo every five years, it would be a way to stay in touch."
And it actually worked. Every five years they meet at Siskiyou County lake, though they don't have quite the same luxury of time that they once did. Most are family men with busy jobs and lifestyles. But they made it work.
"Mark drove all night just to get there this year," said Dickson. "He arrived at 3 a.m. the day of the photo."