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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Lassen Volcanic NP (6/26-7/1)
« on: July 04, 2014, 08:48:09 AM »
The relatively current webcam image at Manzanita Lake, Lassen...

Well, I took my first camping trip of the summer to Lassen in late June.  It would be our first with 3 fully-functioning little ones.  Last year our littlest was 8 months old and not mobile yet.  This year she's pretty agile, so we knew it would be exhausting to keep up w/ her.

We left Eureka in the rain on the 25th and stayed along the Trinity River at the cabin.  It wasn't raining there much, so heading east should be nice the next day.  When we arrived the rain had stopped, but it was obvious that it had rained considerably.  Still, the soil is not very permeable at Lassen and most of the water ran off instead of soaking into the ground...bummer.

During the trip we were on our feet the entire time chasing monkeys and hiking.  I bought my fishing license in Redding, but I didn't get a chance to use it.  Our littlest spent a lot of time falling down and collecting "ow ow's."  She was fascinated by the deer, geese, and other animals in the area.  She went on her first kayak ride too.

We had one pretty big bummer.  We had initially reserved our site for three nights, so we would have to move on the 29th if we wanted to stay a couple of extra days...which we did.  On the 29th, I woke up and noticed that the sign said that the next group was moving into that site on the first.  SCORE!  We wouldn't have to move!  It would be available for two more nights, so I went down and paid for a couple of more days and went to the lake.

When we came back around 5:00, the sign said that someone was moving into the site on the 29th now and we would have to move.  The hosts had no idea what happened....played dumb.  So after playing all day we now had three tired kids and would now have to move sites.  The people showed up while we were moving and didn't offer to help us or anything.  We at least got our check back.  Don't you love it when people play "pass the buck?"  Nobody would admit anything.  Anyhow it all worked out...I was pretty upset at first though.

Overall the trip was a success.  The kids had a blast, but we (Mom and Dad) were ready to leave by the first.  We're heading back in three weeks for another four-day trip.  I think we're going to try renting a tent trailer for the first time.  Here's a few pics from hiking around...

Eastern Sierra Forum / Rock Creek Road is OPEN to the Pack Station
« on: March 31, 2014, 09:09:46 PM »
They plowed it yesterday, but the snow today might close it again for a bit...

Summer's comin'!!


Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Lassen National Park
« on: July 26, 2013, 08:22:52 AM »
Here's a few pics from our trip to Lassen earlier this month.  We're heading back in August.  Saw a mother bear and her cub about 10 yards off the trail to Kings Creek Falls.  Weather was cool and fishing was pointless, other than we got to be on the lake...which is always a treat.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Rock Creek Newsletter - RETURNING
« on: July 13, 2013, 09:51:10 AM »
Well, after a several-years hiatus, the newsletter is going to make a comeback.  Steve Miller at the resort has agreed to write one for us.  I've set it up so that it can be read on the web, as well as be received via email.  At its peak, there were over 1,000 registered members that received the newsletter when I was writing it.  Now we're starting over w/ a new newsletter service.  If you'd like to receive it via email, the signup form is below...

I'm heading to Lassen for a week, then Steve and I will work on getting a newsletter going.  Hope you'll like receiving it...AGAIN.

Eastern Sierra History / Old Cabin @ Toms Place
« on: December 29, 2012, 09:38:35 PM »
More from Scout...

This is one of the only pictures I have of the log cabin at Tom's. In this cabin, the logs are squared on the outside, left round on the inside.  In those days, there was only one big room, the additions you see today (they still rent it out, #20) were done after my Grandmother sold the resort.
The cabin was built by Hans Lof, I've heard in 1916, which makes all of the dates on their shirts and stuff wrong...oh well. As I implied previously, the amazing part about this is Hans Lof only had one hand. I heard most of the stories about him from my my Grandma and my mom, so I'll do my best to remember...they told me that the hand that he had lost was replaced by an apparatus with a screw socket in it, allowing him to screw various tools onto his arm...hammers, saws, I guess whatever he needed. It must have worked well for him, he was quite the craftsman.

There's another building at the old Happy Jack's (more on that later) that he built that is even more impressive, upright log construction, at least 12" logs, squared off on all sides. I got to go into it years ago, when the owners at the time were remodeling. The gaps between the logs were no larger that an eighth of an inch, very impressive. Luckily, those folks realized what they had, and left it as it was.
Hans came to the area as a power line "checker", dates unknown, he was hired to patrol the power lines in the area, on horseback, or walking in good weather, skiing during the winter. Everybody thinks this is how he became interested in the Rock Creek property.

Fun story about his mom, and others who saw it, said that he'd go out to his horse, squat down under it's belly, then rise up, lifting the horse off the ground.  Sounds a little improbable, but too many people substantiated the story to discount it. They all say he was an immensely strong man.
I found this description of what Hans sold Tom in the County archives in Bridgeport...

"Oct. 20, 1923, for the sum of $5000.00." All those certain houses consisting of store building, garage, cookhouse, warehouse, corrals, fences and all improvements on U.S. Land under the concession for the USFS, known and designated as the Rock Creek Gasoline Station."
Supposedly, Hans used to "sell" his operation at Rock Creek to unsuspecting people, then make the payments so high that he could repossess it. Then Tom came along, had some money behind him, purchased what became Tom's Place and paid Hans off.  My G'ma told me that this really pissed Hans Lof off, he was after Tom from then on out.

In 1924, Hans went a couple of miles up the road and homesteaded 164 acres at what is now Aspen Springs . He started developing another resort, mainly a pack station that served Rock Creek and Hilton Canyons. Everybody I've talked to who knew him said that Hans wasn't a real friendly guy, but that he liked children. My mom told stories of riding her horse down that way and seeing Hans.  He'd always wave his hook (he wore a hook on his arm when he wasn't working) at her in what she perceived as a friendly fashion...whenever he saw Tom, the gesture definitely looked different.... even with a hook.  Tom knew what Hans was saying. G'ma told me a story about Hans keeping Tom pinned down in Crooked Creek with a rifle for hours one afternoon, until it got dark enough for Tom to sneak out...the good old days...!
In the early 1930's Hans borrowed some money from Happy Jack Partridge's father ( an old time Bishop family...Jack was born in 1906 at a ranch on Collins Road, south of town), a few thousand dollars, then fell behind on his payments. After trying to collect for quite a while, the Partridges took him to court. Happy Jack went to the trial in Independence, representing his family. He told me that the judge looked at everything, pondered for a while, then looked at both Jack and Hans and said " In my opinion, possession is nine tenths of the law" and left it at that. As he was telling me this, Jack looked me right in the eye and said " I had the faster car." He made it back up the hill and was standing in the doorway when Hans pulled up, and the place was then the Partridges. Happy Jack turned it into a popular resort, selling it in the 60's, after the new highway was built. The highway pretty much killed a lot of small resorts on the old road.
An aside about Happy Jack's car.... It seems that, in a Model T, what most people drove in those days, the gas tank was under the seat, and when you went up a hill, the tank became lower than the motor, thereby starving it of gas. Most people would climb hills in reverse to keep the gas tank above the motor, allowing it to run. Jack told me that he figured out a pressurization system, with a hand pump on the gas cap right next to him, that he would pump up whenever climbing hills, then he could drive up going forward...he told me he'd wave and laugh as he passed the people backing up the hill...therefore "the faster car".
Hans Lof was also a bootlegger. He grew potatoes on the land, and made "potato brandy"...Jack said he found a case of it under the floorboards of the log building...he didn't tell me if he tried it or not.
Another sign that Hans Lof liked the early days, he cut down a large pine tree, took it down to Bishop, stripped off the limbs and bark, and turned it into a flagpole that stood at the intersection of Main and Line streets, a landmark for years. Then, every Christmas season, he'd go out and get a big pine tree that he'd take down and attach to the flagpole to give the Bishop kids a Christmas tree.
After Aspen Springs, Hans Lof built a resort on Hilton Creek, "Hans Resort"'s still there today, a group of private rental cabins. This is another one that I can't find a whole lot of information on, so I can't tell you much. Happy Jack said that Hans was constantly in trouble financially, he ended up living, and passing away in Benton, sometime in the late 30's. One day I'll go out and look for his grave.

Eastern Sierra History / Pics from Scout
« on: December 08, 2012, 06:53:07 PM »
Here's one Scout sent me of Tom's Place from back around 1925 or so...

That's Tom standing there, approximately where the current Cabin 10 stands, uphill from Crowley Lake Dr. (you can see the old bridge at the left). That's the old Lodge, the building with the chimney up the side, probably just completed, which would put this about 1924, maybe 25. Those are tent cabins behind the lodge, before he built the cabins that you see today. Buildings on the downhill side of the road, the original store and garage, were all demolished in 1931 so the new, wider highway could be built. Everybody up and down the road had to relinquish 50 ft. of their property to the highway dept. for the widening.

Eastern Sierra History / What are these???
« on: November 23, 2012, 09:54:40 PM »
I'm sure most people on the board know where these are located.  What are they?  I've heard different suggestions, but nobody has said for certain what they are.  Any ideas?

Eastern Sierra Forum / RIP JJ
« on: September 05, 2012, 09:37:44 PM »
If you've ever been around the resort, you know who this is.  He died last night.

Gotta be a somber time around the lake.  The goldens at the resort have been a fixture at at least 2 decades.  I go back as far as Luke and Koa, but I can't remember if there were other before them.  There were always puppies and/or other younger goldens around the place waiting in the wings.  That isn't the case tonight.  JJ was very special to the folks at the resort.


Eastern Sierra Fishing / 6.5 pound BROOK outta RCL!
« on: June 16, 2012, 08:31:13 AM »
This was posted on facebook by a guy that says he caught a 6.5 pound brook outta RCL fishing an olive matuka (best fly ever) near the boat's the fish he posted...


I've never heard of a large brook in the what's going on?  I kinda need to see the mountains behind him to prove the location until I'll completely believe it.  If it's true, that's the nicest fish I have EVER seen caught outta RCL!


Anything Goes / Rock Creek - the novel
« on: May 22, 2012, 06:09:06 AM »
How about a novel called Rock Creek, written with the East Side as the setting?  :reading:

I haven't read it yet...need to get it.  The author contacted me to see if I'd like to put it on the site, but I've only stuck it in one inconspicuous location that few have probably found.  You can click the link above and read a few of the pages on Amazon.  Here's a plug the author wrote for his book...and Da Creek as well...

"Hello!  My name is Skip Ludlow.  I authored “Rock Creek”, a humorous fiction that takes place right here at Rock Creek.  Because I grew up camping here, and its serenity haunts me still, writing “Rock Creek” was quite natural for me, something I just had to do.  I quickly realized that servicing the plot often became secondary to describing the surroundings.  And how else can it be?  The beauty of this place transcends anything that happens here.  The reason is simple - Rock Creek is really not so much a place as it is a frame of mind.  When you travel to Rock Creek, do yourself a favor – upon arrival, don’t try to absorb it all at once.  Set up camp, have a cocktail, relax.  You will know when you are ready.  And so it was with writing "Rock Creek".  It started slowly, but the more I wrote, the better I felt.  Youthful memories of camping flowed through me like the Creek at sunrise.  Serenity is mine again!  Your vacation here is sure to be memorable also.  Like making love by the fire when it’s raining outside, you won’t want it to end.  I hope you enjoy reading Rock Creek as much as I did writing it."  -Skip Ludlow 


Eastern Sierra Forum / Current Conditions...
« on: May 07, 2012, 05:27:42 PM »
Rock Creek Lake went ice-free on Sunday, May 6.  The road to Mosquito Flat is OPEN.  ALL campgrounds will be open for Memorial Weekend for sure...probably sooner.  This was the third driest winter since they started keeping records, according to Jim King, 1977 the driest, and 2007 the second driest.

It's summer!!

According to the Rock Creek Campgrounds Facebook page, the road is open all the way to the trailhead at Mosquito Flat.  I really find that hard to believe, but they were emphatic...CRAZY to have the road open all the way this early!

Strictly Media / How about some video?
« on: April 12, 2012, 08:18:00 AM »
Here's a 30 minute video of camping and fishing at Rock Creek Lake...the board is referenced in the context of that fishing derby I posted about a few days ago when we caught like 140 fish in about 4 hours time.  Anyhow, this fairly entertaining.  Who are these guys?

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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Opening Day
« on: March 24, 2012, 12:26:13 PM »
Opening Day of the 2012 fishing season is on April 28.  Anyone going up there?  Crowley?  June?  Convict?  Ice?????

Eastern Sierra History / The Manzanar Fishing Club
« on: March 24, 2012, 09:39:15 AM »

Gotta be an interesting view...I think they were at the Fred Hall show, weren't they?

Anything Goes / Morning Chuckles
« on: March 24, 2012, 08:06:04 AM »
A woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says: ''Ugh, that's the ugliest baby I've ever seen!'' The woman walks to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming. She says to a man next to her: ''The driver just insulted me!'' The man says: ''You go up there and tell him off. Go on, I'll hold your monkey for you.''

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