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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Great Britain Trip
« on: September 18, 2016, 10:58:59 PM »
My wife and I took a trip for 14 days at the end of July thru August this year to Great Britain. We met my son who flew in from Japan (where he is in his 3rd year of teaching English in the JET program) to travel with us. We visited many sites in England and Scotland. Here are just a few pictures:

I have always wanted to visit Stonehenge.

Of course I couldn't resist going into the Orvis Fly Shop located in Bath.

Edinburgh Castle overlooking the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. Simply fantastic. We took a tour of the castle.

Looking down at Edinburgh from the castle. The body of water is the 'Firth of Forth'.

Glencoe, in the Scottish Highlands. We also visited Loch Ness (Nessie sends her best). Unfortunately I didn't get to do any fishing!

Kensington Palace and gardens in London (we also took a tour inside the palace).

Trafalgar Square in London.

On the grounds of Christchurch college in Oxford, England.

The actual student dining hall at Christchurch college. You may recognize the dining hall from one of the Harry Potter movies which was filmed here.

Blenheim Palace, outside of Oxford, where Winston Churchill was born and raised.

Of course we visited all the other standard tourist destinations in London - Big Ben, the Tower of London, the Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace (Wow, what a tour!), Victoria & Albert Museum, Hyde Park, Harrod's, the Churchill War Rooms, The British Museum and the Portobello Market. Even made in to Greenwich, England on a boat trip up the Thames River. It was our first trip to Great Britain and we thoroughly enjoyed it, but especially getting to spend time with our son who we hadn't seen in person for three years!

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Death Valley
« on: June 21, 2015, 12:13:37 PM »
Here are a few pictures from my photo trip to Death Valley this past March. The weather was cool for Death Valley (about 100 degrees the first day, and in the 90's the next couple of days). This was my first trip to Death Valley and I highly recommend visiting. It's one more thing off my "bucket list"!

Zabriskie Point at Dawn. The area surrounding Zabriskie Point had been closed for renovations to the parking and viewing areas, but thanks to Little Hardrock for the message that it was opening up the day before we left! Might have missed it otherwise.

Trona Pinnacles. The pinnacles are in an area on the way into Death Valley. The Trona Pinnacles landscape consists of more than 500 tufa spires. The pinnacles have been used as settings in TV shows and movies including Planet of the Apes, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek V The Final Frontier, Lost in Space and many more.

Ubehebe Crater, located within Death Valley. You can hike to the bottom or walk around the rim of the crater or simply drive up to the edge and look down into the crater from next to the parking lot.

Natural Bridge Canyon, a short 1/2 mile hike from the trailhead off of Badwater Road

Maybe another 1/2 mile past Natural Bridge Canyon through narrow canyons you come to Golden Canyon

According to the National Park Service website, The Devil's Golfcourse is an "Immense area of rock salt eroded by wind and rain into jagged spires. So incredibly serrated that “only the devil could play golf on such rough links."

A trip to Death Valley would not be complete without visiting Scotty's Castle and taking a walking tour of the inside and learning about the history of con-man Scotty, and his millionaire benefactor

Eastern Sierra Forum / New Streaming Crowley Web Cam
« on: March 04, 2015, 08:06:30 AM »
Check out the new Crowley Lake streaming Web Cam. You can see a live image of Pelican Point, Sandy Point and Alligator Point.

and here's a link to a bunch of other Sierra Nevada Web Cams:

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Death Valley Trip Ideas?
« on: January 19, 2015, 06:39:39 PM »
Thinking of a short overnight or two night trip to Death Valley this year. Any recommendations of what to do/not do? Best place to stay, etc...? Not really a camping trip, more of a hotel stay/sight seeing quick trip.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Rock Creek Road Construction
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:30:14 AM »
Has construction actually started on the road?

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Massive Fish Die-Off Near Reno
« on: January 15, 2014, 05:15:06 PM »
Sad story out of the Reno area. Looks likes at least 100,000 fish, maybe more or all, have died at the Sparks Marina. Here's a link to the story:

Anything Goes / Sisters on the Fly
« on: October 14, 2013, 09:50:16 AM »
My wife mentioned to me that she saw a segment on a morning show that featured a group of women know as "Sisters on the Fly". It's a group of women that have small trailers and travel around the country camping, fly fishing, and other various activities. They decorate their trailers and travel in groups of women only. Thought it was interesting and found their website to check 'em out. Here's the link if you are interested in seeing them:

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Rock Creek Water Level
« on: August 07, 2012, 04:33:20 PM »
Coming up to East Fork next week for a week of  :fishing3: the creek. I was up the first week of June and the fishing was fine. Now that we are in late summer, how are the water levels and the fishing along the creek after the low snowfall this past winter?

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / East Fork May 31-June 7
« on: June 11, 2012, 10:53:02 AM »
Camped at site #110 at East Fork May 31st through June 7th. This was a "guys trip" this time. Fishing was fairly good at East Fork. Also fished twice at Iris Meadows which was closed to camping due to the restroom renovation going on. The workers said it would probably be another week or two before they were completed and Iris Meadows would reopen. Fishing was great there. Had pie at the lodge on June 4th then stopped by the lake to take some pictures on our way to Mosquito Flats. Took a short hike up from there to take some more pictures. That evening the clouds rolled in and it rained off and on through the evening, but not a downpour. It was windy off and on as well. We stayed in the tent and played cards and listened to music. Forecast was for possible snow flurries that evening, but never saw any snow. It was about 28 degrees in the tent according to my watch, probably a few degrees cooler outside. Next day, although cold, it was beautiful again!

We had a great time, as usual. The canyon is a special place. I have been visiting here for 50 years. I used to visit with my parents when I was a kid in our "Holiday" camper. My wife and son and I have tent camped for years as well, so not only is Rock Creek a stunning place to be, but it holds so many specal memories for me. Now that I have retired, I'm able to make a few more trips than before.

Little Hardrock, it was nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by to say hi and for the extra firewood! Paul, hear you were at East Fork too, sorry I missed you.

Here are a few pictures:

The start of the John Muir Trail above Mosquito Flats:

Sunburst along Rock Creek :

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Best Trout Recipes?
« on: May 22, 2012, 10:43:01 AM »
Over the years I have pan fried or grilled in a basket over an open flame. I've never smoked the trout, although have tasted fresh smoked trout from others that have done so in camp. Anyone have any "Best Recipes" or different favorite methods of cooking trout?

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Vancouver BC Trip
« on: May 19, 2012, 05:48:54 PM »
Just back from an eight day trip to Vancouver BC. No fishing, but it was beautiful. Stayed in Downtown Vancover next to BC Stadium. One day spent on Vancouver Island on a tour of Victoria and Butchart Gardens - simply stunning. Here are a few pictures. Now I have a few days to rest and prep for my May 31-June 7 trip to East Fork.

Butchart Gardens, Vancouver Island, Canada

Vancouver BC

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