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Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« on: August 31, 2016, 09:30:45 PM »
I've ridden it from Rock Creek combine the Sand Canyon ride with Lower Rock's insane. Hard to feel more alive than when riding that ride. This was back when most bikes didn't have suspension...mine didn't.

The true studs then ride back to RCL from Paradise where the trail ends...that wasn't me.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Pie In The Sky
« on: May 02, 2016, 10:00:43 PM »
Yeah, it'll open the Friday or Saturday of Memorial Weekend.


Anything Goes / Re: cheers!
« on: April 07, 2015, 02:55:11 PM »
Gonna go get me one of these to celebrate...

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Illegal pot farms in Calif..
« on: April 02, 2015, 09:59:19 PM »
Yeah, I went to see a talk about this at Grizzly Creek along the Van Duzen River in Humboldt by some guys from DFG. That's the agency that is really going after these morons because of the destruction they're causing to local watersheds. Not only are the growers using a lot of the water and destroying watersheds that way, they're finding spots with great natural soil and basically pillaging entire mountains to grow their crop. DFG is pissed because they're affecting many different species of animals besides the obvious fish. The poisons used to protect their crops are killing deer and many other mammals. 

Check out the video below to see what's really going on up here...

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Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Illegal pot farms in Calif..
« on: April 01, 2015, 05:14:09 PM »
I would know nothing of this...


Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Dismal snow pack
« on: March 21, 2015, 02:56:11 PM »
Amazing images of Yosemite that show just how screwed California is...

Dreaming of...

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Dismal snow pack
« on: March 15, 2015, 03:54:54 PM »

Rock Creek Lake, 3/13/15

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: PVR Trip from December
« on: February 24, 2015, 08:38:08 PM »
Thanks for posting, Huck...nice to have you back on the board! I love your videos...

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: oh dear... fire in feb?
« on: February 11, 2015, 10:31:58 PM »

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: oh dear... fire in feb?
« on: February 08, 2015, 12:40:01 PM »
This story, along with a plug for Amy's fundraising campaign, will be on the CBS evening news tonight at 5:00...

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: oh dear... fire in feb?
« on: February 08, 2015, 09:55:30 AM »

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: oh dear... fire in feb?
« on: February 07, 2015, 05:06:52 PM »
I'm going to donate $400 from "Rock Creek Message Board."  I knew this would go to a good cause.  I've used a bit of the money for promotions and maintaining the site, but this will be the rest of it.  Thanks guys.  I can't imagine a better use of the money...although selfishly, I would have loved to start a webcam at the lake.  Not being in a position to make that call, I think this is a great use of the money.  Thanks again.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: oh dear... fire in feb?
« on: February 07, 2015, 03:12:47 PM »
I would like to donate the money folks have donated to the board to this guys okay with that?

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: oh dear... fire in feb?
« on: February 07, 2015, 02:04:29 PM »
According to the scanner last night, Bob Tanner was driving to the lodge to evacuate the employees and get stuff out...obviously that wasn't necessary and folks didn't completely evacuate.  As soon as the snow and rain started falling and the wind died, evacuations weren't as necessary.  Thankfully the weather changed...

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: oh dear... fire in feb?
« on: February 07, 2015, 08:39:34 AM »
the Kings were evacuating last night from Sunny Slopes, but the fire slowed down when the rain came in around 2:00.  I haven't heard from them, but I'm sure folks at Toms, Aspen Springs, and Sunny Slopes are okay.  Swall Meadows was not so lucky.  Latest fire information: 3,000 acres, 30% containment, 20+ buildings destroyed.  Propane tanks were exploding when Jim was taking that picture last night.  The fire was moving so fast that there was no way to contain it w/o help from nature...luckily they got it.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: oh dear... fire in feb?
« on: February 06, 2015, 11:25:04 PM »

From the Owens Gorge Road, the area below Paradise with the Wheeler Crest being swallowed by flames. Photo credit: Jim Stimson.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: oh dear... fire in feb?
« on: February 06, 2015, 10:34:20 PM »
10:30 PM...according to scanner traffic, they're evacuating Rock Creek Lodge...

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Campgrounds
« on: January 31, 2015, 12:34:08 PM »
Oh, and you won't need reservations...just roll on in...unless there's a specific site you like in French Camp.  Otherwise, I'd just see what's open and grab one.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Campgrounds
« on: January 31, 2015, 08:44:47 AM »
French Camp will be open by mid-May; There's a good chance the Meadows will be open as well, and maybe even East Fork, considering the lack of snow.  It'll be a question of whether or not enough staff is in place and the fixes from the winter are minimal so campgrounds can open.  French Camp is a guarantee will be open.

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Lassen Volcanic NP (6/26-7/1)
« on: July 26, 2014, 08:30:53 AM »
I still miss grilling breakfast at the resort and talking to everyone...good times.

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Lassen Volcanic NP (6/26-7/1)
« on: July 06, 2014, 08:58:59 AM »
Yeah, they do grow up fast.  I seems like yesterday that our biggest was being born and we weren't sure how healthy she would be.  Those nine years went like a blink.  I'm guessing the next nine will go even faster...not so happy about that.

The trip was a good one...just exhausting.  It'll be nice to be back there.  I think we go back around the 24th.

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 / Re: Rock Creek Road Construction
« on: June 18, 2014, 11:38:17 AM »
The contractor for the Rock Creek Road reconstruction project is tentatively planning to begin pulverizing the asphalt on the upper two mile section of the project, beginning this upcoming Monday June 23.  Parking restrictions for this section, beginning  1000’ below Pine Grove Campground and extending to the Rock Creek Pack Station, will go into effect Monday June 23.  This includes the Hilton Lakes Trailhead parking lot.  Parking will be permitted in this section for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, beginning at noon on July 3.  However, parking will once again be restricted as of Monday July 7.  The contractor’s plans are tentative at this point.  If the pulverizing operations are delayed, the parking restrictions will be delayed as well.  Please adhere to the dates noted on signs located in the construction zone as these will be updated with the most current information.

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