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Eastern Sierra Forum / August 27 through Sept 2 trip
« on: August 22, 2017, 05:41:01 PM »
I'm getting all my gear ready to load up and head for Rock Creek on Saturday. Actually spending the night Saturday in Bishop then heading to Big Meadow Sunday morning. I have never looked so forward to a trip as I am to this one. My sister's driving down from Utah, her best friend is driving down from Portland towing her 30 foot 5th wheel, and one of my best friends is driving down from Denver. I feel guilty because all I have to do is drive up from Riverside. Anyone else going to be in the canyon next week? I'll have cold beer if you stop by! :camping:

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Parking in the campgrounds
« on: March 04, 2017, 07:33:18 PM »
We always camp in Big Meadow, have been for many years. Experience has shown us that arriving on Sunday morning (August 27 this year) around 9:00 AM is a perfect time to snag a good site. We've been able to get Big Meadow #8 for about 6 years in a row, big site and right on the creek. In 2015, we were the only campers in the whole campground from Monday through Friday. That was surreal, just us and Mrs Yogi and little BooBoo.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Parking in the campgrounds
« on: March 03, 2017, 04:13:39 PM »
That's exactly what I needed[img]to know. $5 per day ain't going to bother me. Being at Rock Creek with my sister is priceless!

Eastern Sierra Forum / Parking in the campgrounds
« on: March 02, 2017, 05:03:01 PM »
After not being able to make my annual pilgrimage to Rock Creek last year, we have our plans ready for our trip this year in late August. I'm coming up from Riverside, my sister is coming down from Salt Lake City, and her best friend is driving down from Portland with her 5th wheel (no tent this year - yay!) But we'll obviously have three vehicles plus the 5th wheel. As I recall, you're normally allowed two vehicles per site, but it seems I remember a notice that if you have a third car, you can pay an extra fee to park in the site. Am I hallucinating, or does that sound right? At least we're now past the threshold to use a Golden Adventure pass  (probably the only benefit to becoming a "senior citizen) We may end up having to get two sites, one just for parking. Our vehicles aren't small (an F250 diesel, a Suburban, and a minivan)

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: I went south, part 1
« on: November 28, 2016, 04:04:23 PM »
Sounds like the trip of a lifetime, what an adventure. So, do you get the impression that extra terrestrials had a hand in the architecture? (I watch too many alien conspiracy TV shows!)

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Great Britain Trip
« on: September 19, 2016, 05:10:51 PM »
How was the food?I've heard mixed reports from others. Probably no taco shops?

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: a Bodie run..
« on: August 05, 2016, 09:40:01 AM »
We went to Bodie last year and if you've never gone, you should. I can't even imagine living in that desolate place back in the day. It is really something special.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Fathers Day weekend
« on: June 23, 2016, 08:33:13 AM »
Looks like a great way to spend Father's Day. My son and his girlfriend took me to the Peterson Automotive Museum on Wilshire Blvd in LA. But, rather than drive, we took the Metrolink from downtown Riverside to Union Station in LA, then hopped on the Purple Line subway and rode that out to Wilshire Blvd. Then we got on an LA Metro Rapid bus and took that to the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax. I'm telling you, I would much prefer this type of trip to driving. Metrolink has a weekend day pass, for $10 you can go anywhere Metrolink goes, and the subway and bus transfers are free. It would cost me at least $30 to drive, plus $12 to park at the museum. We then reversed our trip, and had some time to kill at Union Station, so we walked across the street to Olvera Street and had lunch. All in all a great way to spend a day with my Boy.

When I was little back in the late 50's/early 60's (unless my memory has completely failed me) I seem to remember that they used to have a show where they used to actually push burning logs or burning something off the top of one of the rock formations at night and they called it the Firefall. Or am I hallucinating (always a possibility)? Anyone remember this?

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: Trip Report 9/17-9/21
« on: September 24, 2015, 09:25:12 AM »
Big Meadow has probably 4 or 5 sites that would accommodate a 24 footer. #9 at the end of the road by the turnaround would be a great site for you, there was a 30 footer in there last year.

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: Trip Report 9/17-9/21
« on: September 23, 2015, 04:46:21 PM »
We always go to Big Meadow because there are only 11 campsites. We always go the week before Labor Day and arrive on Sunday morning about 9:00. We drive up to Bishop from Riverside and spend the night on Saturday so that we only have about a 45 minute drive to the creek Sunday morning.Most of the previous week's campers have left by then and we have gotten lucky and gotten site #8 right on the creek (like 3 feet from our tent) the past four years. The summer crowds are gone by that week and we have absolute peace and quiet all week. East Fork is beautiful, but there are too many campsites for my taste.

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: Trip Report 9/17-9/21
« on: September 22, 2015, 05:26:40 PM »
That's why we always camp at Big Meadow. There are never partiers there, and two weeks ago we had the entire campground to ourselves for three days. (except for the one visit from Mrs Yogi and little Booboo)

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: The bears in Rock Creek
« on: September 07, 2015, 11:38:57 PM »
We were at Big Meadow in #8 last week and Mrs Yogi and little Booboo came by Tuesday just as we were finishing eating dinner. She was just about to climb into the bed of my truck when I blasted the air horn I bought specifically for this purpose. It worked, we never saw her again. The campground host, Robert, told me that bears will even polish off a quart of motor oil, of which I had one in a box in the bed. Who would've guessed?

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Trip report 8/30-9/4
« on: September 07, 2015, 11:34:30 PM »
I wrote the report Saturday after I got home so was kind of tired, and now realized I should have put it in the "Trip reports" section. And, can anyone tell me how to enlarge my pictures and stay under the maximum size? I'm not on the in formation superhighway, I'm on the information cul-de-sac.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Trip report 8/30-9/4
« on: September 05, 2015, 10:50:56 PM »
I got home this afternoon from the annual trip to Rock Creek that my Sister and I have made into a family tradition. Her family doesn't care to camp and neither does mine, so for the last eight years we have gone just the two of us, always the week before Labor Day. The crowds are gone, there's nary a bug to be seen, and the weather isn't hot, just pleasant. I live in Riverside, and she just moved a couple of months ago to Spanish Fork, Utah. But she wasn't about to let a 570 mile drive prevent her from her annual visit to The Creek. So we met in Bishop and spent the night at the Best Western Bishop Lodge and had Mexican food at La Casita as usual. I was real worried as I drove up 395, the smoke from the fires was very heavy and Bishop was enveloped in an orange, ashy haze. We got up Sunday morning and it wasn't as bad, but still oppressive. But we'd come so far we had to press on and take our chances, so0 we left Bishop at about 8:30 and headed for the hills. We have found that the best chance to get a prime spot occurs when we get to the campground around 9:00 or 9:30 on Sunday morning. years of trial and error have led to this finding. We prefer to stay in Big Meadow because it has only 11 sites and is very peaceful and quiet, so that's where we stay every year. We prefer campsite #8 because it's at the end of the camp road so there's not much traffic, it's a real big site with room for our 13 X 9 tent, and you can step out of the tent, take 3 steps, and be in the creek. It gets morning sun and afternoon shade, so my sis prays for it every year. We had #8 last year and the year before and guess what? It was available when we arrived, so we snagged it three years in a row! About half the campsites were occupied, but by Tuesday morning we had the entire campground to ourselves. We were the only people in the whole place! The campground hosts, Robert and Cathy Spencer (super great people by the way) were pretty surprised that there was no one else there, but we all agreed that it would fill up during the week leading up to Labor Day. They recognized us from years past, which is kind of cool. We had the run of the place from Tuesday morning until Thursday afternoon. It was very surreal. On Tuesday night just as we were finishing up eating dinner we received a visit from Mrs Yogi and her little BooBoo. She was just about to climb into the bed of my truck when I gave her a blast from the air horn that I had brought specifically for that purpose. That got her off my truck and she and BooBoo disappeared into the bushes by campsite #7. About 20 seconds later she came crashing through the bushes with her mouth wide open looking somewhat displeased. Another blast from the air horn convinced her that she might be better served looking elsewhere and that was the last we saw of her. I got a picture of her, but it's hard to take a good picture when your heart rate is about 200 beats per minutes and you're trying not to drop the air horn.
  Stephanie and I were first brought to Rock Creek in probably 1957 or '58, I have pictures of myself in diapers at Iris Meadow. Our Dad, who passed in 1997 loved The Creek, and wanted to retire to Bishop so he could be close to his beloved Sierras. Sadly, he never made it, so we call this our Mom and Dad Memorial Camping Trip, because Mom (who we also lost in '97) Truly loved the outdoors and took us camping at least two weeks ever year growing up. We know they were both smiling down on us as we carry forward their love of nature. It's funny how surprised people are when  we tell them we are brother and sister and that we do this together every year. I consider my sis to be my best friend and I treasure the chance to spend a week with her every year. Today a new arrival and I were talking and she asked me how long we had been married. I said "well she's been married 41 years and I've been married for 30". She looked at me like I had two heads until I explained that we are brother and sister.
  The weather was perfect all week, but as the week went on it started to get rather brisk at night. When we woke up at 7:00 this morning it was 35 degrees, We saw highs early in the week in the mid to upper 70's but Friday the high was 63. By last night the campground was completely full. They are still stocking the creek, in talking to the guy with the scoop, he tells me they are stocking up to five pounders since the season is drawing to a close. I didn't see for myself, but a guy who had been there for a few days before we arrived said that someone caught a four and a half pounder on Saturday. I did watch a guy catch one that I would estimate at about two+ pounds right at our campsite (did I mention that #8 is also where they dump in the stockers?) They stock on Tuesday and we were watching them swim around the rest of the week (no campers = no fishermen)
  In my pictures You can see Mrs Yogi just after climbing down from my truck, and little BooBoo is at the far left.  I took Stephanie up to Mosquito Flat, because in all these years she had never been up there. She was overwhelmed with the beauty and the large number of people heading off to the back country. I would love to take her up to LLV, which I hiked to several years ago, but the bones don't appreciate hiking like they used to, so she has my pictures to look at.You had to wait for a pilot car whether going up or down, but in 4 different excursions, the longest we had to wait was 5 minutes, so I wouldn't even consider the road construction to be an issue. You're at Rock Creek, what's the hurry? They have built a very attractive natural stone retaining wall just above the first bridge, it looks real nice. And the new road is smoother than a baby's butt.
  I've been back for about 6 hours and am already pining for my trip next year. But I have to admit it's kind of nice not to be freezing cold and to have hot water come out of the faucet instead of a pail over the campfire! If anyone is going next year around this time, just remember to save us #8!

Packer: With a trip report like we won't ask for pictures. I am counting down the hours until I am on my way.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Why So Few Trip Reports This Year?
« on: August 20, 2015, 08:45:10 AM »
I promise I'll post a trip report after I get home from being at Big Meadow from 8/30 to 9/5. If anyone's going to be in the area, stop and say hi and have a cold one. Look for a black 93 Chevy stepside pickup with real bad paint,

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: Aug 9-15
« on: July 16, 2015, 05:16:12 PM »
No, we'll be there two weeks later from August 30 through September 4th. Why don't you go ahead and extend your stay for a couple more weeks?!  :clap:

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: bodie heritage tour
« on: June 17, 2015, 03:30:56 PM »
After having driven past the turn off to Bodie many times, two years ago we took a drive up from Rock Creek and spend a few hours there. If you've never been there, you've go to go. It's so desolate and isolated I can't even imagine living there back in the days before creature comforts. The toll roads do explain a lot.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Trip report Friday May 1 Tuesday May 5
« on: May 07, 2015, 04:49:44 PM »
Any trip to the Sierras is a good trip, catching fish is just icing on the cake! Glad to see another fellow Riversider had a good trip while I was working!  :clap:

Eastern Sierra History / Re: Short Stories
« on: March 30, 2015, 08:23:47 AM »
I've seen the pullout and sign on 395 that says "wildlife viewing area", that must be where the burros and horses hang out?

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Horrible news for 2015 fish stocking...
« on: March 05, 2015, 08:49:36 AM »
To me, it is ridiculous that a fishing license is only good until December 31 each year. They should make them good for one calendar year from the date of purchase. I only get a chance to get up to Rock Creek for a week each year, and with a license costing $47, I can't justify spending that much for one week of fishing. I can see why some people fish without a license, in all the years I've been coming to Rock Creek I have never once been asked for my license. But with my luck, if I was to fish without a license, that's when the ranger would show up. But nothing will keep me from coming to RC and sitting in my chair listening to the wind blow through the trees.


Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: Our trip 8/24 - 8/30
« on: September 16, 2014, 03:10:55 PM »
We had a few leave us calling cards on the table overnight, and had some nibbling evident on some napkins. One night I was sitting next to the campfire and one of the little punks ran right in front of me across my shoes, and hightailed it to the bushes. Brave little sucker....

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: Our trip 8/24 - 8/30
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:18:32 AM »
Big Meadow is the only place we stay, we like that it has only 11 campsites so it isn't crowded. And getting there at about 9:00 on a Sunday morning has always gotten us a good site. My sister and I may not be able to make it next year, she has announced that she is selling her house here in Riverside and moving to live with her son in Spanish Fork Utah after the first of the year. So it looks like coming to club in July may be a distinct possibility. Although I would go camp by myself if I had to. Corona/Riverside, we are almost neighbors!

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: First camping tript to RCL
« on: September 10, 2014, 08:40:09 AM »
The closest place to Rock Creek that sells fishing licenses is the Crowley Lake marina. I'd recommend buying one before you leave home, or at a sporting goods store in Bishop. You can get either a one day license, or a yearly license.

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