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Eastern Sierra History / Re: Cerro Gordo is for sale!
« on: September 02, 2018, 04:55:53 AM »
  When I lived in Lone Pine, I would drive up to Manzanar often, as Shepherd Creek was a  great fishing spot and very lonely. It had its own feel to it that seemed to go beyond the history.  After awhile,  an Inyo County Deputy Sheriff  befriended me, and we began fishing and hiking together. To say this fellow was conservative was an understatement.  A good chance he had some of the blood from those settlers  that the Alabama Hills were named for, as he was a multi-generational native to the Owens Valley.  We never discussed politics, religion, or any other topics besides local news and the outdoors; especially anything  kind of squishy and touchy-feely. 
     One fine morning we headed up to Manzanar to fish, driving up the deep rutted desert roads  to  get closer to the foot of the mountains.  My stoic, tough friend fell even more silent and seemed a bit nervous as we drove up on to a flat area with a look back over the relics of the  "re-location camp".  He looked over at me with a sheepish  look and said "please don't tell anyone I told you this".  I  agreed and he proceeded to tell me he had been visiting this spot since he was a teenager.  He had initially came out of curiosity, but eventually things started to happen during his visits.  With a quiver in his voice he told me that he had begun to sense and even sometimes see  spirits in this place. He said they seemed troubled, but somehow conveyed a peaceful feeling to him.  I was floored by this admission, but not surprised.  I'm glad this area is now consecrated as a museum. May the souls residing there have their stories  told and  remembered.

     Thanks for the Cerro Gordo link, WS. I hope it becomes another well preserved part of the  valley's history.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Golden Trout rescue
« on: April 15, 2018, 12:10:48 PM »
That's a very heartening post. Having gone there , The SF of the Kern And GT Creek  in '12 ,  I was very worried about their survival. Awesome, thanks for posting the rescue.

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: A Hidden Gem in Mammoth Lakes
« on: February 28, 2018, 05:40:25 PM »
 :clap:   Gorgeous.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: The Palisades
« on: February 28, 2018, 05:32:54 PM »
What memories. I love that cabin and have caught fish right next to it. Our last trip to the Sierra we spent  up BP Creek and went up on the glacier. Fish  galore!!!!!  (We also camped in snow at Chickenfoot and went over Mono Pass to fish Golden)  Somehow, we've gotten addicted to  backpacking in the Grand Canyon and haven't been back to the Sierra for a few years.  That's gotta change.  Our next trip after one more rim to rim to rim in the GC  already permitted for April, will be through the valley, over Morgan and up Pine Creek. Thanks, ws  for all the great photos and stories. For those of us who can't make it very often they're  highly valued.  We've been away from RC too long!!!!

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Fishing the Sierra San Pedro Martir
« on: April 15, 2017, 05:42:57 PM »
 :clap:   Great job, sir. That truly was a well done adventure. I applaud the effort to catch a rare trout like that.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: meanwhile, back in Bodie..
« on: March 20, 2017, 03:48:15 PM »
Absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing that.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: New trip report
« on: August 09, 2016, 01:24:47 PM »

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: a Bodie run..
« on: August 06, 2016, 07:27:32 AM »
Wonderful pics!!  Thanks for sharing them.  I've only visited before it was a park and pretty ramshackle.  A re-visit is a must.

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: NF Big Pine Creek
« on: July 06, 2016, 06:11:01 AM »
Lon Chaney's old cabin is great, too. I was amazed how much  the glacier has receded in the past 30 years. I walked on it in '78, in '13 just went  to the headwall.  If anyone chooses to camp near the lakes, if you filter water from them, bring a  paper coffee filter to pre-filter or use a cloth, the glacial flour (why the lakes are that incredible turquoise) will do in many filters and be difficult even with those you can backflush , like  a Sawyer.

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: NF Big Pine Creek
« on: July 04, 2016, 03:50:37 PM »
Awesome! Know that spot where your feet are.  Glad to see water gushing, last time for me was 2013 and it was much dryer.  Sam Mack to the glacier, worse.  THANKS for the fire ring duty!!!!!!!!
Glad there's good people out there doing the right things.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Pie In The Sky
« on: June 15, 2016, 02:09:44 PM »
Thanks for the story.  We tried three times and failed every time to survive the line. Sometimes there is too much of a good thing. I'm sorry we never got a slice, but glad to here there may be a great barbecue and place to hang out when coming out of the backcountry. After a backpack trip some BBQ sounds great!!!!!

Anything Goes / Re: PUP fish
« on: May 11, 2016, 04:26:10 PM »
I'd seriously think about giving up the  $5,000 reward if they would let me waterboard the 3 idiots before they took them off to jail. This ranks up there with the jerks that stole the petroglyphs.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Little Lakes Valley in mid June
« on: May 05, 2016, 09:17:42 AM »
Last time I camped at Chickenfoot it was on 6" of the white stuff.  I'd bring some light snowshoes if I had them, just to be on the safe side.  The Sierra and be prepared definitely go together.  Save you from  postholing and helps to pack down a tent site.  It was drop dead gorgeous with the  sun and snow, so I didn't mind at all.  If there ever  was a place to slog through the snow and reap enormous reward for the amount of effort expended, LLV is it.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Report from Lake #2 and abandon tent
« on: April 23, 2016, 05:54:20 AM »
I've seen something like this several times before, and the results were the overly ambitious and inexperienced leaving behind their trash. Emergency blankets DO NOT work as sleeping bag substitutes. You can find some YouTube videos where hardcore backyard survivalists use them, but once again they are submitting to the  harsh environment  of their backyards. I agree with this being the result of a survivalist-in-training and not a backpacker. The person probably got G-I problems (MRE's ain't exactly real food)  hence the boxers in the fire, or ate something they misidentified, froze their butt off and hightailed out of there sometime in the fall.  Great pics!  I've done a number of winter trips out of RCL, it's a  wonderland.  Thanks for the report.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: What do you love about Rock Creek
« on: March 17, 2016, 10:50:01 AM »
Gary C nailed it for me. As much as I am an absolutely addicted, die hard trout bum, it's hard to concentrate on the rises with the darn backdrop in LLV, or RCL for that matter. I use to live in Bishop, had to move east, but have been back many times. We've done many Sierra  backpack trips, but always save a little time for Rock Creek.  We haven't been out since 10/13 as we've been backpacking into the Grand Canyon every year. One more planned Big Ditch  trip, then I think we'll be back. I'm grateful for the forum, as my heart very much resides in RC, even when I don't get back for awhile.  Thanks!!!!!!!!

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: the fall bodie heritage tour
« on: January 30, 2016, 05:08:03 AM »
Great pictures, thanks for sharing that.

Anything Goes / Re: Thar She Blows- Part 2
« on: February 28, 2015, 04:07:06 AM »
Phenomenal experience. Thanks for sharing that!!!!

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
« on: February 27, 2015, 03:21:55 PM »
As usual , thanks!

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Death Valley Trip Ideas?
« on: January 24, 2015, 03:45:26 AM »
Having grown up in the green, wet and cold east, DV and the surrounding terrain  is another planet.
Zabriskie point is an incredible view, and  the machine that replaced the 20 mule team borax wagon is incredible. I like out of the way , strange places and the ghost town of Rhyolite and the Bottle House fits that quite well. Scotty's Castle has an incredible story and just amazing  pieces of architecture and design.  Last time we went, (2013)  we camped in Furnace Wells at the end of Sept.  It was still 95 at 1 am.  I think in another life I was a desert rat.  If you eat outside anywhere, watch out for the ravens! They're thieves and pretty intimidating and bold.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Trip Report
« on: January 10, 2015, 11:50:25 AM »
I didn't see the all the above button.... :clap:   Thanks for all  the great pics and reading. Love it.
Hardly think it's a dumb idea! Pretty good actually. You have lots of personal knowledge and all of us here seem to greatly relish your sharing what you've seen and done.  It's a good way to satisfy someone's curiosity of a certain area if you've been there. I'll be happy to read any and all.

Strictly Media / Re: 2014 Sierra Nevada Photos
« on: December 16, 2014, 03:27:14 PM »
I've wandered down there, but didn't fish!  Love to see the pics. If no one else does, that's all right you can skip them.

Strictly Media / Re: 2014 Sierra Nevada Photos
« on: December 11, 2014, 03:30:29 AM »

Here's a few from 10/13, not enough to 'shoe, but enough to add some beauty. Fishing was outstanding. We did use micro-spikes near the top of Mono Pass.
    Thanks, Gary. Richard is going to meet me on the Kern . Someday we hope to make it up to Funston Meadows together. We made it within a few miles dropping down Volcano/Golden Trout Creek, but stopped a little short at the Natural Bridge.

Strictly Media / Re: 2014 Sierra Nevada Photos
« on: December 10, 2014, 03:50:41 AM »
Thanks for those, Gary. That hut is indeed what I meant. Last time I saw that much snow there, was in the 70's and I skied in. Can't wait to go back and see it the way it is depicted in your photos.
I'm going over to fish the Kern  with my friends from the KRFFF after the eastside visit. Any good trails over there?
     Sorry to hijack the picture thread, but you got my blood flowing. :clap:

Strictly Media / Re: 2014 Sierra Nevada Photos
« on: December 09, 2014, 05:09:55 PM »
You're right, Corey, and we will soon. I looked on the RC Lodge site and saw that they maintain a hut up at Mosquito Flat!  We are seriously thinking of making a reservation for it. Snowshoeing up from the Snow Park and staying there (and getting up into the valley a bit)  would be absolutely incredible. We will still use a tent if it's unavailable. Thanks again WS for stirring my imagination with the great pics. We just got in from a walk out in a snowstorm we're having here in Vt. and talked about doing this the entire way.

Strictly Media / Re: 2014 Sierra Nevada Photos
« on: December 07, 2014, 11:39:14 AM »
It's been 13 months since I've been to the Gems, you're pics make it seem like 13 years.  Thanks for rekindling the longing to be in the area. We're taking a trip out to backpack in Joshua Tree in April, and I was planning on float tube fishing San Diego Bay. I might cancel the float tubing and bring some snowshoes and drive up as far as the snow park. We haven't had a dog since we lost our lab 10 years ago. I figured I'll never have a fishing and hiking  buddy that'll ever come within miles. It almost did me in burying her. Your story was incredible. Had we come across that dog, I think we would've have ponied up the money to fly her home. God Bless You, sir.

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