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Anything Goes / June Lake Loop closed
« on: August 01, 2018, 03:53:24 PM »
and another landslide hits between Silver and Grant Lakes...

no eta on opening ..

you can get in from either direction, you just can't do the loop.

Anything Goes / smoke
« on: June 26, 2018, 07:38:18 AM »
i am thinking Scout can answer this one....

how is the smoke in the canyon?   

Anything Goes / campground opening dates:)
« on: April 20, 2018, 10:52:51 PM »
The State of the Inyo, current as of 4/20/18

Mono Lake Ranger District

Roads open: Monitor Pass (Hwy 89), Hwy 120 E (Benton), Bodie (Hwy 270) Lundy Canyon (to the resort), June Lake Loop, Parker Lake Rd. (expect snow and very muddy conditions).

Roads closed: Sonora Pass (Hwy 108), Tioga Pass (Hwy 120 W), Saddlebag Lake Rd.
Campgrounds closed: Lundy Canyon (county), Lower Lee Vining (est. opening 4/26), Moraine (est. opening 4/26), Aspen Grove, Big Bend, Ellery Lake, Tioga Lake, Junction, Sawmill Walk-in, Saddlebag Lake, Saddlebag Lake Group Camp, Aerie Crag (est. opening 4/25), Gull Lake (est. opening 4/25), June Lake (est. opening 4/25), Oh Ridge (est. opening 4/25), Reversed Creek (est. opening 5/12), Silver Lake (est. opening 4/25), Big Springs, Hartley Springs, Glass Creek, Obsidian Flat, Upper and Lower Deadman.

The Mono Basin Visitor Center is open Thursday – Monday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. The visitor center will transition to seven day coverage on 5/1/18.

Mammoth Ranger District

Roads open: Inyo Craters (snow, mud), Mammoth Creek, Mammoth Scenic Loop, Laurel Canyon (snow levels at 8,500 ft.).
Roads closed: Reds Meadow, Lakes Basin Rd., Old Mammoth Rd. to Lakes Basin.

Campgrounds open: Mammoth Mtn. RV Park (private, year round).

Campgrounds closed: Brown’s Owens River, Crowley Lake (BLM), Convict Lake (est. opening 4/20), Coldwater, Old Shady Rest (est. opening 6/1), New Shady Rest (est. opening 5/4), Sherwin Creek (est. opening 5/18), Pine City (est. opening 6/1), Lake George (est. opening 6/1), Lake Mary (est. opening 6/1), Twin Lakes (est. opening 6/1), Pine Glen Family/Group (est. opening 6/1), Agnew Horse, Agnew Group, Upper Soda, Pumice Flat, Pumice Flat Group, Devils Postpile (NPS), Minaret Falls, Reds Meadow.

The Mammoth Welcome Center is open daily 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Devils Postpile Ranger Station is closed for the season.

White Mountain Ranger District

CARMA restoration area closure. The main entrance gate on road 8S40 (east gate) to the restoration site is locked. The western entrance of 8S40 is open, allowing access to the roads 8S40B and 35E306. At road 35E306, road 8S40 is gated and closed to motorized vehicle travel. Respect the restoration efforts. Do not travel w/motorized vehicles beyond closed gates or park off of established roadways where vegetative seeding has occurred.

Roads closed: Rock Creek Rd. at the pack station, North Lake Rd., South Lake Rd. at Parchers.

Roads open: McGee Creek Rd., Rock Creek Rd. to the pack station, Buttermilk Rd. (storm damage), Hwy 168 to Lake Sabrina, South Lake Rd. to Parchers, Big Pine Canyon (Glacier Lodge) Rd., White Mt. Rd. is unmaintained for the winter, travel at own risk, expect impassable snow, Silver Canyon Rd., Wyman Canyon Rd. (expect snow and difficult conditions).

Campgrounds open: Holiday (winter ops, est. opening 4/20), Bitterbrush (winter ops, est. opening 4/25), Goodale (no water, BLM), Grandview (no water, no trash service, firewood is limited), Pleasant Valley Pit (BLM), Pleasant Valley (County).
Campground closed: McGee (est. opening 4/20), Tuff (est. opening 4/20), French Camp (est. opening 4/20), Iris Meadow (est. opening 5/5), Big Meadow (est. opening 5/5), Palisade (est. opening 5/18)Pine Grove (est. opening 5/18), East Fork (est. opening 5/11), Rock Creek (est. opening 5/25), Mosquito Flat Backpacker, Horton Creek (BLM), Aspen Group (est. opening 5/11), Four Jeffrey (est. opening 4/25), Willow (est. opening 4/25), Bishop Park (est. opening 4/25), Bishop Park Group (est. opening 4/25), Big Trees (est. opening 4/25), Forks (est. opening 4/25), Intake 2 (est. opening 4/25), Mountain Glen (est. opening 5/23), Table Mountain Group (est. opening 4/25) , Sabrina (est. opening 5/23), North Lake (est. opening 5/23), Big Pine Creek (est. opening 4/25), Sage Flat (est. opening 5/23), Upper Sage Flat (est. opening 5/23), Clyde Glacier Group Camp (est. opening 4/25), Palisade Glacier Group Camp (est. opening 4/25), Cedar Flat Group Camp.

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is closed.

The White Mountain Ranger Station Visitor Center is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, closed for lunch (noon- 1:00 pm), closed federal holidays.

Mt Whitney Ranger District:

Roads closed: Horseshoe Meadow Rd., Whitney Portal Rd.

Roads open: Onion Valley Rd., Foothill Rd., Division Creek Rd., Haiwee Canyon Rd., Mazourka Canyon Rd., Movie Rd., Sage Flat Rd.

Campgrounds open: Boulder Creek RV Resort, Diaz Lake (County), Lone Pine Campground (lower loop open, fully open 4/24), Lower Grays Meadow, Independence Creek (County), Portagee Joe (County), Tuttle Creek (BLM, south loop closed).

Campgrounds closed: Upper Gray’s Meadow (est. opening 4/24), Onion Valley (est. opening 4/24), Whitney Portal (est. opening 4/24), Cottonwood Lakes/Pass, Horseshoe Meadow Equestrian.

The Eastern Sierra Visitor Center in Lone Pine is open daily from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Inyo National Forest is NOT in Fire Restrictions for fire hazard.

Anything Goes / fires
« on: December 08, 2017, 04:15:46 PM »
i am hoping that all of you in so cal are safe and sound from the fires.  they sound horrifc.  we had our nightmare of fires up here in oct.... they are all horrifc

Anything Goes / posting pics
« on: September 20, 2017, 09:20:23 AM »
I haven't looked for an alternative to photobucket for posting pics yet...

has anyone had any luck with another source?

Anything Goes / how to post pics
« on: July 29, 2017, 12:11:36 PM »
we had a request for how to post pictures...   I use photobucket, I know others use different ways... care to put them here to our members can choose their best options?

I use photobucket..

you upload your photo from your computer or phone to photobucket..     (which depending on how many you are putting in there, and your internet, can take a bit)

once the photos are in photobucket..

start your thread on this board... 

then open photobucket in another window. ( I have a 'plus' sign on a tab at the top of my screen to do this)   so you have access to both this board and photobucket

 open a photo you want to put on the board, and you will see off to the right, a column of ways to share.. on mine, its the bottom one..labeled IMG..  copy that link by right clicking on your mouse, then past it onto the thread in the board.   (when you paste it to the board, it looks like it was pasted twice.. this is how it is supposed to look)

you can write between photos on your thread,, skip a few lines to put space between your photos if you would like, otherwise they connect to each other.. 

I usually have both the board, and photobucket open at the same time, going back and forth between the two...   start my thread on the board, go get a copy of my photo, place the photo, skip down a few lines,, write something, go get another photo... back and forth, back and forth

when some of us do long posts, we have lost them part way thru.. so if you are doing lots of photos, you may want to do several posts.... part 1, 2 etc.   or post what you have, then go back and hit edit and add more..  that way you wont loose what is already in there:)   (hitting edit will also let you change where things are if you wish)

Eastern Sierra Forum / smokey skies
« on: July 19, 2017, 08:24:01 AM »
hummm.. just a tad bit smokey in Lee Vining...

and Lake Tahoe too.....  from Obexer's marina...

Eastern Sierra Forum / rock creek lake campground
« on: June 17, 2017, 09:33:55 AM »
and its open!

Eastern Sierra Forum / eastfork
« on: June 09, 2017, 10:20:47 AM »
the rumors are out there, so I will do my part in spreading it!

eastfork is open!

muddy, yet open....

Eastern Sierra Forum / projected opening dates for campgrounds:)
« on: April 21, 2017, 06:22:22 PM »
from the mono county tourism folks:)

Here's your PROJECTED (subject to change) campground opening dates for 2017. Always call ahead before traveling.

Rock Creek/Crowley/McGee/Convict:
• Holiday is OPEN
• Tuft and French PROJECTED opening on April 28th, depending on potable water test results
• McGee Creek PROJECTED opening is May 5th
• McGee Creek RV Park & Campground opening April 24th
• Crowley Lake Fish Camp OPEN
• Convict Lake – PROJECTED April 28th depending on potable water test results

June Lake Loop:
• June Lake, Oh Ridge (one loop only), Gull Lake, Aeire Crag (for RV’s ONLY), Silver Lake campgrounds are PROJECTED April 26th.
• Reversed Creek PROJECTED opening May 15th (fallen trees, etc. need to be cleared)
• Silver Lake Resort & RV Park PROJECTED April 28th
• Pine Cliff Resort & RV Park PROJECTED April 27th

Mammoth Lakes:
• Mammoth Mountain RV Park is OPEN
• New Shady Rest – PROJECTED May 5th depending on snowmelt
• Sherwin – TBD
• Mammoth Lakes Basin – TBD

Mono Basin:
• Dispersed, dry camping may be found off Hwy 120 East at lower elevations
• Mono Vista RV Park is OPEN
• Lundy Canyon Campground PROJECTED April 28th.

Bridgeport/Walker: Call WESTRek at 760-932-7092 for more info.
• Upper Honeymoon Flat, and part of Lower Twin PROJECTED April 28th. (No potable water at either)
• Chris Flat OPEN (no potable water)
• Robinson Creek, north loop OPEN (no potable water)
• Paradise Shores before April 28th
• Bridgeport Reservoir RV Park and Marina before April 28th
• Twin Lakes Resort before April 28th
• Doc and Al's before April 28th
• Annette's Mono Village before April 28th
• Sawtooth Loop of Crags OPEN (no potable water)
• Meadowcliff Lodge & Coleville KOA is OPEN

Eastern Sierra Forum / meanwhile, back in Bodie..
« on: March 15, 2017, 01:16:00 PM »

ok, when I think of my trips to Bodie, I think hot, dry, take sunscreen and water.. seek out shade by the buildings...  I have never been there in the winter.   but this winter, I have saved several photos of Bodie that have been taken by the staff there ... and here is a whole new look at Bodie:

and taken from the air:

Anything Goes / anyone out there?
« on: March 12, 2017, 09:24:41 AM »
testing, 1, 2, 3.....   

anyone out there?


Anything Goes / Bodie broke
« on: December 28, 2016, 06:55:50 PM »
The earthquakes did some damage to bodie.  The park is closed until at least Sunday.  The Rangers and crew are going thru each individual building to determine the damage.   None of them fell completely down... At least that is what I was told.  But there is damage.  They need to make sure it will be safe to reopen

My fingers are crossed! 

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / I went south, part 1
« on: November 28, 2016, 03:14:50 PM »
Last week I returned from a 2 week journey with National Geographic thru the Mayan ruins.. we started in Merida, Mexico.. and ended outside of Tikal, Guatamala.  Our main guide was the leading archeologist of the region.. Richard Hansen, a true Indiana Jones.  This is part 1, cause out of the zillion photos I took, its too hard to select only a few...  and I will need another nap before I would be able to post them all:)

WE met up in Merida...a lovely city,,,  and our first day out with the group.. (there were 13 of us) went to Uxmal...

the main temple:

I think one of the coolest things about Uxmal is the amount of carvings that have survived over the years...   of course, this is one of the newest/youngest Mayan cities:)

and iguanas everywhere:

the view from atop one of the temples looking across the city:

after spending a good portion of the day at Uxmal, our bus headed out of town, and got as far as it could go,,passing this lovely church:

 then we loaded up into the back of this truck:

and headed down road farther to a cenote for lunch and a swim:

a few Mayan ladies made us lunch....

and leave it to Nat Geo to turn the middle of nowhere into a 5 star restaurant:)

and after lunch, it was a 'go down into this hole on a very rickety sairway, and go for a swim in the cenote... the large cenote... which felt just wonderful after being out in the sun all day!

our next day out was to Chi Chen Itza... where you enter thru 100's of columns..

the main temple

love the serpent heads... they are everywhere here!

and more iguanas...

(and it turned out that part of lunch yesterday consisted of iguana tamales!!)

more temples...

and the famous 'observatory'.. which may not be an observatory...

then off to another lunch.. this time at a hacienda..

ok.. check out the women's restroom!!!!!  yes it is open to the outside:)

Anything Goes / computer guru in san digo
« on: September 12, 2016, 06:08:48 PM »
anyone out there know of a good computer guru in the san diego area?   

i dont know whats going on,,,  just looking for someone else

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / a Bodie run..
« on: August 03, 2016, 10:16:56 PM »
Lil grey and I got antsy, so we headed to Bodie for the Sat night walk...  the park stays open until 10 pm 3 days a year, and sat was one of them.  It was definitely special being there as the town lit up with the setting sun, and then got dark as the sun went down:)

the sunlight was streaming into the hotel...

and in the school house

and then the sun began to go down..

the ever famous Cain house:

one of the neatest things happens at dusk.. 100's of swallows come out and fill the skies... I have seen their nests around town, but never thought of them swarming the skies.. it was so cool to watch!

after dark, we got to wander around with an astronomer and look at the stars.. and there were a lot of stars... talk about no light pollution! :)

and for those of you who like to keep tabs on the west walker... it was looking pretty good!

Anything Goes / fires are here
« on: June 24, 2016, 01:18:06 PM »
for those of you traveling along 395 in the lee vining area... it is closed in both directions due to a fire...

the fires seem to be here early this year to me....could be in for another long summer...

(me, i am dealing with rail strikes in the UK...  another route of travel closed in places :)

Eastern Sierra Forum / the resort is open!
« on: May 27, 2016, 09:39:26 AM »

from facebook:

Rock Creek Lakes Resort, California's Eastern Sierra

3 hrs ·
Today we are officially open for the season! The store will be open 7 AM-7 PM, breakfast is served 7 AM-10:30 AM, and lunch is served from 10:30 AM- 3 PM. Even though we don't have pie anymore, we still have homemade desserts including crumbles that have the same fruit pie fillings as the pies we have all grown to love. We have a few new grill items and are still brewing and bottling our own bbq sauces! A lot may be changing, but it's still the same Rock Creek Lakes Resort...We hope to see you this summer!

Anything Goes / no more pie....
« on: May 15, 2016, 10:12:57 AM »
the rumors have been confirmed... sue has retired, and no more pies....

this was posted by amy king on facebook...

After 37 years of pie making, Sue King is retiring her rolling pin. We will no longer be baking pies at Rock Creek Lakes Resort. We want to assure all of our customers that Sue’s legacy will carry on as we continue to serve delicious, home-made baked desserts, including the crumbles that we have been serving alongside pie for the last two years. The cafe and grill will continue to serve breakfast and lunch daily. Please understand that this decision was not made lightly. We have spent the last two years examining what the Resort has become, what it was, and what we’d like it to be. We have discussed, analyzed, dreamed, and established a plan for moving forward.

We want to focus our energy and resources on creating a better experience in all aspects of the Resort. We are very grateful for the natural beauty that we are surrounded by, our cabin guests, and for all the campers and visitors wanting to spend their vacation in one of the most beautiful areas in California. We realize that Jim and Sue have worked hard to grow a wonderful business and we understand what Rock Creek means to so many people. The Resort will always be more than what we bake in the kitchen. Our goal is to continue Jim and Sue’s efforts of treating our guests like family and sharing our knowledge of Rock Creek Canyon and all it has to offer. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

-Steve and Amy

and my first obnoxious thought is... then why did they put the new road in for the bike riders?  they wont be riding up there for pie now....

Anything Goes / got light?
« on: February 26, 2016, 08:03:14 PM »

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / the fall bodie heritage tour
« on: January 25, 2016, 07:03:47 PM »
yes, in true LHR planning.. at 9:30 frinday morning I decided I wanted to join the group for the weekend... so a quick contact with terri g, who said 'come on down' and a call to a couple of hotels to get a room in Bridgeport.. who knew it was opening weekend of hunting?  what do you mean you are totally booked?    I was off by noon....

so drove into bodie around 8 am sat  morning....  and quite the brisk morning it was:)

we were to spend the next 6 hours going inside the homes, and the hotels... oh my goodness!  what an experience this was!!

and stoves, stoves, stoves....

and artwork still on the walls:

and as one would expect, some homes are just not in that great of shape:

and in the bodie hotel:

next up was a tour of the standard stamp mill....always a good time.. and then... terri unlocks the door that lead into the furnance room.. where the 300 odd cords of wood were burned everyday to keep the mill going...  the furnace is about as tall as the first floor,,, and one of the wheels is taller than the first floor... HUGE room wth even HUGER stuff in it:

then it was a lunch break.. inside the livingroom of the cain home!!  you know the one with the big glass window out front:)

then it was off to the cemetery.. looking back on town:

we learned that recently the location of a second hospital in bodie was found... and low and behold, they also believe that they have located where Mr Bodie himself is buried.. the diary of the gentleman that buried mr bodie describe the location in relation to the hospital.. well when they first read this, they did not know about the second hospital.  so anow 5 cadvor dogs have all alerted to the same spot ... this coming summer they are hoping to verify that he is there!

day 2 was off to aruroa via the old road... we passed a few toll stations,,, and other mill sites on the way.. beautiful country!!  we were able to stand where mark twains cabin was while he was in aurora,, and we also went up to the cemetery,, and then out to boot hill to check out the outlaws

Anything Goes / bear identification
« on: January 22, 2016, 10:45:51 AM »
this always makes me giggle.....

and if its a rock creek bear, it will smell like butter:)

Anything Goes / Happy New Year!
« on: December 31, 2015, 07:32:06 PM »
happy new year everyone!

Eastern Sierra Forum / rain...
« on: July 08, 2015, 01:48:26 PM »
and lots of it.....

Mammoth Times

Anyone traveling into the backcountry tonight and/or tomorrow morning might want to amp up their preparations for backcountry travel; snow is possible tonight above 11,000 feet, though not assured, due to the cold temperature of an incoming storm. It's supposed to rain and rain hard this afternoon and all through the night at lower elevations, courtesy of an unusual weather pattern that is bringing a wet storm across the Sierra from the San Luis Obispo latitude, according to Howard Sheckter. ...

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