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Anything Goes / amgen
« on: May 11, 2015, 09:41:23 PM »
absolutely nothing to do with rock creek, nor the east side...   but i did meander down the road aways to watch the amgen riders go by.....







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Eastern Sierra Fishing / merry fishmas!
« on: April 25, 2015, 09:30:49 AM »
safe travels and tight lines to all!!!!

looks like a cold and wet opener:)


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Eastern Sierra Forum / info on openings...
« on: April 13, 2015, 08:50:06 AM »
FYI for the area








Mono County Sheriff's Office



Devils Postpile Road Openings

Happy Sunday everyone! Please see the below information from the U.S. Forest Service - Inyo National Forest regarding the early opening of the road to Devils Postpile. Thank you! Hope you're having a great weekend! - Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer


Inyo National Forest planning for early road, campground openings

The Inyo National Forest is planning to open recreation facilities on the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts early this year based upon warm, dry conditions throughout the winter months.

The forest is coordinating with the Town of Mammoth Lakes, National Park Service, Eastern Sierra Transit Authority, Cal Trans, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Inyo Recreation, and other valued partners to open roads, campgrounds, recreation facilities, and services in the Mammoth Lakes Basin and Reds Meadow Valley for the upcoming fishing season and Memorial Day holiday.

For Fishing Opener – Most lakes below 9000 feet are currently free of ice. Weather dependent, roads in the Mammoth Lakes Basin will be open prior to the 2015 Fishing Opener, with a tentative opening date of Saturday, April 18th. Convict Lake, Sherwin Creek, Mammoth RV Park, Oh Ridge, June Lake, Gull Lake, Silver Lake, Big Springs, and Lower Lee Vining campgrounds will be open by April 24th.

Restrooms in the Mammoth Lakes Basin on water systems are not designed to function during winter conditions, including night-time freezing cycles. The Town of Mammoth Lakes is working with the Forest Service to provide temporary restroom facilities and trash service until normal summer services are established.

For Memorial Day – The road into the Reds Meadow Valley will open prior to Memorial Day, with a targeted opening date of Saturday, May 16th. The Eastern Sierra Transit Authority will operate the mandatory Reds Meadow Shuttle bus system Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of Memorial Day weekend. Normal operations will begin Saturday, June 13th and continue through Labor Day. Twin Lakes and New Shady Campgrounds are scheduled to open on May 8th. Lake Mary, Reds Meadow, High Sierra Camp, Glass Creek, Deadman, Hartley, Aspen, Big Bend, Junction, Tioga, and Ellery campgrounds should be open by May 22nd.

All other national forest campgrounds will open by June 13th and Devil’s Postpile Campground (NPS) will open in mid-June.

All established opening dates are subject to change pending weather conditions

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Anything Goes / cheers!
« on: April 07, 2015, 11:35:20 AM »
some holidays you just don't want to miss:)



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Anything Goes / happy easter everyone!
« on: April 05, 2015, 10:10:02 AM »

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Eastern Sierra Fishing / did you see this???
« on: April 01, 2015, 07:20:42 AM »
OMG!!!  did you see it?   no more stocking of fish at all in the sierras!!!!!  holy crap!

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Eastern Sierra Forum / bear aware time
« on: March 31, 2015, 10:31:48 AM »
wow, already the reports of bears getting into folks food are coming in...they are up and about early this year.... and hungry!

so be bear aware.. and keep your food safely.

and have those cameras ready to capture a bear shot!!!  :)

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Anything Goes / sounds and sights of spring
« on: March 19, 2015, 03:59:02 PM »
ah,, its looking and sounding a lot like spring here... and some not in a good way...

in addition to bj's snakes,,,,,

CDF has its planes in the air for the spring tune ups... they have a very distinct sound to them.. their base is not far from my home,,, (which I am grateful for in the summer:)   they usually aren't flying until may,,,  couldn't believe it when I heard them flying over yesterday.

and out on my errands today.. CDF is bringing in its trucks and crews to man the stations in the area... another thing that usually doesn't happen until may....

but on the fun side...  coming out from under their covers and from their garages are all the really cool cars from the 50's and 60's that live around here... they are well cared for and spit shined to the max!  :)

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Anything Goes / did you feel it?
« on: March 10, 2015, 11:54:30 AM »
wonderful news everyone!

this board is coming to you from its new hosting site!   

and you didnt feel a thing, did you?  :)

yay! creekdude!  you are the master!


so no worries about losing new posts in the cyber move... cause we have already done it!


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Anything Goes / flash light apps
« on: March 01, 2015, 08:27:04 AM »
ok everyone... get those flashlight apps on your phones!

we have an area called 'the canyon' near here... it is a mishmash of lots of canyons where the various branches of the american river come down out of the sierra's.   there are thousands of miles of trails used by hikers, horseback riders and mountainbike riders that wander all over...     

anyway,, a couple had wandered off of a trail and got disoriented the other day as it was getting dark...  they did have cell service, so they called for help, and told the sheriff  where they thought they might be... so the sheriff sent out a spotter and told them to turn on their flashlight app, hold their phone up in the air and circle slowly...  well low and behold, the sheriff was able to spot them and guide the rescue crew straight to them.  then they all walked out safely.

and here i thought flashlights were to help you not trip over things in the dark:)

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Anything Goes / frozen things
« on: February 20, 2015, 09:46:56 AM »
hard to believe its actually winter in some places....

Boston has ice cycles:



a frozen geyser in new york:



and the infamous ice that was left from the parked jeep:






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Eastern Sierra Forum / oh dear... fire in feb?
« on: February 06, 2015, 03:53:01 PM »
found this alert on our local underground news site....


 February 6, 2015 at 3:39 PM Per the Inyo National Forest, there is a fire west of Highway 395 near the Paradise exit of Highway 395. It is estimated to be 5-10 acres and has rapid rates of spread with winds of 20 mph and gusting up to 70 mph. Paradise is under mandatory evacuation orders. The fire is under state jurisdiction, but the forest is in unified command with CalFire and Inyo County. Numerous resources are en route.

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Eastern Sierra Forum / the resorts new web page
« on: February 06, 2015, 07:37:24 AM »
the resort has their new web page up and running...  pretty snazzy!


http://www.rockcreeklakesresort.com

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Anything Goes / happy superbowl day!
« on: February 01, 2015, 07:25:33 AM »
may it be a grand game:)



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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / mcgee canyon july 2014
« on: January 02, 2015, 12:21:33 PM »
a group of us took a ride up McGee canyon thru the McGee Creek Pack station this july.... oh what a wonderful day!!    for anyone not interested in walking up the canyon.... grab a horse or mule and go!!!   unbelievably beautiful!

driving into the pack station.... already the views are magnificent!




the pack station cat.. .totally amused us before our ride:)



the posse is ready!



and up we go...






i rode behind cody, wayne and michelle's son,,, i have 5000 photos of the back of his head.. but none of the huge smile on his face:(.   his first ride ... he loved it!



looking down on McGee creek thru the trees:













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Anything Goes / happy new year!
« on: January 01, 2015, 08:45:22 AM »
wishing everyone a happy new year!


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Anything Goes / thanksgiving... rules from grandma
« on: November 20, 2014, 08:34:40 AM »
Grandma's Invitation

Dear Family,

I'm not dead yet. Thanksgiving is still important to me. If being in my Last Will and Testament is important to you, then you might consider being with me for my favorite holiday. Dinner is at 2:00. Not 2:15. Not 2:05. Two. Arrive late and you get what's left over.

Last year, that moron Marshall fried a turkey in one of those contraptions and practically burned the deck off the house. This year, the only peanut oil used to make the meal will be from the secret scoop of peanut butter I add to the carrot soup.

Jonathan, your last new wife was an idiot. You don't arrive at someone's house on Thanksgiving needing to use the oven and the stove. Honest to God, I thought you might have learned after two wives - date them longer and save us all the agony of another divorce.

Now, the house rules are slightly different this year because I have decided that 47% of you don't know how to take care of nice things. Paper plates and red Solo cups might be bad for the environment, but I'll be gone soon and that will be your problem to deal with.

House Rules:

1. The University of Texas no longer plays Texas A&M. The television stays off during the meal.

2. The "no cans for kids" rule still exists. We are using 2 liter Bottles because your children still open a third can before finishing the first two. Parents can fill a child's cup when it is empty. All of the cups have names on them and I'll be paying close attention to refills.

3. Cloe, last year we were at Trudy's house and I looked the other way when your Jell-O salad showed up. This year, if Jell-O salad comes in the front door it will go right back out the back door with the garbage. Save yourself some time, honey. You've never been a good cook and you shouldn't bring something that wiggles more than you. Buy something from the bakery.

4. Grandmothers give grandchildren cookies and candy. That is a fact of life. Your children can eat healthy at your home. At my home, they can eat whatever they like as long as they finish it.

5. I cook with bacon and bacon grease. That's nothing new. Your being a vegetarian doesn't change the fact that stuffing without bacon is like egg salad without eggs. Even the green bean casserole has a little bacon grease in it. That's why it tastes so good. Not eating bacon is just not natural. And as far as being healthy... look at me. I've outlived almost everyone I know.

6. Salad at Thanksgiving is a waste of space.

7. I do not like cell phones. Leave them in the car.

8. I do not like video cameras. There will be 32 people here. I am sure you can capture lots of memories without the camera pointed at me.

9. Being a mother means you have to actually pay attention to the Kids. I have nice things and I don't put them away just because company is coming over. Mary, watch your kids and I'll watch my things.

10. Rhonda, a cat that requires a shot twice a day is a cat that has lived too many lives. I think staying home to care for the cat is your way of letting me know that I have lived too many lives too. I can live with that. Can you?

11. Words mean things. I say what I mean. Let me repeat: You don't need to bring anything means you don't need to bring anything. And if I did tell you to bring something, bring it in the quantity I said. Really, this doesn't have to be difficult.

12. Domino's and cards are better than anything that requires a battery or an on/off switch. That was true when you were kids and it's true now that you have kids.

13. Showing up for Thanksgiving guarantees presents at Christmas. Not showing up guarantees a card that may or may not be signed.

14. The election is over so I'll watch what I say about the black communist, and you will do the same. If we all stick to that, we'll have a good time. If not, I'll still have a good time but it will be at your expense. In memory of your

Grandfather, the back fridge will be filled with beer. Drink until it is gone. I prefer wine anyway. But one from each family needs to be the designated driver.

I really mean all of the above.

Love You,

Grandma

 

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Anything Goes / big guy award
« on: November 12, 2014, 08:48:02 AM »
and this years 'big guy' award goes to:









and the 'butt' shot:)




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Eastern Sierra Forum / early fishing closures
« on: August 30, 2014, 04:08:58 PM »
spotted this news blurb about the early closure on the merced river...   wonder how many more will close early?

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Anything Goes / use bug spray!
« on: August 26, 2014, 03:14:46 PM »
just a heads up to all.....

I have learned of a camper on the east side who came down with epidemic typhus... the docs are saying it most likely came from a flea or chigger bite while camping....

the camper is now fine.. after 3 long weeks of pure misery,,,, sick, sick ,sick.... fever, headaches, blah blah blah...

so use that bug spray!!!!   especially around the ankles!

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Anything Goes / sunday...
« on: August 17, 2014, 09:36:56 AM »
ah, sunday.....   means pancakes for breakfast and a bike ride around here.....    :)

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Anything Goes / happy 70th birthday smokey!
« on: August 09, 2014, 10:22:19 AM »





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Anything Goes / fire restrictions
« on: July 21, 2014, 04:13:43 PM »
new fire restrictions for sequoia and kings canyon:)

By: Linda Mutch, Acting Fire Education Specialist, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

July 21, 2014 - Due to very high fire danger, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are instituting additional fire restrictions inside the parks. Beginning Monday, July 28, 2014:

· No wood or barbecue fires are permitted at Potwisha, Buckeye Flat, or South Fork campgrounds.

· No wood or barbecue fires are permitted at Ash Mountain and Hospital Rock picnic areas.

· No wood or barbecue fires are permitted below 6,000 feet in the parks' wilderness or backcountry areas. Year-round, site-specific wilderness fire restrictions also apply.

· No smoking below 6,000 feet is permitted, except within a campground or picnic area where wood and charcoal fires are allowed, an enclosed vehicle, a designated smoking area, or a building which allows smoking.

Gas, propane, alcohol, and tablet/cube stoves are allowed at all park campgrounds and picnic areas and throughout all elevation zones in the wilderness. Wood or barbecue fires are allowed at park campgrounds in the Cedar Grove, Grant Grove, Dorst, Lodgepole, and Mineral King areas and in all picnic areas other than Ash Mountain and Hospital Rock.

Fire restrictions reduce the probability of an accidental human-caused fire that could threaten visitors and employees during times of high fire danger.

These National Park Service restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. If further restrictions are necessary due to changing conditions, the parks will make another public announcement. Be sure to check bulletin boards or the visitor centers for the most current regulations when you visit the parks.

Visitors to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, by following these steps, can help ensure that their visit is safe, enjoyable, and helps to prevent unwanted fire.

Would you like more information about fire? Go to www.nps.gov/seki and click on Fire in the Parks under Quicklinks.


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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / road trip 6/27 - 6/29
« on: July 05, 2014, 04:32:59 PM »
some days you just have to take a drive.....  so i headed down 395....

i finally took the trun off of 395 to check out the tufa at mono lake,,,,  such a treat!















this sign sure puts things in perspective.... oh dear...




saturday, i met up will jill in her meadow for the morning,,,,    the creek looked great, and caught some wildflowers doing their thing :)

and later, the only fish caught this trip were the ones we ordered in our fish tacos for dinner..... yumm:)












sunday i drove down to reds meadow and caught a ride out to rainbow falls...  yes, i was unfaithful to rock creek pack station, but dont worry, i picked up a reds meadow pack station cap for craig, i know he's going to just love it:)

















and yes, i went with the new love in my life... and oh yes, lil grey is a keeper:)









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Anything Goes / uh, ya think?
« on: June 18, 2014, 11:15:50 AM »
i am just not too sure that messing with a great big ole volcano is a good idea :(


Mammoth Residents Concerned Over Geothermal Plant Threat to Groundwater

by Chris Clarke
on June 16, 2014 4:50 PM

Natural hot springs in the Mammoth Lakes area hint at the region's geothermal potential
A 33-megawatt geothermal power plant approved in August by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service has the town of Mammoth Lakes worried about its drinking water supply.

Ormat Technologies' Casa Diablo IV Geothermal Energy Project would draw 29,000 acre-feet of extremely hot water per year from deep within the rock layers of the tectonically active region, using up to 16 newly drilled wells.

But that geothermally heated aquifer lies beneath the cold water aquifer from which Mammoth Lakes draws its drinking water, and locals are worried that the Ormat's pumping could draw down the cold water aquifer: a troubling prospect in this drought as locals become increasingly dependent on groundwater.

Most of the water pumped by Ormat will be reinjected into the geothermal aquifer, so that aside from losses to steam and leakage, the actual volume of water in the hot aquifer may not change by much. But the reinjected geothermal water will be much cooler. The Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD), which serves the resort town of 8,000 or so residents with drinking water and wastewater services, has expressed concerns that reinjecting cooler water into the geothermal aquifer might reduce pressure in that aquifer, resulting in a drawdown of the cold water aquifer above it.

That would mean less potable groundwater within reach of MCWD's wells. And that's a problem. For the last two years, with spring snowmelt much reduced, the water district has been forced to increase its reliance on pumping as its surface water sources like Mammoth Creek have dwindled.

And both MCWD and the town government charge that the BLM's Environmental Impact Statement for the Casa Diablo IV Project gave short shrift to local concerns over the town's water supply.

"Respected experts from the hydrogeological consulting field, including a former employee of the USGS, have voiced strong concerns to the MCWD that the environmental review process did not adequately address the potential adverse consequence to the District's groundwater field," said Rick Wood, mayor of the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

According to a press release issued last week by MCWD, previous Ormat projects in the area have also resulted in poorer air quality in the region, including heightened levels of the extremely poisonous gas hydrogen sulfide. Tree kills and increased ground temperatures have also been reported.

Despite such concerns having been expressed in public comments on the project's Environmental Impact Statement, the project was approved without taking local concerns into account, said John Wentworth of the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation, a local landscape protection group.

"Despite 18 pages of comments and signatures from local citizens, the Sierra Club and Friends of the Inyo, no meaningful mitigation measures were included in the final federal environmental documents," said Wentworth.


About the Author
Chris Clarke is a natural history writer and environmental journalist currently at work on a book about the Joshua tree. He lives in Joshua Tree.

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