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Anything Goes / convict lake road construction
« on: July 03, 2015, 05:26:36 PM »
just so everyone knows...  we are not alone....

Convict Lake Road Construction Update:
On Tuesday, July 7th, 30 minute delays will begin along the Convict Lake Road. The road will be closed down past the turn off to the campground to utilize the area for staging of equipment. Pedestrian access will be maintained through this area; that could be either via the paved trail or via the road way. Day-use parking is available in the overflow/trailer parking lot. People should not utilize the campground to turn around, park or use the facilities. The campground is for people camping only.
Construction will be suspended for weekends and holidays.
As a brief reminder, the entire roadway will be reconstructed from the intersection with Highway 395 to the day-use parking area at the end of the road on the east side of the lake. The roadway will be widened and a bicycle lane will be provided on the uphill side.
The paved path around the east side of the lake will also be reconstructed. The result will be a fully accessible paved path with hardened access points down to the lake edge.

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / bodie heritage tour
« on: June 16, 2015, 07:29:46 PM »
this weekend i went on the bodie heritage tour... a 2 day 4x4 tour and history lessons on the back roads around bodie...  oh my goodness!   information galore!   so much on how everything came togwther to make bodie possible...

i drove up to twin lakes outside of brdgeport friday evening...

first day of the tour, we started at dogtown, where not much is left..

from there it was off to monoville, and then up the cottonwood canyon road,,, along the way, we passed several old cabins..

after lunch at the picnic grounds at bodie, it was off to the bodie bluff... which is an area closed to the public. i had no clue that this even existed!

we stopped by a couple of mines, then off to the railroad depot...this is where the trains brought in all of the firewood needed to run the steam engines that were used to run the stamping mills..

this is one o fthe scenes from the wall paper... yes, we got to go inside:).  this is still around from the 1800's!

from the bodie bluff:)

and the views thruout the day... fantastic..

one of the toll buildings along bodie road... they had to pay per item for everything that traveled those roads....and the toll stations were every 12 miles or so.. that is why there are so many personal items left in bodie, it was too expensive to take them out..

and yet another stamp mill along bodie creek....

the next day it was out to mono see where the firewood started from.. 10,000 acres clear cut while bodie was in its heyday.. wow!

then passing sights,and ending at lundy canyon for lunch... did you know that canyon was also full of gold mines?

after lundy. it was over to the place of the jordan power plant, which was wiped out in an avalanche.. but it was the power source for bodie.. and then to dynamo pond, where the first electricity to bodie came from...

so much to learn, incredible.....

and heading back yesterday.. mammoth with almost no snow... ugh

Anything Goes / somedays ya just got too
« on: June 11, 2015, 08:51:30 AM »
wish BJ a happy birthday!

its number 80!

everyone... raise a glass and say congrats!!!!

Anything Goes / run, baby, run!
« on: June 06, 2015, 04:44:42 PM »
did you see that?    way to go!    triple crown ...whoot whoot!

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.....

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:)

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

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

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

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!

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!!!  :)

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!  :)

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!

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:)

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:

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.

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!

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

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:

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

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,



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:)

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?

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!

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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