Posted by: caryandjohn | September 20, 2014

A Night on Bald Mountain …

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So, it was time to find the cabin on top of Bald Mountain, to the south of Mono Lake … seen pics of it on Ryan’s website but was not sure exactly where it was …

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The Copper Mountain loop … have to come back and try to camp up there someday …

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The road out …

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Tried the dirt road around Mono Lake to the north of Lee Vining by the Visitor Center …

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Turned out to have a scary water crossing …

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Found the sandy way up to Bald Mountain …

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The unusual watch tower … one of only three cinder block fire towers in the world … just to the east of the Sierras in the Mono Basin caldera …

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My cabin for the night … maintained by snowmobile clubs as a winter warming hut … cozy and clean, first come, first served … had the place to myself …

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Watched the sunset …

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Built a fire and read my book, Hutton’s Desperadoes … a wonderful starry night with a crazy lightning storm off over Hawthorne … Mussorgsky would have loved it …

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Sunrise the next morning … the trick is to set your alarm for 6am … ha.

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And the map, a California Trail Users Coalition publication of Inyo Ntnl Forest (north), marked $3.00, but which the nice BLM ranger at the Mono Visitor Station gave me for free … Bald Mountain is in the lower right with the binoculars icon …

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The Bald Mountain Cabin … maybe six hours from Lower Haight over Tioga Pass … check it out …

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Posted by: caryandjohn | September 17, 2014

Bennett Juniper, Buckeye Hot Springs, Mono Lake …

Managed to head out of town for a couple of nights … Headed up to see the famous Bennett Juniper, an 86 foot tall massive specimen of a Western Juniper …

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Taking Eagle Meadow Road I crossed Eagle Creek and Long Meadow Creek and was soon at 8400′ and making the right to bump down to the Bennett Juniper. Thought to be 4000 years old the trunk is almost 4 yards across and has a circumference of 480 inches …

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The ranger camp at the Bennett Juniper … no one was home …

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Found a cool campsite on the edge of Eagle Meadow under some classic Sierra granite …

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My campsite in the lower right …

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Eagle Meadow …

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Cary made Rita Anne one of her cool Day-of-the-Dead style memorials with one of Dave Simpson’s old cigar boxes …

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Here’s the juniper I left it in … in the same part of the world as Mark’s so the can keep each other company …

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Some views on the way out …

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I visited my friend Ben’s memorial on Sonora Pass … someone finally removed it … :-(

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The fire road off Sonora Pass …

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Found Buckeye Hot Springs and had a soak … they come out right at Buckeye Creek, so you can take a cold plunge and hop back into one of the many little pools people have made … super nice …

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The aspen are starting to change … this is FH 20 up from Bridgeport on the west side of Hwy 395 …

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Found a campsite above Mono Lake …

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Sunrise …

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Camp … that’s the road I came in on to the left …

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Negit and Paoha islands in Mono Lake …

I’m going to try to ride to a cabin on top of a mountain to the south of Mono Lake that I’ve read about in my friend Ryan’s ride reports … we’ll see …

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A map to Buckeye Hot Springs … the road to the east of Bridgeport that drops south to the “B” is Buckeye Road, which is a fun KLR road … it loops back to Bridgeport on Twin Lakes Road …

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… and the dirt roads I took to the campsite above Mono Lake … Green Creek Road to Dunderberg Meadow Road to Copper Mountain Loop … camped above Jordan Spring …

Posted by: caryandjohn | September 7, 2014

First Cal game!

Now that I’m working at UC Berkeley, it’s made me more interested in checking out a Cal game. Staff received free tickets to the first home game against Sac State – so I met up with Charley (a Cal alum and season ticket holder) and the kids to check it out

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The kiddies actin silly ….

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August lost her first tooth!

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Cal won 55-14!

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