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Dateline: September 28, 2006 -- Bishop, CA

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Yosemite's eastern entrance... produced a few photos along with a little exercise. The elevation was a little short of oxygen so I made the hike a journey rather than a destination. Besides the hike was in the trees. My preference is for an occasional open view on my hikes.

My visit to Yosemite did not include the valley which was 55 miles further from where I explored. Yosemite Valley will be explored in 2007 when I pass through California on the western entrance to Yosemite.

Some photos from this visit:

     

     

Mono Lake... was an interesting stop. Mono Lake is a salt lake and with no outlet all water evaporates. When Los Angeles diverted all the rivers that fed this lake the water level dropped and exposed the rock formations seen in this photos. These formations are produced by under water mineralized springs acting with the salty water of the lake. After Los Angeles lost a lawsuit regarding their water diversion, some of the rivers are once again flowing in to the lake in an attempt to restore the lake to some previous level.

Some photos of Mono Lakes formations:

        

Horton Creek BLM Campground... is located about ten miles from Bishop. With little use, there are many spaces to choose from and all have a 360 degree view. A rustic place to camp with lots of sun. At $2.50 with a Golden Age Passport, the only convenience is a pit toilet.

This location was chosen at 5000 feet because it was warmer than Glass Creek at 7000 feet. Glass Creek Forest Service CG is free camping north of Mammoth Lakes just off 395. The bad part is that the campground is in beautiful trees making it difficult for solar and finding those internet satellites up there in the sky.

Photos: campsite... sunrise... sunset.

     


 Devils Postpile
... 100,000 years ago a volcano spewed a basaltic flow to create the Devils Postpile. With the right mineral content and cooling time, the flow formed these six sided columns. About 15,000 years ago, glaciers toppled some of the columns, exposed others and provided evidence of its passing with the glacial carved grooves on tops of the exposed columns.

     

The river at the Devils Postpile turned out to be a great place for a snack and enjoy the scenery and the river's soothing sounds. Time for a nap.

Within the Devils Postpile National Monument, is Rainbow Falls. Perhaps the rainbow was turned off when I visited. No doubt with waterfall mist and the proper time of day, I would have had more rainbow effect. On the way to the falls I passed through the eerie remains of a 1992 forest fire.

  

Mosquito Flats Hike... From US-395, head west at Tom's Place on Rock Creek Road and Mosquito Flats Trailhead is where you can go drive no further. Put on your hiking boots and enjoy some glorius scenic mountain and lake views. It is over three miles (and more depending how much meandering is done) of trails passing several lakes to the base of Morgan Pass. With the fall colors providing a contrast, the beauty is unsurpassed. Assuming that it was named Mosquito Flats for a reason, I was concerned. Fortunately, it appeared that most of the mosquitoes had headed south for the winter.

Over the past years, I have noticed that the hiking trails seem to be getting steeper. It must be due to geologic uplift of these mountains. This particular trail starts at 10,000 feet and climbs to a high point of 11,000. That doesn't sound like much, but with reduced oxygen, geologic uplift and the trail going up and down, I was beat by the time I returned to the trailhead.

Some photos from this visit:

     

     


US Highway 6... A few years back I was at Provincetown, MA at the tip of Cape Cod for the eastern most point. It seems only right to be at the west end of US Highway 6 at Bishop, California. Historically, Highway 6 was the longest in the US at 3652 miles and ended at Long Beach. For more information, Google "US Highway 6" for several URLs. One overview I found was at: Historic US Highway 6

Price of diesel... is always an eye catcher. When I arrived in Carson City, NV, I found it at $2.99 a gallon. The last time I saw anything under $3.00 a gallon was in Denver last May. Over these past months the highest was at $3.99 a gallon in some small town in Idaho. The highest price I paid for diesel was $3.60 a gallon.

Vanity Plates:

NOV8R -- We need people like that

AG AU -- Think chemical symbols for this alumnus of the University of Idaho

2UNDER -- maybe "to wonder" -- more likely a golfer's goal

MYBROOM -- finally I have seen the "other car"

SAMIAM2 -- Dr. Seuss fan?

PQLEEUR -- Nothing unusual about the car

Honorable mention: BRDRIDER DZRTROZ SURNDER TAHOCHK

Business name:

WILD HAIR BARBERS in Minden, Nevada

In a parking lot in Bridgeport, CA:

Recent Reads...

Man Eaters by Jim Corbett.

The book's original publication in 1944 was already after that time of a much more wild world. As the forests and jungles are felled at increasing rates throughout the world, the author describes an early 20th century world no one will ever see again. Born in 1875 in India, the author recounts several tales of tracking, out smarting and killing of man eating leopards and tigers in a remote province of India. Corbett also includes the descriptions of those times when the man eaters tracked him with the intent of making him their meal. His observations of his jungle world and his ability to track individual animals provide a most readable book.

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond

Among other examples, this book describes the thriving world and cultures that existed on Easter Island, in Greenland for 500 years and for the Mayans. To bring currency to the issue he includes Rwanda of collapsing societies happening yet today. In many of these collapses, the society has ignored the ability of the environment to support them. He doesn't claim to understand how the societies have actually collapsed, but there are many clues that point to the role that environment played. The author's main intent is for us to consider the underlying environmental possibilities and not to ignore these societal collapses as not being relevant to our technologically advanced society.

This author also wrote Guns, Germs, and Steel. I highly recommend reading it as well.


1,000 Days in Siberia -- The Odyssey of a Japanese-American POW by Iwao Peter Sano

The author was born in California, but in 1939 he was sent to Japan and adopted by his childless uncle and aunt. At the age of 20 he was inducted into the Japanese army in 1945 and was sent to war in Russia. Upon the Japanese surrender, it is a tale of living for three years in the Siberian slave labor camps. It is a tragic tale which the author treats with humor. Once back on Japanese soil he was able to use his bi-lingual skills and eventually regained his US citizenship and returned to California.

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