Desert Loop

Debra and I steered the great White Whale east for a most epic road trip. Hwy 108 was the chosen pass this trip. We stopped at the Donnells Overlook.IMG_4126 IMG_4131 IMG_4135 Up and OverIMG_4136 IMG_4137 IMG_4140

Doody Calls

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Leavitt Falls Overlook

 

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We rolled out to Bodie but turned just shy and explored Cottonwood Canyon. THat detour dumped us out North of Mono. We spent the night in the high desert boondocking.

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IMG_4161 Next day found us travelling the backroads around Mono Lake.IMG_4169 IMG_4170The whale is proving to be capable on the desert dirt.
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June Lake loop was the overnight localeIMG_4213 IMG_4214 IMG_4216 IMG_4219 IMG_4221 IMG_4226 IMG_4228 IMG_4229 IMG_4234

Sunday was Yosemite dayIMG_4235 IMG_4237 IMG_4238 IMG_4240 IMG_4241 IMG_4243 IMG_4245 IMG_4246 IMG_4248 IMG_4251 IMG_4253 IMG_4254 IMG_4257 IMG_4259 IMG_4265 IMG_4266 IMG_4268 IMG_4272 IMG_4273 IMG_4274 IMG_4275 IMG_4276 IMG_4277 IMG_4278 IMG_4279 IMG_4280 IMG_4281 The damage from the Rim fire was overwhelming. I was glad to emerge from the devastation. Bark Beetle infestations have really taken a toll.IMG_4282 IMG_4284 IMG_4285 IMG_4286

San Francisco Days

I can’t stay  away from the coast. We have been hanging around the city and coast a lot recently getting out of the valley heat. Even though it is now completely overrun with legions of zombie homeless cheek to jowl with hipster excess, I still love  San Francisco. We have gotten in some live bait drifting with moderate success. Have not been out for salmon in AGES.  The amount of bait in the bay and even in my harbor is huge.

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Home Port

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I do the rock

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Hellacopter

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Always cool to go to Giants games especially when you are berthed at South Beach.

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Fan appreciation day

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Lots of long walks revisiting neighborhoods and trying new restaurants. I just wish I could move back!

IMG_4123Here are a couple of pics from a coastal drive/whale-watching trip with BIL Ric.

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Lunge feeders off of Pacifica Pier

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Van Sickles

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Coastal Dream Machine

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Spicer Family Reunion

Spicer Meadows Reservoir is located  in the central Sierras off of hwy 4 around 7500 feet up. The area is an amazing mix of glacially carved granite and volcanic monoliths towering well over 11,000 feet.  We have made summer boat in trips here for many years.

 

Thelma/Randy, Sue/Doug Patrick Austin Debra and I hit Spicer this fine July. Plenty of water in the lake this year. We were able to ferry everything to our boat-in paradise halfway up the lake in two trips with our 16 ft tin can with the boat loaded to the gunnels and doggin it alll the way.

We camped on the south side  near the no motor border about a 2 mile ride from the ramp. We have this spot dialed. It is set in the granite with space for 4-6 large tents dispersed amongst the boulders with an excellent communal cooking area and huge firepit. Some years it is an island.

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Ospreys worked it the whole time we were there

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Fire pit size was just right

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Guarded by the Dardanelles

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Constant cloud show

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Sue and Doug scout for a place to squat?

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Looking back towards the launch

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Dr. Gu Fee

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Preparing for the star show

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View out my house

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Major Dome, Oh.

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Blood of the Trees

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Our campsite is on the “island” to the right of the goose pond

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Navigator

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Fishing the Forest

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Quack Lives Matter

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Multi-species score and subsequent slaughter of Sausages

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Twisted Firestarter

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Twiggy

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Tilt-shifty

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Lost forest

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Calendar shots abound

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Doog

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A few hundred rounds were expended 22LR and Dad’s 30.06

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Dreaded Contrails

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Careful with that Axe Eugene

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A little bit of this, a little bit of that

All pitched in for the various meals and we did not suffer. Sunsets did not disappoint

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Luz D’Alma

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Ready for the Rapture

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Carson Pass Altitude Adjustment

Co-Pilot and I loaded up Bouncing Betty and headed up the Hwy 88 corridor. I had booked last minute 4th of July reservations at Plasses Resort on the shores of Silver Lake at 8000 feet.

Shot rock Vista

Shot rock Vista

Nice old school resort if a bit busy with ATV’s.

Site B-9

Site B-9

After checking in we poked around on 88

Caples

Caples

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Kirkwood in summer slumber

 

over the pass and down into Tahoe. Co-pilot got her gambling bug addressed and I in fact continue to pile up the brownie points. Saturday AM we headed back up to the pass for a day hike on the Pacific Crest Trail.

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We headed south towards Winnemucca lake but stopped somewhat short (of breath).  Wildflowers were abundant  and there was still snow on the cornices.

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Frog Lake

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Looking west down to Caples

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Tenzing Norgay

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Mosquito factory

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Framed

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Somewhere north of 9000 feet

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Ominous Cumulus

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Sexy Sherpa

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Looking for Reese W.

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NYeti

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Did a little fishing at Caples but just for show.

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Lovely dinner by campfire Saturday night.

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Fun trip,been camping now 4 times this summer.

Happy Pride!

Debra and I escaped the heat this weekend and spent it aboard the Mighty Peridot. The City was awash in color.

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We ate Friday night at Marlowes at 4th and Brannan. This was the block we first met at in 1982. Used to be Rubys.  God we are old.

We walked the city Saturday and put on some miles.After a killer lunch at Amber India  Dosas! we ran by the new SOMA but we will let some of the hubbub die down before going. We whiled away the afternoon at Yerba Buena Plaza watching a kid’s circus.

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Travels with Bouncin Betty

My father liked low budget road trips. Mostly out of necessity because we were a 5 person family living on a USAF NCO salary. We criss-crossed the country in various large Merican cars such as Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 etc. with possessions in tow as he was transferred from one forlorn city to another. Long Sunday drives to see what the surrounding countryside held were common.  As such I have always enjoyed exploring California and Nevada with the wife. We chew up a lot of backroad miles in one of the best touring 4WD vehicles available, a Land Rover LR4. We do sleep in it with the rear seats folded down but it is not very comfortable.

Looking to expand these travel  horizons to the western states, Canada and Mexico so we are trying out the Class B RV thing to see if it will work for these upcoming adventures. Meet Bouncing Betty on our first trip over Memorial Day. We camped the first night at Doran Beach in Bodega bay after an easy 2.5 hr cruise from Pleasanton.

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Just BARELY large enough for an extended trip not resulting in divorce. Doran beach is an excellent campground right on the beach. Clean facilities including showers. $40 a night. I fished the jetty for nada.

Next morning we headed towards Ft Bragg 3 hrs north on Hwy 1. An amazing stretch of road. We stopped in Gualala and generally dawdled.

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The Land Whale made the trip well despite this being one of the curviest roads in the US. We stayed at Sportsman RV under the hwy 1 bridge on the Noyo river. Basically a dirt lot with hookups. Funky was the operative word. Noyo is still a working harbor but also has 4 restaurants, kayak rentals, party boats,  fresh off the boat seafood for sale and a couple of “rustic” bars. We were told to park by the Sphere of Doom.

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Proprieter claimed this was the original model of the Barnum & Bailey “Sphere of Doom” act with motorcycles riding on the inside of the ball.

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Authentic Teardrop trailer

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Hwy 1 and Noyo River

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I fished the jetty until late afternoon for nada. We watched the Warriors win Game 6 at a wharfside seafood place called Silvers. The navigator approved.

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I have wanted to do some boondocking for some time now so the third day out we headed inland on hwy 20 to Potter Valley, gateway to Mendocino National Forest. Famous for ummm growing things. We bounced 15 miles down a very dusty forest road to Lake Pilsbury.

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Gold Country Wildflower Bombing Run

Debra and I took a very nice ride through the Gold Country on the hunt for wildflowers. We were not disappointed.  The route we took was as follows:

From Modesto we went Hwy 132 east towards Coulterville

Priest Coulterville to Old Priest Grade (What a fun drive!)

Down PGR  to Moccasin (Watch out for cars with smokin brakes)

Jacksonville Road to Sonora (Lunch at Emberz)

Columbia to Parrots Ferry

Hwy 4 to Avery/Sheep Ranch

Sheep Ranch to Murphys (Wine Tasting at Hatcher)

Hwy 4 back to Stockton and home.

Sights along the way:

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Tuolumne River at Hwy 132

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Hwy 132 Tuolumne River

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The old bridge

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Old Bridge taken from the new Bridge

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New bridge on the Tuolumne taken from the Kayak launch

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Historic La Grange Arch Bridge

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Looking east from the La Grange arch bridge. This canal comes from Don Pedro

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lake Don Pedro from Hwy 132

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My family’s old Lake house between McCLure and Don Pedro. It has seen better days.

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Lake McClure taken near Couterville

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Co-Pilot and Fighter Jet

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Lupine

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Pallette

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Priest Coulterville Road display

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More Lupine

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Mining claim near Maxwell Creek

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College Fund Mining Claim

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Poppies

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Lupine, Poppies and Indian Paintbrush

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Mariposite in a road cut near Couterville

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Lupine

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Poppies

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Maxwell Creek

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Near Moccasin Point

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Power station at Moccasin

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Hetch Hetchy water coming down Priest Grade

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Brood Stock

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Purina Trout Chow

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Water Thieves

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Temple of Excess

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Put and Take factory

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Brood stock

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Hatchery at Moccasin

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East end of Don Pedro

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Jacksonville Bridge on Don Pedro

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Mariposite and Lichen

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New Melones near Parrots Ferry

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Parrots Ferry

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Closeup Parrots Ferry Bridge

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Murphys

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Old Friend on Hwy 4