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View from a dirt road we found

View from a dirt road we found

View from a dirt road we found

These mountains are so colorful and beautiful

Looks like a side of the mountain just fell off

Another view from the dirt road

And more views...

Rush Creek below Grant Lake dam

Great picture by Nancy

Another shot of Rush Creek

Pretty good dirt road heading back in

Looks like sand to me

Dirt road heading back in

Wildflower along the side of the road

Boondockers on the back side of Grant Lake-I could get my rig...

June Lake on the way to the Village of June Lake

Big bird (unknown) on a nest

The boondockers from the main road

Grant Lake from the main road

Windsurfer on Grant Lake

Grant Lake from the back side

More Grant Lake

Focusing in on something, just don't remember what

Heading toward Parker Lake Trailhead

Parker Lake Trailhead

Nancy starting up Parker Lake Trail

Beautiful, but tiny wildflower

Two butterflies on a wildflower

Rush Creek below Parker Lake

Butterfly on a wild Iris

Very big and old pine tree

Parker Lake

Wolf approaching us at Parker Lake (actually a very friendly dog ~...

View from Parker Lake

Wildflowers on the way out

View along the way back to the Ranger

Check out those clouds

Waiting patiently while Nancy takes pictures of flowers

Our neighbors at the campground cooking the trout that they caught

It seemed to us that June Lake Loop deserved another look, only this time we were going to take some of the dirt roads that we saw on our first visit. We ended up spending a good part of our visit off road which gave us a very different perspective on the area, as well as a whole lot less people. We found this great boondocking site on the back side of Grant Lake that I believe that I could get the Dutch Star into. There was a great young couple camped there and we talked to them for a while, and they shared a beer with us. He is a fireman from L.A. and she a school teacher.

We then proceeded on to the Village of June Lake which will be another post. We ate lunch there and then moved along on the paved road to another dirt road which took us to the Parker Lake Trailhead.

The Parker Lake Trail is somewhere around 6 miles round trip with some serious uphill at the start for a short while, and then it kind of leveled out to a gentle uphill climb, and followed Rush Creek all the way to Parker Lake thru some very nice wooded areas with lots of wildflowers along the way. Nancy went bonkers!

Fortunately we had lathered up with Cutters Insect Repellent because the mosquitas were everywhere as we neared the lake. Somewhere along the way the exposure settings on my Nikon got accidentally moved to the point that the pictures that I took were really dark, way beyond saving. Fortunately Nancy had been taking some pictures on the Canon which partially saved the day.

There are a lot of off road opportunities in this area, some of which require a 4 X 4, but most of them could be driven on by most cars. The June Lake Loop area and the High Country Loop area are the best that we've seen here so far. We'll be returning to the High Country Loop one more time this evening to get some sunset shots and we'll post them another time.

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