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May 11, 2017 - Driving through Death

Left Pahrump,NV early before breakfast to try and beat the heat in our ride across Death Valley. A few minor incorrect turns here and there as our GPS is having a mind of its own, but we did find our way out of NV into CA. We stopped to make some coffee as, surprise!... no Starbucks in Death Valley....or any bucks for that matter. We had thought parts of Utah were pretty uninhabited but Death Valley wins that prize. Having said that, the terrain was fascinating... mountains, sand dunes and salt flats, certainly one of our favorite ride...

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May 9, 2017 - Zion

We got up early and rode into Zion, took the shuttle bus to the Narrrows River Hike… we were unable to hike but walked the paths paralleling the river and conversed with the guides. We saw the beautiful flowers and heard the rushing river along the paths. Lunch was infront of the “Zion Lodge” with cottonwoods blowing their fine cotton seeds. We returned to the cabin just before the pouring rain began and enjoyed a Thai dinner of vegetables and chicken. The cabin in Hurrricane was accomdating and relaxing.

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May 16, 2012 - Kernville, CA - Camping along the Kern River.

(Ron Writing) After a little more shopping we left Bakersfield and headed up CA-178 to the Isabella Lake and Kernville area. We’ve spent time camping in this area before and have really enjoyed the boondocking areas in the National Forest along the Kern River north of Kernville. We’re spending the night at an NFS area called “Halfway”. There aren’t really any campsites here but there are areas for dispersed camping and we have a favorite spot and it was available today. In fact I think we’re the only ones here. The weather forecast was for...

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May 24, 2010 - Yosemite National Park, CA - Camping in Yosemite Valley

(Ron Writing) Saturday it was quite cold and windy so we spent most of the day doing some work indoors. On Sunday we worshiped with the friendly folks at the Coarsegold Community Bible Church. Pastor Gerard Dubish is an excellent preacher. After church we moved from Chukchansi to Park of the Sierras, an Escapee Co-Op park that we had not previously visited. We attended the ice cream social and met several very friendly residents of the park and also ran into one couple we met at North Ranch just before we left this spring. We also took a...

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May 21, 2010 - Coarsegold, CA - Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino

(Ron Writing) The week has zoomed by. On Monday it was cloudy and we had a few light showers. We decided that would be a good day to do our laundry at the laundromat in Kernville. Tuesday morning we were out of water again and we decided to leave our beautiful campsite right by the Kern River. We drove back down the canyon to Bakersfield where we did some shopping and took care of some other business. On Wednesday we drove north to Porterville, CA. Just as we arrived the Pressure Pro tire monitor alarm sounded indicating one of the trailer...

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May 16, 2010 - Kernville, CA (Day 6) - Kernville History Days

(Ron Writing) Well we’ve been having a very nice relaxing time at “Halfway” campground along the Kern River – so relaxing that I’m forgetting to update the journal. During the week we were about the only ones staying here so it was very quiet and peaceful. Then several other campers came for the weekend but they were all quiet and well behaved and now they have all left again. On Wednesday we took a drive north along the Kern River and then up to the Trail of 100 Giants in the high country north of Johnsondale. They just plowed the snow off...

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May 11, 2010 - Kernville, CA - "Halfway" Dispersed Camping Area

(Ron Writing) After three days of almost continuous high winds at Stine Cove on Isabella Lake, we decided we’d had more than enough of the wind. There seemed to be an almost continuous 20 to 30 mph wind but also periods when it was higher with what must have been at least 50 mph gusts. Almost everyone gave up camping there but us. We were fine inside the trailer since we were parked with a direct “tail wind”. Sometimes it was very difficult to hang onto the door while going in or out. We just stayed indoors most of the time and worked on...

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Apr 21, 2010 - Kernville, CA (Day 6) - Foul Weather

(Ron Writing) Our weather took a turn for the worse. Yesterday it was cloudy and rained intermittently. We stayed home all day except for a drive into Kernville to pick up our mail. Only problem was our mail still hadn’t arrived. It was predicted to get down to 31° last night but actually only got down to about 33°. But it did rain a lot and we awoke to see a beautiful layer of snow on all the canyon walls around us. We even had a few flakes in the campground but it melted when it hit the ground. Our intent was to pick up our mail this...

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Apr 19, 2010 - Kernville, CA (Day 4) - Fish Hatchery

(Ron Writing) We drove to Kernville to pick up our mail but it hadn’t arrived yet so we’ll have to try again tomorrow. On the way we stopped to tour the fish hatchery. We saw two large tanks of very lively trout but that was it – not nearly as elaborate as a couple other hatcheries we’ve visited. We also stopped at the Forest Service office to get information on hiking trails. There is a hike we planned to take tomorrow but now the forecast is for rain and much cooler temperatures. In fact they say it might snow here Wednesday night! This...

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Apr 17, 2010 - Kernville, CA (Day 2) - Whitewater Festival

(Ron Writing) The Kern River Festival Whitewater Races is being held this weekend. There were two venues for this event; one was the section of class 2-3 rapids in the town of Kernville and the other was several miles north in Brush Creek, a fairly remote tributary of the Kern River. We spent most of the day in Kernville watching kayakers make their qualifying runs for the slalom race which is held tomorrow. We also enjoyed the first annual “Hooligan Parade”. There were 11 entries in the parade. Entries had to be homemade out of materials...

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Apr 16, 2010 - Kernville, CA - "Halfway" Dispersed Camping Area

(Ron Writing) Yesterday we stayed in Ridgecrest to do our laundry, some shopping, and just relaxed for much of the afternoon. We went out for an early delicious dinner at a Mexican Restaurant. They served bean dip in addition to the traditional salsa with chips. The weather was beautiful. This morning we left Ridgecrest heading west on CA-178. This is one of the few highways that cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains and it’s toward the south end of the range where the mountains are a little lower than up north. It was only a couple hour drive...

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Jul 21, 2009 - Kern River, Kernville, CA

We now have electricity! That means air conditioning and being able to operate my computer without running the generator. We are at the Kern River now in Kernville east of of Bakersfield. As I write this it is 105 degrees in the shade. Sunday when we got here it was 114 degrees, yesterday 111 and today it is cooling down to 106! Fortunately we have the river to cool off in as we float down in inner tubes. We are camped right at the last rapid before the river empties into Lake Isabella. We get a nice little float trip several times a day.

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