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Jun 14, 2017 - "International Travels" from China Lake to French Camp

Now that we have you caught up on our lives the past 5 months, let’s get ready to travel!! We began our trip to the Dakotas with a short jaunt up the 395 in California to Ridgecrest, California and home to Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS), China Lake. There is a very nice campground on base that we are lucky enough to use which we did during our 3-day stay. NAWS China Lake has 19,600 square miles of restricted and controlled air space and encompasses 38% of the Navy’s landholdings world- wide!! It was established in 1942 between the Navy...

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May 7, 2015 - Mammoth Lake, CA - Mammoth Mountain RV Park

5/7- 5/9/15 A weather alert was issues for elevations over 6,000 ft for snow thru Friday. We decided to head up to Mammoth Lake anyway to experience the snow. We took Hwy 395N and then the Mammoth scenic loop road to the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center. The drive on the scenic loop was like driving in Tahoe with lot to Lodge pole pine trees…pretty. At the Welcome Center, the clerk advised us to take the Lake Mary Road to take in the lake views. The best view was across on a right hand pull off of the Twin Lakes…3 lakes with two bridges...

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Jan 12, 2014 - You ain't got time to worry 'bout mass extinction….

Just try and get along with the human beings Big Wooly Mammoth gonna wear that coat In the middle of the summertime…. Summertime to Wintertime that was actually like Springtime. I flew from Bangkok to Tokyo to Los Angeles to Mammoth, California to meet up with my good friends Barbara and Tim. I was on my way back to this side of the world anyway, and decided it would be down right silly to not stop and hangout with my friends and their family and sneak in a few days of skiing. Actually I had been invited way back in September and I so love...

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Jun 13, 2013 - Mammoth Lakes, CA

We departed Boulder Creek RV Resort at Lone Pine, CA about 10:30 am, traveled north 103 miles on US 395 and arrived at the Mammoth Lakes RV Park about 12:30 pm June 10th. Mammoth Lakes is located at 7800 ft elevation and we appreciated the difference in temperature; highs in the low to mid 80s versus low 100s. We set up, had lunch and I had my afternoon nap. We made outings two days while at Mammoth Lakes. (The photos and narratives for these outings are provided in the subsequent entries to our travel journal.) The third day we played...

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May 13, 2013 - OMG-Rt. 178

We left Mammoth Lakes today to head toward Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Although Rt. 120 was open through to Yosemite, we were concerned about going that way because the ranger at the forest service was not recommending the road for rigs our size. So, we decided to play it safe and head back south and around the mountains. That was the plan at least. However, Bob was feeling unmanly by the decision not to brave the winding Rt. 120 so, he decided that we should take Rt. 178 over the mountain. Obviously, that doesn’t mean a lot to...

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May 12, 2013 - Mammoth Ski Area

Today, we all took the gondola (free for us) to the top of Mammoth Mountain. I was ok on the ride up the mountain but not as happy on the way down as the ride was very slow due to low skier turnout and the gondola was really really high off the ground. The snow was “corny” but still quite plentiful although there was a lot of brown patches. The view from the top was spectacular especially since it was a cloudless blue-sky day. We also visited a large “earthquake fault” on the road down from the ski area. It is a seemingly bottomless large...

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May 11, 2013 - Lundy Canyon

This morning, Bob and Dixie encountered a large brown/black bear in the campground about 100 yards from where they were walking. The bear looked at Bob, decided he was too ornery to eat, and walked off. Still, a reminder that this is Bear Country. Today, the four of us left Dixie at the RV and took a four hour hike into Lundy canyon. It was truly one of the nicest, most spectacular hikes we have taken made all the better because we didn’t see another soul on the trail. The trail into the canyon was uphill on the way in and paralleled a...

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May 9, 2013 - Mono Lake and McGee Canyon

Thursday, we drove to Mono Lake; an alkaline warm, hot and cold spring filled lake containing only brine shrimp. Interestingly, scientists discovered an organism in Mono Lake found only there that actually digests its “food” through the use of arsenic; the only organism known to man that uses an element toxic to mankind to synthesize its food. This is important because it suggests that other worlds could contain other organisms that do likewise; perhaps not using arsenic but using something else we could not. Because of the sulphur and...

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May 8, 2013 - Mammoth Lakes

We arrived at the Mammoth Lakes RV Park on Wednesday in the rain/drizzle. It was also quite cold but the elevation here is about 7,000 feet so we were expecting colder temperatures. The park is totally shaded and our site was quite large but a bit expensive. However, Mammoth Lakes is home to Mammoth Mountain Ski area; an impressive snow covered mountain and clearly, the prices of everything here reflects a more well-heeled clientele. Even this late in the year, the mountain was open and lift tickets were $99.00. So, we decided that to get a...

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Sep 14, 2012 - Elko to Mammoth Lakes

Went from Elko to Battle Mountain, then turned south towards Highway 50 in Austin NV. The Great Basin looks an awful lot the same mile after mile. Took Highway 50 towards Fallon from Austin. Highway 50 is the Loneliest Highway for sure...Near Fallon saw the Sand Mountain, which is literally a mountain of sand in the middle of the desert. Near Fallon crossed the Dixie Valley, which should be renamed something like low flying aircraft valley- US Navy has a facility called the "US Navy Centroid Facility" there and a bunch of ranges. Fallon...

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The Thompson's

Jul 30, 2012 - Fishing was good for one of us!

When we awoke the wind had died down. We got in to Mammoth and set up camp. Packed our supplies, walked to bus #1 and just missed it. Don't you hate when that happens? We talked with a nice old (I mean at least 80 old) about his fishing and bike riding experiences. He used to ride bicentennials. That's 200 miles for those who don't know. He had to stop riding 4 years ago because he hit a pole and woke up 2 weeks later. Didn't know what had happened to him. Robert, don't run into a pole!!!! Got to our favorite fishing hole at Starkweather...

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Mar 5, 2012 - Ski Mammoth

We spent two months at the Mammoth Mountain RV Park, just 10 minutes from the slopes. Mammoth offered a deal that we couldn’t refuse. We bought one month of weekday skiing from Jan 9th through Feb 10th. Sounded like a deal….but it only got better. They added weekends, then more days due to lack of snow, then more days once again to complete the month of February. We ended up skiing for two months on a one month pass. Best part? Our kids bought passes as well so we got to spend lots of time with them on and off the mountain. What a...

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