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Sep 19, 2010 - San Joaquin Ridge

What was to be a leisurely stroll turned into quite a battle against the elements on the San Joaquin Ridge hike. It was 4.75 miles in length round trip but the 40+mph wind gusts made it a real effort. We followed a 4 wheel drive dirt road up the ridge as the wind whipped and blew dust in our faces and eyes. Even though the temp. was in the upper 40's the wind chill was significant in areas. Despite the ravages, it was a very scenic hike. One could gaze across at the close by Minaret Mountain and others of impressive size. These were all...

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Sep 18, 2010 - Crystal Lake & Mammoth Crest

A four star classic hike today. We climbed up the Mammoth crest Trail which begins at 9000 feet and lies just to the south east of Mammoth ski mountain. The trail quickly ascends a rocky face and then begins countless switchbacks until the summit of the hike. It is a relentless and steady upward climb. We made a 1/4 mile diversion into Crystal Lake which is clustered in a valley at 9600 feet. It was a gorgeous blue alpine lake which tempted one to spend time there. We lingered a bit and then we resumed our climb. Near the summit the trail...

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Sep 17, 2010 - Convict Lake

The year was 1871. The Civil War had ended only six years before. The country was still suffering the effects of this divisive time in it's history. The Eastern Sierra was a wild and lawless place. It was populated by miners, outlaws, rustlers, gangs comprised of former Confederate and Union soldiers and wild bands of Indians. Of course, a few honest ranchers and citizens were in the area as well! It was a quiet Sunday on September 17, until 29 desperate prisoners over-powered the guards of the Nevada State Penitentiary in Carson City, NV...

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Sep 16, 2010 - Devil's Postpile & Wolf's 27th Wed. Anniv.

Devils Postpile National Monument was once part of Yosemite National Park, but discovery of gold in 1905 near Mammoth Lakes prompted a boundary change that left the Postpile on adjacent public land.[citation needed] A proposal to build a hydroelectric dam later called for blasting the Postpile into the river. Influential Californians, including Walter L. Huber, persuaded the federal government to stop the demolition and in 1911, President William Howard Taft made the area into a United States National Monument.Devils Postpile itself is a...

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Jul 6, 2009 - Day 26 - Las Vegas to Mammoth Lakes, CA

Today: 358 miles Total: 5505 miles Dale: Well…today was one of those days we’ll never forget. Mostly because of the contrast between where we started….and where we ended. We were up at 3:30 so we could get out of the city and through Death Valley before it got too hot. Vegas is always alive and there was a surprising amount of activity even at 4:30 as we were getting ready to go…and it was still 87 degrees. It seems like all the buildings and concrete don’t ever cool down. Riding out of Vegas on 95 was really…flat…and straight, but the...

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