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Old 11-26-2013, 06:49 AM   #121
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Really enjoyed reading this thread. Best moto camp-food I've ever seen.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:49 AM   #122
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You cast good impressions larryboy. Great read and pics of your thoughts and travels. Been too long since I've been to Saline and DV. Ruth's recommend turned into a tangent to And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini when I waffled at Shantaram's 944 pages. Looking forward to more of your reports.

I've read Hosseini's 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' , 'Echoed' should be excellent as well. I like a book that lasts a bit, I went through the 'Che' book in less than a day.


Thanks all for reading and commenting!!
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Old 11-27-2013, 12:32 PM   #123
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Thanks for taking us along, and those deep fried hens look tasty.
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:02 AM   #124
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Eh? New twist on the same old story?

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Old 02-19-2014, 09:06 AM   #125
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:24 AM   #126
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Highway 50 overlooking Lake Tahoe.




Secret Gardnerville bypass route.




Mono Lake..




Beer, whiskey, firewood and an apple in Bishop...essentials.




Saline~Wacoba Road.






350 miles before dark.





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Old 02-19-2014, 09:54 AM   #127
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Thumb The thread lives on...

...I love that this keeps coming back to life. Thank you for sharing, looking forward to more.
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:58 AM   #128
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Tried my new REI Camp Dome 2 without the rainfly the first night and froze my buns right off.




The Wizard Tub was nasty dirty last night, first order of business was to scrub that bastard down.




Spent the day reading and hanging out with Sacramento Dan. Ken and fam got in near dark with their scratch built yurt.












Fried up a couple chops for Dan and I.




Finally got to use my new Streamlight LED lantern!!

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Old 02-19-2014, 10:13 AM   #129
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Hey, that Streamlight works! I got one too - now I know it was worth it!

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Old 02-19-2014, 10:25 AM   #130
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Need a good breakfast because today is the 'Turtle Jim Desert Classic' golf tournament...also known as rock ping pong.

Coffee, bacon and an oatmeal pill should do.




Meeting for the rules...one ball, must be returned with your marking...one 7 iron, only club you get...you are required to improve your lie, we don't want broken arms in the rocks.




The hole.




Drew numbers...I'm with Flipper and Tammy.




It was a lot of fun!! You either get it close on your first shot or you have hell to pay, I shot a 35 for 5 holes and the winner shot a 13.


More cool rigs came in today, 4x4 Fuso camper.




Justin's shortbed Chevy with one ton axles, I think he said he's had it since new and something like 350,000 miles.




My camp with Dan's place behind me.




We got invited down for some fresh blood orange margarita's!!




Time for Tahoe Tammy's birthday potluck!! Man, we ate good.





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Old 02-19-2014, 11:20 AM   #131
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Sweet!

Did you hear anything about the BLM's future plans
for the springs?

see you around the campfire,
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Old 02-19-2014, 03:16 PM   #132
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Darn, I'm late to the party again but at least I found my way.
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Old 02-19-2014, 08:26 PM   #133
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Old 02-20-2014, 09:01 AM   #134
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Sweet!

Did you hear anything about the BLM's future plans
for the springs?

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Hey John, NPS not BLM...we can only dream of the good old BLM days.

Worst case option that is on the table, full removal of everything and a return to "wilderness". Go here and download the PDF's to read about what's going on.

http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document...cumentID=56823


I'll plan for the worst and hope for the best, I'll be going to the springs as often as I can afford before implementation of whatever they do in spring of 2016. I'm even going to get one of these offroad rigs of mine done and do a full 30 day that we're allowed to do now since it looks like one of the options they are looking at will be a by permit stay of seven days only.


Hello to all reading again!!
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Old 02-20-2014, 09:36 AM   #135
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So, I've known Pilot Dave for awhile now and Sacramento Dan was going to go up in his plane, as they're getting ready to go down to the airport Dave asks if I want to go...ok, I'll go. I'm terrified of heights, but you just have to live and face fears. I once took a job rappelling out of helicopters.

I figured I'd at least go down to the plane and see how I felt about Dave as a pilot during pre-flight and if I got scared and didn't go I could blame it on him.










Well, the guy is good and ran us through a full pre-flight...he happens to be an instructor too...dammit, looks like I HAVE to go flying.




This thing has a big six cylinder engine, very powerful...couple of bumps and we're in the air.




I turned down a full day little plane flight when I was six years old, I'd get car sick on the way to Grandpa's house and didn't want to throw up in a plane. Dan had passed me his jacket and I said, "Good, I needed something to barf in."












Dave showed us where they used to mine the salt.




and the old road into the springs.




Then we headed up to see the Willow Creek Ranch where Turtle Jim used to have his performing burro's. As we got close to the mountains we caught a pretty good down draft off the Inyo's and we dropped a couple hundred feet like it was nothing, I heard the stall warning buzz a couple of times and about pooped my pants...Dave took a look at me, I must have been white as a sheet.




He explains what he did to correct, powered up and moved away from the mountain range, but it was getting pretty bumpy and he promised that we'd start heading back. Sure am glad we had headset's with a professional soothing voice in my ears!!




Oh, there's Willow Creek!!




Heading back now.




There's camp!!




Dave is by the book and very good, we go by the strip to check the wind sock and make sure that it's clear of people and vehicles. Then he makes the turn, leans forward to get a view around the wing, 20% flaps and he starts taking power away, puts the prop pitch into first gear and we head in.






Bump and we're on the ground!!



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