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Murgatroid

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Posted: 06/15/09 08:21am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

XP Camper Marc and his wife invited me to join them to go to their favorite boondocking site on a small nearby lake in the Sierras. I could only spend one night but it was still a fantastic trip.

The road is very rough as this part of the Sierras is composed of a lot of granite. It's difficult to grade the road into something resembling smooth. My 2WD truck is also pretty stock so I took it easy. Marc's 4x4 dodge and camper were better equipped for this type of road, so he had to periodically wait up for me.

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The secret campsite involves following a narrow dirt path over some good sized rocks, and down a hill between trees. It was a bit daunting and I was reluctant to follow, but Marc assured me he'd be able to help pull me back up the hill if my 2WD truck couldn't manage. Luckily it did. The weight of the camper gave me great traction.

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And what a spot! It leveled out in to a good sized area big enough for both our rigs right on the lake.

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The view from our campsite.

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The waterfall across the lake was really flowing. You could hear it all night!

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Marc's wife took this picture in the morning.

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Unfortunately, there was a small mishap. Marc got a little too close to a tree coming into the camp site. A broken limb left a sharp stub, and his camper's weight was hard againt it. His composite sandwich construction is tough. I bet it would have ripped a hole in my camper if I had done that!

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Marc brought the essentials.

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He is also a professional chef, so ended up cooking us all a great roast in a dutch oven. Man did I luck out!

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Here's the master making omelets the next morning on the Webasto diesel cooktop.

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Next time I'll definitely stay longer, and bring a kayak for the lake.

-steve


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ok....WOW....scenery beautiful....roast looked beautiful too....I want to go!

Great pictures...thanks for sharing!


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Well done. great photos.





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Posted: 06/15/09 09:44am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Awesome photos and what a beautiful setting you ended up camping in. The roast with the fresh rosemary looked like it was going to be delicious. I bet it was. Thanks for sharing the photos and your trip log.


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Posted: 06/15/09 10:31am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey, he dropped the roast into the weeds I think! [emoticon]

Great photos/campsite....looks like it was a great trip. I like your camper, but Marc's XP is really impressive!

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Posted: 06/15/09 10:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That one picture of a glass smooth lake in the morning...that would have made the whole trip for me. Thanks


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Posted: 06/15/09 11:07am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice pics Steve! You'll have to share how to find this "secret" spot. It looks like the Outfitter did very well.

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Nice secluded site with worldclass views!

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Marc needs a haircut [emoticon]


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I hope the XP Camper lines up better then Marc's shirt. (The roast picture).

Looks like a great spot.

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