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It wasn't exactly the destination we had planned on but it is where mother nature let us go. you have to listen to her or pay the price.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Normally I go Lone wolf on these trips however for something completely different not only did Ruth and our three dogs come along, but our friends Pat and Carolyn joined us in their Lance.

To make room for Ruth and her gear I put the rack and cargo box on the roof. 2 fly rods, two sets of Waders, one float tube, two vests, and two sets of wading boots
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With the rest of our gear nicely stowed inside we headed out Friday morning for our breakfast rendezvous with Pat and Carolyn at the Black Bear diner in Tracy

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The plan was to head up to hwy 88 in the Sierras and Boondock somewhere around Silver or Capeles lakes.

Ruth had this flash of brilliance out on hwy 5 and realized that we would pass through Lockford at the intersection of 88 and 12, the front door of Lockford Meats home to the words best selection of fresh made sausages.

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That little stop set me back $70.00 in sausages and Tri Tip and gave the camper that fresh meat locker smell every time we opened the fridge for the rest of the trip. I think pat spent the same.

As we gained elevation the temps kept dropping and the winds kept increasing and the colors kept changing

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At Caples Lake the temperature at noon was 28 degrees and the winds were gusting to 50mph, no bueno. We made the decision to drop down off the ridges to the West Fork of the Carson River near Hope Valley and maybe get out of the wind as we weren't interested in sitting about stuck inside a rocking TC. Carson Pass is at 8,574 feet and Hope Valley is in the lee at 7300 feet We were right it was much better with wind gusts only hitting the mid 20s but staying mostly around 18 mph and the temps were in the high 50s

We pulled up right on the river with our nearest neighbor in sight but out of hearing distance. Pat and Carolyn got to work leveling their rig.

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we set up nose pointing to nose with a nice gap in between

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Hmmn fresh sausages for lunch
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the Doggies were interested

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Not a bad riverfront campsite

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Time to hike up river

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We came across a beaver dam

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the Beaver Pond

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The beavers were spotted by Pat and I got two nice photos

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Me and Watson

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The Gang

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our home in the woods

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At night you really were amazed by the stars

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It got downright cold Friday night although we were warm and toasty in the Lance's. The dogs rousted me at first light to go for a walk so it was fleece pants, down jacket and beanie, with a hot cup of coffee. The thermometer read 16 degrees

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nice sunrise over the meadow

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the river was steaming

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and Ice had formed on the banks

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Funny thing about weather. It changes rapidly, Saturday there was no wind and it rapidly warmed into the 70s so we decided to really put Ruth's artificial knee to the test and go off trail scrambling. Two hours of hiking later she had no swelling or pain ( no flair up the entire trip for that matter)

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we were camped out by the meadow in the distance

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yeah we could feel the 8000' eleveation as we hiked

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big pine cones from the sugar pines

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Ruth and Watson

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post hike tired doggies

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So post hike I went fishing after seeing a huge mayfly hatch


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This guy was a toughie. I must have drifted the fly by him 30 times. I could see him dart up then back off. When I hooked him it was so cool. I watched him dart up out of the depths of the pool from an eddy behind a clump of grass and take the fly from the surface. He danced across the surface for two runs before I netted and released him

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this is the fly that got him it's a number 16

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Sunday we awoke to 20 degree temps, no cold water in the shower. It iced up as I forgot three things. Need to keep the cabinet doors in the bathroom open and I forgot to re-stuff the batting into the outside shower compartment and lastly turn off the pump and open the faucets and spigots. I don't remember when we last used the outside shower but it still had water in the handle. The ice split it wide open. note to self, make sure the dang thing is drained. We drove up to Blue Lake at 8000 feet and went hiking around the lower lake. Hey the shower is working again. no harm no foul.


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the feeder stream from upper blue lake

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Heading home

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We pulled off I5 for that last on the road treat

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Hot fudge Sunday

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great end to a great trip

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We head back out in three weeks for parts unknown

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Posted: 10/07/13 11:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Epilog

Pat has a great homemade hoist for his canoe


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Good report, I have hiked over the same terrain in Hope Valley starting in 1962 but it has been a couple decades since I have been to Upper & Lower Blue Lakes. Caples Lake is usually windy in the evening, some nights worse than others though.

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Nice report.
Beautiful pictures.
Really like the hoist.


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Nice trip! Love catching those picky trout. I have been designing a roller to hang off the back of my lance 1010 to load my kayak. i was in the same area this weekend. We ended up staying at a winery and then heading back down. Stopped at the stockton flea market and then the chocalate factory. Scored points on that one.

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Very nice.

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Nice report. When we camped at Silver Lake in Mid June, the mosquitoes were terrible! I'm guessing this time of year, you were mosquito free with lows in the teens. Looks like all had a great time, thanks for sharing.


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Thanks for the pics and report. This area is in my backyard and it is very nice.


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Beautiful country, great trip report. I'm glad that Ruth's new knee is working for her.

Next trip, try the easy hike from Blue Lakes to Granite Lake.


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Good stuff. The Sierra Nevada has a common thread running thru it, especially at this time of year when it looks its driest and most barren. Not to worry, snow is coming, hopefully in huge amounts. It sounds by your weather description you were on the TC road about the same time as we were.
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