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Buzzcut1

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Posted: 07/14/14 08:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ah yes, when opportunity knocks it pays to open the door. On Wednesday I had the rear Roadmaster sway bar installed and the passenger side airbag mount repaired and beefed up.

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I had been working way too many days in a row (try 60) and I really needed to go off to the mountains. I was disappointed when Ruth said she was too tired to hit the road and she wanted to stay home and relax until she said “ if you don't mind going solo you should go”. I didn't need to be asked twice.

Thursday after work I hoisted the Kayak to the roof of the Lance and stuffed my float tube, rods, waders, and boots into the shower and proceeded to pack everything but the food which I took care of at 6am Friday before heading out to work.

Friday Night I loaded Jake the Wonder Dog into his normal Shotgun position and off we went.

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I'm happy to say that with the new Roadmaster sway bars front and rear the truck handled rotten pavement, gusty croswinds and twisty Sierra mountain roads with ease.

Somewhere around 11:30pm and near the top of one of the passes on hwy 88 I called it a night and pulled over onto a nice wide dirt pullout with a nice full moon, the altitude was 8000 feet.

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I woke up to a nice sunrise and view.

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Jake approved

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My morning breakfast scramble
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Back onto hwy 88 heading towards Silver and Caples Lakes

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It was windy cool and the water was choppy at Silver Lake

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spectacular though

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So I decided to try the West Fork of the Carson river and pass on the lakes

Carson Pass

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Red Lake having a major algae bloom

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Jake sniffing for that perfect spot to leave his mark

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Hope Valley and the West Fork of the Carson River at around 7000 feet on the eastern slope of the Sierras

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I turned off the pavement and onto the dirt in search of a nice campsite right next to the river

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This looks like the right spot
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yup

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Ooh and this is less than 30 feet from the camper...might just set a spell

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Took Jake for a walk and then got down to the business of Fly Fishing. Well that is why I came up here. Hooked 3 small ones before I found this nice brown hiding under the bank and got him to hit on a #18 dun. I was using a 8 foot 5 wt wf line with a 7,5 foot 6x tippet

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http://youtu.be/WLDYlbdPRV0

the afternoon clouds rolled in and out came the clouds of skeeters too

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It was close to 90 out and I was dying, my waders had turned into a personal sweat lodge. I was glad that the AC was running to keep Jake cool in the camper when I got back

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Nothing like sharing ice cold watermelon with your best friend on a hot day

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Refreshed I went out and fished some more.

This guy gave me the best fight of the trip
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http://youtu.be/zCye2cgsIaA

I waded and hiked the river for over 6 hours. My legs were thrashed, my arms zapped and my back was protesting. Fed and walked jake, grabbed a snack, quick shower, some Ibuprofen, and I went to bed while it was still light out.


Sunday morning and it was a wonderful 42* as Jake and me took a morning walk

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camp elevation

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So having fished the river on Saturday and this being Sunday and I had a whole set of unused toys on board I decided to pull up stakes and go Kayaking down at Bear River Reservoir

so off we went

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hey a TC is in front of me (actuall we outnumbered the motorhomes travel trailers and 5th wheels on this day.

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Climbing Carson pass was a breeze, which by the way was still blowing at silver lake


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Jake was chillin as is his custom

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Carson Pass
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carson_Pass

great geology on the spur

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can we go now dad?

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So we dropped on down to Bear River Reservoir a hydroelectric dam and lake run by PG&E

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Not exactly a low elevation lake

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Well I didn't want to paddle on the side of the lake that had the launch ramp so I drove to the other side. The one with steep rocky slopes from the road to the water. I can be such a dumb stubborn cuss some times, Yed the yak weighs 70 pounds and I man handled the darn thing down the slope, paddled and fished for three hours then carried it back up the dang thing. Three trips each time to bring the boat and gear up. Yes it kicked my butt

But it was fun though!!!

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the water was sparkling clear

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not too worse for wear and tear

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short video from out on the water.
http://youtu.be/_X65S6uF5lo

All to soon it was time to head home
I must have been hallucinating because I swear that I saw a giant construction worker standing on the side of the highway

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yikes



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and into the foothills and home

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epilog: on everything on my body was stiff and sore at work Monday except for my brain and soul which were so relaxed...


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Posted: 07/14/14 08:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice report on beautiful country. I have camped many times in Hope Valley. It is one of our favorite camping places.

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Thanks for the report. Hope Valley is about 40 minutes from our home and we have been there hundreds of times. Next time try out Blue Lakes, very nice area as well.


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jmtandem wrote:

Thanks for the report. Hope Valley is about 40 minutes from our home and we have been there hundreds of times. Next time try out Blue Lakes, very nice area as well.


been there, it is nice, but I try to avoid campgrounds when possible although those PG&E ones are better than most.

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Posted: 07/14/14 10:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ten thousand times more scenic than anything within a days travel of me. There must be a few things wrong with living in NorCal?? Otherwise we'd all be there. Very interesting report and photos.

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Posted: 07/14/14 11:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There is nothing wrong with living in NorCal, SoCal a list of things. Lol. I always like the geology on 88, huge lava flows next to glacier worn granite. Hope Valley is a great area.

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Posted: 07/14/14 11:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All those pictures and no fish porn? How can it be?


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Nice report Buzzcut1! Thank you for sharing.
Glad to hear you love the roadmaster sway bar you've installed.

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Super_Dave wrote:

All those pictures and no fish porn? How can it be?


the first two videos are nothing but fish porn

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Very nice report. Thanks!


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