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Posted: 07/29/15 03:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks to Jefe4x4 Trip Report this area has been on my list of Must do trips.

while heading out of so cal we were hammered with rain
here is the Doppler (the blue dot is me on the map), notice the red around the 395
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and here is the 395 a short while later
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Fighting all the rain took us a while to get out of so cal, we decided to call it a night and check out Fossil Falls
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we took a short hike over to the dry falls
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this place is amazing, it is a bit south of Lone Pine, CA and right off the 395, $6 a night
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did they film lord of the rings here?
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to Bodie we went..I have to give a shout out to Torklift for the SideKick generator platform. I usually store the gen in the cab of the truck but now can keep it locked outside, and it worked great for the whole trip.
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pay the extra $2 for the map it is well worth it
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some pics of the wild town
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and then onward to Leavitt Lake:
Right off pavement road sign marker
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a quick call to the ranger station and some PM's to a few on the forum here gave me the courage to tackle this trail, with a hardside basement model TC
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Brett jumped out to scout it out
XTC Video 1 Clicky

and up we went
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XTC Video 2 Clicky

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XTC Video 3 Clicky

It took about an hour to go the 3.5 miles crawling in 4Low pretty much the entire time, but Victory was ours!!! Toughest part was negotiating while several vehicles were descending.
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Our campsite for the next several days [emoticon]
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from the roof top of Wolfy2
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the lake seemed to be all fished out...no bites nothing
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but everyone seemed to have neglected the creek, we didn't even need poles as brett bare handed this one!
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and netted the others. We carefully returned them to the lake and hit the trails
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There are several other lakes around only about a 20 minute hike away

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Ski Lake
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Brett braving the 32.5 degree water (or at least it felt like it)
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we pretty much had the place to ourselves during the busy summer months, but many people go to the lake during the day.
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all good things must come to an end, so we descended back home
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and the DW freaking out [emoticon]...XTC Video 4

yes she walked a lot of the way
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thanks again Jefe4x4 for the trail blazed ahead, and one of the most excellent places to park a Truck Camper, and in his words
"It will be a good adventure"... and it was

Favorite pic of the trip
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* This post was edited 07/29/15 04:02pm by anutami *


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Posted: 07/29/15 04:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great report.
Great videos.

So is your wife up for more or is this the "last time we are doing this?"

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Posted: 07/29/15 04:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great..thanks

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Posted: 07/29/15 04:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow


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Posted: 07/29/15 04:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

brholt wrote:

Great report.
Great videos.

So is your wife up for more or is this the "last time we are doing this?"


LOL! the amazing solitude of boondocking, no camp fees, and most if not all of the campers up their had great etiquette was enough for her to absolutely love it, and ready for the next one, now If I was to put her in a tent up there it would be a different story.

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Posted: 07/29/15 04:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wonderful trip report, as yours usually are. Thanks for sharing.


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Posted: 07/29/15 04:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow! What fun!!.. and a great trip and final destination. Really enjoyed the videos. It's also nice to know how far sideways a truck can lean without the camper breaking the tie downs and falling off or taking the truck with it. [emoticon] [emoticon] Thanks for sharing your adventure with us!... you are more brave than I! (and my dually/camper is too fat for what you did!)

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Posted: 07/29/15 05:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fun trip and exciting too...

Amazing volcanic formations, nice..

Great pics, thanks for sharing...
I'd have to wait a while before tackling something like that alone...
Looked a little tricky...
fun..


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Posted: 07/29/15 05:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great report! How fantastic that you could drive that road -- I had a heck of a time just walking it! Those lucky, lucky kids -- and they are getting old enough that they will remember these adventures forever.


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Posted: 07/29/15 07:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Were the videos of the truck the "worst" part of the road there? I would SO love to go there. Not with my 2wd dually and monster camper of course, but perhaps a tent and my Subaru Outback. I saw a Honda CRV in one video... was your wife driving separately from the truck, or someone waiting for you "get out of the way?" [emoticon]

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