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Posted: 08/17/18 03:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have never experienced Fossil Falls before off the 395 near lone pine this place is pretty awesome. It was pretty warm here a couple weeks ago, but our Honda 2000 genny kept the inside cozy.
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Pretty good views with no one around, just the way we like it
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evidence this area had masses of water flowing through at one time
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we headed up to the White Mountains to check out the Ancient Bristlecone pine forest. California has the tallest trees in the world, the largest trees and the oldest trees...go figure...Also want to add the most number of charred trees

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and Falling trees!!
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oldest trees in the world

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while on the trail a major thunderstorm rolled through the area
pelted us with hail...dropping a ton of rain
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parking lot at the visitor center before the strom
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and after
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video of us freaking out

we headed for calmer waters to grant lake to see if our inflatable kayaks still could hold air
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We decided to put these Torklift talon tie downs and fastguns to the test once again and head up to Leavitt lake, how much rattling and rolling can these things handle?
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I got pretty sketched out when a full size truck coming down the mountain said there was no way we would make it....
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the next vehicle we passed said, we were good....
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4X4 Low in this truck is amazing...had one slip of the wheel, and slight scrape with the running board but for the most part all was well with an 11k+ load climbing to 11K feet @ not sure what the grade but it is extreme
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the goods
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you know your off the beaten path when....the only other camper you see is in a Tee-pee tent with a pet goat, who brings 3 assault rifles and a chain saw to cut his fire wood
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we planned on staying at least 5 nights, just got settled when the smoke started rolling in
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California seemed to ignite all at once, this was smoke rolling in from the Ferguson fire as when we were there is just had started [emoticon]
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we were able to test again and see if our inflatable kayaks had any holes in them
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we got 2 nights in but the air quality @ high altitude was not a good mix, we tucked tailed out of there in search for fresher pastures
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we ended up in Reds meadow for a night and hiked to rainbow falls (diclaimer: there are approx 100,000 people behind me in this pic)
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this was bit of a dissapointment since we are not used to such heavy crowds and a dirt campsite costing $23, but a crowded day camping is 100 million times better than the best day working!!
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we did find our own slice of heaven @ reds
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and a refreshing dip
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We headed up to Little lakes valley, which is a bit of an upgrade from a walmart parking lot to a backpackers parking lot
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finally had the clean air we were looking for and untouched by fire
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this might be one of the last places to visit before the all the burned out sierras turn into shrub bushes
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all in all we had 10 nigths in the TC, and just love the freedom it provides. From sheltering against a hail storm, getting free lake front camping, to offroading deep into the sierras to boondocking in a backpackers parking lot...we love our TC, and our TL's

off course as soon as we got home all of California appeared to erupt in flames, not to mention literraly right out our own backyard!!! Prayers to all those familys that have lost loved ones and/or their homes
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Posted: 08/17/18 05:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your photos are awesome and amazing. Thanks for sharing. Betsy.


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Posted: 08/17/18 05:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All that beauty! Thanks for sharing. I'm glad you missed most of the smoke and apparently most of the recent Eastern Sierra mudslides.


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Posted: 08/17/18 06:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wonderful pictures.


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Posted: 08/17/18 06:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sitting here in my Lance on the west fork of the Carson River reading your post and going hmmmn....


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Seeing snow, while having 110F outside my window [emoticon]
Tell us more about area?
Seems I've been within 1/2 hr of drive from there dozens of times, but never went this route.





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Beautiful!

Saw your vid of driving into Leavitt Lake, answered my own question of would a long bed dually make it ... "no" is what I came up with! (with camper intact anyway)

Cancelled a car camping trip 2 weekend ago due to smoke, will try next weekend around Sunrise Lakes (off Blue Lakes road area near Kirkwood/Hwy 88) , or where there might not be too much smoke!

What great photos, I'm still just thinking "wow".

Dave

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Posted: 08/17/18 09:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Camp woof wrote:

Beautiful!

Saw your vid of driving into Leavitt Lake, answered my own question of would a long bed dually make it ... "no" is what I came up with! (with camper intact anyway)

Cancelled a car camping trip 2 weekend ago due to smoke, will try next weekend around Sunrise Lakes (off Blue Lakes road area near Kirkwood/Hwy 88) , or where there might not be too much smoke!

What great photos, I'm still just thinking "wow".

Dave


For what it’s worth, That video is of a couple years ago, the road is actually a lot better this year and believe it or not we saw a long bed dually make it up and down twice picking up backpackers. He didn’t have a camper on however.

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Posted: 08/18/18 06:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great photos and trip report!

* This post was edited 08/19/18 07:11am by billyray50 *

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NIce TR. The eastern Sierra is in my backyard. I have traveled a lot and enjoyed living near the Cascades and the Rockies but when it comes to weather give me the Sierra. Headed for some backpacking near Carson Pass on Monday.

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