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Monday, October 10, 2011

Independence, CA, USA – Oct. 3-4, 2011

We finally had two nights in one spot!  Stopped at Upper Gray’s Campground (NFS) and took, as usual, a spot as far from other people as possible.  This was not difficult as there were only a handful of people in the campground.

Lovely campground and our pitch was perfect with views down into the valley and up into the Sierra’s.  We drove up Onion Valley to the trailhead where we discovered that it would be a short 1-mile hike to the first of many alpine lakes.  All those years of backpacking and we had never discovered this area!  We’ll be back with four legs all ready to backpack someday:  It was gorgeous up there.

Back down in our campground, we did a little fishing which produced the biggest catch yet:  12.5” by yours truly!  It took me a good 20 minutes, and radioing to Alan for backup to bring him in, but it was worth it!  Alan caught another one (although, ahem, not so large) so we were set for dinner:  Roasted trout and a potato/poblano bake that Alan had made, both off the campfire.  Delicious! 

As I had consulting work to accomplish, we were forced to leave the morning of October 5, in a downpour.  Packing everything into Salt & Pepper wet, we arrived at the Highlands RV Park in Bishop, CA, just in time:  We got their second to last spot.  The storm blowing through had caused a number of people to stop moving north, indeed a few highways were closed due to snow.  But we weren’t afraid of the storm, we just needed WIFI so I could get to work and full hook-ups for some cleaning up.