Sunday, September 18, 2011

Back Home

We had a wonderful trip to Rock Creek and Silver Lake. The first 4 days were up at the East Fork Campground on Rock Creek, about 30 miles west of Bishop. I had been so hot at home that it was nice to be a little cold. I was in long pants, vest, and flannel shirt most of the time at Rock Creek. I didn't take any pictures - I really didn't go anywhere. Don fished up at the lake, or on the creek, and I stayed at the trailer just enjoying the peace and quiet. I spent most of my days in my Strongback Chair, cross stitching or reading. Now that I have that chair, I can spend hours and hours outside and not complain about my back.

Our second destination was the Forest Service campground at Silver Lake, on the June Lake Loop.  We've been going to June Lake for over 20 years, but have always stayed at Oh Ridge Campground overlooking June Lake. We decided to try some place different this time.
Our site, #36, had this view to the south of Carson Peak

This is looking west towards the Alger Creek Waterfall

Alger Creek waterfall
One of our day trips was up Tioga Pass to Saddleback Lake, near the east entrance to Yosemite. We got up there and learned they had drained the lake to about half capacity in order to work on the dam. That didn't deter the fishermen from coming, as the place was quite busy with shore fishers. Don and another guy were the only ones to go out in float tubes.
Saddlebag Lake, looking north

Saddlebag Lake - the view east from my stitching site
Around lunch time the clouds rolled in, and it became a little drizzly and chilly. We drove back down the road and stopped for a couple of hours along Saddlebag Creek. I stayed warm and dry in the truck while Don walked the creek for a while.
Saddleback Creek, looking south

Don, stalking the trout in Saddlebag Creek

Don on Saddlebag Creek
Another day trip was up to the Virginia Lakes. To get there, you take the 395 to Lee Vining, continue north up to the top of Conway Summit, and go left 6 miles to the Virginia Lakes. There are 4 lakes all within walking distance, and we chose to go to Trumble since there were so many people at the others.

The water in Trumble was a murky green, but it didn't hamper the fishing at all.  From my chair next to the lake I watched Don catch fish after fish - over 30 in all.  Of course he put them back.

This trip was a little different from others in that we had no hookups the whole time - and didn't bring the DirecTV receiver for when we were using the generator. We were able to pick up one radio station at Rock Creek and none at Silver Lake, so for 10 days we heard very little news from the outside world. It was rather pleasant. We each had books to read, and while Don fished I either read or worked on my cross stitch.  We realized our trailer batteries need to be replaced - he would run the generator for a couple hours, and then 2-3 hours later the indicator light showed "empty' again. One of the batteries is 3 years old; the other is 4 - so it's definitely time to get them replaced.

We don't have any trips planned for a while. The next one will be towards the end of October when we go with some friends out to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.


KarenInTheWoods said...

Those are some fantastic shots! Sure looks like a wonderful place to visit.

Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

Travels with Emma said...

In another time and space, I'd be out there with Don just fishing. :)

Merikay said...

I used to fish with my Dad. Maybe if we do get to go full time, we will have to get some fishing gear!

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

Glad you had a great time!

On Da Road said...

Great pics .. so did you like the Oh Ridge or the Silver Lake FS better. I will be heading that way in a few days.. can't wait! :-)

Cyndi said...

As I'm trying to think about which one I like better, I can't come up with reasons to favor one over the other. Oh Ridge is larger. Both have fabulous views. Oh Ridge is more open, since Silver Lake is in the canyon, though you could see from my pics that it wasn't "closed in." Each one is close to a private resort where you can get emergency groceries. Silver Lake is not only next to the lake but has Rush Creek along the eastern edge. Oh Ridge overlooks June Lake and you have to drive or take a pretty long walk to get to it. In both of them, there's plenty of room in the sites and between the sites - they're pretty spacious. So I guess it's a tossup!

JoJo said...

That is certainly some beautiful country. Don looks like he is in heaven.