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Big Pine Lakes 2006 – Day 1

***Monday, August 7, 2006

This year’s Talusdancers pack trip was a departure from what we usually do. Last year’s trip covered a 14-day route on the John Muir Trail between the area around the Minarets and Bishop Pass. (I had to bail on day 4 due to illness, but I rejoined the group for the last couple days.) The year before that a small group did a 9-day trip between Bishop Pass and Kearsarge Pass, crossing some of the highest portions of the JMT including Mather, Pinchot, and Glen passes.

This year we took a real vacation. Our five-day trip included only about 13 miles of hiking, and we stayed in one spot for three nights!

For the Bay Area contingent, the trip began early in the morning on Monday, August 7 as the four of us assembled at Owen’s place in Concord, loading up my BigMobile for the trip over the Sierra via Tioga Pass. We stopped for lunch at Tioga Pass Resort before heading on into Owens Valley and then south to our rendezvous with the other 7 participants at the ranger station in Bishop.

After our usual hour or two of getting the wilderness permit, buying trailhead barbecue supplies at Vons, and the obligatory stop at Schaats bakery we headed south on 395 to the turn-off to the Big Pine Creek road, arriving at the campsite near the trailhead in time to grab three campsites and prepare our feast.

The trailhead barbecue is a tradition on these trips. Everyone supplies a part of the meal feast that we create at our trailhead campsite. This time we had a luxurious campsite that included the stone and concrete frame of an old cabin, equipped with a huge fireplace.

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