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#1 ski3pin

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Posted 03 January 2022 - 06:03 PM

It was the winter holidays. We had a break in the weather. Where should/did we go? The answer is in our latest blog post that you can find here -

 

Winter Solstice Trip - December 2021

 

We hope you enjoy it and we wish you all a very Happy New Year!


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Posted 03 January 2022 - 06:59 PM

A wonderful trip report, Julie’s knees did well, Ted was feeling better (very good news), and I learned a new definition for cat house.  Thanks for sharing, thanks for the vicarious journey!  :)


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Posted 03 January 2022 - 10:20 PM

"cat house" indeed.  Should have guessed such a reference would pop up after mentioning that the Wildcat Ranch was a favorite landmark (not stopover!) along the way... ;-)


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Posted 04 January 2022 - 02:58 AM

Great minds!

 

We left on Friday the 17th and also chose NV 95 instead of 395 with chain controls.   We were just a day ahead of you, using 360 over Montgomery Pass.   We kept going to Big Pine and over North Pass to Saline Valley, but that's another story.

 

We also photographed the rising moon and flying military hardware, but from the other side of the Inyo range.   Really cool you met up with the Ted's for Panamint Valley.   We were there later that week.

 

Finally, we also were at Benton Hot Springs but at sites #2 and #4 on Wednesday and Thursday last week.   We were coming home and passing through Tonopah, with Hwy 80 closed and thought, "why not check for an opening at Benton?"  

BINGO!

 

I would try to write up a TR, but our home is still without power after eight days.   I'm typing this on generator power, but with Comcast internet.  Strange world.   It's been over 18 days since we've had line voltage, living on 12v batteries and NG powered generator.


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Posted 04 January 2022 - 02:47 PM

You guys sure have a knack for finding those petroglyphs.  In all my wanderings, I've only found two, one in Death Valley NP and one in KOFA.  Years ago I encountered those cowboy petroglyphs you pictured in one of your KOFA TR and I completely missed the native ones almost adjacent to them.  I did 'find' them on a later hike.

Are you suggesting you consistently followed your dad's advice or that he was just prescient?

Thanks for the great TR.


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Posted 04 January 2022 - 03:41 PM

A wonderful trip report, Julie’s knees did well, Ted was feeling better (very good news), and I learned a new definition for cat house.  Thanks for sharing, thanks for the vicarious journey!   :)

 

Thanks Mr. Sage! We were so glad to be able to get Ted out into some rougher country. :)


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Posted 04 January 2022 - 03:44 PM

"cat house" indeed.  Should have guessed such a reference would pop up after mentioning that the Wildcat Ranch was a favorite landmark (not stopover!) along the way... ;-)

Vic, thanks for the nice comment! We get such a kick out of those columns around the Wildcat Ranch we couldn't resist cat house. :)


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Posted 04 January 2022 - 03:52 PM

Great minds!

 

We left on Friday the 17th and also chose NV 95 instead of 395 with chain controls.   We were just a day ahead of you, using 360 over Montgomery Pass.   We kept going to Big Pine and over North Pass to Saline Valley, but that's another story.

 

We also photographed the rising moon and flying military hardware, but from the other side of the Inyo range.   Really cool you met up with the Ted's for Panamint Valley.   We were there later that week.

 

Finally, we also were at Benton Hot Springs but at sites #2 and #4 on Wednesday and Thursday last week.   We were coming home and passing through Tonopah, with Hwy 80 closed and thought, "why not check for an opening at Benton?"  

BINGO!

 

I would try to write up a TR, but our home is still without power after eight days.   I'm typing this on generator power, but with Comcast internet.  Strange world.   It's been over 18 days since we've had line voltage, living on 12v batteries and NG powered generator.

 

Yes, Lighthawk we experienced east siders do tend to think alike! :)

 

Great that you and SR were able to score two nights at Benton!

 

We are looking forward to your tale of solstice adventure!

 

Comcast is our provider also but around here their backup batteries to run the system last almost exactly three hours after PG&E goes out. No need to ask us how we know. :) Many around here are still waiting for power to be restored. We hope are back on the grid soon!


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Posted 04 January 2022 - 03:56 PM

You guys sure have a knack for finding those petroglyphs.  In all my wanderings, I've only found two, one in Death Valley NP and one in KOFA.  Years ago I encountered those cowboy petroglyphs you pictured in one of your KOFA TR and I completely missed the native ones almost adjacent to them.  I did 'find' them on a later hike.

Are you suggesting you consistently followed your dad's advice or that he was just prescient?

Thanks for the great TR.

Thanks dr. tucson for the kind comment! As you find more and more rock art sites you do develop a knack for where to look. Keep at it and it will come. Of course, this is something my Dad taught me so many years ago. :)


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Posted 04 January 2022 - 04:46 PM

Good thing your dad shared his wisdom. Thanks for the TR. 


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