This meetup combines Bodie, a state historic park and Mono Lake with its tufa formations as our road trip for the year. Bodie, a genuine California gold mining ghost town, stands in "arrested decay" is a small portion of what it was in its heyday but what remains is faithfully preserved as a historic park. Mono Lake with its strange and erie tufa towers is fascinating not only for the geologic history but the human history, wildlife, biology, and current water rights controversy, makes for further examination.
The overall meetup is to photograph Bodie on Sat. from 9a-6p, have the group dinner with Show & Tell (essential because this is meetup) in Lee Vining that evening, and shoot Mono Lake tufas at sunrise Sun. The Bodie park service staff has offered us an early morning shoot before the public hours from sunrise to 9a for a fee. This includes access to the interior of certain buildings that are normally closed to the public but can be viewed through windows. The fee is $400/group, $100 per member and insurance. I'm negotiating a discounted fee if we have over 10 members. If a majority of the members vote for this option then the afternoon shoot will be "no host" and just I'll just host a morning 9a-12:00 shoot. Of course, this means an additional motel night expense. See the Discussions message board for options. BTW, there are several campgrounds nearby at a fraction of a motel price. You should reserve a motel in Lee Vining because it's between Bodie and Mono Lake at least 3 weeks before the meetup.
The typical AUE meetup is designed for a small nimble group but for a road trip we'll be larger but still have our social. As the host, I've made the drive from San Rafael to Lee Vining leaving Sat., 6:30a -12:30p, on hwys. [masked]-395. Hwy. 108 over Sonora Pass on the east side of the summit is a very steep and twisting road not recommended for RV's and trailers. However, the other route Hwy. 120 through Yosemite Park has more traffic over Tioga Pass and estimated to take much more time than 108. The less stressful schedule is to leave on Fri.
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The sign-up sequence is: RSVP, and pay meetup fee. About 15 days before meetup I will request confirmation and contact info (full legal name, cell#, emergency contact person and their tel.#.) if I don't get it in 10 days I will take you off the RSVP list and offer your spot to those on the Waiting List. Also, please acknowledge the Release of Liability form in Discussions folder that you will sign when we meet in Bodie.