©This is sure to be one fun time! There is so much to do here, it would be sad to be only one weekend, so a Thursday afternoon departure assures us that our road trip will be more about
kayaking than driving. Join Debbie Shevey (co-host) and me through the backside of the sierras. Adult Attitude / happy hours / Bring booze! No prudes!
Departs Thursday afternoon,Arrive: Tioga Gas Mart & Whoa Nelie Deli, (Shell Station @ 120W). There is a message board here, and I will leave my SacYakker card and note if there is any change to DISPERSED CAMPING---AS FOLLOWS: Go 4 miles south of W120 to one exit past E120 (West Portal Road---may be a dirt road) off 395 (east) for disbursed camping. Traveling east, we will catch the first decent overnight area away from any traffic. This puts us within a few miles from Mono for an easy put in the next morning. Best to locate one of us on VHF 69 or FRS channel 5. You may catch up with us at Mono Lake Friday morning if you can't locate us. Take directions with you....Cell phones rarely work here. Mine is nine one 6 five 3 1 seven one two three. Best to text if you have no radio.
Friday 0830 : Arrive and tour / paddle Mono Lake. Bring 2 liters of water for drinking, and some water to rinse salt off gear. Brief walk to unusual Tuffas worth visiting. (Aqua blue salt lake, returning to shore before afternoon winds.
Friday After Paddle: Lunch at Whoa Nelie Deli (Shell Station Gourmet deli)Lee Vining gas station---great deli sandwiches / nice place.
Friday Afternoon: Move on to Convict (Pay showers here at day usea area) / or swim it--cold at Convict. You can stay in Day use area until late afternoon, so take in a paddle if you want or enjoy the beach in day use. Hot springs at Benton for evening --purely a note, not an event.
Friday Evening 5:30 approx: Check in at Browns Milpond Park, located at: 230 Sawmill Drive, Bishop 93514 N.W. Corner of Bishop, exiting 395 at Sawmill (right). We are reserved under my name--Sven Lund, contact is Stacey Sparrow 7608735342. They have 3 sites near equestrian that was made available to us on a special basis. $5/per person per night + $2 per 7 minute shower. We can stay here through Monday morning if we want, giving us flexibility if we vote to move on. We shall all decide on length of segment of Owens river, whether to split it up into two days, or one long leg.
Saturday: Owens River: 0900 ish. Drop off gear at put in TBA, drop cars off at take out TBA, shuttling drivers back in one car. Duration on river TBA. This may be a long cruise if conditions merit. Bring Dry bag and 1 gallon of water. We will pack a solid lunch and snacks for potentially 6-7 hour outing. Deck skirts may prove useful. We will have a few class ripples. I will be taking my 14' Pungo + skirt + radio + large dry bag, and a couple dry shirts.
Sunday: Member decided excursion!: We can hit 5 lakes up at mammouth, or Twin Lakes, or head toward Yosemite, and hit Saddleback Lake (I believe 10,000 ft.) Highest accessible lake in CA. Perhaps do a bbq lakeside? We will pow-wow on these choices at camp.
Monday: This is definitely member decided...suggestions welcome.Depart in morning going North, perhaps stop at Mammouth (I've only driven through it) or Lundy Lake and Lundy Canyon for a two hour hike.
TBA's: YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO FOLLOW ANNOUNCEMENTS OF CAMPING AND TRAVELS WITH CHANGES. REACHING US: CARAVAN OR REACH US WITH A DECENT RADIO (ON ALL WEEKEND).
If any of our group is unaccounted for Friday Morning, we will meet at Navy Beach 0830. IF INCLEMENT WEATHER, Lee Vining Gas Station. Bring your radios FRS 5 VHF 69
Carpool: Please pack your loose gear in plastic box / container for reducing clutter, and ease of repack of cars / trucks. We will bring 1 bbq & 1 burner gas stove, and coffee pot & pan for carpool. Bring your own coffee additives/ mugs, etc.. Bringing 2-3 gallons water, and firewood. Suggest 1 stove per campsite at least.
Kayak Gear: Normal safety gear, PFD required, whistle recommended. Thermal protection a personal choice. High elevation paddles will be along shores /conditional on weather. The owens is very narrow, and a quick exit if mishap. Mono is a personal choice for gear. I would suggest a short and long sleeve wicking shirt, but here again a personal choice.
Communication: Two way radios. See discussions / "Radio" FRS 5 will be used all weekend. Those with VHF only, I will monitor VHF 69 as well. If you don't have a working radio, please carpool with someone that does. It is invaluable to have these. $120 on Amazon for dual band (recommended) Cell phones work in Bishop.
Food: Square Tupperware is great! Block ice Water Jugs (drain a pint and freeze) for refrigeration and water for trip. We may stop for an occasional meal, but will be best to prepare for 2 full days of meals.
Other Bear / raccoon / coyotes. Items sure to get a visit: Convict has
a resident bear. It may visit camp. Everything goe
s in bear locker...Nothing in your tent, including toothpaste, lipstick, deoderant, food wrappers or trash.
YOU ARE SELF RELIANT ON EVERYTHING ELSE!!!!
Requirements: Prior kayak experience required, and you must identify size and type of boat in RSVP. Camping at June Lake gets into 30's late at night.
Please RSVP with your ride sharing offer / need . $5/hr. to pay driver (each passenger). Trip should be 10 hrs r/t, including destination events. Please allow for splits on campsites, bringing cash for sites & drivers. Campgrounds charge per vehicle, and tent space limited. Encourage carpooling. I will offer ride to 3 extra passengers and their gear.
Carpooling: Strongly encouraged, as limited space at take-out and put ins.
Campsites: Count on desert disbursed camping for Thursday only. You must all bring water and toiletries / shovel.
1. Cash for campsites where applicable and splits on fuel (10 hours = $50 pp), and cash for Deli for your sandwich.
2. Camping gear, neatly packed in plastic tubs, food, Drinking / water for camping and rinsing your boat at Mono (salt).
3. I will bring and make coffee, with (2)-12 cup coffee percolators. You bring additives, and favorite blend if you like.
4. Headlamp. I will bring one coleman lantern, and some firewood, and hear Sam is bringing some wood too. Comment if you can bring a bundle of it.
5. Food is all on your own to plan, whether with your carpool or , though a fire ring and standing bbq is provided at camp...bring coals or bring: share a bbq / stove / grill. Feel free to plan with others. I will not coordinate this.
6. You will have opportunity to duck into Bishop for provisions, ice, cheaper fuel than Lee Vining.