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Old 08-11-2006   #1 (permalink)
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Pre-PNWPM Camping Trip Report

We’ve been a little busy lately, so I guess I’ll start this thread off… So after this it’s tag you’re it, MikeW (Gne…gne…gne…)

Day 1 (Monday)
Woke up about 1 hour later than we wanted to. Oh well, it IS a vacation, after all, right? — Semi-Almost-Thing #1

MikeW likes to get an early start. Since everything was packed last night, all we really had to do was eat breakfast and start driving…Usually we are packing right up to the last minute. See, we do learn from our errors.

I had to check the inside of the PUP before we left home. You see, my cat likes to crawl in there when the door is open, and sometimes when we haven’t checked…yes, you guessed it… the cat gets locked in there…. I’ll let MikeW tell you that story sometime…

No cat inside, in fact Mr. Cat is staring at us from the porch. Poor thing, he’s going to the radiotherapy vet while we are gone to get radioactive iodine treatments for his thyroid cancer. Just in case I say my final goodbyes to him. Teary-eyed, I climb into the Denali…We’re off!

On this trip, we had many ‘stretching breaks’ for MikeW’s back. I remarked that this trip was the first trip in 20 years that I was able to use real human (semi-clean) bathrooms for every ‘nature’s call.’

Stopped for gas and to buy a bucket in Bishop, CA. We had forgotten to pack the bucket---here is another Semi-Almost-Thing #1.

We pulled into Sherwin Creek Camp at about 3pm, and found a great ‘partial shade’ site (#66). The campsite was about 150 ft from Sherwin Creek, so we could hear the creek from the PUP. The creek was running about 4x more than usual, and was the largest I have seen since 1964 (okay, I ‘m old)…It would be interesting to see the creek in August or September (when MikeW and I usually come here), but that won’t happen this year.

We put up the PUP, unpacked, and found out that one of the telescopic locking posts for the awning didn’t lock, so we rigged the post so that it was on top of the bear box (Another Semi-Almost-Thing #1, but turned into a positive Thing #5...hey, not all Things are bad ).

Bear box…WTF??? We noticed that there were many posted bear warnings and brand-new bear boxes for the coolers at every site. There were postings everywhere about a $150.00 fine for non-compliance… Every camping cooler had to be stored in the bear box, and all food covered in the car. This was a new phenomenon. It reminded me of Yosemite. Very strange…

So far, only a few ‘Semi-Almost-Things #1’ happened…
1) Woke up one hour late
2) Had to buy a bucket before we got to the site (forgot it at home), so we bought one in Bishop.
3) One of the telescopic locking posts for the awning didn’t lock, so we rigged the post so that it was on top of the bear box. A good Thing #5
4) The water pump didn’t work, so the new bucket was the means of bringing water to the PUP also a Thing #5 and #6. It was a thing #6, because …well, I’ll let MikeW explain it
All in all, MikeW handled his Things well this trip

After setting up camp, we had 3-cheese stuffed tortellini with onions, green peppers, zucchini, eggplant and tomato sauce, baby lettuce and herb salad with Dijon mustard dressing, sprinkled with butter-garlic croutons, and a nice 2005 Bogle Merlot...Sat outside for awhile and looked at the beautiful stars...
Life is good...

Quote for the day: “Camping is the ‘Mother’ of invention.”
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After setting up camp, we had 3-cheese stuffed tortellini with onions, green peppers, zucchini, eggplant and tomato sauce, baby lettuce and herb salad with Dijon mustard dressing, sprinkled with butter-garlic croutons, and a nice 2005 Bogle Merlot...
Thanks for reminding me that it's time for breakfast....
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Keep it up..(as if I needed to say that)...love it when the two of you do a trip report !!
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You two make camping sound fun.
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You two make camping sound fun.
Thanks! We do have a great time, and there are always adventures .
...Sometimes we report on them, sometimes not

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Having actually stepped into the PUP and viewed the set up, I gotta say this THING is an amazing organizational feat! B & W have it set up really cute and there is SOOOOO much stuff in there....did NOT, however, see any socks laying around
Keep the report comin'.....
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Having actually stepped into the PUP and viewed the set up, I gotta say this THING is an amazing organizational feat! B & W have it set up really cute and there is SOOOOO much stuff in there
In other words, "You guys sure brought a lot sh!te !!!!"

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did NOT, however, see any socks laying around
Keep the report comin'.....
You won't see them, they're kept under the pillow
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In other words, "You guys sure brought a lot sh!te !!!!"


You won't see them, they're kept under the pillow
Maybe that is where you keep yours? I keep mine IN the pillow case...
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where is the photos that go along with the report. isnt that mandatory now??
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Oh, boy! Been looking forward to this.

Yeah, pics would be nice. Waiting for more.
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"WOW" been waiting about a year for this report Lookin' forward to more I was a bit curious what the bucket was for, then I read on
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Great start Bonny...you are inspiring me to get started on our Texas Adventure Trip Report....
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where is the photos that go along with the report. Isn't that mandatory now??
Hi BigDave!
Photos are mandatory
However, the program for downloading is on MikeW's computer. Since he actually works for our living...I'll just have to patiently wait until he can upload them.
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