Thursday, September 29, 2005

Twin Lakes

We stayed for 7 days at Twin Lakes RV resort. Sure is beautiful. We had deer come into camp every evening. When Gary was outside during their visit, one doe would come within 6 feet of him. Gary fished every day, even the day it rained. He released most of the ones he caught but we did have fish for dinner two nights. One day the wind blew and I thought it was going to blow the motorhome over. Good thing we have it loaded with lots of stuff to make it too heavy for the wind to blow over. We woke up one morning to discover that it had snowed in the mountains around us. Sure was beautiful. We will be leaving here and headed north up 395.

The wind must have blown 50 -60 miles an hour for over 12 hours. The lake looked more like an ocean.

These deer came down into camp every evening. You can see the lake behind the deer.

View from the left side of the motorhome after the snowstorm.

Our view from the rear of the motorhome after the snow storm on Tuesday.

Gary caught this fish out of the lake. Notice how calm the lake is compared to the first day we were there.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

This is the view of June Lake. We spent a week here. We were able to fish from the boat for two days. Gary went fishing in stream by Silverlake and caught loads of fish.

We launched our boat from the right side of the lake.

This mammoth greets you at the visitor center. They have shuttles that take you to the various stops in the national park. Interesting shuttle ride. The road down to the valley is only one lane with lots of turnouts.

We decided to take the Scenic Gondola Ride to the top of Mammoth Mountain's summit at 11,053 feet. The Gondola's speed is 800 feet per minute. The temp here was 65, at the top of the mountain, it was 49. There was still a little snow on the very top.

A look back towards the midway point of the Gondola Ride.

The top of the ride.

Our first walk was to the Devils Postpile. Then we continued on the trail to Rainbow Falls. From there we went 2 more miles to Red Meadows.

This is Rainbow Falls where the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin river plunges 101 feet over a cliff of volcanic rock. If the sun is overhead, rainbows show up in the mist from the rocks below the falls.

San Joaquin River just before it goes over the Rainbow Falls.

Sign in front of Devils Postpile that tells how the it was formed.

Some of the basalt that has fallen from the Devil's Postpile.

Another view of the Devil's Postpile. You can see the difference between the columns on the left and those on the right.

Close up view of the Devil's Postpile. You can really see the columnar Basalt.

This is the San Joaquin River as it passes by Devil's Postpile.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Las Vegas, Nevada

Our time in Vegas was short but full of things to do. We spent two days on the strip, but were not able to see all of the Casinos. We were able to see the free shows at the Billagagio, Treasure Island, and the Mirage. We walked into numerous casinos and were so busy looking at things, we did not have time to gambe. One of the things that kept Gary from gambling was the fact that most of the slot machines did not have a coin receptical, one had to put in bills or tickets. We were able to see two shows, the first was a show which featured The Coasters, Platters, and Drifters. Great show!!!! The second show was called the Legends which featured look-a-likes for Buddy Holly, Maddona, Bruce Springsting, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, and of course Elvis. An okay show but not as good as the first. I figured out that the best way to see Vegas is to swim at the motel or RV park during the morning, early afternoon, and then go out at night. We also saw some of the free shows. We found a great place to park at O'Sheas. From there we were able to walk to quite a few of the Casinos. We are currently on our way to June Lake to do some fishing.

The fire really shoots high in the air during the erruption.

Every hour, these statues located inside of the Ceasar form, move and put on a laser show.

During the show, the statue in front moves as if he is playing the lyre.

Entrance to the Luxor. Inside they have an IMAX theater and a replica of King Tut's tomb.

The Drifters. The older gentleman was a riot. He was like the Everyready bunny. He was never still.

The Coasters singing one of their many songs. Great show.

No label needed. We did not make it inside the Paris Casino.

The eagle and liberty bell inside the Bellagio.

Driving in Colorado and Utah.

What a beautiful drive. The rock formations are fantastic. The roads are good. The mountain passes are really something else.

Blue Mesa Recreational Ranch, Gunnison, Co

We stayed at the Blue Mesa Recreational Ranch in Gunnison, Co. Gary got to fish for 5 days and was able to catch his limit every day. I got to take some water aerobic classes while Gary was out fishing. We met our friends Jack and Terri Watters. They taught us a game called "Jokers and Pegs". We were able to play the game three nighs. The girls won two out of the three nights. While we were at Blue Mesa, we took a drive to Black Canyon of the Gunnison River National Park. It was raining the day we went, so we did not get to walk out on all the overlooks. They have a campground there and hopefully, we will be able to visit again.

We stopped in Grand Junction at a reststop. This reststop had a memorial to the Vietnam Vets.

Our first view of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River.

Closer view of the Painted Rock.

Section of what they refer to as The Painted Rock.

The Gunnison River taken from the southern rim of the Black Canyon.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison River

Black Canyon of the Gunnison River.

Information of the Dillion Pinnacles.

Dillion Pinnacles on close to Blue Mesa Recreatonal Ranch.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Our time at Custer State Park

What a wonderful time we had. We enjoyed the wildlife and the programs that the park put on every night. We would definitely visit again.

These male turkeys were out in the lead.

These turkeys passed by our campsite the last morning we were there.

View from our campsite. If you look closely, you can see why they called this area the Black Hills. The hills are covered with trees that have a blackish color trunk.

Our motorhome parked at the Game Lodge campground in Custer State Park, South Dakota.

We were sleeping away when we began to hear loud snorting sounds. When we looked out our window, we saw this herd of buffalo passing by the campground.

Three of the herd passing by the pond at the front of our campground.

Can you see the two bulls in the center challenging each other? It didn't take long for one to back down.

We came upon this antelope during our drive on the Wildlife loop.

After Gary tried to sneak up on the antelope, he decided to take a walk.

While we were taking a drive, a herd of goats crossed the road in front of us. This was the first one to reach the other side of the road.

The goats were really having a great time. I managed to catch one of them jumping in the air.

We took a drive to Sylvan Lake.

This is part of the herd that came down to the pond in the late afternoon.

Gary had been fishing from the bare spot behind the buffalo. After Gary left, this buffalo came close to his spot to take a drink.