Archive for August, 2007

Updated Index Blog 0826/07

Monday 27 August 2007 @ 10:08 pm
I decided it was time to update my index blog so most if not all of my trips are on one page. Hope you enjoy.

Well I decided to make an index of my trips and I hope it works. I will try to update it every few weeks. Thanks again to all of you who have been keeping up and to the new people.

Philbrook Lake 08/26/07

Fishing in the Bay 08/20/07

Milsap Bar 08/19/07

Millsap Bar 08/11/07

Bowman Lake 08/05/07

Slickrock 07/29/07

Moore Creek 07/22/07

Slickrock 07/15/07 videos

Slickrock 07/15/07

Lake Alpine 07/08/07

Boulder Flat 07/01/07

Beardsley 06/17/07

Beardsley 06/10/07

Salt Springs 06/03/07

Salt Springs 05/28/07

Bowman Lake 05/20/07

More Barney Riley

Barney Riley Video 05/13/07

Barney Riley 05/13/07

South Cow Mountain 04/22/07

Henry Coe State Park 04/15/07

Lake Chabot 04/08/07

Henry Coe State Park 04/01/07

Red Mountain 03/25/07

St Patricks Day 03/18/07

Prewitt Ridge 03/11/07

More from Mattole

Mattole Beach 03/04/07

Mendocino NF 02/25/07

Stoneyford 02/19/07

Knoxville Rec Area 02/11/07

Hobo Gulch 02/04/07

Grant county Park 01/28/07

Samuel Taylor Park 01/21/07

Happy Campers 01/14/07

Manchester State Park 01/07/07

Manchester State Park 01/01/07

Brannan Island and Xmas 12/25/06

Brannan Island and my Aunt's house 12/17/06

Gualala Point 12/03/06

Blue Oak 11/26/06

Blue Oak 11/19/06

Eldorado National Forest wk 2 11/12/06

Best of Landscapes and other things

Best of Animal Life

Eldorado National Forest 11/05/06

Best of Plants

Woodchuck Flat wk 2 10/29/06

Woodchuck Flat 10/22/06

Talbot Campground wk 2 10/15/06

Talbot Campground 10/08/06

Bowman Lake 10/01/06

Gualala Point 09/24/06

Henry Coe State Park 09/17/06

Bowman Lake 09/10/06

Bowman Lake 09/04/06

Grouse Ridge wk 2 08/27/06

Grouse Ridge 08/20/06

Bowman Lake wk 2 08/13/06

Bowman Lake 08/06/06

Another Weekend in the Mountains 07/30/06

High Sierra wk 2 07/23/06

High Sierra 07/16/06

Lake Amador 07/09/06

UC Botanical Garden 07/02/06

Another walk around the hood 07/01/06

A walk around the neighborhood 06/25/06

Stoneyford 06/18/06

Lake Sonoma 06/11/06

Shawn's graduation 06/08/06

Board's Crossing 06/04/06

The Damon get together 05/31/06

Stoneyford 05/28/06

Lake Camache 05/21/06

Hollister Hills 05/14/06

A Sunday drive 05/07/06

Turlock SRA 04/30/06

Lake Sonoma 04/22/06

Blue Oak 04/09/06

Hollister Hills 04/02/06

Death Valley 03/26/06

Gualala Point 03/19/06

Henry Coe State Park 03/12/06

Lundborg Landing 03/05/06

Grant County Park 02/26/06

Grant Cpounty Park 02/19/06

Samuel Taylor Park 02/11/06

Lake Chabot 02/05/06

Snow Camping 01/28/06

Big Sur 01/15/06

New Year New Tent 01/08/06

Lake Success 12/27/05

Xmas 2005

PJ's Party 12/18/05

Aunt's Annual Xmas Party 12/17/05

Las Padres 12/10/05

My attempt at camping this weekend 12/04/05

Camping 11/26/05

Thanksgiving 2005

Black Butte 11/20/05

Usal Beach 11/13/05

New Hogan 11/06/05

Auburn 10/30/05

Auburn 10/23/05

Pipi 10/16/05

Turlock 09/29/05

Hope everyone enjoys it.

Philbrook lake 08/26/07

Sunday 26 August 2007 @ 6:15 pm
I went to a place called Philbrook Lake this weekend. It is just north of Paradise. The place looked pretty nice but the water was way down. I am going to write PG&E and American Land and Leisure about what happened and will include their replies if I get them.

The campground appears to split into an upper and lower campground. I pulled in the upper and saw a nice stack of firewood and decided on my spot. I went up to entrance to get my fee envelope and the vault said not to deposit anything into it and that the camp host would stop by and pick it up. Having been at some campgrounds where the hosts were elderly it made sense.

Right up from me 2 spots were marked off with one piece of yellow caution tape. After being here for a few hours and not seeing a camp host, this guy drives up and through the tape. His unleashed dog hops out the back. At first I am thinking it is some local who taped off the spots. He then pulls out a chain saw and I pull out my camera. He didn't have a front plate so I walked up by him and shot a picture of his plate from the back. He asked me what I was doing and I told him. He said he worked for the camp host, then that his dad was the camp host. I said well then it shouldn't be a problem. The guy freaks out saying he is going to call the sheriff and drives off in his truck.

I go back to making toothpicks to start the fire and this guy comes racing back up with two other guys. One could have been his father. At first I thought they were going to jump me but I had the hatchet in my hand and they thought the better of it. The older starts ranting about how PG&E pays him to cut the wood and do I want names of people with PG&E. He then shouts that it is none of my f'ing business or concern what goes on in the campground.

I am trying to tell the guy if that is the case then it isn't a problem. I also tried to tell him that I have seen too many people do resource damage before and taking pictures of it will usually cause it to stop. He then told the younger one to go back to what he was doing. I think he was either drunk or stoned. He went back over to the site and spent about 5 minutes using the chainsaw. I don't think the guy was the camp host.

What I was expecting and got for a reply was like I was doing something wrong. I was expecting a reply from the younger guy something like this: "I am working for the camp host and will have him stop by your site." From the older guy/dad I was expecting something like: "Thanks for your concern but he is working for me."

I am curious as to how other folks would have handled this situation. Tell me how you would have done it differently.

What makes me think that this guy isn't the camp host is that no one came by to pick up my fees. I was the only person in the upper campground the whole weekend so I really didn't have a chance to chat with the other folks staying in the lower one.

Well that was Friday afternoon.

I was really wore out this weekend. I am not sure why so I spent most of my time sleeping and stoking the fire. I tried to take some pictures and will have to get some of the sunset over those trees.

Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Fishing in the Bay 08/20/07

Thursday 23 August 2007 @ 9:46 pm

I decided to go out fishing on Monday. They still don't like my hooks or something. It was more to kill some time. Since I wasn't able to land any fish I took some pictures of the stuff I saw.

Hope you enjoy the pictures. I will have my camping one up on Sunday.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Milsap Bar 08/19/07

Sunday 19 August 2007 @ 9:24 pm

Well I decided to go back to Milsap Bar this weekend. I wanted to find those waterfalls. I thought I was on the right track on Thursday night but it started getting dark and I didn't have my headlamp or flashlight with me. I have found out that it is a stair type of waterfall so it isn't as great as a free falling one. On Saturday I hiked about 5 miles up the road and didn't see the trail. I talked to some locals on Saturday night and they said I stopped 2 miles short of the trail. I am going to go back out there sometime in the future.

I did a lot of hiking this weekend. Some of it was through the water so I wasn't able to take my camera. I am going to have to find some decent watershoes versus the watersocks I have been trying to use.

There are tons of fish but it appears they don't like my hook. What else is new? I think part of it is that there are so many bugs out right now it is like a buffet for them.

The food was great. This was almost an all Trader Joe's weekend. I need to get better about taking pictures. I bought a dozen bagels from Noah's but was bageled out after a few. I made some new friends from San Jose and shared the bagels with them. Some of the things I had this weekend were: applewood bacon and eggs, antipasto salad, salmon, chicken fajitas, carne asada, asian chicken salad.

I had a great weekend and hope you enjoy the pictures.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Milsap Bar 08/11/07

Sunday 12 August 2007 @ 8:53 am

Well as some of you know my dad and myself are looking for a place in the Paradise area. I am starting to look for places in the backyard to go camping. I think I am going to be a happy camper. There are lots of places.

This weekend I am at Milsap Bar. This is a short weekend because Alex's (my niece) reception is on Saturday. There is a 600+ foot waterfall that I need to find. I may come up here again next weekend just to look for that waterfall. It is suppose to be the third tallest in the US. I didn't even know it was here until after I got here and started reading up on the place.

It seems like the waterfalls are about 8 miles south of the campground. It also seems like some folks are living up here. I don't know if they are hippies or rainbow folks (Aren't they the same!) but it seems like they have set up a homestead.

I had a great time and am looking forward to next weekend. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Bowman Lake 08/05/07

Sunday 5 August 2007 @ 3:42 pm

We were looking at homes in Paradise on Thursday so I didn't take off until Friday morning. I headed up to Bowman Lake again. On the way in I saw some bikes on the side of the road. One of them had a flat tire. I stopped and let them borrow my compressor to air it back up. It still had a slow leak so I hoped they made it back out.

My favorite spot was taken but my next favorite one was open. A few minutes later Tony and Cheryl were looking for a spot and I said they could share mine. They shared some fresh picked fruit and veggies and adult beverages. Their daughters (Allison and Kim) showed up later on Friday night with their friends (Ari and Amy). On Saturday morning I cooked bacon and eggs. I went out hiking to find the waterfalls. Fantastic! I am probably going to hike over there again in a little bit to see if I can get a closer view.

Amy caught her first fish and Tony cooked it for dinner. It was pretty tasty. I went back hiking to the waterfalls. I met up again with some guys and their girlfriends that were out shooting earlier in the day. Dave was pretty crazy as I wouldn't have been diving in that stuff. Earlier in the day there was some drama about them shooting. What really impressed me was how they picked up all the trash in the area before leaving.

The waterfalls were fantastic. Next time I am going to try to get to the top. I had a great weekend and made some new friends. I hope you enjoy the pictures.


Thanks again for stopping by.