This past weekend the tripod headed on a 5 day adventure from Lake Tahoe south to where I call "MECCA" or better known as Sonora Pass off of US 395. This area has some of the most stunning views and world class fly-fishing around. Lacey and I were a bit nervous because this is the first big multi-day trip in the Van. It was a compete success.
We first spent a few days fishing off of Sonora Pass. There is an amazing campground called Levitt Meadow Campground that is clean, laid back, and steps away from the West Walker River. We decided to put our boulder pad on the roof and saw the largest, longest shooting star I have ever seen - still the highlight of the trip. The stars were so bright we brought out the camera and captured the Milky Way in stunning detail! A big shout out to my good friend Nick Cahill who taught me how to shoot the Milky Way. Please go check out his Blue Bus Adventures and photography @ http://cahillfilms.com. Also, thank you to Brandi Brown and Tahoe Production House for the gear!
After a couple days of hiking and fishing we made the decision to head up Tioga Pass to Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite Valley. If anyone ever has a chance I would highly suggest staying in the Aspen: Big Bend campground at the bottom of Tioga Pass. You will save money compared to camping in Yosemite and its about 3000 ft elevation lower than Tuolumne Meadows, so it's a lot warmer temperature wise. The real reason we stayed there was because the Whoa Nelli Deli is 3 miles away which means access to the best damn food on the east side of the Sierra Nevadas. Order the fish tacos...trust me.
The day we decided to leave a fire started in June Mountain and grew so quickly they had to close Tioga Pass. We are praying for all of the firefighters who are working long days and nights out there. The tripod headed south to Mammoth Mountain, because of a waterfall I heard of called Rainbow Falls. This 100 foot waterfall generates so much spray that it creates its own rainbow. Unfortunately, due to the time of year, the falls weren't exactly raging, but well worth the trip. The only way to get to the falls is if you take a shuttle out of Mammoth Mountain into Devil's Postpone National Monument. Make sure to purchase a muzzle for your dog so they are allowed on the bus...Yes I agree this is a stupid rule, but only because of the moron dog owners before us that ruined it for everyone. Definitely not Mammoth's fault.
We finished our trip with one more day of hiking and fishing at Lake Winnemucca near Kirkwood Mountain Resort off of the 88. It was an amazing trip and with gas included costed us about $400. Deal! Stay tuned for another episode of SheVANnigans.