[pct-l] Report from the Sierras

BIll & Cathy tahoe.cat at verizon.net
Sun Oct 12 08:48:56 CDT 2008

Hey what happened to the list?  Is it down? nothing in two days    Ground 
Pounder Bill
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Sent: Friday, October 10, 2008 7:43 PM
Subject: [pct-l] Report from the Sierras

> Yes, it is your pal, Switchback, reporting from the Sierras.? The drive 
> over to Vinning was very nice, but as I approached the highway 120 turn 
> off up to?T. Meadows, I noticed a large cloud front up ahead.? It was 
> coming from the northwest across the Sierras.? When I arrived at the 
> Mobile station at the 395/120 turn off it is snowing hard.? I tired to 
> drive the 12 miles up to the Yosemite?entrance, but turned around after 
> about 2 miles -- vehicles are streaming out of the Park.? This was a storm 
> with blowing wind and heavy snow.
> I decide to head over to Mammoth and go down to Devil's Postpile for some 
> camping and goofing off.? As I arrive at the turn off 395 for Mammoth, I 
> am out of the storm, but see it is threatening the Mammoth area.? I drive 
> out to the Postpile Ranger?entry station.? He says that the storm is 
> supposed to hit Mammoth too and I should have chains to go the 7 miles to 
> the Postpile -- also the Reds Meadows eatery and motel are closed for the 
> season.? I do not have chains, so I turn around to drive the 5 miles back 
> to Mammoth.? As I arrive the snow storm starts.? It hits fast and hard.? 
> The wind is high too.? Really scary.
> I check into a nice motel with heated pool and hot tub.? Nice.? I eat at 
> nice restaurant too.? I look out my 4th story room window at the storm and 
> think about all the hikers with frosted eye brows out on the trail - 
> hanging on for dear life.? I think about turning up my room heat from 68 
> degrees to 70 degrees in honor of and in solitarily with them.? But I 
> decide not to, since I am a hardcore backpacker and will meet Mother 
> Nature head on and on her own terms.??I yell?as I stand by the window 
> looking out over a winter wonderland, "You call this a storm???Bring it 
> on!? You don't scare me.? I am not even cold!? Is this the best you got?? 
> We want more snow and wind."
> Once again, Switchback, cheats death much to the dismay of the many and 
> relief of the few.? I thank you.
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