Walking Trout 

Pine Glen Group Camp 2017

With trips to the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, Rock Creek Lake, Top of Mammoth Mountain, the Devil's Postpile and Alabama Hills

 August 19-22, 2017

 

The Campers:

 Elizabeth, Jeff, Bob, Emily Ann, Steve, Devin, Stephen,
Brook, Vance, Alexis, Walter, Erica, Corey and Gary

 

The Walking Trout:

 Jack, Matt, Jim, Toner, Charles and Steve


Day 1:  The drive from Santa Clarita to Mammoth, with lunch at the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery

THE BIG BLACK SPRINTER BUS (DAS BOOT)



JEFF GIVES THE THUMBS UP FOR DEPARTURE



ALL SMILES AS WE TAKE OFF



ARRIVAL AT MT. WHITNEY FISH HATCHERY




LUNCH AT THE FISH HATCHERY



SETTING UP CAMP



Day 2:  A nice big breakfast at camp, a fishing expedition to Rock Creek Lake, and then back to camp for horseshoes, bocce, BBQ and a campfire.


EARLY MORNING AT CLUB WTF - WE SURVIVED THE NIGHT!
 


 TONER COOKS



BREAKFAST TEA WITH JEFF AND JACK 



HANGIN' LOOSE WITH THE WTF



JEFF, COREY AND WALTER GET THEIR CAFFEINE ON 



MATT, JACK AND TONER ON KP



ROCK CREEK LAKE (AND SOME CLOUDS)



TONER AND STEVE ASSEMBLE THE FISHING POLES.  MATT SUPERVISES.



GARY SETS A WTF RECORD FOR LARGEST TROUT (ALSO HIS FIRST TROUT!)



GARY SHARES HIS SECRETS FOR CATCHING LARGE FISH



AS FAR AS FISHING HOLES GO, THIS ONE IS PRETTY NICE



UNKNOWN ACTIVITY TO THE RIGHT




DEVIN AND JEFF GIVE FISHING THE THUMBS UP




MATT HELPS DEVIN REEL IN A LUNKER



YOU HAVE TO LOVE FATHER/SON FISHING PICTURES!



EMILY ANN AND STEVE MODEL THE 2017 WTF T-SHIRT



TONER FISHES




ELIZABETH AND DEVIN TRY THEIR LUCK




VANCE PURSUES LARGER FISH



ALEXIS FISHES



THE ROCK CREEK LAKE SANDWICH BAR IS OPEN.  BUT JACK'S EYES AREN'T.



ALEXIS AND JACK VERSUS THE HILL
 



STEVE AND ALEXIS CROSS OVER ROCK CREEK



BROOK AND JACK CROSS OVER THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER




WALTER AND ERICA PAUSE FOR A SMILE



ROCK CREEK (DOWNSTREAM VIEW)




ROCK CREEK (UPSTREAM VIEW)



THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BRIDGE




MEANWHILE, BACK ON THE BRIDGE...




GARY REMINISCES ABOUT THE LARGE TROUT HE CAUGHT




THE OFFICIAL 2017 WTF GROUP PHOTO 




FIRST-EVER WTF HORSESHOE PIT



LET THE GAMES BEGIN!




VANCE FORAGES FOR FIREWOOD




WALTER THROWS A SHOE



ALEXIS, BROOK AND ELIZABETH ENJOY THE AFTERNOON



COREY AND GARY PLAY FOR BRAGGING RIGHTS




ART SHOT




JEFF PUTS HIS BACK INTO IT
 



TIRED OF HORSESHOES?  TRY BOCCE INSTEAD!



MATT AND TONER DO THEIR MAGIC



DINNER TABLE #1



DINNER TABLE #2



JEFF AND JACK PONDER THE MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE AROUND THE CAMPFIRE



Day 3:  A stop at Minaret Summit to take in the solar eclipse, then down to the valley for a hike to the Devil's Postpile on the John Muir Trail, then a gondola ride to the top of Mammoth Mountain, and then back to camp for BBQ, a campfire, and joke night!

VIEWING THE SOLAR ECLIPSE FROM MINARET SUMMIT 



TONER + ECLIPSE GLASSES + IPHONE = PICTURE OF ECLIPSE



VIEW OF THE MINARETS FROM MINARET SUMMIT



THE GUIDED TOUR TO THE DEVIL'S POSTPILE BEGINS



RANGER DAVIS DESCRIBES THE FORMATION OF THE VALLEY



OUR GROUP TACKLES THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL



DAVIS EXPLAINS HOW THE POSTPILE WAS FORMED



THE DEVIL'S POSTPILE




DEVIL'S POSTPILE GROUP PHOTO 2017 (SUITABLE FOR FRAMING)
 



THE MIGHTY SAN JOAQUIN RIVER 





GROUP PHOTO OVER SAN JOAQUIN RIVER 





COREY AND GARY ON THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL




A WELL-DESERVED LUNCH AFTER THE HIKE



TONER AND STEVE MAN THE SANDWICH BAR.  MATT TAKES A WELL-DESERVED BREAK.



BOARDING THE GONDOLA




UP, UP, AND AWAY!  




THE MINARETS AS SEEN FROM THE GONDOLA




ELIZABETH RIDES THE GONDOLA





VIEW FROM THE TOP OF MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN




COREY, ELIZABETH AND ERICA PLOT THEIR ESCAPE FROM THE CAMPING TRIP




COREY RIDES THE GONDOLA (MINARETS IN THE BACKGROUND)





"HOW BIG WAS GARY'S FISH?" "IT WAS THIS BIG"





OUR HUMBLE CAMP




THIS IS A PHOTOGRAPH OF STEVE MAKING A SALAD




ANXIOUSLY AWAITING JOKE NIGHT



SMILES ALL THE WAY AROUND.  CAMPFIRES DO THAT TO PEOPLE.




SNACK TIME!



WHITTLERS THREE




CHARLES AND MATT  GET THEIR GRILL ON





GARY'S FISH FED ALL 20 OF US





JEFF SPINS A YARN




ELIZABETH JOINS THE WHITTLERS





EMILY ANN JOINS THE CAMPFIRE 




OUR CAMP HOSTS JERRY AND MARY STOP BY FOR A VISIT 




JOKE NIGHT IN FULL SWING



JEFF TELLS A JOKE.  OR STEVE.  OR MAYBE EMILY ANN.




Day 4:  Time to head back to civilization... but not before we make everyone pose for "one last picture."

EMILY ANN AND STEVE





WALTER AND ERICA





DEVIN AND STEPHEN





JEFF AND BOB





ALEXIS





ELIZABETH




BROOK AND VANCE




LUNCH AT THE PIZZA FACTORY ON THE WAY HOME - A WTF TRADITION



PIZZA... GOOD FOR THE SOUL




CHEERS




CHECKING OUT THE WESTERN FILM MEMORABILIA AT THE PIZZA FACTORY




THE 2017 WTF CREW - JIM, MATT, CHARLES, JACK, STEVE AND TONER

THANKS FOR COMING CAMPING WITH US.  WE HAD A GREAT TIME HANGING OUT WITH ALL OF YOU!



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