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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!