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So for her Birthday, Ally Nick and HERO headed up to the Eastern Sierras to camp overnight and to wander in some desert locations looking for black, shiny obsidian thingees…here is a record of that experience…

HERO…”Are we there yet ??? “…

Ally & Hero  at Red Rock Canyon State Park…North of Mojave on Hwy. 14 on the way to Lone Pine…

Interesting formations…

Some of the “Flash Gordon” film serial was shot here in 1940…

Ally & HERO looking for the “Rock Men”

Looking for a campsite in the Alabama Hills above Lone Pine, CA…

Sunrise for HERO with Mt. Whitney in the background…

Checking out the local scenery…

Wait…there’s Ally’s  G -Ma making a movie ( “Rawhide” 1950)…

This has become a very popular spot to visit…

Mom with Tyrone Power, in a burial scene from Rawhide – shot in this area…

Another view, looking North along the Sierra Range…

Out in the middle of nowhere on the way to Goose Lake…Ally’s friends in the road…

Goose Lake…looking North…

Another view…

 

A bit to the South…we have been coming here a looking for a very long time ( early 50’s)…

Looking for Charlie’s Butte….

Gotta’ pay attention when I take you there – Ally !!!…

Not too shabby !!! …

They will join these…

On the return, Owens Lake at Olancha at dusk…

 

NEXT: Preppin’ for MONTANA…

 

 

PT/TB

 

 

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Lots more photos of my trekking around the South/ Western portion of the Great Basin…with the “Evil Spawn”…

Ally finds something black and shiny while groovin’ on Pearl Jam…

Ally, leaning on the ONLY post over 5′ high in Deep Springs Valley…while looking for more black and shiny objects…

Cocktail onions skewered on a BENCHMADE…near Tinemaha Res. on a VERY COLD day…

Air Soft exploration…somewhere DESERTY…right…

BHP Squirt gun replica somewhere in the Sierra Nevada foothills…

Sunrise on the Owens…

Chipmunk rounds like.223 blow around – .308, Lake City Match…just don’t…

Mono Lake, coming down from Bridgeport, CA on black ice

Ally. stumbling around the desert near LP looking for something…Another, cold, windy, wet and overcast day that Dad drags Ally out to look for “stuff” in the Owens Valley…

Michael, strippin’ a streamer on a very cold day on the Owens River…

“Take is slow Son, there are some BIG GUYS in here!”….

South of Bridgeport, CA…first snow of Fall…

Ally in the White Mountains looking South down the Owens Valley…

Hogback Creek…

B.R.A.S.S. – ALLY!!!…

Twilight on the Owens River, below 5 Bridges…

Michael working a pair of nymphs on the Owens River…

More nice water on the Owens River…

Michael takes a break in the Wild Trout section of the Owens River…

The “MOO” with a nice typical Owens River TROUT…

Angelo, getting ready to bury something on the Owens River…

Angelo takes a break…

Mr. BROWN posing for a very brief moment…

NEXT: Michael and Aimee engagement party (beach blow out) 6.6.10…

PT/TB

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Some random photos of spots my thoughts turn to today

Along the Owens River, behind Bishop, CA…

The Owens River Valley, looking South, towards LA…

Looking West towards the Sierra Nevada Mountains, across the Owens River…

Gazing up a favorite run on the Owens River…15 good lies before the bend…

In the Wild Trout section of the Owens River…another great spot…

Another good bend…Mr. Trout on the inside and mid-current…

Below 5 Bridges, on the Owens River…Krystal emergers and Bat Wing Baetis slay ’em here…

There are some big TROUT in here…

He went right back in…

In the Wild Trout Section, looking East towards the White Mountains…

Below 5 Bridges on the Owens River…Bat Wing Baetis…

Headin’ down to 5 Bridges…

Onion Valley, on North Oak Creek, way up above The Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery…

Wet wadin’ “THAT PLACE”, on the Western Slope of the Sierras…

Michael. working a small pool between the boulders…

Slow water on the River…

SNAP…roll casting a nymph to the head of a pool…

Ally lets Mr. NEWT ramble on…

SMALL is good…

Hope ‘ya liked the trip …(s)…

PT/TB

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The first time I introduced my son to Fly Fishing was on Father’s Day weekend in June, 1987. Jean and I went to Bridgeport, CA to try our luck at Virginia Lakes, the East Walker River and Green Creek. Michael was four at the time and was required to put on an overly large orange life jacket to go out in a boat on the waters of Little Virginia Lake. He looked like the “stay puffed” marshmallow man… Michael has a video of this excursion, that Jean put together, which I will post herein when he brings it to me and shows his computer illiterate Father how to do it…There is a portion of the clip in which I bring a dry, # 18, beetle caught Trout to the boat, lift it up and swing it back – boinking the tot directly in the kisser..what an intro to FF!!!

This is PT, Michael and “PINKY” at the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, near Independence, CA on Oak Creek, in 1985. I weaned the “Moo” on trips to this location so he could see the life cycle of hatchery raised Trout. He always got a nickel to buy the little brown pellets to feed to the brood stock in the pond behind us. That is where Michael saw his first “rising” big fish…

Michael -AKA: “MOO”, scoping out the Brook Trout in a holding pen…

I believe that to get kids interested in Fly Fishing, they must first have the experience of feeling the tug of a Trout on the end of their line. This is Michael on a trip to lone Pine, CA with PT and my Father at the Symms Creek Sandtrap. This a great location to introfish with kids – swivel, bubble, 5x tippet , #20 treble hook and POWERBAIT… the fish are stockers…My Dad would chide Michael by saying, “You puttin’ bubble gum on that hook again?“…

An “older”Michael works a Seal Bugger with a “bubble” set-up at the Lone Pine Creek sand trap…

My first Tout was caught on a Bamboo pole with an Eagle Claw hook in a pond at the Sportsman’s Lodge on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City, CA using bread dough…

It did not look like this back in the early 1950’s…but it was really close – I could ride my bike down the hill to get there…

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Later, in June 1987, Jean, Michael and I spent a long camping weekend up at Monache Meadows, on the South Fork of the Kern River. Michael went out with me and learned how to drift a cripple Caddis behind boulders to entice the Golden/Rainbow hybrids up and out of their lairs…

Michael, crashed out after a nice long hike up along the South Fork of the Kern River..

Within a year, Michael had learned how to tie a Uni Knot and set up his rig for Fly Fishing. His next trip up to Monache resulted in his first Golden – unassisted…

“MOO” with his first Golden Trout…

Working the water on the South Fork of the Kern…with a Winston 7 1/2′ Fiberglass Rod and Hardy Reel..

Michael learned how to “read” water by walking directly down the middle of Lone Pine Creek, below Mt. Whitney with a fly rod, six inches of 5x tippet, #20 treble hook and, salmon eggs or red worms. Here he is instructing his sister Ally on the method…

When we were not fishing, we pursued another favorite pastime – looking for arrowheads in the blistering heat of the Qwens Valley…

Michael sucking on a Villa Rica, GA product standing at “Charlie’s Butte” in the Owens Valley…

Michael soon learned the fine art of nymphing, swinging wet flies, dry fly tactics and bugger and streamer draggin’. Here, he works a wet along the bank of the East Walker River in Bridgeport, CA using a 10′, 5wt, Scott “G” Series and a RAM Caddis…

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Ally, of course, was not to be left out. While Michael fished with a fly and bubble on Trumbull Lake, Ally went to the bubble and POWERBAIT technique which netted her this nice Rainbow stocker which she allowed her brother to hold…

Through the years, Michael has become quite accomplished at FF…here is a series of his experiences on some wonderful rivers, creeks and lakes throughout the West…

Michael at Hot Creek,CA…

Michael with his “Alpers” Trout at Little Virginia Lake, Bridgeport, CA…

Michael and Ally overlooking the Madison River Valley after a “FINE” meal at the Continental Divide in Ennis, MT…

Michael and Ally getting ready to wet a line at North Lake, Bishop, CA in the snow…

Cookie munchers at the Palisades, along the Madison River on a very cold and windy day…

Michael and Ally after a day of FF on the Boulder River, MT….

Michael on the Boulder River, MT…

Michael, freaking Ally out with a gift on the Stillwater River, MT…

Rigging a Wooly Bugger, Owens River, below Five Bridges…

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Michael, working an # 18 H & L Variant on the Stillwater River, MT during a PMD hatch…

 

H & L Variant ( Hammer Creek Fly Fishing )

In the Madison River, below Varney Bridge, Cameron, MT…

With a nice Brown, imitating Brad Pitt, above $3.00 Bridge, Madison River, MT…

Mike big Fish

A feisty Brown on The Madison…

“Which Fly should I use, Dad”,,,Wild Trout Section, Owens River…

Stillwater River, MT…a fish to hand…

“One last cast, Dad?”…Zipping a Seal Bugger with a Fly and Bubble, Lone Pine Creek Sand Trap…

DR’S SEAL BUGGER:

Creme Brule at the Continental Divide in Ennis, MT…

Michael’s “other” favorite pastime, Absarokee, MT…

In the “Honey Hole”, Madison River, MT…

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Fishing up through a run on the Lower Owens River, Bishop, CA…

Michael on the West Walker River, above Bridgeport, CA…

PT makes a pit stop on the Owens River, below Five Bridges…

Angelo and Michael on the Lower Owens River…

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That Place…

Hot Creek, as an adult…

A freezing day on the Upper Owens River…

On the East Walker River…shmutz on the Fly…

Michael and Ally on the Madison River…

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Goose Lake, looking for the Obsidian thingees that are pointy…

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Chest high in the Wild Trout Section, Owens River…

The GIFT I got….

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“Children may fail to listen to what you say, they will NEVER fail to watch what you do “…

PT/TB


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I am putting up some photos of points made from obsidian, jasper and chert. These are arrowheads, darts and spear points that I found with Michael and Ally throughout the Southern Sierras, Owens Valley, Saline Valley, Eureka Valley and Deep Springs Valley. They will be up when the sun is shining ( It is shining NOW)…I like to use available light for my photography…

 

Rock Art, Southern Sierras, near Walker Pass, 1984…

 

Michael, 100 Meters to the right of the Rock Art, but, He ain’t talkin’, 1987…

These are SOME that we have found, I keep the broken pieces that are interesting…

 

These Obsidian points were used for larger game animals…

 

Ally, ready to spread the barbed wire to visit a favorite spot…

 

Bird and Rabbit points…the kids found a lot of these (closer to the ground)…

 

Jasper points, exceptionally hard to find…they are a rarity in the Owens Valley…

Ally in Deep Spring Valley…

 

These are Obsidian points that are very old, the stone is not as clear ( sandblasted) as more recent points and the style is different…

 

I found this Obsidian point stuck in dried mud, on it’s side ( are you hearing me Dean?) in a little lake bed near…

 

This is a point made from Chert, it is the ONLY one I have found in the “O” Valley & I been lookin’ since 1952…possibly traded from another area?…

 

Another, large, older obsidian point. Found many this shape and size in an area that is now covered with water near Big Pine, CA…

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My Brother Greg, has quite a few more that both of us found when we were kids… I’ll see if he will send me some photos.and I’ll add some stories like the time we went to Eureka Valley back in ’57 when there were NO ROADS into the big dune at the end of the Valley…It was also possible to pick up “live” 20mm canon rounds on the ground…

These are some photos of artifacts and points I took with Ally at the Eastern California Museum in Independence, CA, yesterday – 9.03.2011 to include here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some points that Ally and I found …11. 2012…

…and more…3.2013…

PT/TB

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…and Ally, Nadia and Michael…a mixed bag before and after…I have noticed recently (10-2019) some searches inquiring about Jean Marie’s ethnicity. Her real last name is Hong. Her Dad, who passed a month ago at 91, came from the Shanghai area of China. Her Mom is of Chinese heritage from Myanmar (formerly Burma)…Jean Marie was born in San Francisco…

Lanfee & Marie Hong, San Francisco around 1954…

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A throwback…

The “Hardy Boys” TV Series… 1978

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New Orleans…1978

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…another “Hardy Boys” capture from 1978…if one looks closely, the birthmark in the left eye may be seen… 🙂

In Aspen highlands…1981…

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Somewhere on an island…

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Jeepin’ it on the Frying Pan River, CO…

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A special place in the Southern Sierras…

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On a boulder in the Roaring Fork River, CO…

HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL…

 

In Hawaii…

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On a boat, with a friend, in Mexico, just before I met her…

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More boat…

JMH NO STREET BUS -1-New Orleans, September, 1978…and a visit to:

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After sharing THAT…

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Cooking Pheasants for Thanksgiving…

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Jean, on the beach in Malibu , BBQ Chicken…ummmm – goooood, 1981…

Wading the Frying Pan…1981…

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Ally at 1 ( 1990), hamming it up…

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Jean and Nadia in Bridgeport a long time ago… 1980

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Jeep BABE…Frying Pan River, CO…

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Defiant Asian chick…1978..Owens Valley…

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Michael, Ca/NV border, East Walker River, 1990…

JMH on the Roaring Fork…1978…

Graduation GIRL – U.C.L.A. – 1981…

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More Graduation Day…

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Cover shot…

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Tossed hair look…

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Making Nadia laugh at the Faire…

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Tim And Jean, 1983, Michael very much on the way…

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Jean and Michael on the beach, Santa Barbara, 1988 – (the day I found out Ally was coming)

Same day at the beach…

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Skiing in Mammoth…

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Ally and Michael at Xmas…

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Here’s ALLY!…

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Jean and Kasmir, our first cat…

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Ally, About 1 year old….1990

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“Here, wear this!!!”….1984, Michael

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Ally & Jean Marie…

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All of US…

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With Michael at Griffith Park…

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MOO and Mom at the edge…

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Another cover shot…

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A smaller Michael at Monache Meadows on the South Fork of the Kern River…

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At the crib in Mammoth Mountain…

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Michael and Angelo, freezing on the Owens River, 2003…

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Jean, Ally & Auntie Morgana…

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Jean being ridiculous about FOOD, Malibu Beach, 1981…

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Ally and Jean at Grandma’s house…

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Michael and Ally in the rocks, Hogback Creek, 1999…

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Spinnin’ Ally…

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Taken by the friend who introduced us, at her office on Sunset…1978…

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Lake Tahoe, July 5, 1981…

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Jean and Ally at about 2….1991

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Jean’s favorite photo of Michael – 1989…

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Birthday Bunch…

JMH HOME XMAS -1-XMAS..at home…

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Looking at an old ARK II episode, December, 1987…

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Jean’s “MOMMY LOOK” for a composite, before she had Michael and Ally, 1982…

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Michael, Oggie and Ally…

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Beachy- Malibu, 1981…

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Michael, Fly Rod MASTER, South Fork of the Kern, Monache Meadows, 1988…

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Mom of MOO…on a river…

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Of course Jean was a CHEERLEADER…’73-’74…

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Malibu….

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Nadia and Jean, Bridgeport,CA 1980…

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Jean, commercial shoot, 1984…

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More Malibu…

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Jean, Michael and “Pinky” – Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery about 1984…

JMH LP CREEK STAN -1-Lone Pine Creek…

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Michael. Hot Creek, 1987…

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Ally and her “BUDDY”, Angelo. 2002

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Beach dining – Malibu , 1981…

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Ally, North Lake, Bishop, 1999…Ally is using a Fly and Bubble Rig…

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Michael and Jean, 1984…

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A hint of skepticism, perhaps???….

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Michael comes home, September 1983…

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Jean, Chinatown Queen, 1977…

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Stylin’ in Aspen…

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Ally, swings Angelo, Owens Valley, 2002…

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Michael and Dad, Mammoth Mountain, 1990…

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With friends at Mammoth Mountain…

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Jean…Mammoth Mountain…

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Jean, cooking at home ( not rice – again!!!)….

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Ally comes home – Michael pleased – 1989…

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With Ally…

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Michael, shooting with his Nikon, Deep Springs Valley, 2002…

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Ally at the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, 1995…

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Michael’s first bath, 1983,,,

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Ally, being a HAM, 1990….

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Michael, chillin’ at the campsite, Monache Meadows, 1987…

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Just a nice head shot…

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Ally and Dad, 1990…

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Jean and Michael at the campsite, Fall, 1987…

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Nadia, attempting to play the piano, 1987…

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Michael and Ally – Who’s Driving??? – 1990…

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Michael and Dad in the Owens Valley, 1986…

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Jean, AUDITIONING for “The Price Is Right”, Xmas, 1988…

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Ally and Angelo, scattering Grandpa’s ashes, Owens Valley, 2000…

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Michael, Jean and Tim, Mammoth Mountain, 1990…

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Same boat,1977…

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Bedtime story, Chimney Peak, 1986…

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Michael with Golden Trout, South Fork of The Kern, Monache Meadows, 1988…

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Jean, at about the time I got out of the service 1970-71…

With Michael and Ally in Santa Barbara, CA…

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Jean, San Francisco, 1988…

MICHAEL WEST WALKER -1-Michael, West Walker River, 2003…

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Studying…

Santa Barbara, CA…1994…

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With Ally at Michael’s wedding…

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JMH ALLY LIL MOO 2 -2-Jean Marie and Ally on the occasion of  our Grandson Miles’ two year Birthday…January 26, 2013…

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Huntington Gardens…(12.27.2018)

With Michael, Huntington Gardens…

Soon to be Grandmother ( it’s a boy) at the baby shower in San Clemente – October 2019

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Flowers in the Campfire Light – East Fork of the Carson River, 1987…

PT/TB

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Before their was The Owens Valley, there was a quonset hut near avenue “D” (Hwy. 138) and 210th Street in the Antelope Valley, Garlock, Randsburg and Red Mountain near Mojave, CA. These were places where we went to go target shooting, hiking and exploring. In January, 1979 Jean and I had moved into a townhouse in the San Fernando Valley near Van Nuys High School. We made several trips up to the Owens Valley in the Fall of 1978.

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The Owens Valley, looking towards The White Mountains…

We looked for arrowheads behind Independence, CA and in the foothills of the lava fields just East of Tinemaha Resovoir, near Big Pine, CA. On our first trip to Aspen, in September, 1978, we passed through Bishop – it was one of the prettiest days that I remember…she also ran her fingers through my hair…Hmmmmm…

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These were taken on a hot day in the Fall of 1978…

Later that Fall, in November, I took Jean and and actress/agent friend of mine and her boy friend hunting for pheasants along the Owens River bottom South of Lone Pine. In those days, the California Department of Fish and Game would plant birds along the River. They did not naturally reproduce there. On our way up to Lone Pine, we stopped at The Homestead Cafe, one of my favorite places to dine on Hwy. 395. It was located where Hwy. 14 and Hwy. 395 join. For many years afterwards, Ally, Michael and myself made a point of stopping there when we visited the High Sierras. The had a steak platter called “The Big Verge” that was a 2lb., 2 inch thick Sirloin that the three of us could not finish off. It is now shuttered and up for sale – lot of memories there!!!

Homestead Cafe , Indian Wells Valley…

The Homestead today…(4.14.2011)

The Homestead…

Our daughter, Ally…drives her Dad past the memories…33 years later..(4.14.2011)

On that pheasant hunting trip, we – I mean I – took many birds. I had bought Jean a 20 gage Browning BPS especially for this trip. It was cold and frosty when we arrived at the Owens. I carried a 12 gage Brown BSS and my friends both had high end Italian 12 gage, over and under shotguns. I had no sooner traveled twenty five yards from the vehicle when I jumped the first hen. It was a day like that, I could do no wrong and there were pheasants EVERYWHERE. As Jean was walking, a bird explode from a sage bush right at her feet. I hollered, ” shoot!” and Jean nearly dropped her shotgun…I took the bird out at 30 yards as it made for a Cottonwood stand across the river… with the modified barrel…The other guys were not doing so well either…

 

Browning BSS, 12 gauge

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East and North of Manzanar on the way to Shepherd’s Creek, Ally wants a pair of those FRYE Boots…

In fact, Jean kinda’ had a look on her face like the one in the picture above -not pleased!!! The fun part began when we returned to the Mt. Whitney Motel and had to pluck the feathers off the fowl and clean them. I knew how to do this. For Jean and the others it was like, “Where are the porters and gun bearers, don’t THEY do this!!!”The birds were cleaned, frozen and brought back to LA on dry ice. My Mother, back in Carrollton, GA, used to admonish me that if I killed a game animal – I had to eat it (Coot does not taste too good). This has been passed on to my kids…

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Lost somewhere…

Those pheasants were cooked up at Jean’s parent’s house on Thanksgiving day, 1978 in Monterey Park. (and for those of you who wonder- Jean’s Mom is from Burma and her Dad is from Shanghai, China, both are Chinese, and yes, they had an arranged marriage …)

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Cooking the birds…Thanksgiving, 1978…

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Eating the birds, Thanksgiving, 1978…

In December, 1978, Jean and I went hunting in Lone Pine where she shot and killed her first and last Jackrabbit. The hunting license that we spent two days acquiring through a Hunter Safety class, was never used again. She pegged that “bunny” with a Colt .22 HB Officer’s Model Match that had belonged to my Mom…

 

Colt .22 HB, Officer’s Model Match…

This was Tokiwa’s…another place we would stop at to eat along Hwy. 14 South of Jawbone Canyon…It burned to the ground in 1990…

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Lone Pine Creek, in a hard to get to place…

For Christmas, Jean bought me a Ruger , 6″, single action .38/.357. I put custom, finger groove ,Walnut stocks on that puppy and had Alphonso’s of North Hollywood fashion a custom leather rig for it…( he leathered Nudie’s Metal). I have never parted with that handgun…

 

Ruger SA, 6″, .38/.357…

 

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At Shepherd’s Creek…

I had set up a loading bench in the spare room below our garage at the townhouse and spent a lot of Saturday’s cooking up special loads for my Varmint rifles. In particular, I worked on high velocity, flat loads for a 6mm. Parker Hale that I used for sitting up on hay bales, on a hot spring day, out in the Antelope Valley busting ground squirrels out to 800 meters. That whole area is now a subdivision and it is something one can no longer do – out there…

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Along Lone Pine Creek…

This same place was where we used to Dove hunt in the Fall and later on hunt Ducks and Quail . It was about a 45 minute drive from where we lived in LA. Jean would generally accompany me, but did not hunt…

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More LP Creek…

On those weekends that we were in town, we could usually be found at this INSANE place in Malibu, on Friday or Saturday nights, called The Crazy Horse Saloon, built in the 1920’s and once owned by Neil Young. It was located across from the Malibu Pier and was loaded with revelers. From the San Fernando Valley, we would drive on the 101 Freeway to Malibu Canyon Road. We would get there around nine and close the joint . Between the Jack Daniels and trips to the restrooms (Peruvian Marching Powder), the dancing (yes, they overplayed that D–O music that our kids laugh at today – think Chic, Taste of Honey – repped. those girls) …the drive back home would get REAL interesting. Most of our clothes went flying into the back seat and it was even more difficult to focus on the road. The truckers on the 101 must have had a field day at 2 AM…We did at 3 am

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The Crazy Horse Saloon replaced the above Cafe in the late 70’s…

The Bar…

What it is now called and how it looks these days…

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Love the pout…

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Again…

On one of those trips over the hill, there was an incident that happened between Jean and myself that should have raised a BIG RED FLAG in my head. But, in those days… I would not/could not recognize a red flag if it was waved in my face or beat on the head with it … ( more on this when I recover…) both of us were then, stumbling toward the 80’s…

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Lone Pine Creek…

Jean was still working as an actress and I was piling up musicians, actors, actresses and corporate accounts as a Sunset Strip publicist. Those were heady days, much clubbing, concerts and parties. Jean even worked as an intern at my office while she was going to UCLA.

One of my best bud’s (and client) was “Willy”, Wilhelmina. Going to her offices here in LA and in New York was like visiting a candy store for beautiful (vacuous) people… She is someone I will always remember…she was a cut above anyone I have ever worked with... a good friend and a true LADY…

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Jean – Moving…

This was an exceptionally exciting time. And, don’t let me forget to mention, that I went through all of it…with a drink in my hand…and a straw in my pocket…

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Jean blinking…

My job, in a nutshell – in those days – was to take one – dimensional people and companies and make them interesting. So, that (YOU) the public, would buy their records, go to their concerts, watch their television shows, see their movies or buy their products. Yikes…I like going Fly Fishing with my kids and Tying Flies a lot better…

PT/TB

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Here are some photos I found while waiting for my brother and Ally to get me the other ones I’m waiting for. They cover a lot of years , a lot of winter activities we pursue- photography, exploring, arrowhead hunting, target shooting and a lot of territory. AND, in no particular order…


Ally Barker, Sierra Nevada Mtns in background, Winter, 2002…

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The White Mountains in winter, 2002…

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A small, Owens River Brown…

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Red Lake, Above Little Virginia Lake, Bridgeport, CA…

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Alabama Hills, above Lone Pine, CA…

jean-aspenJean Marie Hon, Aspen, CO, 1978….

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Ally and two of her friends, Owens River…

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Ally and Angelo. below 5 Bridges, Owens River…Fall. 2003

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Ally and her obsidian flipper, Owens Valley…Winter 2004

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Ally, Bushmaster & ACOG, another favorite Winter pastime, outthere….somewhere…

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Ally, goofin’ off…

ally-mulinAlly, mulin’ for the fellas on the Owens River…

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Ally, being shot by Michael while being shot by Jean Marie, Victoria BC, Canada…

ally-white-mountainsAlly and Angelo in the White Mountains, East side of the Owens Valley…WINTER

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below-5-bridgesAlong the Owens River….

bridgeport-slushWalker River road slush….Bridgeport, CA…

coke-can-on-owensCoke can on the Owens River…

dad-chimney-peakChimney Peak Varmint hunter, S&W Mdl: 66….

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Urban assualt vehicle, 1978. Frying Pan River, CO….

deep-springs-valley-winterDeep Springs Valley, Winter….really cold!!!!

deep-springs-winterMore Deep Springs Valley – in Winter-…

fire-chimney-peakCamp at Chimey Peak, 1983…

hog-back-duskHog Back Creek at dusk, looking into the Sierras….Winter 2005

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Looking into the Owens Valley, Northward from a rise above….

jean-cindy-aspenJMH and Cindy looking down the Roaring Fork Valley, 1981…

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One of my favorite spots in the Owens Valley…Winter 2007

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Michael below 5 bridges, Owens River….

mike-casting-5-bridgesMichael casting into a tailout on the Owens River…big Brown here…

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mike-deep-springsMichael, Deep Springs Valley…Winter 2003

mike-lp-sandtrapMichael, Fly and Bubble, sandtrap Lone Pine Creek…

mike-owens-fallMichael, casting up a run, Owens River, Fall…

mike-owens-truckMichael rigging up at the wild trout section, Owens River, Winter,2004…

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Michael working through a run, Owens River…

mike-tule-riverMichael, North Fork of the Tule River…

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Michael, ripping a streamer with his Winston WT on the Lower “O”…

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Michael, freezing on the Owens River in January. 2004…

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owens-elkTule Elk crossing a ridge, Owens Valley, Winter

owens-rain-dadPT in a freezing rain on the wild trout section, Owens River – WINTER..,

owens-rainbowA nice, but small, Owens Rainbow…

owens-little-lakeDesert location outside of Lone Pine, CA

frying-pan-fishA nice and BIG, Rainbow from the Frying Pan, CO…

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As I mentioned in my previous post about the Mt, Whitney fish hatchery, my first visit to the Owens Valley came in 1951 when my Dad, Brother and I drove up in my Dad’s 1949 powder blue, Buick convertible to visit with my Mother while she was shooting a film on location outside of Lone Pine, CA. In those days, it took 6-6 1/2 hours to drive up through Palmdale and Lancaster to Mojave and on to Lone Pine from Los Angeles – there were no four lane highways.

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The Owens Valley begins just North of Little Lake, CA. The Owens River once flowed out of Owens Lake, many millions of years ago, down through Little Lake and into a series of great lakes in the Southern California desert. Remnants of this once roaring river may be seen at Fossil Falls just East of a large, dormant volcano that marks the Southern boundary of the valley. Little Lake has an astounding number of petroglyphs on it’s Eastern shore – carved into the volcanic rock that borders the lake.

ARTICLE FROM THE NY TIMES 5.07.2010

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Little Lake petroglyphs…

and, information on those who created them…

Rock Art

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Little Lake Overview…

Thousands of years ago, an Indian tribe known as the “Sheep People” lived in this area and directly to the East in the Argus and Coso Mountain ranges ( now part of the China Lake Naval Weapons Center). When the bow and arrow arrived in this spot, it is believed that these people decimated the resident Desert Big horn Sheep population and later migrated to the North and East to establish the tribes of the Great Basin and Northern Plains. The entire area has a profound mystical quality to which I have been drawn my whole life.

Here is an excellent site for learning more about the early inhabitants of the area:

Petroglyphs.US

and, another:

Hwy. 395

and, another:

North American Rock Art

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Fossil Falls…

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Cinder Cone, Location of Fossil Falls…

This is where a natural dam was broken by an overflowing Owens Lake over 250,000 years ago, creating Fossil Falls and a series of major lakes in the Southern Great Basin…

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My TROOP at Fossil Falls, 1992…

A friend of my Dad’s, Ralph Dadasman, constructed three, nine foot fiberglass fly rods for my Dad , my Brother and I. Ralph was very active in a fishing club in Long Beach, CA. I first had an opportunity to watch a fly angler in action when we visited with Ralph and his family in June Lake,CA in the summer of 1953. It was these rods that the three of us used in Lone Pine, CA in Lone Pine, Shepperds, Symmes, North Oak, Oak and Independence Creeks. We would rig these rods with floating lines on old Pfleuger reels, to a six to eight inch long, 1-2lb. test leader and depending on the stream flow, 2-4 BB shot. We used gold and bronze #16 and # 18 Mustad treble hooks – fishing downstream. We crawled on our knees and sometimes stomachs, to inch our rod tips through the thick underbrush, lowering the tip over the water and stripping line off the reel once the leader and shot caught in the current. Bait consisted of worms, salmon eggs or grass hoppers and crickets. This is where I first learned the deadly effectiveness of drowned hopper and cricket patterns.

My Dad would go through this ritual of rigging next to his ’52 blue, woody, Ford Station Wagon then, the three of us would trudge streamward. My Father alway wore his trusted Russell Birdshooters for snake protection ( rattlesnakes were everywhere) and would have his hand- crafted, woven creel/basket, lined with wet Mule Ears, carried on a leather strap slung over his shoulder. The creeks were filled with Rainbow, Brown and the occasional Brook Trout. For some inexplicable reason, my Pop would refer to the Browns as “Natives” although having been introduced from Europe, there was nothing “native” about them. The DFG planted Rainbows. The Browns, after being originally introduced, were left to spawn. Note: ( My Dad bought his boots at Kerrs in Beverly Hills on Wilshire Blvd.- one of the finest rod and gun stores that ever existed.)

In the course of a day, each of us usually caught our limit of 25 fish- getting soaking wet in the process. On one particular trip to Lone Pine Creek, my Dad fell in a deep, sandy hole in the cold, rushing early summer water. I had never seen him so scared. He panicked and screamed for me to help him. I was about eight. It took me about five minutes to lock my small body around a tiny tree trunk which extended over the stream, reach out with a skinny arm that he could grasp and hold on for dear life while he pulled himself up my arm and out of the creek.

On days that the fishing was slow or we had a taste for something else, we would get up before sunrise, have a hearty breakfast at Ralph Lyons’, Mt. Whitney Cafe and head out into the desert to look for arrowheads. This practice, which I continue to this day, was a direct result of my Father being befriended by some local Paiute women ( they worked as waitresses in local cafes) who drew incredibly accurate maps of locations were these artifacts might be found. Over the years, we found arrowheads, trading beads, scrappers, awls and a host of other tools and pottery. Based on this information, I have found other spots throughout the Owens Valley, Deep Springs Valley, Saline Valley and Eureka Valley which have yielded excellent results. How and where to do this will remain a closely guarded family secret. I have taught my kids the hydrological and geographical features which lend themselves to such discovery. On occasion, I have stumbled onto a few spots while out hunting or target shooting – well off the beaten path and requiring 4 Wheel Drive. The reason we got up so early and looked so late…. The sun at a proper angle glints off exposed obsidian…

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Locals gather at Sunset, along the fingers of The Owens…found many walking these…at Sunset…

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The above were found by me and the kids..please see my post ARROWHEADS AND SACRED PLACES for more detail…

A little dry lake bed out in the Owens Valley (4.14.2011) where Ally, Josh and I found the following…some pottery shards and small obsidian points…

I remember in the Winter of ’81 when I had gone to the Owens Valley by myself to hunt for yip dogs ( I gave up hunting in 1987 at the request of my son Michael) .

OWENS LAKE SUNSET -1-Owens Lake…where Los Angeles stole it’s water from …

FAL 50.63 FN “PARA”, scoped (Nimrod 6×42), loaded with 125gr., .308 SP, the best non-HB Varmint Rifle ever made…

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Something else in the Southern Sierras…

I made my first pre-dawn stand just North of the Alabama Hills along Hogback Creek. As part of my preparation before calling, I had affixed tie on pads soaked in fox urine to the bottom of my boots. I moved to a spot West of my stand and placed a film canister containing skunk screen. I walked to a spot about 300 meters away from, and directly East of the first canister to place a second near a low lying area along the creek ( don’t ask, if you don’t understand why I’m doing this) when I noticed a chunk of dark obsidian in the middle of a cow’s hoof print. I reached down and extracted a 4 inch long, perfect spear point – unbroken. This has happened more than once…

2nd best Varmint Rifle: Valmet Mdl. 76, scoped (Redfield 2×7), load .223, 55gr. BTHP…

 

 

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The Esteemable Yip Dog….

It never ceases to amaze me how many people who whiz up 395 to ski Mammoth and June Lake have no earthly idea of the richness of this vast valley…

 

Beret Flash – 10th. SFG, 1st. Special Forces (ABN)…another part of my story…

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Some Friends…

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Lookin’ for a Yeti…

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Two hitchhikers in the Saline Valley…arrow-3

Those guys were lookin’ for these things….

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S&W Mdl. 57…

S&W Mdl. 57 – .41Mag. …

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Owens Valley at sunset, 1987…

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Michael starts with a .22 – Ruger Bull Barrel…1985…

Ruger Mark I Bull Barrel – .22LR

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Road Rig…1987…tim-add-owens-valley-85

Sunset, high in the Eastern Sierras – 1987…

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Michael, sighting in, 1987…

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Down Range

A Northern portion of the Owens Valley…

PT/TB

 

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Here they are…DOGS COUNT TOO!!!

Michael and Ally at the TOP of the WORLD…Saline Valley…

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Children of dune…Saline Valley…

Michael and a person with their tongue sticking out…at Trumbull Lake, Bridgeport, CA…

Ally gives shooting instructions to my mentor, Sal A. (guess she wants to do some writing…like I have to do)

Ally at the campsite with Angelo, Hogback Creek, 2002 Winter

This was a GREAT steakhouse that burned to the ground in 1993 on Hwy. 178 between Ridgecrest and Kernville. I tipped more than enough here before…Sal got a hold of me…

PT and Allo on the Madison, 2001, photo by Michael

Ally getting whacked by hailstones on the East Walker, August 2000

Michael and Ally DEEP in the VALLEY of the ” Aliens “…April 2001

Angelo,bookin’ it after a strange encounter…2002, January

Down the Wabbit HOLE….

Angelo, playin’ with pinecone, White Mtns., Jan. 2002

Big Pine Creek, Fall, 1999

Pond…off Big Pine Creek

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Michael, Jack Flat, North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Tule River…1987

He ate a BWO…Spring 2007

…and he ate a Bat Wing Baetis, Lower “O”, spring 2007…

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Ally in Bouquet Canyon…

This place has a spiritual nature… Winter, 2003

…maybe the people who left this grinding stone could explain…

Another time, another place…

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Michael, Charlie’s Butte, spring 1986

Michael, East Walker River, July, 2003

Michael, below the dam, East Walker River, August, 2003

Michael, North Fork of Middle Fork of Tule River, June 2002

Mr. Newt…NF Tule, 2002

Nice waterfall & pool on the Tule, June 2002

Wild Trout section, Owens River, December 2002

…and below 5 Bridges….

Upper Owens River, May, 2003

Nad & Pop, Hot Creek, 1976

Tule River, may 2004

Owens River, Fall 2001

Snow in the Owens Valley, 2003

Road to the highest weather station in the U.S., White Mtns., 2002

Ally, at her favorite eatery in the VALLEY – Lala, 2009…

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