Rain, sleet, riding in the clouds
days of clouds with sun breaks where the majestic Sierras have been
sharing their beauty. Stayed at Tom's Place last night near
Tom's Place was
originally built in 1917 by a German man named Hans Lof. It all
started with a much needed gas station to fuel the traffic moving up from
Southern California. Lof built a cookhouse, added a store and corrals,
then started packing people into the mountains for a wilderness getaway.
In 1923, Thomas Jefferson Yerby and his wife, Hazel(stage actress, Jane Grey)
purchased the business for $5,000 and Tom
build the original Tom's Place
Lodge in 1924. People really
started getting into the fishing here in the mid 20's, and there was a
traffic to Yosemite. The Lodge has not changed much since 1924. No
wi-fi, no TV, only fly fishing rods from the 20's on the wall. Met some
great folks in the bar. Good food, great conversation.
Nevada is a Spanish term meaning "snow-covered mountain range". Riding
with the mountains on my left for two days, watching the light hit the
jagged peaks, the wonder of how this mountain range formed continues to
amaze me. The Sierra runs 400 miles north-to-south, and is approximately 70 miles across east-to-west. More
than 100 million years ago granite formed deep underground. The range
started to uplift 4 million years ago, and erosion by glaciers exposed
the granite and
formed the light-colored mountains and cliffs that make up the range. The uplift caused a wide range of elevations and climates in the Sierra
Nevada, which are reflected by the presence of five life zones. I have experienced all those climates during the past two days.
north on HWY 395 near Lone Pine I stopped at Manzanar. The Manzanar
Site was established to preserve the stories of the internment of nearly
120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II and to serve as a
this and future generations of the fragility of American civil
liberties. I remembered the story Ansel shared about making the
photograph of Mt. Williamson during the days of the internment. How
seeing the morning light on Mt. Williamson had given the people hope for
a new and better day.
Manzanar twenty-five miles of single lane twisties off of HWY 395 on
HWY 168 led to the grove of Bristlecone Pines in the
White Mountains. The Bristlecone Pines are the oldest known trees on
Earth. Many of the trees are over 4,000 years old. At an elevation of
over 10,000 feet some of these trees grow only 1/100th of an inch per
to the rain, sleet, riding in the clouds part. This morning at Tom's
Place the clouds were on the ground, light snow, heavy rain was
falling. Weather report was the same for the next two days. Spent
an hour getting the "foul weather" gear on and headed out.
Remember the saying....a good picture is worth a thousand words...ok...so much for the words.
By late afternoon the sun poked through the clouds as I crossed into Nevada. Dry pavement never looked so good.
Kickstand down tonight in Gardnerville,NV. Looking out the window of my motel room it is raining hard again....
be strong, be safe, Carlan