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    Moonrise Over Mono

    Leaving the Sweetwater Goup Ride the other week I decided to catch that night’s full moon rise somewhere in the Sierras. So rather than turn north and head home I headed south on HWY 395 which skirts the eastern sierra escarpment. A quick hot springs soak later and off I went squeaky clean and relaxed.

    No problem finding interesting diversions as I worked my way south...






    This is land of dramatic thrust faulting which brings together rocks of diverse age, origin and tortured histories..
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    I could have easily tossed the anchor out and camped here but I was down in a bit of a hole with mountains blocking the moon’s ascent. This was a hard campsite to beat and I may have to return sometime. However I still seeked the dramatic moonrise.


    So into Yosemite National Park and over Tioga Pass I went but things were too smokey from wildfires on the Pacific side. So depressing after the sweet clean clear air in the Sweetwaters.
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    Still nice though. This is Tioga Lake inside Yosemite Park

    Abandoning the idea to unload and ride through the moonlit park I retreated east out of the park and ended up at a favorite place high above Mono Lake. This aspen lined tunnel on the way up will turn to blazing orange in another month as fall colors develop.
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    Should have ridden one more time that day but I needed a break after my fifth day. So I just watched the moonrise then crawled into van for a good night’s sleep. Next day a pair of Marine Osprey tilt rotor aircraft roared past below me while I was having my morning coffee. What a finale to a nice TW themed vacation.
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    The highway department has an array of these propane fired blast cannons whose concussion loosens snow buildup for controlled avalanches onto the 395 highway some thousand feet below located between lakeshore and fault escarpment...


    They have telemetry stations to video the resulting blast, slide, and perhaps the occassional flaming raccoon shooting out of the tubes..
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    Neat place. While I didn’t unload the bike this time I have used this as a TW base camp before for a fall TW ride into Yosemite Valley.
    Mono Lake is a big desert lake with no outflow. Falling lake levels have revealed photogenic Tufa formations along the lake shore making the place a popular tourist destination. Unfortunately falling waters have also revealed convenient causeways to the islands making them a popular coyote destinations to munch on endangered nesting birds. This year islands are once again isolated from coyote predators by record run off into the lake. Bird lovers are happy, tufa lovers are less happy.

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    You must live on your bike Fred. Do you go home once in awhile at least?
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    What a beautiful trip!

    I've only driven that stretch of 395 once, and I've always wanted to go back and spend some more time there.

    Between your Mono Lake trip and Sandue's Bodie trip, I'm convinced that TWs are a great way to explore the eastern Sierras!
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    Nice post. Thanks
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    Sweet! thanks for the photos....and story!
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    When we drove by Mono Lake it looked bleak and uninhabitable. I would rename it Moon Lake because it looks like you're on the moon, just don't look back to the west where the nice Sierra Mountains are.

    Without your saying so, I would never have guessed what those avalanche cannons were. Thanks for 'splaining it for us "dumbfounders".


    I wish I could stay up long enough to see the moon in the sky. It looks so peaceful.
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    Yellow 1.5 inch gas lines as well as these igniter circuitry were give aways as to the purpose of these “tubes” at top of obvious avalanche chute above highway. mono cannon.jpgigniter.jpg

    About a mile away are extensive remains of the old Log Cabin Mining Company mine and mill. DSC_0089.JPG
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    Make sure you park accordingly. parking.jpg
    While fascinating the site is full of hazards. Open shafts, mercury, crumbling stairs, etc...
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    "While fascinating the site is full of hazards. Open shafts, mercury, crumbling stairs, etc..."

    That's what we like.

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    Here Admiral, something to watch when the boss isn’t looking: Bet you didn’t know original gold was discovered by a squirrel. Keep an eye on those chipmonks!
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    If you want to make a black powder cannon there appearently stilll are lots of cannon balls laying around from the ball mill.small_5D3_0757_tweak.jpg
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