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Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 8 - 1989 Hike, continued on 05/21/2009 09:29:50 MDT Print View

Flowers growing on the sandy, unusually heavily eroded Goodale Pass approach

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 8 - 1989 Hike, continued on 05/21/2009 09:31:57 MDT Print View

Just before the top of Goodale Pass, with a crisp view all the way to Banner and Ritter and beyond. In 2008, we were barely able to make out these peaks from Silver Pass, due to smoke from distant fires

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 9, 1989 hike, continued on 05/21/2009 09:35:32 MDT Print View

That night we first had an earthquake shaking the trees above our tent skylight (later found out it was a local 4.7), and around 4am a bear decided to try to climb the tree where our food was hanging. Could not completely scare it off, so the night was over early and I had all sorts of time to take this picture while staying warm and making coffee (on the vintage GAZ stove with Belgian army aluminium pot...). One of these mornings I'll never forget, now 20 years ago but those bear eyes half way up the tree reflecting my flashlight's output are burnt into memory forever.

Edited by Fishmonger on 05/26/2009 11:55:34 MDT.

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 9, 1989 hike, continued on 05/21/2009 09:38:35 MDT Print View

Back to civilization that morning at VVR (we had food at Mono Hot Springs PO office, ended up walking on pavement to MHS, and from there almost all the way to Florence Lake. A local picked us up for the last two miles up to the lake - never did a MHS resupply since...)

Vintage Dodge Power Wagon, parked next to the resort - is it still there? Looked like it had been there for the 45 years before I took the picture.

Edited by Fishmonger on 05/26/2009 11:56:06 MDT.

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Locale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
Re: Day 1, 1989 hike - continued on 05/21/2009 10:04:25 MDT Print View

> Someone tell me what planet that is - more or less straight west rising just after sunset, June 27

Venus, the evening (and morning) star. Would have appeared about 25 degrees south of the setting sun according to my ephemeris.

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Ephemeris on 05/21/2009 10:09:47 MDT Print View

had to look it up :-)

An ephemeris (plural: ephemerides; from the Greek word ἐφήμερος ephemeros "daily") is a table of values that gives the positions of astronomical objects in the sky at a given time or times.

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Locale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
Re: Ephemeris on 05/21/2009 10:17:35 MDT Print View

And if you want to know how the greeks did ready reckoning of such values, have a look at this remarkable object:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_mechanism

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Ephemeris - Antikythera mechanism on 05/21/2009 10:26:30 MDT Print View

Antikythera Mechanism Details.

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 9, 1989 hike, continued on 05/26/2009 12:08:22 MDT Print View

After a hot and dusty pavement slog to Mono Hot Springs post office and another few miles to the road that leads to Florence Lake two locals picked us up in their huge Dodge Ramcharger and gave us a ride to the lake. There we decided to splerge and we bought a $4 ride across the lake on the Sierra Queen. There was a 10mph speed limit posted for the lake, but apparently enforcement was not a concern of our captain...

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 9, 1989 hike, continued on 05/26/2009 12:09:59 MDT Print View

It was late in the day and we spent the rest of it int he lake. Set up the camp right where the boat dropped us off with this in front of us



water levels were dropping - 1989 was a drought year following a very dry 1988

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 9, 1989 hike, continued on 05/26/2009 12:11:05 MDT Print View

Probably one of the more memorable camp sites of that year

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 10, 1989 hike on 05/26/2009 12:13:30 MDT Print View

The stretch from Florence Lake to Muir Trail Ranch was a virtual flower garden - here just a few highlights:







Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 10, 1989 hike, continued on 05/26/2009 12:39:32 MDT Print View

After a long haul up into Evolution Valley, we camped just beyond the river crossing

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 11, 1989 hike on 05/26/2009 12:40:50 MDT Print View

Early morning in the heart of the Sierras - Evolution Valley with "The Hermit" on the right.

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 11, 1989 hike - continued on 05/26/2009 12:42:30 MDT Print View

The valley gets steeper as you approach the bump that brings you up to Evolution Lake. Lots of water there

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 11, 1989 hike - continued on 05/26/2009 12:43:20 MDT Print View

And where there is water, there are flowers

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 11, 1989 hike - continued on 05/26/2009 12:44:41 MDT Print View

After Evolution Lake, you're entering a true alpine world - Goodard divide in the back, water rushing over glacier-polished rock in the foreground

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 11, 1989 hike - continued on 05/26/2009 12:46:26 MDT Print View

The Goodard Divide - behind it the wild and rarely visited Ionion Basin (may go there this summer)

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 11, 1989 hike - continued on 05/26/2009 12:47:27 MDT Print View

Mt Goddard from the JMT just below Muir Pass

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 11, 1989 hike - continued on 05/26/2009 12:49:20 MDT Print View

Lake McDermand (front) and Wanda Lake from the pass late in the day