Onion Valley

One starts up the canyon which for some reason is called Onion Valley.  But, it does not smell like onions and they are not grown in the area!  I am sure there is a story but I could not find it.  It is a popular recreational area that usually opens up about mid-May.  Trails from Onion Valley provide acces to the John Muir Wilderness and Kings Canyon National Park.  There is a campsite at the end of the trail that has 29 campsites for tent camping or RV type units less than 25 feet in length.  The road up the canyon is so narrow, winding, and steep that no one in their right mind would take anything longer up anyway!  We had a great drive up and down as the weather went from nice pretty white clouds to stormy dark clouds.  

On the way home we stopped at the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery.  Founded in 1917, Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery provided fresh trout to the Sierra Nevada region for nearly a century. After a series of natural disasters in 2008, the hatchery closed and the focus shifted to preservation and education. The hatchery portion is no longer operational but the building houses an interesting museum and is photographically interesting with its early 20th century archetcture.

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In times past, fingerling trout were transported by mule to small and big lakes all along the Sierra Nevada.

In times past, fingerling trout were transported by mule to small and big lakes all along the Sierra Nevada.

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Ramsey Canyon

Ramsey Canyon is referred to as the 'hummingbird capital of the world'.  Its tall canyon walls and presence of Ramsey Creek keep it cooler than the surrounding desert and an ideal place for wildlife, especially birds. There are 15 different varieties of hummingbirds that can be found here.   Ramsey Canyon is part of The Nature Conservancy’s international conservation program cooperates with several agencies to both preserve and better understand fire management, stream restoration, and protection of rare species.  When we arrived, just as the Information Center opened, it was very cold!  We were hoping for some fall color and were surprised at just how brilliant some of the trees were.  It was probably just past 'peak' but we took it all in!  For the birders in our group, we were told that two Trogon males had been spotted in the area.  We, of course did not see them.

You walk under this branch to start walking up the trail.

Resting areas with benches and chairs (even some rocking) makes it easy to simply sit and enjoy the beauty around you.

I believe this is a Coues deer.  We spotted several of them at different times as they came down to the creek to get water.

For Rick.

Interesting root!

Taken with iPhone 7+

How does Greg find images like this?  I expect these creatures to move at any moment!

Remnants of an old house.  Greg and Ann hiked much further up the trail than Tom and I.  They reported that beyond the first loop the fall color dropped off dramatically.

This is Greg's image.

Taken with iPhone 7+

Taken with iPhone 7+

Haha!  My neck curved like this tree trunk as I tried to turn it right side down . . . or up!

It was warmer as we walked back out of the Information Center.

We had our picnic lunch at this creek side table.

South Rim

Well, the uber fabulous team of Dave and Karen have shared some photos from their recent trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  The reason for the trip was the celebration of Dave finally reaching 'old dude' status!  He is now old enough to qualify for the much sought after Senior Pass, officially known as 'America the Beautiful', the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. 

You are golden now, old dude!!


Oh my!

Love it! 

Oh yes!

I think Dave was given a sunset angel for his birthday!

I love getting photos from friends that can be shared.  The efforts that are put into getting the images ready and sending them are appreciated.