Tuolumne Meadows is the largest of all the campgrounds in the Yosemite National Forest. It contains 304 campsites for Rvs or tent campers. And it also contains Bears. Although we never saw one. Food storage is mandatory in the park and campers that attract bears can be fined up to $5000 dollars. If the local wildlife doesn't discourage you then I would highly reccomend this campsite. It is located at 8500 feet near the Tioga Pass. The elevation is much higher here then in the valley floor of Yosemite which means a cooler temperature and beautiful views of the meadow. Nearby Lyell Fork has good fishing for trout. Reservations are accepted and you should reserve several months in advance as Yosemite is very popular.
The station fire devastated the Angeles crest forest in 2009. Arson was suspected and the fire that started on August 26, 2009. The fire raged on and scorched 160,577 acres before finally being extinguished in October of 2009. Now one year after the fire and the destruction still remains. Bare hillsides and the burned skeletons of a forest.
Last weekend a friend and I attempted to hike to Millard Falls above Pasadena. Millard Falls is the perfect day hike and a relatively easy hike of less than a mile. Once you reach the base of the falls you will see a beautiful 60 foot waterfall.
At least that was the plan.
Because of the station fire and some recent mudslide damage the trail is closed to the public. It is set to reopen sometime in September and at that point you can add it to your list of awesome day hikes. Until then we can only imagine what the falls may look like.
I went fishing with a friend and we brought all the fancy fishing eqipment thinking that this would give us a huge advantage. We did not catch one single fish. We had a brand new fishing pole, lures, powerbait, and a new shiny tackle box. Next to us on the shore of the river was a old man fishing using only a soda can, fishing line, a hook, and a small piece of cheese for bait. He caught four fish to our zero. I always wonder if he knew something that we didn't. Some people will spend a lot of money on clothes, lures, powerbait, tackle and arrive at the lake or the river and wonder why they are not catching any fish. The answer is in their point of view. Maybe the old man next to us knew how to "Think like a fish". How do you do that?
First approach the lake with caution, walk softly, keep your shadow off the water, and avoid kicking any rocks. Fish can sense tiny movements on the shore and see large shadows on the water. Make sure to cast in a natural manner and keep your casting motion low. The best time to fish is in the early morning or at dusk when the light is best. During the middle of the day the harsh sunlight will penetrate the water which will scare the fish. Try these tips and maybe you can catch some fish with just a can, some line, and a hook.
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