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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Big Meadow, Sequoia NF - "no damage except a few scratches"

We drove north to the Southern Sierra to climb Taylor Dome in the Sequoia National Forest.
We arrived late on Friday night and set up camp on short spur road at the SE corner of Big Meadow.
Minutes after we camped a large hard side camper backed into our spur road blocking the only way out. Fortunately, the owners of the camper were friends who were joining us to climb Taylor Dome.
 Taylor Dome
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Clark scrambles to the notch below the twin summits.
Clark and Jo Ann enjoying a brisk breeze on Taylor Dome.
 Author resting below East Summit.
Big Meadow from the summit of Taylor Dome. Jan is over there relaxing in the Four Wheel Camper. Cold drinks and warm food beckon us back to camp.
Big Meadow Camp 2 near the Taylor Meadows trail-head. Surprisingly cold overnight low, for August, of 35 degrees.
 Big Meadow through the trees.
Driving east on the Sherman Pass Road.
Sherman Pass with Olancha Peak in the distance.
Just to the east of Kennedy Meadows a motorcycle passed us and a few minutes later the same motorcyclist was waving us down. He had encountered a sandy spot on a curve. Luckily, he just ran off the road about 50 feet and the bike landed softly on its side. Jan shot the photo above as we maneuvered the bike back to pavement.
Back on pavement and no damage except a few scratches.
 In Nine Mile Canyon looking back at the Southern Sierra.
Mojave Desert in distance.

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