The November 2015 Newsletter has been posted – Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.
Topics in the November newsletter: 2015 Region 12 Rally -|- SNU November luncheon -|- SNU Business (Don & Jerry-reports from the R12 rally) -|- Rally Success -|- WBCCI, Some Historical Highlights -|- Top Ten Knots
November lunch at the Plaza
Saturday November 14, 2015 the SNU November Luncheon will be held at the Plaza Hotel located at 801 S. Carson Street in Carson City. It is across from the Ormsby House. The luncheon room is on the second floor which is accessed from the hotel lobby. Please RSVP to the SNU at email@example.com.
Mesquite Rally Canceled
Due to damage from recent flooding in Death Valley, the SNU rally at Mesquite has been canceled.
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It is a challenge: winterize the RV or take one last spin. Joe Laing (Marketing Director for El Monte RV,) explains why Why fall is the best season for road trips — “Autumn travel means fewer crowds than summer, better weather than winter, and big savings on vacation costs—if you’re willing to do your homework“.
The leaves are turning, the birds are migrating and it’s time for bargain-minded travelers to plan some time away. Bring an extra sweater and plan to play cool weather golf—the discounted greens fees and uncrowded courses will make this your favorite season. Walk a rocky beach and then go back to the lodge for cocoa by the fire. Learn a mountain dance or two at a folk and bluegrass festival. Take a ranger-led hike in search of elk in heart of a national park.
Days are getting shorter, campfires more delicious, weather less predictable, and there is a tang in the air. It is invigorating is you are prepared.
For the SNU Folks – don’t forget Mesquite Spring in Death Valley at Halloween. A trip down U.S. 395 will likely feature fall colors and perhaps even snow-capped peaks in the Sierra. Maybe also snow covered roads on the passes so keep a close watch on http://nvroads.com/ and perhaps plan your route a day or so in advance with Weather Underground’s road trip planner.
From the other side of the country the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Equipped takes note of Nearly Every USGS Topo Map Ever Made. For Free. from the USGS Map Locator and Downloader — “an incredible treasure trove for both map junkies and casual hikers alike.“
One important thing to note is that, in general, the most recent topo maps listed are markedly different from their predecessors. Part of the new US Topo Series, these maps have been created as PDFs with geospatial extensions (GeoPDF), which gives you the ability to turn on and off different layers (contour lines, place names, water features, etc.) for viewing, depending on what information you are interested in. Unfortunately, however, trails are not currently included as one of these layers—a significant drawback for hiking.
Lastly, and one of the single-most useful online tools I’ve discovered in recent years, is the ability to overlay every USGS topo map on top of Google Earth, another free (and extremely powerful) tool to add to your trip planning quiver.
While you might be able to take the digital copy down to a local printshop to get a large paper copy, buying the paper copy from the USGS store might get you a better copy at less cost. There’s just something about a big map with lots of detail that isn’t there with the same map viewed on a display. Each has its uses: one is great for virtual exploring with a big table and a good light. The other works for active navigation and map editing. It’s also a lot easier to carry around an extensive map library when it is in the form of digital storage rather than large sheets of paper.
Right now, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Equipped blog has posts on the status of the New England fall color and Railbikes. Looks like a good blog to watch, even if I’m getting back east anytime soon.
The October 2015 Newsletter has been posted – Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.
Topics in the October newsletter – Mesquite Halloween Rally -|- Review of Glass Creek rally -|- November lunch at the Plaza Hotel -|- Welcome Sloan/Wainwright & Kirksey -|- SNU elections -|- Dues for 2016 -|- Favorite Traditions
Death Valley Halloween Weekend – Come visit the Sierra Nevada Unit at its October Death Valley Rally at Mesquite Spring Campground near Scotty’s Castle and Ubehebe Crater, Thursday October 29th through Sunday November 1st. Don and Gail Williams are hosting this rally. They’ve got some tours lined up and some special meals planned. For more information contact Don firstname.lastname@example.org or 951.264.0219
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A big campground off US 395 between June Lakes and Mammoth was the substitute locale for the SNU Obsidian Dome get together.
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It is interesting that the campground was near full on arrival but thinned out for the weekend. The full timers and the weekend warriors with their toy haulers seem to enjoy this spot. It’s a lot like Hat Creek used to be with a big flat area under the pines adjacent to a creek. This one is getting somewhat civilized as roads and camp areas are being better delineated but many camp spots are large enough for several rigs and there is a lot of open space between them. While the SNU was there, the place was very quiet with little dust and traffic, despite the number of campers.