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Just got back from our first trip this year to the high Sierras:grin:, and its sooooo nice to still see snow down as low as 5000ft. this late in June:).

We camped in the Dinky Creek wilderness area about 30 miles away from Shaver Lk (which is about 50 miles East of Fresno). This particular area is right on the border of the John Muir Wilderness and is known for its granite domes protruding up through the forest.

Much of the larger recreational lakes are man made and managed by local electric companies PG&E and Edison, who I have to tip my hat to because of their generous re-investment into the area.

But the real beauty lies just beyond where the roads end and the thousands of glacier lakes and rugged, beautiful wilderness begins.:shock:

With the wife being 9 months pregnant:oops:, we weren't able to hike much of the area like we normally do, but that only gave us an opportunity to take the E out on some back country roads, testing the AWD and (sad to say) stock tires (which AREN'T good going over snow). The E did an admirable job tackling everything we threw at it, and bringing us home unscathed.

Here are some pics of the adventure.:razz:
 

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A typical granite dome, this one is on a OHV trail just East of Courtright Res.
 

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Opening day of Courtright Res., elevation 8100'
 

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Our campground, Gigantea. We slept in the E, the quarters were a little tight for two, especially with the wife being 9 months pregnant, but we were still able to get comfortable sleep.

This was a primitive campground, so no bear boxes, so we stuck all the food boxes on the cargo rack and covered it with a sheet to disguise the shapes of the coolers. Seemed to work, since we saw a bear while photographing the sunset, but no bears near our campsite. I did however see a Marmot paw print next to the E in the morning.
 

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Getting into trouble with the stock tires:shock:. We were on a 30 mile loop called Ross Crossing, passing only 1 person the whole day when we came upon this snow berm blocking our path. Being adventurous we decided to try our luck going over it. We did, but two miles further along the road we encountered a fallen log and had to turn around. This time over though, water had accumulated in a ditch and turned it into a mud hole, hindering our efforts:twisted:. We had to fill the mud with sticks and more dirt to get any traction with the stock Wrangler tires.

Well we did, and it took about 40 minutes to get back across, but it was so much fun.:razz:
 

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Packed up and ready to roll. Its always a drag leaving the forest that has become my second home.:-(
 

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I'll be posting the rest of the relevent pics soon on my profile.

Can't wait for the next campout, which will be with the little one!!!:razz:
 

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Great pics! We too love the Sierras (were in Kings Canyon last weekend). Definately have Dinky Creek on our to-do list.

How many miles on your stock tires? Ours were toast by 40k.
 

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This is exactly the sort of thread that explains why, when we're asked why we'd ever want to vacation anywhere other than Sunny Central Florida, where we live, that we explain that it's better elsewhere.....
 

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Great pics! We too love the Sierras (were in Kings Canyon last weekend). Definately have Dinky Creek on our to-do list.

How many miles on your stock tires? Ours were toast by 40k.

Unfortunately, I have just six thousand miles on them, I just bought my E in March, and I am dying to get some new Michelin LTX M+S tires like I have on my S-10, I am a die-hard Michelin fan. At the same time, I can't just get rid of brand new tires, seems like a waste to me, so I am trying to wear them out any way I can.

Though with the baby on the way, I don't think I'll be trying to off-road in the E anymore for a while.

Kings Canyon is truly my second home, especially after hiking past roads end and seeing what the high Sierras are really about!!
 

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This is exactly the sort of thread that explains why, when we're asked why we'd ever want to vacation anywhere other than Sunny Central Florida, where we live, that we explain that it's better elsewhere.....

I guess every person has their own idea of heaven, I just hope the heaven I go to has a pine forest and mountain lakes to relax by.:grin:
 
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