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Day 1 has already turned out to be fantastic. We started at waypoints in Orange County, met up in San Fernando and the final waypoint was at Rosamond. We started with 7 cars: 3 R170s, 3 R171s and one R172.

Leslie (le5lieb) left us before Red Rock Canyon but later joined us in Bishop at around 5 pm. Guy and Ana (Gizx1020) were with us until 6 pm at Mammoth Lakes. Glad you could at least join us for day 1.

At the end of the day, we have 6 vehicles: 3 R171s, 2 R170 and one R172.

Photos to follow.....
 

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Day 1, July 14th: Red Rock Canyon, Fossil Falls, Mammoth Lakes

Meet up at San Fernando, CA:




Inside Starbucks:




Lined up at Rosamond, CA:



At Red Rock Canyon, the R172 wanted extra attention and hence parked out-of-line:




Properly lined up, still at Red Rock Canyon:




Glamour shot at Red Rock Canyon:
 

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Lined up at Fossil Falls:



Info on Fossil Falls:



Images from Fossil Falls:










 

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Late lunch at Alabama Hills Cafe (~2pm):



Images from Sierra Nevada Lodge in Mammoth Lakes:







Another glamour shot, this time at Mammoth Lakes:



Didn't want the R172 to steal the limelight:



Images from Mammoth Lakes:



Can you see the snow in "thar mountains"?



More images from Mammoth Lakes:


 

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Lined up at "tree-kill" zone in Mammoth Lakes:



A couple will be celebrating their anniversary soon:



Mbpaul: That incident with the clutch got us all worried, sure doesn't show on this photo.
 

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The road to Fossil Falls felt more like off-roading going on a "wash-board" surface and kicked up a lot of dust as the photo below shows. Durk's ride was so shook-up the outside temp probe popped off and gave weird outside temps, and threw a CEL light. Easily fixed later on.




Photo of rides after being "off-roading" and getting "dusted".
 

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Couple more photos: Don't ya think the R171 look sexy? :biglaugh:





This one is taken at Red Rock Canyon:
 

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That was a great outing...makes me envious of the beautiful scenery, etc. IDK about going "off road" at Fossil Falls...Even though the falls are named after him, Jeff would have crapped himself with all the dust....
 

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Great Pics ! Thanks for sharing. Makes me jealous.

The pics from Red Rock Canyon remind me of something a local told me while we were visiting Arizona.

"We ain't got much water, but we've got a heck of a beach !"
 

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Glad the weather cooperate with your trip. beautiful pictures. We can put some of this pictures for the 2013 calendar.
 

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Awesome, look forward to the rest of the pictures. Wanted to attend this but we ended up having friends visiting from out of town this weekend.

Today when they left I took the 55 out for a quick spirited run and ended up getting stuck behind bikers for a good chunk of the loop back home. Made me smile as the last run I did with you guys we also got stuck behind slow motorcycles!
 

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Day 2, July 15th: June Lake, Panum Crater, Yosemite

Images of June Lake area: This one is called Silver Lake



Now we know why I prefer to call it "Crystal" Lake:
 

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Another off-road adventure to Panum crater, except it wasn't a wash-board type road, this was a dirt road paved with rocks and small boulders.



What Panum crater is about. It's only 600 years-old. Basically it's a volcano with a central plug.


What it (Panum Crater) looks like from aerial photo:



View of the plug as taken from the rim.



The rim is on the left, and plug on the right.



One of the components of the plug. The yellowish-green hue on the right side is from lichen.



Close-up of lichen
 

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Vegetation at Panum crater: this is the desert peach



IIRC this one is called the Sulfur Flower
 

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"Durk-cules". Although light, this volcanic rock is roughly 50 lbs (per Pablo's assessment), and no, he did not load it in the SLK to take home as a collection :biglaugh: It is forbidden anyways.
 

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Lined up at Chevron station just before entering Yosemite via Tioga Pass.



Image taken from the Yosemite valley looking up at nearby rock formation.
 
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