Loon Lake July 2018

First time this year at Loon Lake, and it was a group campout.  Gary and Sheryl, Mike and Vicki, and Debbie joined us with their respective RVs.  We had some really good times!  Great socializing.   Weather was clear and warm but smokey from the Yosemite fire a couple of days.  Actually hot weather (80s) for the Sierra but cool nites around 50 degrees.  Fishing was lousy, I only tried one day but decided I would rather paddle around early morning and observe the underwater boulders uninhibited by dragging a worm.  Sunsets were beautiful as always.  The dogs had a blast since they had other canine friends there … Benetar, Lucy, Ginger and Wookie.

Ginger alerted us to a rattlesnake in the ferns not more than 12 feet away from our picnic table.  She had been messing around in there for probably about an hour, so we were all amazed she didn’t get bitten.   The snake got away before the camp host could get back but a couple hours later, Ginger once again went crazy warning us that it was back.   Sure enough it was back in the ferns eating a tiny mouse.  We did kill it this time, and Wayne the camphost took it away and buried the head.  Apparently another snake was killed on the beach just a couple campsites down from our group.  And one earlier in the season too.  No bugs but snakes, I think I’d rather have the opposite.

My recently submerged drone did fly very nicely but when I got home to look at the videos there is a lot of shaking, off and on throughout.  Something is wrong with the gimbal.  Speaking of gimbal, I had just received a new hand held Yi  Phone Gimbal that I was trying out and bothering everyone with.  I had a lot of trouble getting it to work properly in the beginning so there are some goofy videos of that.  I  believe it just needed proper balancing, then it was fine.

First, a video of the trip here, then photo gallery afterwards;

Author: Geoff

Quick rundown: Grew up in Lombard, Illinois, went to Arizona State University, worked as a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co, then Laventhal and Horwath, then Rolling Stones, then Heron International, then Goodby Berlin and Silverstein in San Francisco. Moved to the foothills in 1990 and traded futures and designed websites. Married to Kate Stewart, now living in Colfax, CA. We have six grandchildren. I enjoy camping in our RV, hiking, kayaking, fishing, droning and cross country skiing Also conga drumming, photography and dogs.

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