Jackson Meadows/Pass Creek #1 June, 2016

My first 2016 campout at Jackson Meadows was put off for a couple of weeks because of snow on the road coming in.  But its all clear now.  This time, it was just Ben and I  because Biggs had to stay home recovering from his left knee surgery about four weeks ago.  The lake was at 100% full, up to the tree line.  The highest I have ever seen it.  The base of some trees, mainly aspen, were actually in the water.  I took my DJI Phantom drone this time and had four really fun flights.  I was able to even fly through the Pass Creek canyon capturing some of the waterfalls.  I even was able to launch from my campsite at #30.  Even with the wind, which you can see in the portion of the video that shows my site, the drone handled amazingly.  Fishing was not good, similar to past years at this time.  I did catch one nice sized one that I released, lucky guy.  The lake, the stream, the wildflowers were all just stunning.  Everything was so green and the water so incredibly blue.  Next trip up is Loon Lake then back to Jackson in early July. This video can be seen in HD at either 1440p or 1080p. Check your settings.

Jackson Meadows #5 – September 2015

Autumn started this week and I brought it in at Jackson Meadows Reservoir, trip number five this year.  Kate joined me for two nites and a day, and also our friends Mike and Vicki and their tiny, cute pups, Wookie and Ginger.  No swimming but kayaking, fishing, short hikes, Qwerkle games, cocktails and much laughter.  Weather was perfect.  Fishing was pretty darn good.  I got 10 trout, let most go, including the 15inchers but kept three for a nice dinner.  And… I lost the monster trout.  So big he pulled the hook right off the line.  Gargantuan!  The East Meadows campground closes in a couple weeks so I will have to start going to the Pass Creek CG since they leave that open all year.   Anyway, here are some pics.

Jackson Meadows #3 2015

Jackson Meadows Reservoir was once again a great trip.  Met up with my buddy Gary Goldsmith who taught me how to do night sky photography.  The Perseid Meteor shower was going on and I got up at 3am to try and shoot it.  Quite hard to do since the shooting stars happen so fast.  All you can hope for is that while the shutter is open for 15 seconds, one happens within your frame.  I had no such luck.  But its amazing to see all the stars that show up beyond what the naked eye can see.  It was also interesting to see light from Truckee, I guess, coming over the mountains from the southern sky.

Due to the constant water problems at East Meadows CG, the USFS decided to put in vault toilets starting with one right near Gary’s site #30.  It was amazing to see the thing installed within a day and a half.  The normal flush bathrooms are shut down cause of lack of water and port-potties installed.

We spotted a single pelican out on the water, unusual.  Also we believe we saw a bald eagle soaring over the lake along with some nice views of a hawk.  Fishing was pretty crappy the first two days with a only two 4″ trout caught and released.  But the third day had more luck with three catches and two saved for dinner.  My CG neighbor, Randy, caught 4 nice trout using a Rapala countdown.

Not much in the way of photos.  No great sunsets, Pass Creek was just a trickle.