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Old 07-19-2013, 02:53 PM   #15
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Hi folks,
We might be down for this one! This is in our neck of the woods. We have no plans for August and it would be nice to get away from our scorching heat.
School starts for young Johnny that week and I have to check with Big John.
Scott, Huntington Lake is my paradise. My favorite place in the world. Sunset magazine had a short write up about it a month or two ago. I freaked out because now I'm afraid everyone will start going there. This weekend at Huntington is the High Sierra Rigatta. It's a beautiful sight to see all the sailboat on the lake.
Thanks for putting this together Peter!
Cara, no no, don't tell, Huntington Lake is Fresnan's little secret! Hahahaha. LOL
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:48 PM   #16
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We're in! Bringing two canoes, too.

C'mon, Cara, you know you want to go camping. Johnny will have 18 more years to go to school!

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Jason,
Of course, I want to go camping! I ALWAYS want to go camping. And, I wouldn't want to miss a chance to hang out with the Pratt Family!
What day you heading up? I'll offer you courtesy parking (or to anyone, in Fresno) if you need a stop. (Elec., water, and Wi-fi) We're about 3 hours from Courtright.
Jason, where do you put your canoe on your truck? We have a canoe too we can bring.
I just talked to my sister, she's the VP at Johnny's school. She said it's ok if I take Johnny out of school to go camping.
John is replacing axles next weekend. If he gets that and the other battery installed, we can probably go.


Peter,
Are there any generator restrictions? Where is the nearest dump station? Shaver Lake?
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:26 PM   #17
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We have been agonizing over how to make this work, but alas too far, still working, too little time. Stunning area - maybe next time!
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Old 07-20-2013, 11:08 AM   #18
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Jason,
Of course, I want to go camping! I ALWAYS want to go camping. And, I wouldn't want to miss a chance to hang out with the Pratt Family!
What day you heading up? I'll offer you courtesy parking (or to anyone, in Fresno) if you need a stop. (Elec., water, and Wi-fi) We're about 3 hours from Courtright.
Jason, where do you put your canoe on your truck? We have a canoe too we can bring.
I just talked to my sister, she's the VP at Johnny's school. She said it's ok if I take Johnny out of school to go camping.
John is replacing axles next weekend. If he gets that and the other battery installed, we can probably go.


Peter,
Are there any generator restrictions? Where is the nearest dump station? Shaver Lake?
Cara,
I haven't actually put the canoes on the truck, yet. I think I will put them on the cab (with a pad underneath) and build a support for the back of the canoe. We might take you up on your offer. Maybe we'll try to get to Fresno on Wednesday night and push up to Courtright Thursday morning.
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:20 PM   #19
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Ok folks, we're in! We will leave 12ish on Friday.

Jason, we're in NW Fresno. It's a nice, safe neighborhood. South Fresno...not so much.
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:49 PM   #20
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Peter,
Are there any generator restrictions? Where is the nearest dump station? Shaver Lake?
Generators are allowed "from 8am to 10pm, or something like that" according to the ranger. Since the campground is operated and maintaned by PG&E, she wasn't sure if it was exactly the same but she knows they are allowed during daylight hours.

Nearest dump station is at Wishon Village campground at Wishon Reservoir, 11 miles (25 minutes) from the Trapper Springs campground where we will be. This campground and RV park has boat rentals for Wishon, fishing supplies, general food items, and yes, a dump station. Cost is $15 and they just basically have you use one of the empty RV sites.

I also talked to both offices about road conditions. Getting to Wishon is on a well paved but windy and twisty 2 lane road, with spaces for passing here and there. 35' and longer trailers and RVs do it on a regular basis. The road from Wishon to Courtright is paved, and one to one and a half lanes. Based upon the low traffic flows in the area, neither had ever encountered much difficulty with lack of spaces for people to pass each other along that stretch of road, but it is slow going and had some twists and turns. Once again, both know of large trailers and RVs that do it regularly.

I also confirmed that dogs are allowed at the campground and in the general area, with 6' leashes.

I'm glad we got a few trailers coming now! This will be awesome!
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Hi all,
Here's a bump for the thread.
Also, John finished installing the new axles today....AHEAD OF SCHEDULE!
We gained 3 inches of clearance.

We haven't been anywhere in the AS since May so I am itchin' to go camping!

See you all soon!
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:59 PM   #22
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Jason, where do you put your canoe on your truck? We have a canoe too we can bring.
Cara,
I am moving a Thule rack from another car onto the truck cab. I only had to buy a new adapter kit for $65 buck. Check Craigslist. People are always selling them on there.

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We may be able to make it but not sure yet. Probably won't know until the last minute. We used to tent camp and fish with our 14' aluminum boat up there but haven't been back for 20 years. It would be nice to see it again! We used to troll for trout and the fishing was awesome back in the day.
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We may be able to make it but not sure yet. Probably won't know until the last minute. We used to tent camp and fish with our 14' aluminum boat up there but haven't been back for 20 years. It would be nice to see it again! We used to troll for trout and the fishing was awesome back in the day.
What's the best way to catch trout up there?
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We used to troll with our powerboat using trolling spinner blades, terminated with a live nightcrawler or a needlefish lure. Always caught our limit. This will take some musclepower with a canoe. Probably just fishing with nightcrawlers would be the best bet. I'm not sure where the sell them up there so it may be a good idea to pick some up on the way. I'm sure they sell them in Shaver Lake and probably at Wishon too. Other than that, power bait for still fishing or small spinners like Roostertails or Panther/Martin lures may be productive too.
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I think I'm going to go with power bait and bobbers for the kids.

What's the best way to cook trout?
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I think I'm going to go with power bait and bobbers for the kids.

What's the best way to cook trout?
Whole, pan-fried in a little butter suits my taste!
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Hey Peter, I am seriously thinking of making this trip. I love the Sierras. Is their a place near the campground where I came get fresh water for my trailer. I really don't want to haul an extra 30 gallons all the way their. I am thinking of bringing my paddle board. Kenny
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