I flew into San Diego on July 4th. The trip started with the obligatory trip to Old Town for margaritas and Mexican food and to stock up to the gills on candy for the trip. The rest of the 4th and the 5th were spent dicking around, packing up the car and gathering enough food and beer so that we wouldn’t have to leave the canyon for the week.
Day 1 – 7/6/14
We woke departed San Diego around 10 AM or so, our spirits at their customary annual zenith in anticipation of the greatest week of the year, traditional tunes of any road trip playing at an unreasonable volume. Stop was made in Inyokern to refuel. The sky was incredibly cloudy and it rained for a stretch of the drive between Inyokern and Big Pine. Made the obligatory stop at the Big Pine Mobil to make sure we had plenty of Orange Blossom beer and hightailed it up to Big Pine Creek Campground. We usually reserve Site #9 (or Castle #9 as we call it) for the trip and had originally booked this trip for late August but had to reschedule to accommodate Kain’s kindergarten schedule. So we were marooned out at #25 for the first night, which wound up being just fine. Brother E had some pressure in his ears from the altitude change and obtained some rubbing alcohol in a fishing bait cup to remedy this issue, which he left on the picnic table at the site, leading to this amusing incident: