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TR to the Lyle fork of the Merced River.

Postby Cross Country » Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:13 pm

In the summer of 82 my son Mike was less than 1 year old. My wife and I were school teachers. Kuzuko Ivie was Mike's daycare. The Ivie's had 2 sons, Phil and Gregg 14 and 12yo. In July of 82 I took them to Bearup and Edith (It's on HST). Phil loved it. Gregg complained a lot. In Aug Phil and I took a trip out of Tuolumne Mdws. Less then 1 mile up Lyle Canyon we saw something really remarkable and I got pictures.
We were hiking along the trail and scared a rabbit out of the brush. It ran a short way ahead of us and low and behold an eagle swooped down to nail this rabbit right in front of our eyes. When we approached them the eagle flew away and the rabbit scampered under a bush. By that time I had my camera out and we continued to walk. When we got close to the bush the rabbit ran out ahead of us and sure enough the hawk swooped down to nail the rabbit again. This time I was ready with my camera and this time the hawk killed the rabbit with talons to the brain.
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Re: TR pt 1

Postby oldranger » Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:15 pm

Nice Job Tom!

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Re: TR to the Lyle fork of the Merced River. pt 1

Postby Cross Country » Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:37 pm

pt 2: We hiked on to the Rafferty Creek junction and headed to T. Pass, Vo. HSC, past Lewis Creek and headed cross country to the Lyle Fork and Florence Lake. The pass to Florence was a really fun and interesting pass. We arrived at the Lake and camped there. We had a fish dinner from the lake. The next day we hiked to the upper lake.
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Re: TR to the Lyle fork of the Merced River. pt 1

Postby Cross Country » Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:55 pm

pt 3
The following day we hiked to the lakes above Hutching Creek. We had a fish dinner the next 2 nights too. We next took another LO day and hiked around the lakes and above. I took pics the entire trip but can't find any more than these, which is a real shame.
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Re: TR to the Lyle fork of the Merced River. pt 1

Postby Cross Country » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:16 pm

pt 4 (last)
The next day we hiked over to the lakes below electra peak (no fish), hiked down to the river below where I took my favorite picture ever. It's hanging on my wall and I can't find the smaller verson. We continued down the river passing the trail. Slightly below the trail we saw something (can't find these pics either) really rare to see. We ran across a dead dear which had gashes taken out of it's side (it's flank?) which had killed it. It was half in and half out of the water. It smelled bad. We drank water and filled our bottles above the dear and continued down the river. We didn't drink from the river again until our bottles were empty and we were quite thirsty. The next day we hiked down to the trail, took the cutoff to Fletcher creek and past Emeric Lake. Near the outlet of the lake is the only place in the Sierra that I saw what I believe to be incorrect topo lines. We camped on the creek and the next day hiked out.

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Re: TR to the Lyle fork of the Merced River.

Postby Cross Country » Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:15 pm

Here is for those who missed the 1st 2 pics.
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Re: TR to the Lyle fork of the Merced River.

Postby maverick » Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:29 pm

Love that ridge line shot up under the Mt. Lyell area, CC.
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