Walking Trout

Pine Glen Group Camp 2015

With trips to the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, Rock Creek Lake, Top of Mammoth Mountain, the Devil's Postpile and Alabama Hills

 August 18-21, 2015

 

The Campers:

 David, Janice, Chris, Bill, Kim, Heather, Michael, Kyle, Stephen, Cynthia, Callie, Jessie, and Dianne

 

The Walking Trout:

 Eric, Rick, Toner, Jim, Steve and Charles

It goes without saying, as it is often said, but I must tell you that we have something here and more.  A vehicle, one without boundaries or limitations and the belief that anything can be done, that drives the heart of this foundation.  It is not the Walking Trout; it is the Campers who bring the weighted portion of spirit to these trips. We just provide a bit of opportunity.  A lucky 13 people took this opportunity and we managed another epic camping trip. 

The process is simple.  We meet a group in a parking lot, load up a bunch of un-necessities, and head out on the road where the conversion of strangers to friends begins. We changed nothing this year, except location.  The WTF torch was taken to the Ventura-Santa Barbara area.  It was passed directly into my hands, and I enjoyed every minute of this opportunity.  So, the first person to thank for the success of this year’s trip is the Lord of Lone Pine himself, Mr. Steve Ashburn.  Without you, this would not be, and it must not go without saying. 

To friends and family who generously contributed time, money and good cheer, your wealth of support and encouragement is so well received, and it is shared with exceptional people. Some of their words are selected here:

 

Words from a Camper:

I'm unable to find the words to express just how grateful and appreciative I am for the opportunity to join the merry band of mountain campers.  It's hard to believe that I didn't dream the whole experience but my clothes smell like a campfire and I still have some pine tar stuck in my hair.

Today on TV there was a movie from 1953 about 2 fishermen going on a trip to Mammoth Lakes. It was filmed in the Alabama Hills and Owens River Valley area.  I have photos of the rock formations where it was filmed.  It's called the "Hitch-Hiker".  So glad we took that side trip after our pizza lunch. 

I noticed the abundance of love and kindness from everyone who's in the Walking Trout foundation/brotherhood/cult and that is what makes this event extra special and the time of our lives. Love you right back… I thank you and long live Walking Trout!


Words from Another Camper:

First off want to give you a HUGE THANK YOU!!! For an amazing trip and experience.  It would be easy for you to go on these trips with your other friends, but you decided to take on the challenge and expense of inviting and investing in people who have challenges.  People who normally couldn’t go on their own you made it possible for us to go camping.  Hope we can keep in contact.  Thank you again and God bless you. 

 

Special thanks must go to:

Paige Schaefer, for sewing up our abused tents; Andrei Barbrow, for joining the battle to acquire new WTF tents at the REI garage sale; Brian Hicks, for your generator’s uninterrupted supply of energy to charge wheel chairs at camp; Erin Wolfe, the Devil’s Postpile Park Ranger who, for the last two years, provided well delivered tours and good humor; Ted Pedersen, the Whitney Fish Hatchery Docent who provided a grand historical tour and offered us a lifetime of unrestricted fishing privileges at the hatchery lake (if only in our dreams).

To the rehab facilities and associations that allowed us to spread the word about the trip and who referred their patrons to the WTF: Rene Van Hoorn, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital; Andrew Skinner, Triumph Foundation; Dan Shapiro, Ventura County Medical Center Physical Therapy; Ester Globerman, Globerman Physical Therapy Inc.; and Brian Stevens, Ventura Family YMCA.  

CHRIS, DAVE AND JAN GET READY FOR THE ROAD TRIP




DEPARTING FROM THE VENTURA COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER



NO FISHING RODS ARE ALLOWED AT THE MT. WHITNEY FISH HATCHERY



TED TALKS AT THE FISH HATCHERY



SCHOOL OF FISH



JESSES DARES CHARLES TO EAT A MINNOW



BREAKFAST AT CAMP (APPARENTLY WE DIDN'T TAKE ANY PICTURES THE NIGHT WE GOT THERE)



KITCHEN CREW



BREAKFAST IS SERVED:  EGGS, POTATOES, COFFEE, AND FRESH AIR



"WOULD YOU LIKE A WARM UP?"



STEPHEN, MIKE AND KYLE KICK OFF THE WTF FISHING DERBY



THE SHORES OF ROCK CREEK LAKE



KIM POSES WITH A RAINBOW TROUT WHILE DAVID LOOKS ON



IT'S HARD NOT TO NOTICE RICK'S HAT



YOU WILL NOT FIND A BETTER PLACE TO HAVE A PICNIC LUNCH



GOURMET SANDWICHES AT THE INLET
 

LUNCHTIME'S OVER... BACK TO THE FISHING DERBY



KIM SOAKS IT ALL IN



CHRIS SHOWS OFF HIS CATCH



KIM AND CINDY TAKE A BREAK FROM THE ACTION



MOST OF THE GROUP.  AND 3 FISH.



ALL OF THE GROUP



TAKING GONDOLAS TO THE TOP OF MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN



CHRIS BOARDS



HEATHER AND KIM IN A "SISTERS ONLY" GONDOLA



TONER, JIM AND DIANNE WAIVE TO THE CAMERA.  MOSTLY DIANNE.



BEERS AT 11,053 FEET



MIKE POSES WITH THE 2015 WTF T-SHIRT (SMOKE FROM THE NEARBY FOREST FIRE OBSCURES THE VIEW)



STEPHEN, KYLE AND MIKE PREPARE FOR THE DESCENT 



RANGER ERIN PREPARES THE GROUP FOR THE TRAIL



THE TREK BEGINS



DIANNE AND COMPANY ON THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL, ALONGSIDE THE SAN JOAQUIN RIVER (MIDDLE FORK)



RANGER ERIN EXPLAINS THE PROCESS OF THE FOREST RETAKING THE MEADOW 



OUR FIRST VIEWS AT THE BASE OF THE DEVIL'S POSTPILE



RELAXING AT THE POSTPILE



DIANNE CONTEMPLATES



THREE GENERATIONS



PRESENTING:  THE 2015 WALKING TROUT FOUNDATION GROUP PHOTO



THE JOURNEY HOME



YOU WILL NOT FIND A BETTER PLACE TO HAVE A PICNIC LUNCH



ENJOYING LUNCH IN THE SHADE



LOVEBIRDS



JIM SHOWS EVERYONE WHERE THE STREAM IS



DIANNE COMMUNES WITH THE EASTERN SIERRAS 



MIKE AND CHRIS CHILL AFTER LUNCH 



THE 2015 WALKING TROUT CREW



ERIC'S GOURMET TROUT



BILL AND KIM PLAY CARDS



JESSE WAITS PATIENTLY WHILE JIM WHITTLES A SWORD



THE MASTER CHEFS



CHRIS AND MIKE KICK OFF THE CAMPFIRE



CHARLES PRESENTS CHRIS WITH THE FISHING DERBY TROPHY



LAST CAMPFIRE OF THE TRIP



WTF COMEDY NIGHT AT THE CAMPFIRE



PACKING UP CAMP



MIKE, KYLE AND STEPHEN'S REALM



FOREST CAMPING AT ITS BEST



ERIC DELIGHTS THE CAMPERS WITH HIS EPIC BLUEBERRY PANCAKES



A SQUIRREL'S VIEW OF OUR BREAKFAST



JESSE, CALLIE AND CINDY AND THEIR SIERRAN HOME



KYLE, MIKE AND STEPHEN CLOSE OUT THE TRIP



KIM AND HEATHER SAY FAREWELL



CHRIS AND BILL AT TRIP'S END 



DIANNE'S KINGDOM



THANK YOU TO MIKE FOR PROVIDING THE FISHING TROPHY



FOR THE MEANING OF THIS PHOTO, YOU HAVE TO READ THE 2014 TRIP LOG



LUNCH AT THE PIZZA FACTORY IN LONE PINE.  WESTERN MEMORABILIA HANGS FROM THE WALLS.



THE MEAL, AND THE TRIP, DRAW TO A CLOSE



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