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#76 zerro1

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:20 PM

Hi Mike, the Tyee creek fire was massive. Largets in washington state in the 20th century. It burned uncheked for 33 days in 1994. 135,000 acres... When I drove up the Entiat river there were places 5 miles away that clearly looked like the bottom of a campfire pit that was just white ash. The fire that was over in the Tumwater Canyon was the Hatchery Creek fire/Rat Creek Fire + Round Mountain fire.

On Sunday evening, July 24 [1994], a lightning storm moved through Central Washington,
igniting more than forty-one fires on the Wenatchee National Forest and a total of ninety-nine
fires in Washington State....The storm came on the heels of record-breaking summer temperatures,
reaching into the 100 degrees range, to forests already impacted by several years of
drought-like conditions....Extreme fire behavior thwarted significant containment efforts through
the first few days of initial attack on these fires. Fire behavior was said to defy description or
comparison with what most seasoned firefighters had previously seen.
USDA Forest Service (1994)


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Posted 25 June 2013 - 10:37 PM

So what's needed to go up there for the upcoming NUSP? A Discover Pass?

I've been called up for jury duty. Let's see how things go.


Just be sure to bring your winter wear. It is over 6,000' elevation and conditions can get extreme in short order.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 11:33 PM

Yup, Robert, that's the one. Miles O' Moonscape.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 12:21 AM

Miles O' Moonscape.

Exactly.

I just did the math, 211 square miles (about 2 1/2 times the land area that Seattle occupies) :p

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 01:24 PM

My Table experience was awesome...about "07" time frame. Dark, warm, dry..great 4 days I have ever enjoyed at a star party.
Looks like for me that West Texas looks pretty nice too...if things come to fruition.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 06:48 PM

How are the dirt roads coming in? Spoke with Ron. My wife and I will probably come up for some viewing July 4-7 in our 23' RV. We've had it up there last year, no problems getting up. Just wondering if the roads suffered any damage over the winter or if the FS has repaired them.
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Posted 26 June 2013 - 06:55 PM

Stacy or Robert, one thing I was curious about is the road conditions past the pavement. My buddy is thinking of taking his motor home up there and was asking about that.

EDIT: HAHA, Bill it looks like our posts crossed!!
I didn't know you were a CN member!! :roflmao:

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 08:18 PM

I would say the roads are unchanged from last year

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 05:47 PM

I am planning on being there nights of 4-6.

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 10:21 PM

I am planning on being there nights of 4-6.

Ajay


Oh good! It will be nice to see you again Ajay. :)

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 11:10 PM

My one trip to Table was, I think, in 2006.


And it's a darn good thing you went, too. Because that's where we first met, my good friend. :)

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 11:49 AM

I'll be packing this weekend. Stopping at Snoqualmie Wed. night for a little indulgence in Ziggy Marley, then heading up the hill on the 4th. Should be a hoot!

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 12:39 AM

I am planning on being there nights of 4-6.


Now I know summer's really here. :)

Because that's where we first met, my good friend.


Yup. Wearing those CN-T shirts. Julia was there too. I sure wish she'd poke up her head and wave.

Stopping at Snoqualmie Wed. night for a little indulgence in Ziggy Marley,


We heard him with Further at The Gorge, maybe 2003. Enjoy!

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 04:10 AM

Stopping at Snoqualmie Wed. night for a little indulgence in Ziggy Marley,

We heard him with Further at The Gorge, maybe 2003. Enjoy!


I am looking forward to this show. I am going with my step-son. We introduced him to Bob Marley. I guess he enjoyed it as our Grandson's middle name is Marley. Apearing with Eric Burdon. First song I ever learned on the guitar was "House of the Rising Sun", so that should be fun as well.

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 10:25 AM

Hey Stacy,

I was at Table Mountain in 2010. Been a while. Can't find the map with driving directions at the TMSP site.

Are these directions via Google Maps correct?

The directions are to Lion Rock, but that's close enough, right?

Ajay

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 01:54 PM

Hey Stacy,

I was at Table Mountain in 2010. Been a while. Can't find the map with driving directions at the TMSP site.


Are these directions via Google Maps correct?

The directions are to Lion Rock, but that's close enough, right?

Ajay


Yes, I would say that is correct. my memory says that once you exit I90 and cross over the freeway, you come to a 4 way stop intersection. Go straight ahead about 1/4 mile. take a left onto Reecer creek rd. once on Reecer creek road, I pretty much ignore the signs(because there are many for upper and lower green canyon roads) and follow that main path. There are some turns in the road as you get coser to the foot of Table Mountain, but you are clearly staying on the main road that heads up Table.

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 03:21 PM

Robert, Are you going?

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 04:10 PM

Hey Stacy,

I was at Table Mountain in 2010. Been a while. Can't find the map with driving directions at the TMSP site.

Are these directions via Google Maps correct?

The directions are to Lion Rock, but that's close enough, right?

Ajay


Hi Ajay,

I think you take exit 106 off I-90. Go straight at the intersection, but you may want to grab some ice or water at one of the convenience stores there. Then left on Reeer Creek.

I always just stay on Reecer Creek road (main road) then it turns into one lane Forest Service road. Paved for all but the last 2 or three miles (stay on the paved road and you'll be fine). When it turns to gravel, just stay on 35 (or FS3500) it is the most traveled. You will see the site to the left just before you come to a 4 way intersection, at which you turn left.

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 04:18 PM

Oh yes! I'm going to try for Friday evening but might not make it up till Saturday depending on my friend that is coming along with me. My biggest issue is trying to decide wich camera I want to choose... and what to bring for dinner on Saturday night :lol:

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 02:28 PM

My "plan," such as it is, is to go up Saturday, spend the night, then return Sunday. If the forecast is for better weather Friday night I may do that instead. Either way, it'll be just one night for me. I'll be leaving to drive to North Dakota the following Wednesday.

I figure on traveling light, sleeping in the truck. And dang! My Coleman camp stove had a fatal malfunction over the Luau weekend! :tonofbricks: As far as I can tell, a critical part for the pump broke off and slipped through a small hole into the inside of the fuel bottle. I'll have to commission a certain friend known to haunt swap meets to locate a new stove for me. He's a genius; he found the one that just died, used maybe once, for $10. I'll do fine with a backpacking stove and won't do much cooking anyway . . . maybe just morning coffee.

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 04:08 PM

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 03:20 PM

As of today, the 4th, 5th, 6th evenings all show clear with light winds. Moonrise between 3AM and 5AM.

I am going to ask the folks in Ellensburg and Wenatchee to turn out their lights for the weekend to give us a break. :ubetcha:

PS, If you live in Ellensburg or Wenatchee please turn out your lights this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Thanks. :)

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:29 PM

I may have to revise my plan and do only Fri & Sat. We'll see how things go.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 10:01 AM

I may have to revise my plan and do only Fri & Sat. We'll see how things go.


. . . and I'm considering expanding my plan to include Fri. & Sat. :lol:

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 08:37 PM

As of today, the 4th, 5th, 6th evenings all show clear with light winds. Moonrise between 3AM and 5AM.

I am going to ask the folks in Ellensburg and Wenatchee to turn out their lights for the weekend to give us a break. :ubetcha:

PS, If you live in Ellensburg or Wenatchee please turn out your lights this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Thanks. :)


Don't forget to ask folks in Seattle to turn off their lights!!!

Not that Wenatchee is without sin.... but I can see the skyglow from Seattle from Wenatchee!






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