Brief No. WR-17

Braaap

Project: Western Recreation   Location: Pacific Northwest   Subject: The Beaver State

days twenty–twenty-two

START

Crescent City, CA

DISTANCE

499 mi

END

Smith Rock State Park, OR

WEATHER

60°s/rainy to 80°s/pleasant

LODGING

Assorted

SONG OF THE DAY

MØ – Waste of Time

THE DOCUMENTATION PORTION OF OUR WESTERN RECREATION SURVEY HAS BEEN COMPLETED. (AT LEAST FOR NOW.) NOW WE ARE DIGESTING AND RUMINATING AND PROCESSING. NEXT WE PUBLISH.

Over the course 22 days, 8 states, 21 geocaches and 7876 miles, we shot 226 rolls of 220 medium format film. That's 4,520 individual images. In an effort to generate & maintain enthusiasm, garner support and make transparent our process we have, as you know, published nearly-daily Field Briefs detailing to a small degree the nature and shape of our trajectory through the American West—that is now finished. It's clear to us, as you might imagine, that we did something, but what (exactly) we did and what we're going to do with what we did is not as clear. What is clear is this, we're going to publish at least these things:

  1. Bonneville Salt Flats Test and Tune
  2. The California State Fair
  3. Brawley, California
  4. Old Sherwin Grade Road
  5. A PRINTED & FOR SALE, permanent, tangible, voluminous, wide-sweeping, studied and comprehensive record of Western Recreation.

Once again we'd like to thanks or our sponsors and underwriters Yakima Racks and Poler Stuff without whom this project would not have been possible.

GEOPACKAGE COORDINATES – THIS GEOPACKAGE HAS BEEN FOUND

LATITUDE / LONGITUDE

41°47'29" N 114°44'15" W

NEAREST TOWN

Crescent City, CA

RELATED ROADS

N Pebble Beach Dr

GEOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION OF AREA

Drive to the end of N Pebble Beach Dr, towards the lighthouse caretaker's house. Look for the user trail from the parking lot that leads towards the beach (frequented by surfers). As the main trail begins to descend, splitting the two bluffs, turn right to climb the spur trail that summits the bluff. At the top, the trail will dip down and turn into a wide swath of sand. Where the trail quickly narrows again, dig for Geopackage #12.

In your attempt to retrieve this Geopackage, please refer to the proper protocol regarding recovery. Of the upmost importance is to email us: westernrecreation@yonderjournal.com as soon as possible after finding your Geopackage.

observations from the field – day 20

01
Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge, Coos Bay, OR 3:45 PM

02
Box Car Hill Campground, North Bend, OR 4:02 PM

03
Box Car Hill Campground, North Bend, OR 4:09 PM

04
Box Car Hill Campground, North Bend, OR 4:11 PM

05
Horsfall, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, OR 4:15 PM

06
Horsfall, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, OR 4:21 PM

07
Horsfall, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, OR 4:35 PM

08
Horsfall, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, OR 4:37 PM

GEOPACKAGE COORDINATES – THIS GEOPACKAGE HAS BEEN CLAIMED

LATITUDE / LONGITUDE

43°39'11" N 124°12'22" W

NEAREST TOWN

Reedsport, OR

RELATED ROADS

Salmon Harbor Dr

GEOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION OF AREA

Pull off the road onto the turn out and look for the crooked "No Camping" sign (see below) to the east. Dig at its foot for Geopackage #20.

In your attempt to retrieve this Geopackage, please refer to the proper protocol regarding recovery. Of the upmost importance is to email us: westernrecreation@yonderjournal.com as soon as possible after finding your Geopackage.

observations from the field – day 21

01
Coos Bay, OR 11:22 AM

02
Umpqua River, OR 3:11 PM

03
Umpqua River, OR 3:25 PM

04
Crater Lake NP, OR 5:12 PM

05
Crater Lake NP, OR 5:39 PM

GEOPACKAGE COORDINATES - THIS GEOPACKAGE HAS BEEN CLAIMED

LATITUDE / LONGITUDE

43°45'26" N 122°0'17" W

NEAREST TOWN

Waldo Lake, OR

RELATED ROADS

Unnamed Road

GEOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION OF AREA

Drive into the North Waldo Lake Campground and around the loop, gaining access to campsite C32 by any means necessary. At the back of the worn campsite area, find the scene depicted below and dig for Geopackage #16.

In your attempt to retrieve this Geopackage, please refer to the proper protocol regarding recovery. Of the upmost importance is to email us: westernrecreation@yonderjournal.com as soon as possible after finding your Geopackage.

observations from the field – day 22

01
Smith Rock SP, OR 12:45 PM

GEOPACKAGE COORDINATES - THIS GEOPACKAGE HAS BEEN CLAIMED

LATITUDE / LONGITUDE

44°22'13" N 121°8'6" W

NEAREST TOWN

Smith Rock State Park, OR

RELATED ROADS

NE Crooked River Dr

GEOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION OF AREA

Follow the road to end, reaching the trailhead. Walk to the fence that sits above the cliffs on the southwestern side of the parking lot and look for a Yonder rhombus etched into a fence post. Hop the fence at this location, and scan left to find the dig site for Geopackage #13 between two large rocks.

In your attempt to retrieve this Geopackage, please refer to the proper protocol regarding recovery. Of the upmost importance is to email us: westernrecreation@yonderjournal.com as soon as possible after finding your Geopackage.

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Brief No. WR-16

Peace & Quiet

Project: Western Recreation   Location: Northern California   Subject: Cool Weather

days seventeen–nineteen

START

Sacramento, CA

DISTANCE

491 mi

END

Crescent City, CA1

WEATHER

60°s/rainy to 80°s/pleasant

LODGING

Panther Flat Campground

observations from the field

01 – Day 17

Yuba River, 3:45 PM

Down by the river on the south bank, under the train trestle bridge type deal over by the MX park at the bottom of the low hills all dusty and tore up by moto trails and 4X4 roads, Yubans recreate. They ride horses, swim, float, fish, rope swing, dive, play volleyball (water polo?) half in the water half on the beach, dirt bike, 4-wheel, tan, do target practice on bottles with rocks, picnic, party, love make, experiment, litter, masturbate, etc. Its dusty and rocky and kinda gnarly but whatever because its a miniature riparian redneck wonderland located less than a mile from downtown Yuba City.

02 – Day 17

Yuba River, 3:49 PM
03 – Day 17

Yuba River, 4:47 PM
04 – Day 17

Yuba River, 5:15 PM
05 – Day 18
Chico, CA 10:55 AM

Walking down the sidewalk near the corner of 7th and Broadway a ​toothless cigarette-smoking lady asks Keiran (we're walking side by side), "Where's your tie-dye? He's dressed to chill." Lady points to my​ shorts and laughs. Thing is, I think she says, "he's dressed to kill." Because she's old and that expression would be generationally appropriate. Whereas ​"​​d​resse​d​ to ​c​hill​"​ doesn't make sense from an old white lady. Bu​t​ this IS an old white lady living in Chico, the 4:20 ​ and "chill"​ capital of the world.​ Keiran and I funsies debate/argue about what she said for the next 17 minutes.​

06 – Day 18
Chico, CA 11:02 AM

Last night we stayed at the Matador Hotel. The check-in lady asked if we wanted a carpeted or tiled room. I looked at the two 170-pound Bull Mastiffs at her fee​t​ and said, "Tile please." ​In spite of our on-the-fly deductive reasoning and decisive decision making skills, it appears, we may still have fleas.

07 – Day 18
Highway 89, CA 2:57 PM

Pulled over, told I was going 70, I said no I wasn't. He said, "I'm not here to argue with you, I'm here to write you a ticket." Fuck you Plumas County.

08 – Day 18

Lassen Volcanic NP, CA 4:03 PM

It's raining and steaming and generally misty.​

09 – Day 18

Lassen Volcanic NP, CA 4:09 PM

Whichever m​odel train landscape and "nature" ​diorama ​designer-artist set the tone for what would become the "Gold Standard" for model train landscape and nature diorama artifacts clearly modeled his natural wonders, their color, shape and texture, after actual subalpine and alpine environments/microclimates in Lassen National Park.​

10 – Day 18

Bumpass Mountain, LVNP, CA 4:31 PM

Hahahahaha.

11 – Day 18

LVNP, CA 4:45 PM

Lassen Peak Trail parking lot, ​which was built for​ like​ 500​+​ cars, is​ empty ​except for​ for two motorcycle couples ​ standing under a restroom awning​​ ringing out there clothes and boots​. "My hands are fricking freezing, Bob!"

12 – Day 18

LVNP, CA 5:47 PM

Conducted a post-summer rainstorm photographic inventory of Summit Lake Campground North (loops B and C only).

13 – Day 19

Hayfork, CA 9:15 AM

Delivered Geopackage to Friend of Yonder (FOY) and Mythical State of Jefferson Expert and Night 18 Gracious Host Mike Cherney.

14 – Day 19

Mythical State of Jefferson, CA 11:32 AM
15 – Day 19

Arcata, CA 3:35 PM

Outside the Library Combination Police Department there is a trail worn rottweiler tied to a well used expedition sized backpack left on the sidewalk next to the front door.​

16 – Day 19

Trinidad SP, CA 4:50 PM

While negotiating a portrait of five senior citizens on the beach at Trinidad State Park, their only question to me was (verbatim): "Will this go Viral?"

17 – Day 19

Trinidad SP, CA 6:15 PM

GEOPACKAGE COORDINATES – THIS GEOPACKAGE HAS BEEN CLAIMED

LATITUDE / LONGITUDE

39°8'4" N 121°34'48" W

NEAREST TOWN

Marysville, CA

RELATED ROADS

Simpson Lane

GEOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION OF AREA

Drive to the Simpson Ln bridge over the Yuba River. After finding a place to park, head south along the river to the above coordinates. Look for a pile of litter mostly comprised of old magazines underneath a tree, and dig. Geopackage #22 is just underground.

In your attempt to retrieve this Geopackage, please refer to the proper protocol regarding recovery. Of the upmost importance is to email us: westernrecreation@yonderjournal.com as soon as possible after finding your Geopackage.

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  1. via Chico, Hayfork []

Brief No. WR-15

#itsthebest

Project: Western Recreation   Location: State Capital   Subject: Broadband Recreation

day sixteen

START

Carson City, CA

DISTANCE

130 mi (via US-50)

END

Sacramento, CA

WEATHER

Surface-of-the-sun

LODGING

La Quinta

observations from the field

01
US-50, CA 10:00 AM

Mental illness increase’s a person’s capacity to deal with extreme hot and cold temperatures.

02
Placerville, CA 2:38 PM

Potential Ground Score Observed (PGSO): Like-new Monster Energy FlexFit baseball cap spotted on the side of the highway. Though equipped for a variety of challenging road/off-road conditions, our Toyo tire-equipped Toyota 4Runner is unable to surmount the highway divider. To the best of our knowledge this pristine Monster Energy FlexFit remains up for grabs.

03
Outskirts of Sacramento, CA 2:15 PM

The smell of Sacramento is the smell of Arby’s.

04
California State Fair (CSF), CA 2:45 PM

CSF staff names each of it’s onsite golf carts after famous people from Sacramento - #65 is Tom Hanks, #54 is Faber from the cookware Fabers. #itsthebest

05

CSF, CA 2:47 AM

CSF uses a divide and conquer social media game, #itsthebest for the playful and irreverent and #CSstatefair for the straight-laced business types. YJ postulates that an in-depth study stemming from the usage of these hashtags could be used to predict concession demand, carnival game participation, and teen pregnancy. #itsthebest

06

CSF, CA 2:52 PM

Yonder Journal Associate Development Information (YJADI): Fancy cameras in combination with a knowing confidence will get you media passes in 98% of media pass request situations. #itsthebest

07

CSF, CA 2:53 PM

If you were to bottle the smell of the CSF to sell to men and women hoping to capture that “fresh from the fair” scent the home perfumer could recreate an approximate facsimile by mixing equal parts vomit and corndog. #itsthebest

08
CSF, CA 2:54 PM

The CSF visual motif owes a debt of inspiration to the Hasbro (née Milton Bradley) board game Candyland. #itsthebest

09

CSF, CA 3:15 PM

If up to this point in journey our experience of US cultural life could be compared to dial-up internet then the CSF was like walking into Best Buy and experiencing it as a Michael Bay production in full HD through a VR headset while reclining in a full body massage chair drinking Monster Energy infused cocktails. #itsthebest

10

CSF, CA 3:23 PM

Keywords for the CSF: sugar, sweat, gnashing, gnawing, jerky, tawny, tan, feet, toes, wrinkles, goatees, tanktops, K-Swiss, corndog, Monster Energy, vomit, sweat, sugar, sweat, sunburn. #itsthebest

11

CSF, CA 3:34 PM

Top ranked ride name: “Rockin Tug” #itsthebest

12

CSF, CA 3:47 PM

Considering the Sacramento Summer’s long tradition of sunshine and heat YJ feels that the Fair Ground site designers grossly underestimated the amount of shade needed to create a semi-comfortable CSF experience. #itsthebest #itsadryheat

13
CSF, CA 3:58 PM

The sad irony of the Michael Jackson-themed bumper car ride called Neverland did not escape our attention. #itsthebest

14
Raging Waters Water Park, CSF Grounds, CA 3:22 PM

The Raging Waters water park of Sacramento falls under the 2% of places where fancy cameras and confidence will not get you a media pass. #itsthebest

15
CSF, CA 4:33 PM

The annual Milo’s Corndog eating contests establishes two things for Yonder Journal. 1) That Molly Schuyler is in a league of her own when it comes to eating competitions, or what history will refer to as the high hubris of the 21st century, by eating 24 corndogs. 2) By playing “Who let the dogs out” on repeat during the contest Milo’s establishes the YJ song of the day. #itsthebest

16
CSF, CA 5:00 PM

If it is socially uncouth for two 6’ tall, 15+ year old boys to be walking through a really crowded CSF each holding the hand of a parent then the family we just witnessed gets the award for flaunting social norms in order to maintain a non-traditional public display of filial love. #itsthebest

17

CSF, CA 5:33 PM

“FULL PULL” #itsthebest

18

CSF, CA 5:35 PMt
19

CSF, CA End of the Day PM

After plaguing the YJ #westernrec experience it was both surprising and revelatory that we managed to make it through a day at the CSF with out being subjected to Awolnation’s Sail or any songs by bands with that “Lumineers” sound. #itsthebest

GEOPACKAGE COORDINATES – THIS GEOPACKAGE HAS BEEN FOUND

LATITUDE / LONGITUDE

38° 35' 36" N 121° 25' 53" W

NEAREST TOWN

Sacramento, CA

RELATED ROADS

Exposition Blvd

GEOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION OF AREA

Locate the Administration Building located at Gate 3. Depending on your time of arrival you may need to surmount a fence or con your way past the guard. Move to the gate and the NW corner of the Administration parking lot. Locate the 3rd tree east from the NW corner of the lot. Approximate 3-5’ SE of this tree locate disturbed dirt and a standing piece of bark. This area is shielded by low bushes but is by no means securely hidden from sight. Clear lightly packed debris from the top of your Geocache. Rejoice! #itsthebest

In your attempt to retrieve this Geopackage, please refer to the proper protocol regarding recovery. Of the upmost importance is to email us: westernrecreation@yonderjournal.com as soon as possible after finding your Geopackage.

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Brief No. WR-14

Bing Bong

Project: Western Recreation   Location: Lake Tahoe, CA   Subject: Wet T-Shirts

day fifteen

START

Sonora, CA

DISTANCE

196 mi (via Lake Tahoe)

END

Carson City, CA

WEATHER

Hot; lightning in Tahoe

LODGING

Private Kokopelli Hippie Compound

SONG OF THE DAY

Jungle – Time

observations from the field

01
Inn of California (IOC), Sonora, CA 8:22 AM

The IOC continental breakfast coffee has the particular taste of a coffee that has been brewed using pre-used coffee filters purchased at discount rates from the City of Sonora’s other coffee shops. Flavor notes include cardboard, wet cement, high school locker room, and third-world bus.

02
Starbucks, Sonora, CA 9:15 AM

Quote of the day runner up #1: “A BlackBerry is a like a tinfoil hat for you phone.”—Daniel Pasley

03
Glory Hole Recreation Area, CA 10:11 AM

The area of Glory Hole offers travelers a wide variety of amenities including put not limited too; The Glory Hole recreation center, Glory Hole mini storage, the Glory Hole motel, Glory Hole fuel and feed, Glory Hole Tennis Academy, Glory Hole water sports park, Glory Hole Trailer Park and RV, Glory Hole Pizza, and the Glory Hole bath and soak.

04
On the road to Lake Tahoe, CA 10:52 AM

After spending two days in Yosemite, gold medal winner of the National Park Olympics, the road from Sonora to Tahoe, though domestically spectacular is not striking enough to refill the experiential joy deficit that we are experiencing post-Yosemite.

05
Alpine Lake, CA 11:57 AM

Quote of the day: “In a third world country this is called a limousine,”—a wily camper's response to Daniel’s comment on the campers aesthetically pleasing classic Yamaha moped.

06
Alpine Lake, CA 11:58 AM

We have observed an inordinate amount of t-shirt swimmers in Alpine Lake.

07

Mosquito Lake, CA 12:37 PM

The cabins at Mosquito Lake are the most beautiful lakeside cabins that we have seen so far AND there is a high possibility that an occult-curious hag lives in these cabins, feeding on corpulent German children.

08
Ebbetts Pass Road, CA 1:03 PM

With 24% pitches, this road absolutely must be experienced on a bicycle. Side Note: if you are driving a Dodge Durango painted an unnatural hue of purple, we saw you; you may not know this but we have been doing an in-depth study of the flora and fauna of the Western U.S. and because of this there is no way that we would have mistaken your rubber-wheeled, horn-blaring, deep purple road sled for anything other than what it is.

09
Markleeville CA General Store, CA 1:45 PM

According to the cashier in the Neon Trees t-shirt, visitors to the Grover Hot Spring State Park can expect to see Cyclists loosening their muscles after tackling some mountain passes and old folks soaking their bones in the spring waters.

10
Grover Hot Spring State Park, CA 2:26 PM

We experienced cyclists loosening their muscles and old folks resting their bones. Travelers should note that the changing room located on site is very small and can easily become cramped; this cramping quickly leads to uncomfortable and unforgettable tactile experiences. #bumpinbutts

11
Grover Hot Spring State Park, CA 2:37 PM

Product Innovation Observation (PIO): We love swimming, ~~LOVE IT~~, but swimming invariably leads to wet swim trunks and we don’t love driving in wet swim trunks. We also love our Yakima RocketBox, with its slippery aerodynamics and fathomless storage it is a great addition to our travels, but the RocketBox can’t dry our trunks. We propose a PIO of a tight fisherman’s-type net system that can hug our trunks to the Rocket Box to quickly dry them in the rushing air.

12
Grover Hot Spring State Park, CA 2:38 PM

“An overzealous flash can ruin everything.”

13

Shores of Lake Tahoe, CA 3:15 PM

Quote of the day runner up #2: “Wearing a t-shirt is like putting a holiday sweater on a German Shepherd.”—Emiliano Granado

14

Shores of Lake Tahoe, CA 3:22 PM
15

Shores of Lake Tahoe, CA 3:57 PM

Tahoe Treats Park Ranger and cashier Lisa once again proves that National Forest employees are a great mix of testy, feisty, and fun. She threw a shaved ice snowball at Daniel, made heavily syruped Sno-Cones, and explained how in life she would like nothing more than to put things that disappoint her, like ex-boyfriends and dinners that didn’t turn out, into a catapult and launch it somewhere, anywhere.

16

Lake Tahoe, CA 4:04 PM
17

Lake Tahoe, CA 4:05 PM
18
On the road to Reno, CA 4:17 PM

Quote of the day runner up #3: “Get it wrong but get it done.”—Emiliano Granado

19
Reno, NV 7:19 PM

Daniel Pasley celebrates his Reno Birthday.

20
Reno, NV 9:45 PM

The area located in direct proximity to the Reno “R” is a hotbed of nighttime off-roading and teenage experimentation.

GEOPACKAGE COORDINATES – THIS GEOPACKAGE HAS BEEN FOUND

LATITUDE / LONGITUDE

39°33'33" N 119°51'52" W

NEAREST TOWN

Reno, NV

RELATED ROADS

Halo Trail

GEOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION OF AREA

Locate the large white R located on a hillside west of Reno. Find the small white pile of rocks located at the center of the upper case R’s counter, remove white rocks, clear topsoil, and recover Geopackage #19.

In your attempt to retrieve this Geopackage, please refer to the proper protocol regarding recovery. Of the upmost importance is to email us: westernrecreation@yonderjournal.com as soon as possible after finding your Geopackage.

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Brief No. WR-13

3.8 Million Yearly Visitors

Project: Western Recreation   Location: Yosemite, CA   Subject: Tableauing

day fourteen

START

Tuolumne Meadows, CA

DISTANCE

159 mi (via Mariposa)

END

Sonora, CA

WEATHER

Yosemite Perfect

LODGING

Inn of California

observations from the field

01
Owens Valley, CA 8:45 AM

Daniel pulls a Executive Ball Clicker, otherwise known as Newton’s Cradle, and hammers the 4Runners damaged running board back into shape.

02
Tuolumne Meadows Campground, Yosemite, CA 9:15 AM

Yonder Journal Public Service Announcement (YJPSA):

Due to budgetary constraints the, United States National Park Service is only able to supply single-ply sanitary paper to campground users.

03
Tuolumne Meadows Campground, Yosemite, CA 10:37 AM

Yonder Journal observes a wide variety of users displaying a wide variety of unique campground actions. Example: The Rhianna blasting, bottle slamming, peacocking post-teen group serving as an unwanted proxy for a morning cup of Joe.

04
Tuolumne Meadows Campground, Yosemite, CA 10:44 AM

Observation: In order to avoid a future equipment tanning situation the YJ group runs through a YETI cooler storage and security protocol.

05

Tenaya Lake, CA 11:52 AM
06

Tenaya Lake, CA 11:53 AM

On a warm day Tenaya Lake is a melting pot of multi-cultural outdoor enthusiasm.

07

Tenaya Lake, CA 12:07 PM
08

Yosemite Valley, CA 12:11 PM
09

Yoesmite Falls, CA 12:43 PM

#touristtableau

10

Yoesmite Falls, CA 12:45 PM

#touristtableau

11

Yoesmite Falls, CA 12:52 PM

#touristtableau

12

Yoesmite Falls, CA 12:55 PM

#touristtableau

13

Yoesmite Falls, CA 12:59 PM
14
On the Road, Yosemite NP, CA 1:13 PM

There are absolutely zero circumstances under which you should travel with DivineCharter.com.

15

Yosemite Valley, CA 1:34 PM

"The body needs what the body needs and the body wants what the body wants."

16
Awahnee Hotel, Yosemite, CA 1:47 PM

Yonder Journal observes that the Ahwahnee Hotel is doing absolutely nothing to bridge the digital divide.

17
Yosemite Valley, CA 3:15 PM

The Yosemite Wildlife maintains a strict congruency with the American Public in terms of both weight and regard for personal space.

18

Hwy 49 outside Sonora, CA 7:45 PM
19

Hwy 49 outside Sonora, CA 8:17 PM

GEOPACKAGE COORDINATES – THIS GEOPACKAGE HAS BEEN FOUND

LATITUDE / LONGITUDE

37°35'18" N 120°7'28" W

NEAREST TOWN

Mariposa, CA

RELATED ROADS

Hwy 49

GEOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION OF AREA

Locate Fremont's Fort marker between Mariposa and Sonora. Track to the west end of the turnout's guardrail and follow the hobo path down from the left for approximately seven feet. Locate loosely packed gravel just to the left of the footpath and uncover your package, Geopackage #21.

In your attempt to retrieve this Geopackage, please refer to the proper protocol regarding recovery. Of the upmost importance is to email us: westernrecreation@yonderjournal.com as soon as possible after finding your Geopackage.

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Brief No. WR-12

Valley Life, Pt. 2

Project: Western Recreation   Location: Yosemite, CA   Subject: Going North

day thirteen

START

Bishop, CA (Tungsten Hills)

DISTANCE

75 mi

END

Tuolumne Meadows, CA

WEATHER

AM: Mercury PM: Venus

LODGING

TM Campground Site C 28

SONG OF THE DAY

EMF – Unbelievable

observations from the field

01
Owens Valley, CA 8:45 AM

Daniel observes the instinctual harmony shared between all men when observing Kyle and Emiliano’s wordless and fluid packing-up of the tent.

02
Tungsten Hills Dispersed Camping, CA 6:35 AM

Mercury, messenger of the Gods, delivers a message of unbearable heat and intense full-spectrum light to our impermanent encampment. Message received.

03
Black Sheep Espresso Bar, Bishop CA 9:15 AM

An unfortunate turn of events forces members of our party to utilize the fairer sex’s restroom. Later, the YJ team is forced to leave prematurely due to a non-stop Lumineers sonic bludgeoning.

04

Rock Creek Lake, CA 12:00 PM
05

Rock Creek Lake, CA 12:06 PM

We begin our investigation into the picnic table archetype.

06
Crowley Lake Shell Station, Mammoth Lakes, CA 1:30 PM

Origin Legend: Thunder is just the sound of God driving around in his/her clapped-out Ford 150 kinda drunk at high speed over the washboard roads of heaven. Because God doesn’t need a new truck.

07
395 between Mammoth and June Lake, CA 2:58 PM

We observe that Fire Crew Bosses are unresponsive to calls from the field while venturing offsite with a roll of toilet paper in hand.

08
Whoa Nellie Deli, Lee Vining, CA 5:15 PM

Despite encouraging reviews from lifelong friends, the food at Nellie’s Deli leaves us severely underwhelmed.

09
Tuolumne Meadows Campground, Yosemite, CA 6:09 PM

Though the campground is full, the Yosemite Park Rangers make an exception and find the Yonder Journal Team a campsite.

10

Tioga Pass Road, CA 7:13 PM
12

Tioga Pass Ranger Station, CA 8:08 PM

We engage in a friendly argument with a Yosemite Park Ranger over the definition of legitimate versus illegitimate. Our argument was legitimate.

13
Tuolumne Meadows Campground, Yosemite, CA 10:17 PM

"Chili if you do and chili if you don’t."

14
Tuolumne Meadows Campground, Yosemite, CA 10:19 PM

"We’ll punch it up in post."

15
Tuolumne Meadows Campground, Yosemite, CA 10:35 PM

Necessary Field Fact: "S'more appears to be a contraction of the phrase "some more". The first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the publication Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts of 1927."

GEOPACKAGE COORDINATES – THIS GEOPACKAGE HAS BEEN FOUND

LATITUDE / LONGITUDE

37°52'16.7" N 119°21'42" W

NEAREST TOWN

Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite NP, CA

RELATED ROADS

Tioga Pass Road

GEOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION OF AREA

Locate Tuolumne Meadows Campground Site C28. Navigate to the west side of the large granite boulder on the northeast side of the site. Discern spongey ground at the base of the rock. Dig for Geopackage #4.

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Brief No. WR-11

Valley Life

Project: Western Recreation   Location: Long Valley Caldera, CA   Subject: Eastern Sierra

day twelve

START

Mammoth Lakes, CA

DISTANCE

42 mi

END

Bishop, CA

WEATHER

100°F, scattered t-storms

LODGING

Tungsten Hills Dispersed

observations from the field

01
Long Valley Caldera, CA 8:45 AM

Daniel observes the instinctual harmony shared between all men when observing Kyle and Emiliano’s wordless and fluid packing-up of the tent.

02
Hot Creek, CA 9:35 AM

Every year over 130,000 people visit Hot Creek. Notable dangers include scalding water, arsenic, broken glass, and porky-pigging pony-tailed tawny-skinned overly-hirsute single mature males with a flagrant appetite for aggressive nudity.

03

Hot Creek, CA 10:27 AM

Due to the low temperatures of upper hot creek certain members of our party resort to the time-honored “Hobo Slap” technique to cleanse both body and soul.

04
Hot Creek, CA 10:37 AM

Observed definitive costume signifiers for Fly Fishing enthusiasts are listed as such. Colors: Sage, Olive Green, Sand, Slate Gray, Fine Taupe, Light Taupe, Medium Taupe, Heavy Taupe, Dark Taupe, Bold Taupe, Gradient Taupe, Swiss Taupe, Austrian Taupe, and of course Traditional Taupe Taupe. Favored Garb includes a functionally ventilated accessory vest, oversized boots, lumbar packs, and a branded location hat.

05
Looney Bean Coffee, Mammoth Lakes, CA 11:47 AM

Reaffirming the idea that "recreation finds you, you don’t find recreation."

06
Looney Bean Coffee, Mammoth Lakes, CA 11:49 AM

Man who never ever ever wants to gain the respect of anyone spotted digging into his toes while sipping on an iced mocha.

07
#westernrec Rig, Mammoth Lakes, CA 12:07 PM

Acknowledging that the bathroom in the Mammoth Lakes Subway has been built far too close to the food prep/cash wrap of the very same sandwich shop, if you are using said bathroom in the most forcible way possible and happen to overhear a customer request Extra Mayo, the sound of his voice can cast a considerable pall over the rest of your intimate engagement.

08
Old Sherman Grade, CA 1:00 PM

Turgid Vibes.

09
Lake Sabrina, CA 1:42 PM

The sign at the dock clearly states that all who can read it are sportsmen, there is now absolutely no doubt in our minds.

10
Road to North Lake, CA 1:56 PM

One finger off the steering wheel acknowledgement finger raise from the weathered codger in a silver Civic donning a pith helmet.

11

Buttermilk Road, CA 3:15 PM

Kyle convinces Daniel that heavily washboarded roads are best driven at 40+ miles per hour. We unfortunately dust a women in a Prius who merged on to our path seemingly out of nowhere. We would like to thank our Toyo tires for their speed and apologize for any excess dusting we may have caused our fellow driver.

12
Owens River Rope Swing, CA 5:30 PM

Kyle revisits the rope swing of his youth and the YJ crew mixes it up with a few locals while getting serious about water entry strategies.

13
Owens River Sand Hills, CA 6:45 PM

Daniel puts his Toyo-equipped Toyota into 4-Low and gains the peak of a difficult and sandy hill climb.

14

Bishop, CA 7:12 PM
15
Tungsten Hills Dispersed Camping, CA 8:35 PM

Emiliano continues to impress with his degree of skill in bushcraft. He time melds elements of Japanese Wabi-Sabi with an Andy Goldsworthy knack for molding nature into a visually stunning and functionally illuminating light stand.

GEOPACKAGE COORDINATES – THIS GEOPACKAGE HAS BEEN FOUND

LATITUDE / LONGITUDE

37°19'46" N 118°19'27" W

NEAREST TOWN

Bishop, CA

RELATED ROADS

Unnamed Road

GEOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION OF AREA

Locate Owens River mini bluff, adjacent to river and near an obviously unnatural pile of dirt. Locate the arms-length log on the eastern edge of bluff. Dig below log. Rejoice in your bounty, Geopackage #24. Geopackage hunters should expect aggressive Braaaaping.

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Brief No. WR-10

Epic Light

Project: Western Recreation   Location: Owens Valley, CA   Subject: Eastern Sierra

day eleven

START

Reno, NV

DISTANCE

173 mi

END

Mammoth Lakes, CA

WEATHER

89°F, some hail

LODGING

On some dirt

SONG OF THE DAY

Major Lazer – Get Free

observations from the field

01
395 South, CA 2:59 PM

Ominous in-car gasoline smell prompts Car Fire Evacuation Plan: 1) Grab Shot Film; 2) Leave car out of nearest door; 3) Get away from car.

02
395 South, CA 3:03 PM

The 395 has declared a jihad on cell coverage.

03
Bridgeport, CA 3:45 PM

The right decision was made to purchase quality milkshakes from the Jolly Kone in Bridgeport, CA. Bridgeport is an exceedingly patriotic town with no less than 26 US flags being easily observable from underneath the Jolly Kone’s candy red awning.

04
Bridgeport, CA 4:03 PM

The God of Bridgeport decided to thrash us with ice rocks from its voluminous collection. AKA it Hailed.

05

Mono Lake Overlook, CA 4:49 PM
06

Mono Lake, CA 5:36 PM

The shores of Mono lake are teeming with a lively culture of brine flies who create a swarming visual spectacle that heightens the quality of a tourists lakeside experience.

07

Mono Lake, CA 5:37 PM

We can only imagine that these French youngsters are as interested as we are in the Mono Lake salt dumps, more formally called Tufa Towers.1

08

Mammoth Mt., CA 6:17 PM

Fulfilled a life long dream of riding the Mammoth Mt. Kamikaze on a basket equipped town bike wearing a Smokey The Bear ranger hat.

09

Volcom Brothers Skatepark, Mammoth Lakes, CA 6:42 PM
10

Hot Creek, Long Valley Caldera, CA 9:50 PM

Yonder Journal recognizes that Coyotes, with their little yips and howls, will try to unsettle the outdoor enthusiast; though ineffectual we applaud their spunk and effort.

11
Hot Creek, Long Valley Caldera, CA 10:07 PM

Emiliano demonstrates a heretofore unseen bushcraft fire-starting technique that he calls the “Flagrant Flower” but notes that others have called it “the Sputtering Rose, the Prolapsed Ember, or the Flaming Retort.”

12
Hot Creek, Long Valley Caldera, CA 10:18 PM

Emi once again elicits awe and applause with another ingenious demonstration of bushcraft, this time creating a mono-pole light stand he names the “Shaft of Lumens”.

11
Hot Creek, Long Valley Caldera, CA 10:18 PM

A decoy light is established to lure insipid and irritating flying night insects away from our camp.

GEOPACKAGE COORDINATES — THIS GEOPACKAGE HAS BEEN FOUND

LATITUDE / LONGITUDE

37°39'36" N 118°48'43"

NEAREST TOWN

Mammoth Lakes, CA

RELATED ROADS

Highway 395

GEOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION OF AREA

In the Mammoth Lakes region. Locate the verdant circular glamping zone in the rolling geothermal hills next to Hot Creek. Face in NW direction. Locate most obvious tree. Walk all the way to the base of it. Dig on the left/ southerly side of it. An “X” made of sticks may still mark the dig site of Geopackage #17.

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  1. Publisher's Pedantic Note: they're actually calcium carbonate/limestone. []

Brief No. WR-9

Municipal Aquatic Acrobatics

Project: Western Recreation   Location: Boise, ID   Subject: Rope Swing

day ten

START

Boise, ID

DISTANCE

422 mi

END

Reno, NV

WEATHER

100°F; rapturous thunderstorms

LODGING

Pete Morris' couches

SONG OF THE DAY

Danny Brown – I Will

observations from the field

01
Boise Cascade Lake, ID 10:30 AM

"Thousand Yard Gaze.”

02

Boise Cascade Lake, ID 10:45 AM

It could be easily argued that the best observational standpoint for your toddler is not in the direct path of an American flag Speedo’ed rope swinging dynamo—i.e. when DJ Jazzy is going for the overall rope swing distance record, don't stand in the way.

03

Boise Cascade Lake, ID 10:53 AM
04

Boise Cascade Lake, ID 11:09 AM
05
Boise, ID 1:00 PM

A prolapsed water jug leads to a 2-1/2 hour parking lot equipment tan. Thanks Modern Hotel!

06
Eastern Oregon, OR 4:47 PM

Don’t leave your windows down at a gas station in the one-hour stretch of fecal cattle smell on the road west of Boise because a large number of flies will try to hijack your 4Runner and commandeer your vehicle through tactile irritation.

07

Jordan Valley, OR 7:35 PM

Certain research may show that the town of Jordan Valley is a hotbed for Basque freedom fighters seeking refuge far from the reach of Spanish authorities.

08
Near OR-NV Border, OR 9:15 PM

Rapturous light.

09
Mickey D's, Winnemucca, NV 10:45 PM

If at all possible give the McDonald’s parking lot in Winnemucca ten minutes of your time. If, and this is a big if, if you get the chance to ask Big Tommy about his “slam-piece” please do. Thanks for the unforgettable memories Big-T.

10
Unnamed Sub-Division, Reno, NV PM

Those who will devour an ex-roommate's cinnamon raisin bagel in the wee hours of the night fall squarely into two camps: those who will utilize Skippy Extra-Chunky spread or those who will choose Unsalted Pulgra (a bland unsalted European style butter).

GEOPACKAGE COORDINATES — THIS GEOPACKAGE HAS BEEN FOUND

LATITUDE / LONGITUDE

43°24'23" N 116°51'51" W

NEAREST TOWN

Marsing, ID

RELATED ROADS

I.O.N. Highway 456

GEOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION OF AREA

Parking for this Geopackage is brought to you by the scenic overlook. Either using the trail or via bushwhack, reach the top of the low rise on the eastside of the scenic overlook (+/- 20 feet). Locate the major rock formation roughly 100 yards from the chainlink fence, and circumvent the fence. Walk across the rolling sage lands to rock formation. Yonder Journal strongly suggests proper preparedness (physical, mental, emotional) when attempting any YJ Geopackage retrieval. Clamber to the top of said rock formation—Geopackage #8 is located in a small rock hole roughly five feet down from the peak of the rock formation. If Raptors begin to circle we advise that you return to your vehicle immediately.

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Brief No. WR-8

Land Speed Record

Project: Western Recreation   Location: Bonneville Salt Flats   Subject: Speed

day nine

START

Wendover, UT

DISTANCE

309 mi

END

Boise, ID

WEATHER

100°F and sunny

LODGING

Sleep Inn, in between two Best Westerns

SONG OF THE DAY

Petite Noir – Noirse

observations from the field

01
Starbucks @ Golden Nugget Casino, Wendover, UT 9:30 AM

Smelled Ben-Gay, decay, and cigarettes. Sounded like Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls just want to have fun”. The atmosphere was laden with sadness.

02
CashOut at Smith's Grocery, Wendover, UT 9:40 AM

We spend 50 dollars a piece for our USFRA (Utah Salt Flats Racing Association) memberships. We’re granted admittance to the Salt Flats and walk across the hallowed grounds of speed.

03

Bonneville Salt Flats, UT 10:00 AM

Met Doug Hendrickson on the Salt Flats. From Tillamook, OR, Doug has spent the last 30 years on a mission to break the land speed record for non-jet propelled vehicles by 100 miles an hour. This goal, 550, is emblazoned on the side of their car.

04

Bonneville Salt Flats, UT 10:14 AM

Yonder experiences and will be forced to deal with a non-consensual up-short sunburn brought on by the salts reflective ferocity.

05

Bonneville Salt Flats, UT 10:32 AM

Salt Flats-functional headwear evaluation is assessed by sizing increments measured in feet rather than inches.

06

Bonneville Salt Flats, UT 10:45 AM

Due to the Salt Flats' granular top-soil consistency, 4-wheel drive becomes necessary to maintain traction when reaching speeds above 350 miles per hour (hard science has yet to determine the precise speed at which the traction gains becomes negligible).

07

Bonneville Salt Flats, UT 11:37 AM
08
Wells, NV 2:00 PM

The day’s low point: looking up snow blindness while on the commode in a public restroom in a Flying J travel plaza on the corner of Interstate 80 and the Great Basin Highway in Wells, NV.

09
Boise, ID 5:00 PM

Orgiastic Foot Parade.

10
Boise, ID 7:00 PM

Observed a uniform collection of cyclists participating in a pointed competition of strength and will. This lively group of enthusiasts cast aside comfort in their pursuit of self-satisfaction and they eschew national tradition by turning right at each one of the course’s four corners. In depth studies of this phenomena may be found at manualforspeed.com in the coming weeks.

GEOPACKAGE COORDINATES – THIS GEOPACKAGE HAS BEEN FOUND

LATITUDE / LONGITUDE

41°47'29" N 114°44'15" W

NEAREST TOWN

Wells, NV

RELATED ROADS

Great Basin Highway

GEOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION OF AREA

NOTE: THIS GEOPACKAGE IS PLACED LAWFULLY ON PRIVATE PROPERTY.

Drive to the abandoned hot spring bathing building (through the gate and past the main building). Walk into the AHSBB and facing away from the highway, walk to the left and to the northern bathing stall. Look down for Geopackage #9. Please leave the land better than you found it.

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