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Congressman Cook Visit
October 2017

Members of Congressman Cook's Washington DC and Apple Valley staff enjoyed a beautiful fall day with a four wheel drive excursion into the White Mountains. After passing the Laws Museum the group entered Silver Canyon and began the trek. Locals Pat W and Jerry G provided history of the area along the way. As the switchbacks began a magnificent Bighorn Sheep Ram greeted the last vehicles of the caravan (he missed his stage call by a few minutes). The climb to the crest of the White Mountain range provided some great views of the Owens Valley and the Sierra range. A short rest at the top was supplemented with local pine nuts as everybody enjoyed the vista. They preceded a few miles north to visit some premier examples of the historic Bristlecone Pines. They then ventured on to the amazing sighting of Campito the phenomenal wild horse of the White Mountains. This was followed by lunch at the University of California Crooked Creek Research Center. Of course lunch would not be complete if it did not include sandwiches and cookies from Schat's Bakkery and apples from the original Manzanar trees. The return trip to Bishop then included some geologic examinations of prehistoric impressions.

The Eastern Sierra 4x4 Club enjoyed the opportunity to supply transportation and safely escort the group. A note of appreciation to Club members: Jon P, Mike N, John H, Greg W, Sherrie S, Raul H, Mike J, Jerry G, Pat W, Dan G and Chuck T.


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