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Mandatory Vaycayshun

The good folks at Marvell Semiconductor have instituted a few cost-cutting measures this year because of These Economic Times.  Besides pay cuts, business travel freezes and all that fun stuff, this involves 2 weeks of mandatory, unpaid vacation in 2009.  For the Pricketts mandatory vacation = ROAD TRIP!

We are packing bags and heading out this afternoon to:

1. Grandma’s house

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2. Carly’s house in San Francisco

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3. Yosemite

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4. Mammoth Lakes, CA

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5. Red’s Meadow Pack Station

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6.  Backpack to Thousand Island Lake in the High Sierras

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7.  Backpack to Garnet Lake

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8. Backpack to Ruby Lake

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9. Backpack to Shadow Lake

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10. Backpack to Lake Ediza

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11.  Spend Independence Day in CA, and see the fireworks at Crowley Lake with the Red’s Meadow gang

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12. Drive home

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13. Nurse the frostbite we are sure to have sustained while camping at 10,000 feet elevation.

14. Plan next adventure.

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Red’s Meadow

I’ve been going through some old photos of my college days and found some pictures of the summer I worked at Red’s Meadow Pack Station in Mammoth Lakes, California.

My friends are heading down there this week to start the summer at Red’s.  I look forward to seeing photos of all their adventures and hearing the stories that are sure to abound.   Keith and I are planning a backpacking trip to the High Sierras over the 4th of July, so maybe we’ll see them all soon!

Here’s a shot of me on the way to Ediza Lake, packing supplies in for a group of artists.

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Mariah, Savannah and I goofing around on the big, gentle draft-cross horses.

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A mule named “Head”.  Can you see why?!

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