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Thomes Gorge 04/05/2015
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Descending into the gorge
Working our way around "Suicide Rock"

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Descending Thomes Gorge

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Switchback
Sgt. Duncan, Buck The Mule and 1st Sgt. Baldwin negotiate one of the many switchbacks along the trail

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In the distance
Dead Rabbit Lake ahead

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Destination reached
Dead Rabbit "Lake"... Mostly a wet depression with the recent dry spell.

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Prepare to make camp

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Camp's up
Time for a break.

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Tent Line
Somewhat abbreviated.

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Mounts on the picket
L-R Zuni, Gunner, Jerry The Mule

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Mounts on the picket
Our picket line/log, used for several previous encampment at this site, will not look the same by the end of the weekend.

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Northeast view

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1st Sgt. Baldwin
Surveying the packs, covering gear and food from possible inclement weather.

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Company Guidon
Going from dead-calm, to 30 mph gusts throughout the day.

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Breezy

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Preparing for supper

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Sgt. Duncan
Giving the 1st Sgt. a report on camp and weather conditions

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Tasty drink
Ice chipped from a local cave with added fruit juice and some sort of medicine shipped in from Mexico. Needs salt.

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The Pvts. Hat
Always includes his treasured daguerreotype from the River City Saloon in Sacramento.

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Evening fire
After a hearty meal of beans and pork.

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NOT a black powder flash
Pvt. Shannon builds up the fire to make coals for the impending cooking of the dessert cake.

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Cpl. Whiting & 1st Sgt. Baldwin
Standing by the fire as the full moon rises behind.

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Cake finished cooking
In record time too. Damn fine set of coals there Pvt. Shannon!

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Cpl. Whiting

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1st Sgt. Baldwin

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Pvt. Shannon

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Campfire by night

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Full moon rises

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1st Sgt. Baldwin
Taking over the commissary duties (for a few minutes anyway).

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Breakfast
Bacon, potatoes, eggs (coffee, tea and biscuits not shown).

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Better eat up fellows
it begins to rain

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It's raining
Pvt. Shannon hunkers-down in his shelter tent.

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Snow
Just above us on the ridge, snow begins to blanket the mountain peak.

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Feeding time for the mounts
Sgt. Duncan offers Jerry The Mule his morning forage.

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Feed Bag
Pvt. Shannon stands by as Bandit partakes of his breakfast.

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Inspection
1st Sgt. inspects company mounts and mules for soundness.

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Equines
Fed, watered and as happy as they can be.

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Striking camp

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Target practice
A little shooting before departure.

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Mount Modifications
Clever alterations performed by the equine unit to the picket log layout scheme. Not in frame: 6 foot section broken off and transported across campsite by a couple of the 4-legged miscreants.

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Roadblock
Hostiles split the company with a dead-drop across the trail.

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Remove or circumvent?
Neither a very pleasant option.
Thankfully, the trooper was prevented serious injury on his first unsuccessful circumvention by using the plentiful sharp, pointy rocks to cushion his fall.


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Riding out of the sunset
You're doing it wrong.

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Suicide Rock
Ascending the gorge

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1st Sgt Baldwin and Sgt Duncan

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