Thomes Gorge 04/05/2015 Album by 2nd cal cav member. 1 - 44 of 44 Total. 182 Visits.
1 Descending into the gorge Working our way around "Suicide Rock"
2 Descending Thomes Gorge
3 Switchback Sgt. Duncan, Buck The Mule and 1st Sgt. Baldwin negotiate one of the many switchbacks along the trail
4 In the distance Dead Rabbit Lake ahead
5 Destination reached Dead Rabbit "Lake"... Mostly a wet depression with the recent dry spell.
6 Prepare to make camp
7 Camp's up Time for a break.
8 Tent Line Somewhat abbreviated.
9 Mounts on the picket L-R Zuni, Gunner, Jerry The Mule
10 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.
11 Northeast view
12 1st Sgt. Baldwin Surveying the packs, covering gear and food from possible inclement weather.
13 Company Guidon Going from dead-calm, to 30 mph gusts throughout the day.
15 Preparing for supper
16 Sgt. Duncan Giving the 1st Sgt. a report on camp and weather conditions
17 Tasty drink Ice chipped from a local cave with added fruit juice and some sort of medicine shipped in from Mexico. Needs salt.
18 The Pvts. Hat Always includes his treasured daguerreotype from the River City Saloon in Sacramento.
19 Evening fire After a hearty meal of beans and pork.
20 NOT a black powder flash Pvt. Shannon builds up the fire to make coals for the impending cooking of the dessert cake.
21 Cpl. Whiting & 1st Sgt. Baldwin Standing by the fire as the full moon rises behind.
22 Cake finished cooking In record time too. Damn fine set of coals there Pvt. Shannon!
23 Cpl. Whiting
24 1st Sgt. Baldwin
25 Pvt. Shannon
26 Campfire by night
27 Full moon rises
28 1st Sgt. Baldwin Taking over the commissary duties (for a few minutes anyway).
29 Breakfast Bacon, potatoes, eggs (coffee, tea and biscuits not shown).
30 Better eat up fellows it begins to rain
31 It's raining Pvt. Shannon hunkers-down in his shelter tent.
32 Snow Just above us on the ridge, snow begins to blanket the mountain peak.
33 Feeding time for the mounts Sgt. Duncan offers Jerry The Mule his morning forage.
34 Feed Bag Pvt. Shannon stands by as Bandit partakes of his breakfast.
35 Inspection 1st Sgt. inspects company mounts and mules for soundness.
36 Equines Fed, watered and as happy as they can be.
37 Striking camp
38 Target practice A little shooting before departure.
39 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.
40 Roadblock Hostiles split the company with a dead-drop across the trail.
41 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.
42 Riding out of the sunset You're doing it wrong.