Pinnacles Rain Camp: Hollister and San Juan Bautista

Hollister

Rain was intermittent the day after our excursion to New Idria Road, so we looked around Hollister for a while. There’s a lot of good public art on an near San Benito Street.

Hollister

Hollister

Hollister

Hollister

Well, here’s one place that could do with a mural or two.

Next stop: San Juan Bautista.

San Juan Bautista

San Juan Bautista

San Juan Bautista

San Juan BautistaSan Juan Bautista

San Juan Bautista

Among the displays in the museum at Mission San Juan Bautista is a case of memorabilia from the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo, in which the mission and its grounds were featured prominently. Here we see a poster of Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart smooching beside, um, a death mask of the director?

San Juan Bautista

 


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Pinnacles Rain Camp: New Idria Road

Pinnacles Camp

Oooh, it’s going to rain most of next week, let’s go camping! Of course, nobody knew this was going to be a rain week (3rd week in March) back when the annual Photo Boyz Adventure venue was moved from Sugarloaf Ridge State Park (much of which burned last October) to Pinnacles National Park. But this is California, where in spite of the 2016-17 mega-winter, we’ve come to expect drought conditions most of the time.

New Idria Road

So the first full day, instead of hiking in the rain, we took a drive out along New Idria Road, through the remote and scenic valleys and hills of central San Benito County.

New Idria Road

New Idria Road

New Idria Road

New Idria Road

New Idria Road  New Idria Road

But we didn’t make it to New Idria. Just beyond this point the road became muddy and looked unsafe, so we turned around and headed back the way we came . . .

New Idria Road

Panoche Inn

. . . and enjoyed lunch at the Panoche Inn.

Pinnacles CampLater, back at camp, the fire was well protected from the downpour by a photographer’s studio umbrella.

 


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Re-Photographing Berkeley Tuolumne Camp

Lower Beach Sign at BTC

After the group tree-planting party near Buck Meadows in early March, many of the former Berkeley Tuolumne Camp (BTC) campers came to visit the site of BTC, which also mostly burned in the “Rim Fire” of August 2013. While it’s disheartening to see only foundations and piles of rubble where your favorite family camp served thousands of visitors over many decades, there is cause for optimism now. The City of Berkeley, Stanislaus National Forest, the Friends of BTC, and many other groups have been working together on planning, permitting, and funding for the reconstruction of BTC. Building will begin, it is hoped, in 2019. Meanwhile, the site sleeps under patchy snow in the winter, vegetation begins to recover in the spring and summer, and occasional visitors stroll through slowly, recalling what they did, who they were with, or what they photographed while at camp years ago.

Campers playing volleyball

A Campers vs. Staff volleyball tournament (June 2010 photo superimposed on the same scene in March 2018).

Seating at the Camp Theatre

Saving seats for the Staff Show at Tuolumne Stage.

Building props for the staff show

Building props for the Staff Show during Work Weekend.

A staff show at Tuolumne Stage

The Staff Show, 2011.

The Dining Hall and green chair circle

The Dining Hall and green chair circle.

The Nurse's Cabin

The Nurse’s Cabin.

Staff vs. Campers Volleyball

Staff getting silly at the Campers vs. Staff volleyball tournament.

 


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