Years ago I visited the Mt Whitney Fish Hatchery north of Independence, CA, on my job with the union. I knew Bill would enjoy all the fish, and I remember it is a really beautiful location.
|"Design a building to match the mountains, last forever, and be a monument for all time." MJ Connell, 1915|
I am happy to see the beautiful front pond is still here, as are the enormous Golden Trout for which the hatchery is famous. Bill is itching to grab a pole.
Volunteers with Friends of Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery continue to maintain the hatchery grounds, a simple museum and interpretive center, as well as two indoor ponds, and a small egg collection and hatching operation. Because they are not a certified hatchery, the fish they raise cannot be released in any public body of water. Instead they stock their pond, and once a year kids younger than fishing license age are invited to come and fish all day - taking home what they catch.
|Hatched to live their whole lives here|
|Planting fish with mules|
|Wonderful exhibit of local reptiles|
|Lighted photos tell the history of the hatchery|
|Mining claims map - thousands in every mountain range|
Oak Creek is only now beginning to carve a new path. The south fork rushes through concrete gates set up to direct the water through the devastated canyon. Walls of mud and rock cover miles of landscape with only a handful of trees in sight.
|Gates on Oak Creek help in restoration efforts|
|Beat up, but still standing strong. And trees.|
|Large mud flows take the place of Oak Creek|
|Over five feet high, full of rocks and logs|
Eight years later the level of destruction still visible here is a sobering reminder of the terrible power of rushing water.
I want to see the extensive collection of Owens Valley Paiute and Shoshone baskets at the Eastern California Museum, also in Independence. While this sounds as appealing to Bill as oral surgery, he enjoys the local history exhibits with me.
|Includes 25,000 photos covering over a 100 years of local history|
|Much of the area's history is shaped by the water wars|
|Los Angeles as the "good neighbor"|
|A large exhibit about Clyde's mountaineering makes me want to read more about him|
|Museum humor :-)|
|The story-teller baskets are my favorites|
|100-year-old beaded straps|
|Mary DeDecker Native Plant Garden|