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On Wednesday, we did our final canyon that we haven’t seen before – McGee Creek. It was very close to camp and only took a short time to reach. On the way up, we stopped at what appeared to be a closed horse camp right next to McGee Creek. The buildings were boarded up for winter and the entire property was covered with fallen and falling leaves. We were just fooling around with the cameras and then, Wow! I saw the best refraction I have ever seen. Just this blinding rainbow in the middle of the sky.

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We proceeded up to the parking area for the McGee Creek Trail, ate lunch, and wandered up the trail. I was happy photographing the trees along the creek for a while, then was ready to go back to the car. Dave continued on up the trail for quite a way. I got my book, coffee and cookies and spent a delightful interlude in a gold-tinted glade.

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When Dave returned, we took a drive along Old Crowley Lake Road, looking for good color. What we found in some tiny town was a lovely constructed pond and a fake deer. Dave concentrated on the pond; I shot the fake deer. (What else is new?)

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We then returned to the upper part of Lower Rock Creek Road and saw all the color that wasn’t in the lower part. We found our little creek and the light was much lower, making the ripples all the more interesting. Finally, we both got tired and went back to camp.

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We usually wake up around 7 am or so. When I woke up on Thursday, I decided to get outside quickly and capture the fog rising from the hot waters of Hot Creek. I didn’t get to see deer in the water like Dave did a few days ago, but did see a couple lurking near the creek.

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After coffee and breakfast, we went out to the Hot Creek Geological Site, a thermally-active area that used to be a heavy-duty party area (think natural hot-tubs). But something changed and now the water is too hot to party in. The hot pools still have that unearthly blue color and the creek is full of neat-looking foliage.

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That was it for Hot Creek. We packed up and headed back to our starting point: Mono Lake. Our wonderful campsite had somebody else parked there. We introduced ourselves and met Jason and Nikki Wynn. They are young (compared to us) full-timers who are doing it green. That includes a composting toilet and they distill their own water, even from something as salty as Mono Lake. Check out their website: http://www.gonewiththewynns.com

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