DE Meeting Minutes
Saturday, March 2, 2019 • Photos by Julie Smith and Allan Wicker
Meeting Open 11:30 a.m.
Regrets Jerry Dupree, Deb & Steve Marschke, Mal & Jean Roode
Attending Neal & Marian Johns, Terry Ogden, Allan Wicker, Jean & Sunny Hansen, Daniel Dick & Bobbie Sanchez, Ruth & Emmett Harder, Bill & Julie Smith, Nelson Miller, Axel Heller, Steve Richards & Esther.
Previous Minutes Approved
Treasurer Bill Smith reported we have 10 recent new members, current funds are 5,189.94 including checking, savings and PayPal accounts. Rondy signups at this time are 48 participants, 27 vehicles plus some promised in the mail. The river trip and the venue have both been paid. Rondy funds are currently $339 to the good. Nelson would like to close out the Walking Box tour so any extra spaces can be made available to the presenter.
Newsletter Jay Lawrence reported everything is great in newsletterland, we ALWAYS need new and more material, please send what ya got.
Rondy Mignon has done everything to a fare-thee-well. The trips are in place, Walking Box tour has 12 of 20 possible signups. Reminded that March 5th is the deadline for DE motel discount. Speaker Peter Mays will talk on the history of the dam and Boulder City. The Elks have RV camping spots if you are a member. There are local mountain bike trails, zip lines, train, helicopter, and plane rides to the dam and Grand Canyon.
Website Kudos to Deb Miller-Marschke and Crazy Suzy for making us look good on the interwebs. The site is terrific and everybody had compliments to share.
Museum Nelson reported we had a great work crew weekend. The Cambridge collection came, three new cases were placed, and the Moon Dolls were spiffed up. The HUGE collection of East Mojave topographic maps were inventoried. Nelson would be there on Wednesdays or Thursdays to supervise cataloging the map collection. In related news, Friends of Calico is collapsing and would like
MRVM to take over. All agreed we should make the work party an ongoing annual event. Nelson declared that the museum had the best collection of desert books available anywhere, so look there first! MRVM published books are available now online. The Death Valley 49ers have been struggling and turned over their books to the museum. Several folks mentioned the Desert Dictionary as a great reference book to own. MRVM elections are coming up in March and the 2019 BBQ is being discussed. No details were available at the moment. Nelson recommended that we all watch the MRVM calendar for the next lecture by Mike Boltinghous. His first one was terrific. A short sidebar covered whether or not the MRVM insurance covered leaders or any other aspect of the Desert Explorers. The answer was no, it only covers museum operating museum equipment.
Trips More! We always need more! Jerry Dupree and Bob Jacoby will be more aggressive looking for trips in the next few months. Nelson Miller, who has led a huge amount of trips in the last few years will be traveling from June through September, so others will need to step up with trips through the summer. Ron Lipari is leading an Eastern Sierra trip this summer, details are in the newsletter trip calendar. Axel Heller and Bob Jacoby are leading their Route 66 trip. The dates have changed, so check the trip calendar for details. Bill Powell will be leading a trip on the Applegate Trail. There will be a fall trip on the Arizona Peace Trail. Probably October. Look for details in the upcoming newsletters.
New Business Discussion included: • Talk to attendees at the Rondy about becoming trip leaders and leading new trips with experienced leader help.
Next Meeting Ding and Allan Wicker’s house on May 18th, 11:00
Christmas Party Ding and Allan Wicker’s house on December 14th
Adjourned 12:56 p.m.
The 2019 Desert Protection Act Update
Breaking news from friendsoftheinyo.org The California Desert Protection and Recreation Act of 2019 (S. 67/H.R. 376) sponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, both (D-CA), and Representatives Paul Cook (R-CA), Juan Vargas (D-CA), and Pete Aguilar (D-CA), would establish the 18,840-acre Alabama Hills National Scenic Area (AHNSA) in Inyo County for continued recreational use and add 35,292 acres to Death Valley National Park.
“We are thrilled to see the passage of a bipartisan public lands package that includes the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area, a landscape with significant recreational, cultural and scenic resources. We thank our congressional champions, Senator Diane Feinstein and Congressman Paul Cook, for their years of tireless work on behalf of rural communities in the California Desert. - Jora Fogg Policy Director for Friends of the Inyo
Friends of the Inyo has been a critical partner on the bill, with leadership from with the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group. This legislative journey began with Mike Prather, an AHSG founding board member and current secretary of Friends of the Inyo, who helped craft
the first language of the bill nearly a decade ago.
The Alabama Hills National Scenic Area will be the first National Scenic Area managed as part of the National Landscape Conservation System, the nation’s newest system of protected lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
The bill now goes to the President for signature to enact it into law. Friends of the Inyo and the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group will continue work with the BLM to establish a management plan for the AHNSA. Through our ongoing partnership with Death Valley National Park we will also continue to steward and safeguard the park’s wilderness and front country areas.
For more information read the press release from our partners with the Campaign for the California Desert.
Desert Explorers Meeting Minutes
December 15, 2018
Attending: Bob Jacoby, Bill & Julie Smith, Ron Ross & Nancy Maclean, Neal & Marian Johns, Bob & Sue Jaussaud, Steve Jarvis & Kate Fosselman, Ellen Miller, Nelson & Marie Miller, Daniel Dick & Bobbie Sanchez, Terry & Eileen Ogden, Emmett & Ruth Harder, Steve Marschke & Debbie Miller Marschke, Joan McGovern White, Glenn Shaw, Jerry & Dolly Dupree, Jay Lawrence, Mignon Slentz, Allan & Ding Wicker, Vicki Hill & Dave McFarland, Anne Stoll, Ken Searer, Danny & Norma Siler, Axel Heller, Genmarie Wentworth, Anne Yibing Bai, Bill Neill & Gwen Albright.
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DE Holiday Party at Ding & Allans !
Food, Friends, and Fun photos by Allan and Ding Wicker and Julie Smith
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Do you like Maps?
If you love to pore over old maps, raremaps.com offers historic maps for sale as well as high resolution maps free to download. It’s a little like time travel.
Desert Explorers Meeting Minutes
September 29, 2018 Attending: Axel Heller, Bob & Sue Jaussaud, Ruth & Emmett Harder, Steve Marschke & Debbie Miller-Marschke, Lindsay Woods, Terry Ogden, Allan & Ding Wicker, Jerry Dupree, Neal & Marian Johns, Tracy Wood, Bob Jacoby, Jay Lawrence
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Meeting Minutes July 28th, 2018
Attending: Bobby Sanchez & Daniel Dick, Terry & Eileen Ogden, Ruth & Emmett Harder, Marian & Neal Johns, Jerry & Dolly Dupree, Sunny & Jean Hansen Jim Watson & Linda Stevens, Bob Jacoby, Jay Lawrence
Regrets Deb & Steve Marschke, Ding & Allan Wicker, June Box, Nelson Miller, Bob & Sue Jaussaud, Bill & Julie Smith
Meeting Opened 11:48 a.m. Previous Minutes Approved. Treasurer Reported by Bob Jacoby for Bill Smith. We’re solvent and in good shape. Current funds as of 7/25 are $4,948. We have 87 subscriptions, approximately 143 folks when you add in active family members. We should push for more subscribers, possibly printing newsletters to have on hand at the Museum for visitors. DE cards and bumper stickers are forthcoming. More news at the next meeting.
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Have you been here?
Tuttle Creek Ashram
The Tuttle Creek Ashram is situated at an altitude of seventy-six-hundred feet on a steep ridge between the north and south forks of Tuttle Creek, a stream that flows briskly through a glacially carved canyon in the granitic Sierra Nevada Mountains. Built in the shape of a balanced cross, the ashram is a two-thousand-square-foot structure of natural stone and concrete, with a cement floor, heavy-beam roof, and a large fireplace; the stonework of the ashram blends so well into the ridge that the building is hard to see even from a distance of one-half of a mile away.
The history of this remarkable building can be traced back to 1928, when Franklin Merrell-Wolff and his wife Sherifa first visited the area west of Lone Pine, California. Here stands Mount Whitney, which at the time was the tallest peak in the United States. The couple had been told by an Indian acquaintance that the spiritual center of a country was close to its highest point of elevation, and for this reason they sought a nearby location to work on several writing projects. Starting at the legendary Olivas Ranch, Wolff and his wife packed their typewriters and camping supplies onto burros and hiked up to Hunter's Camp, a flat area at the base of Mount Whitney. The pair set up camp near a waterfall on Lone Pine Creek, and spent the next two months contemplating and writing. Later that year, the couple founded the Assembly of Man, an educational institution with a generally theosophical orientation. As part of this work, the couple decided to start a summer school near the area they had camped the previous summer. Wolff made inquiries to the U.S. Forest Service about a special use permit for the school, and was informed that in order to receive authorization for such an operation in the High Sierra Primitive Area, the Assembly would be obliged to erect some sort of permanent structure. Moreover, he was notified that building permits for the Hunt.er's Camp area were not available. Accordingly, Wolff explored the next canyon south for a suitable site, and found a spot high in a beautiful pi–on pine forest surrounded by two branches of a clear, cold creek. The founders of the Assembly of Man decided that the remote and quiet wilderness of Tuttle Creek Canyon would provide the ideal atmosphere for their summer school. Wolff and the members of the Assembly of Man received permission from the Forest Service to operate a summer school on Tuttle Creek in 1930, but it would be almost ten years before a site was leveled for a structure. Wolff handled all of the dynamite used to blast a flat area, and as rock began piling up, he got the idea to use it in the construc.tion of the building. The structure was laid out roughly along the four cardinal points of the compass, and built in the shape of a balanced cross to symbolize the principle of equilibrium.
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Guest Speakerat the 2018 Rondy
Alexander (Sandy) Rogers
We were fortunate enough to have Mr. Rogers as our featured guest speaker at the 2018 rondy. He is the archaeology curator at the Maturango museum in Ridgecrest and is a consulting archaeologist.
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Desert Explorers Meeting Minutes
March 3rd, 2018
Attending: Jean & Sunny Hansen, Jerry & Dolly Dupree, Dave Burdick, Emmett & Ruth Harder, Allan & Ding Wicker, Neal & Marian Johns, Terry Ogden, Daniel Dick & Bobby Sanchez, Bill & Julie Smith, Jay Lawrence, Bob Jacoby.
Meeting Opened 11:35 a.m.
Previous minutes Approved.
Regrets Deb & Steve Marschke, Nelson Miller, Bill Neill
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