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Where in the World was Sean?
 
 
    1) This rugged area was home to people dating back 6000-7000 years ago, "discovered" by white settlers in the 19th century (265 archeological sites and 69 historic sites in the protected area)

2) Home to amazing formations and some of the largest living things, the landscape rises two and a half miles above sea level, and dips down to about 2000 feet.

3) On this trip, I backpacked about 50 miles with a friend on this popular route, climbing about 8000 feet over a high pass traversing through snow (see very few people by the way). This shot was taken on the last day on our way out.

4) This area, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, has the deepest canyon in the United States, with a depth over 8000 feet.

5) And this, to me, is true Paradise fit for a King.

Okay, I've probably given too much info, so try to be as specific as you can.

Name my location....and exact as you can get...no general location like "dude, my guess is Africa", or "I'm going with the Southern Hemisphere my BP friend" or "In the Milky Way Galaxy?"- sure you'd be technically correct but I'd have to penalize you. :)

Answer to come in a few days, maybe longer- depends if you figure it out - enjoy my fellow BPers!

Sean
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5/5/2009 10:34:27 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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Without looking up the clues, I am sure that is it in the Eastern Sierras of California, looks a lot like Yosemite, but since I have been there loads of time and have not heard this particular fact and the clue in #5, I am going south to Kings Canyon National Park. I have heard it is beautiful hiking there and is on my list. Welcome home Sean!

5/6/2009 11:39:55 AM

 

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Thanks Leslie- nice guess- the answer to come next week- you could be close, or way off - who knows!

I know of course - gotta keep the suspense.. :)

I too have been all through the Eastern Sierras- it's one of my favorites places in all the world - but I've also been to other locations that look very similar.

:)

5/6/2009 12:35:40 PM

 
Roy G. Conger

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Looks like Leslie is on to something with Kings Canyon, however, I am thinking it might just be the Waterwheel on the Tuolumne River in Yosemite. The only thing I know for certain is that you had an absolutely great trip; and we get to enjoy the picture.

5/6/2009 9:35:35 PM

 
 

It was a great trip - I'm an alpine dude- it feels like home- gotta get back into the mountains.

Although we did backpack 17 miles the last day, tired of all the mosquito bites.....darn Alaskan mosquitos....I'm mean Argentinian....I'm mean Yosemite bugs.....I'm mean French Alps mosquitos....I'm mean Kiwi nats.....

:)

5/6/2009 9:46:43 PM

 
Nancy A. Eaton
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Sean, I have to agree with Leslie. I don't know Kings Canyon but those bare white granite peaks say Yosemite to me - they're hard to forget once you've had the privilege of seeing them. It could be an unusual view of Half Dome with the valley deep below.

5/7/2009 7:34:28 AM

 
Chris Schofield
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Sean,
I believe I've driven through here a couple of times. Although I never did this hike, I have taken photos of the general area. I say it's the Siskyous (spelling), part of the Cascade Mountain range, and near Mt. Shasta, or the Oregon, CA boarder area. It looks more like Mt Shasta area.

5/7/2009 3:49:27 PM

 

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Good guesses Nancy and Chris- my lips are sealed...until at least Monday. :)

However I will add, the pass we went over on this trip was almost 12,000 feet- we were all alone and the views were beautiful. We hiked through a steep snowfield a bit concerned about not having an ice axe if we slipped with our backpacks- but all went well.

We also learned about a bear that would follow the trail over the pass, rob backpackers of their food, then head back over to the other side to steal more food, taking the trail most of the way.

:)

5/7/2009 3:58:12 PM

 
Chris Schofield
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Black bear, Brown Bear, Kodiak, or Grizzly? Black Bears are good for taking photos. I have a picture of my dad feeding a black bear from a Peanut Butter Jar. They are great to photograph.

5/8/2009 11:59:21 AM

 

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Wouldn't you like to know. :) Just kidding -but yes, telling which type of bear could give more info away.

I saw a Pine Marten once in an area, and a ranger (who'd been there for 12 years hadn't seen one) - but yes, it too was eating out of a chili can- took a bit of the "wild" nature away from the experience. :)

Right now I'll just say he was a smart bear.

5/8/2009 12:03:11 PM

 

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I'll post the answer today everyone, if there's any other guesses! Gotta see if my Brit friend wants to jump in.

5/12/2009 10:00:30 AM

 
Peter W. Marks
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Greetings and salutations my friend Sean.
It is Kings Canyon as Leslie said. I have never been there but I dangled my crystal on a thread over a map and bingo!
Pete

5/12/2009 10:47:35 AM

 

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Okay, okay, too many solid guesses- so here's the answer:

USA: California: Kings Canyon National Park: Paradise Valley: Mist Falls rolls over the edge, along Woods Creek, the Woods Creek Trail

But at least I can say no one ever guessed where in Kings Canyon- a park 462,901 acres large - way to narrow it down folks - at least I have that. do I sound bitter?

:)

I'll get you all back someday when I visit Antarctica.

In all seriousness, it's a wonderful area coming out of the High Sierra- the mosquitos tore us up near Rae Lakes above 10,000 feet (which the hike we were doing- the Rae Lake loop), but the week long trip was a treat.

Thanks for playing.

5/12/2009 11:57:03 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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Thanks Sean for being such a good sport! I have Kings Canyon NP on my list, so close but have never been there over preference for Yosemite its so hard to drive past this gem! Leslie

5/12/2009 12:01:23 PM

 

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Yosemite is hard to pass up- the Sierra has so many amazingly beautiful places. And to backpack along the trails that John Muir, Ansel Adams, and Galen Rowell hiked, as well as many native Americans over thousands of years is a true treat.

5/12/2009 12:26:42 PM

 
Peter W. Marks
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Well thanks to Leslie who pointed me in the right direction. Then I deduced from the angle of the shadows, the direction the river was running, the cumulo-nimbus clouds coming in on the prevailing south westerly winds that we must be in the Sierra Nevadas and then using skills picked up when during WW2 when I worked on cracking the Japanese "Purple" military code I came up with a cypher that revealed the characters 090505091321 followed by four alpha characters that homed me in.
Devilishly cunning eh Sean? And your secret is safe with me.

5/12/2009 12:47:54 PM

 

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Peter.....my nemesis.

5/12/2009 12:54:49 PM

 
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