FRIDAY FIELD TRIPS
Name Day / Date  Trip Time  Leader Meeting Place  Activity Level  Transportation Participant Limit  Lunch Cost
Field Trip 1: Fire and Ice, Faults and Fissures:  Bishop to Mammoth geology tour  Friday, April 29 8:30 to 5 Steve Irwin, geography instructor, Cerro Coso College and Bob Drake, geologist and former co-director Berkeley Geochonology Center Bishop- Fairgrounds light, some walking vans 40 Included  $40.00
Field Trip 1 Description: The area between Bishop and Mammoth Lakes along the Hwy. 395 corridor is dominated by the Long Valley Caldera, the remains of a supervolcano eruption 760,000 years ago.  We will travel around and within this massive caldera and observe many of the related volcanic formations including, but not limited to, the resurgent dome of the caldera, the Owens Gorge, and the Bishop Tuff formation.  There is at least one major active fault in the area – the Hilton Creek Fault. The eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada was heavily glaciated during the Pleistocene and much of the evidence for this is very prominently displayed in many of the canyons descending from the crest of the range.  Many moraines are visible as well as glacially carved lakes and landscapes. We will also get a tour of the Mammoth Pacific Geothermal Power Plant near Mammoth Lakes.  This is a state of the art plant that produces electrical energy from the hot brine under the resurgent dome of the Long Valley Caldera. Access to many of the sites on this trip is dependent on snow conditions and sites visited may be adjusted accordingly.  Weather can vary from the 80’s in Bishop to the 30’s in the higher elevations.  Dress in layers and bring water.  Some light to moderate walking is likely.
Field Trip 2: Lake, what Lake??, Owens Lake history, dust control, solar parks, and master planning. Friday, April 29 8:30 to 5 Grace Holder, playa geologist, and staff of the Great Basin Air Pollution Control District Bishop- Fairgrounds light, some walking vans and carpools 40 Included  $40.00
Field Trip 2 Description: Forthcoming
Field Trip 3: World Class Rock Art: Owens Valley Petroglyphs Friday, April 29 9 to 2 David Lee, Western Rock Art Research see below light, some walking carpool or van 20 Included  $30.00
Field Trip 3 Description: The Volcanic Tableland in the Owens Valley contains one of the largest and most striking concentrations of prehistoric rock art in western North America. Nestled between the Sierra Nevada and the White Mountains, this area was important to indigenous peoples for over 10,000 years. This trip will visit several of the larger sites, and will be led by local researcher David Lee who has been documenting rock art for over fifteen years. The group will meet on Highway 6, two blocks north of the junction of Hwy. 6 and Hwy. 395. The (approximately) five hour trip will involve a 30 mile drive on a graded dirt road, and easy walking. A box lunch will be provided and there will be opportunities to discuss the distribution, context, and possible functions of these unique and fragile clues into the minds of earlier desert inhabitants. Bring a full tank of gas, a hat, sunglasses, sturdy shoes, a camera, and plenty of water.  Directions (Bishop- Highway 6 pull-out 2 blocks north of junction with Highway 395 at the north end of town)
Field Trip 4: Iconic Landscapes, the Alabama Hills in Movies, TV, and advertising Friday, April 29 9:30 to 3:30 ** Staff of Lone Pine Film History Museum Lone Pine Film museum light, some walking carpool or van none Included  $30.00
Field Trip 4 Description: Forthcoming  **Note…this trip begins in Lone Pine, please add 60 minutes travel to meeting place
SUNDAY FIELD TRIPS
Name Day / Date  Trip Time  Leader Meeting Place  Activity Level  Transportation Participant Limit  Lunch Cost
Field Trip 5: Sheep Here, Sheep There, the Revival of the endangered Bighorn sheep in the Sierra Nevada and White Mountains  Sunday, May 1  9 to 4  John Wehausen, Bighorn sheep researcher  Bishop- Fairgrounds  moderate walking  carpool or van  30 provided   $25.00
Field Trip 5 Description: Forthcoming 
Field Trip 6: The murals of Bishop walking tour.  Sunday, May 1  9 to 11:30 AM  Staff of the Bishop Mural Society  Bank of America parking lot at 536 N. Main Street .  light walking  walking none  bring your own or bring money   $15.00
Field Trip 6 Description:  Visitors are invited to savor our spectacular outdoor art gallery with a one mile tour. Eighteen colorful murals at thirteen sites showcase the fascinating history of Inyo County . Beginning with the dynamic “Slim Princess” locomotive scene, Shirley Fendon and Don Hopkins will chronicle the murals’ historic and artistic achievements as they share anecdotes from their pioneer families and stories behind the murals. Highlights include the “Kittie Lee Inn,” a colorful 1924 hotel that housed Hollywood luminaries, “Kinney Family Teamsters,” a 100 foot long architectural triptych, and John Pugh’s controversial “Drain,” which symbolizes the Owens Valley water situation in paint-by-number and trompe l’oiel. Philip Slagter’s comprehensive set of murals on the “History of Medicine at the Local Pharmacy” details early local healers and heroes, and the Father Crowley mural honors one of Inyo County ’s most beloved citizens. Wear walking shoes and carry water. 
Field Trip 7: Where have all the native fish gone?-  Fish Slough and desert pupfish  Sunday, May 1  9 to 2   Steve Parmenter, Department of Fish and Game    Bishop- Fairgrounds  light, some walking  carpool or van  30 provided   $25.00
Field Trip 7 Description:  forthcoming 
Field Trip 8: Get your snow on!. Mammoth Mountain snow monitoring and snow surveying, avalanche forecasting, and ski tour to Minaret Summit  Sunday, May 1  9 to 4 *  Sue Burak,  hydrologist and avalanche specialist, University of Nevada , Reno and USFS; Jeff Dozier, snow hydrologist, UCSB; Peter Vorster, hydrogeographer, The Bay Institute   Mammoth Mt Main Lodge  (1 hour from Bishop) moderate  carpool or van  20 provided   $45.00
Field Trip 8 Description: Gondola ride to top of Mammoth Mountain is weather dependent.  **UPDATE - "Nordic skis or snowshoes are included in the
price and will need to be picked up by participants on Sunday morning  from Kittredges Sporting Goods on Main Street in Mammoth.  Participants who need
equipment should e-mail height and shoe size to petervor@pacbell.net"
Field Trip 9: Birds, Brine and Bottomlands:   Mono Lake canoe tour and Mono Basin stream restoration  Sunday, May 1  9 to 3; add 75 minutes travel to meeting place   Staff of the Mono Lake Committee   Navy Beach , South Shore of Mono Lake off of Highway 120  canoeing and light to moderate walking  carpool or van  20 provided   $45.00
Field Trip 9 Description: canoeing is weather dependent 
Field Trip 10: Mono Lake Tufa : Its Age, Formation, and Relationship to Island Volcanism and Climate Change  Sunday, May 1  9 to 3; add 75 minutes travel to meeting place   Scott Stine, professor of geography CSU East Bay   Forest Service visitor center; 0.5 miles north of Lee Vining  moderate to strenuous walking  private cars; carpool  none  provided   $25.00
Field Trip 9 Description: forthcoming