Loading up for an early April trip to the orchard to see how the trees wintered.  Bringing out the TW200 and a used 1985 Suzuki quad (LT230) we picked up in Bishop for $650.  The idea of the quad is to help out with cleaning out the creek.  The 440 acres are a couple miles long, and the wind often brings plenty of dead bushes to clog up the creek. 

Some old wood should help with the outhouse.  Forgot to remove the snowboards and so they made the trip out to Fish Lake Valley as well.

Everything looks great, time to get muddy and clean out the irrigation ditch.

Running around Casper came back with a freshly killed jackrabbit.

Jackrabbit grave being dug while Casper catches his breath.

Mid afternoon snooze in the mild temps.

Decide to drive the Quadmaster and TW up Indian Creek road and come across the Mollini mine-site.  A few cabins around in varying states of disrepair.

Someone quickly finds a cave, or maybe dynamite storage.

Good question!

Look on that face answers the above question.  Full bottle of Captain Morgan on the shelf, a lucky cabin warming present for the next guest(s).

Temps dropped through the night as storm front blew down from the Whites.  Got up around 5 a.m. to get a fire going and snapped a few decent shots.  Trailer fits in well with this color scheme.

Looking across Fish Lake Valley to the Silver Peak range.  This picture now lives on my cell phone unlock screen.

Casper approves.

Hammock tree from day before, way too cold now.

Looking down valley towards Dyer.

100 years back I could imagine many small fires and smoke from the Indians who lived here prior to settlement.

Along the way we learned that this orchard we tend to is the Indian Creek Ranch and it used to be a real showcase.  Talked to an retiree who used to live out here and move water around - claimed he could make water move uphill and I believe that as we've done that ourselves.  So what happened?

Apparently those raised on this ranch started hearing the siren calls of the outside world and migrated into the cities.  Its actually a common occurrence.  We know as we did the opposite move back almost 20 years ago moving from Los Angeles to the Eastern Sierra.  Anyhow the ranch fell into disrepair, was sold, and the new owners let it go, literally.  Then it was sold again at tax auction and the present owners picked it up for a little over $100K.  It's hard to imagine that someone would just stop paying taxes because after 5 years the county treasurer has the right to sell abandoned property.  But it happens all the time for many different reasons.