Lair of the Golden Bear, “Twilight at Pinecrest”

We got back last week from our annual camping trip. Every year since 1993,
my family has vacationed at the

Lair of the Golden Bear
, the family camp managed by the
U.C. Berkeley Alumni Association.
The Lair is in the Sierras near
Pinecrest.
There are 3 camps within the Lair: Gold, Blue, and Oski.

As usual, John, Jessica, Matt, Paul and I picked up
my mother
Eleanor
in San Francisco and visited Poot’s House of Cactus in Ripon on the drive
to Pinecrest.

In over 50 years of Lair camping, each week has developed its own style and
traditions. Our family is always well represented in the 10th week Camp Blue Review –
the Lair’s Wednesday night talent show. This year, Jessica sang “Losing My Mind”
by Stephen Sondheim (she studies Music at Carnegie Mellon), Matt did gymnastics (he is on the Gymnastics team at
William & Mary
), and the whole family acted in a Cal vs. Stanford vampire skit written by

my brother Pete
, called “Twilight at Pinecrest”.
We celebrated Paul’s birthday with his traditional Lair Cake.

After our week at the Lair, we drove our truck and Yuppie Wagon trailer over
Sonora pass (9,624 feet above sea level) through the stark and lovely
Emigrant Wilderness
to Nevada’s capital Carson City, where we
visited the Nevada State Railroad Museum.
We then drove to Vacaville to see the newly-in-use
Nut Tree train (on a very tiny
track, alas!) and the

Consolidated Rock & Mineral
shop. We stopped off in San Francisco to
drop off my mother and pick up our

two new birds
and then drove home to San Jose.

Entering San Francisco

Entering San Francisco
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Matt, Jessica, Paul, Yuppie Wagon

Matt, Jessica, Paul and the Yuppie Wagon
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Picking up Grandma

Picking up Grandma in San Francisco, Eleanor Dickinson
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Visiting Poot’s House of Cactus

Visiting Poot's House of Cactus, Ripon California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
yucca

yucca, Poot's House of Cactus, Ripon California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
hippo cactus

hippo cactus, Poot's House of Cactus, Ripon California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
cactus flower

cactus flower, Poot's House of Cactus, Ripon California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Camp Blue Road

Camp Blue Road, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
wine & cheese

Pete Dickinson, Eleanor Dickinson, wine & cheese after unpacking, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
John in hammock

John in hammock, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
jay bird visiting

jay bird visiting, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
squirrel in bucket

squirrel in bucket, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
our tent

our tent, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Jessica

Jessica Dickinson Goodman, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Jessica and Matt

Jessica and Matt, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Wheel and Deal in the lodge

playing Wheel and Deal in the lodge, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
visiting butterfly

visiting butterfly, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
my nephew Daniel

my nephew Daniel, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Blue Review skit audition

Blue Review skit audition, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
my niece Lynda

my niece Lynda, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Lynda’s girl pack

Lynda's girl pack, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Paul, Jessica, Matt

Paul, Jessica, Matt, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Pete, Eleanor, Katy

Pete, Eleanor, Katy, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 John Plocher
Family with Oski the Bear

Family with Oski the Bear, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Jessica

Jessica, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Matt, Blue Review

Matt in Blue Review, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Jessica, Blue Review

Jessica in Blue Review, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 John Plocher
Jessica and Matt

Jessica and Matt, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Paul watching a movie

Paul watching a movie, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
sunset tree

sunset tree, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 John Plocher
the creek

the creek, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
water skeeter

water skeeter, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Pete, Eleanor, kids

Pete, Eleanor, Daniel, Lynda, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
pinecones

pinecones, Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Jesscia and Paul, Nut Tree Train 1994

Jessica and Paul, Nut Tree Railroad, 1994 Vacaville California
photo: copyright 1994 Katy Dickinson
Nut Tree Railroad 2009

Nut Tree Train, 2009 Vacaville California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Nut Tree Railroad flyer 2009

Nut Tree Train flyer, 2009 Vacaville California
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

San Francisco in the fog

San Francisco in the fog
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

Images Copyright 2009 by Katy Dickinson and John Plocher

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1 Comment

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One response to “Lair of the Golden Bear, “Twilight at Pinecrest”

  1. lynda

    YAY IM IN THERE-LYNDA

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