First Camping Trip
In 1959 my friend Howard and I left Los Angeles, driving up highway 395 to the Mammoth Lakes area, eventually traveling down a winding, dusty dirt road to the Minaret Falls campground on the banks of the San Joaquin River. He had been there before on a fishing trip, but neither one of us had any high altitude hiking experience. We started out late one morning for a quick (we thought) jaunt to Minaret Lake, only to be beaten back hours later and miles from our goal by the brain-warping ascent. I got out my Argus C3 and snapped Howard as he slumped disconsolately against a tree at the Minaret Mine trail junction.
Photo: Howard, Minaret Lake Trail—Sierra Nevada, 1959