All good things are wild and free

All good things are wild and free. from Mike Ku on Vimeo.

Two different trips to the eastern Sierras. Places include Lee Vining Campground off hwy 120, Little Virginia Lake, Saddlebag Lake, Lee Vining River, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Thousand Island Lake, and more that I’m sure I forgot.

The eastern Sierras has a wild and ruggedness that is well worth the 5 hour drive from the Bay Area. Fly fishing, camping, hiking and backpacking in this area is a holy experience to me. The wilderness is my church.

Thanks to my brother in law Marc for going with me.

Canon T3i
Canon xTi
Panasonic Lumix Lx5
50mm f1.8
18mm-135mm f3.5
20mm F1.8
Dynamic perceptions dolly.

Music by Ben Howard, “Old Pine”


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Oct 22, 2011 Coyote Lake Camping


Took the kids RV camping at Coyote Lake. I’ve boated here before but never camped.

I was pleasantly surprised that the campsites were really nice. Spacious and flat. The kids fished and road bikes around.

The fishing was great for them. Lots of bluegill to be caught.

I even brought Scout along. All in all, the trip went pretty well for going solo.

I shot mostly pictures because trying to get good video footage would have been too tough to setup. Working on a 2.5D video of the pictures.

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Sep 03, 2011 Eastern Sierra Fishing


Took a trip to fly fish the eastern Sierras with my brother in law. We camped out at Aspens camp on the Lee Vining River just east of Yosemite off of Hwy 120. Marc caught his first fish on the fly on this trip!

We fished the Lee Vining River with some success. They had stocked the river just days before. The next day we hit the Virginia Lakes area. We spent the whole day at Little Virginia Lake. They stocked days before also but this time with Alpers Trout.

Alpers trout are 2-4 pounds when they are released into the wild. When we got there I walked out to where a couple float tubers had just finished fishing and were getting out. On the ground I see a 17″ 4 pound rainbow. Wow, this was going to be good.

After a slow start the action picked up and we were able to land some fish. I ended the day with 6 fish landed and 3 that came off before I could snap a photo.

The third day we stopped and fished Saddlebag lake. Not much action. Just one for me. Then we stopped and fished Lee Vining creek again but this time the section that comes out of Saddlebag. Caught one.

After that we stopped on the Tuolumne River. I took a nap in the hammock and Marc fished some more with some bites.

The meals we had were great this trip. Lamb tips with rice, Tri tip with green beans and onions, tri tip egg breakfast burritos. All of it cooked over campfires and camp stoves. We had some really top notch tequila that Marc got from an employee. Smooth with no bite. Well not until I woke up in the middle of the night.

While at Virginia Lakes I hiked up the side of the mountain next to the lake to take some photos. I took lots of videos as well so look for a video post soon…

This was a great trip. Had tons of fun, and relaxed as well. I love the Eastern Sierra for it’s ruggedness and for the fly fishing.  One of the fondest parts of this trip was fly fishing in the float tube in Little Virginia Lake with beers in my net hanging in the water.  I landed a few fish with the beers in there.  Something about floating in the middle of the lake out in the wilderness, fishing, drinking, and relaxing.

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Aug 21, 2011 Berryessa camping


Aug 21, 2011 Berryessa camping, a set on Flickr.

Went for a three day RV boating camping trip with Joe at Berryessa. The kids loved swimming in the lake. I forgot how much fun this was.

T no longer has fear of the lake. She was jumping in every chance she had. N even came in a few times.

The kids loved camping. I have to say I enjoyed myself too. Thanks Joe.

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