Sierra Mono Museum

How was your 11/1/11 at 1:11 PM ??

Sierra Mono Museum

Did you know that there is a nearby museum dedicated to preserving the culture and traditions of the Mono Indians? Almost 2,000 Mono people lived in the Sierra when the first whites came to area about 1850. The Mono came from “over the mountains” from Bishop, Lone Pine, Owens Valley, Mono Lake, Yosemite Valley, and the Kings River in Tulare County. The museum features artifacts, weapons, traditional games, ceremonial items, tools, and beaded crafts. Also on display is the Tettleton Wildlife diorama collection – over 200 freestanding taxidermy animals. The museum is about a half hour from Oakhurst at 33103 Road 228 
North Fork, CA 93643. That’s at Rt 228 and 225. It’s free and gthey are ooen mosgt standard days.


FREE admission to Yosemite on Nov 11. Not because is spells out 11/11/11 (try that at 1:11 in the afternoon. No, it’s to honor Veterans Day. I served 6-years in your Air Force. Thank a vet when you see one. It can be tough duty. Our TBird club drives the vets in the San Jose Parade. Did you know we are losing 1,000 World War II vets every day?


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Hetch Hetchy is a grand landscape garden, one of nature’s rarest and most precious mountain temples. As in Yosemite, the sublime rocks of its walls seem to glow with life . . . while birds, bees, and butterflies help the river and waterfalls to stir all the air into music.” – John Muir


*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch –

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  1. Sönke says:

    Most excellent blog. As some of you know I’m really into rock art. It’s very hard to find traces of the former inhabitants in Yosemite but they still can be found. I know of two rock art panels in the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne (to visit them requires at least one night “in the woods” as you can’t make a return trip in one day) which have some nice pictrographs. As recently as this summer a Yosemite “regular” found a pristine arrowhead a few miles from Half Dome. So there’s still some stuff out there.

    Rick mentioned Owens Valley and it’s full of artifacts and traces of the ancient people. For those of you living on the east side of the Sierra Nevada or those of you approaching Yosemite from the east I strongly recommend spending some time near Bishop to visit the Fish Slough area which has three easily accessible sites with nice petroglyphs including “The Stickman” which is one of my favourite petroglyphs. Check out this picture that I took in June 2011:


    You are only a few miles away from 395 but chances are good you won’t see a single soul all day long. The volcanic tablelands are really beautiful and if you have more than a few hours you can easily spend a few days to explore the area. If you look really close you can find places where “they” made fire and must have slept for many, many years. Fascinating,

    Visit the Bishop BLM field office to get a small map if you need directions how to find the Fish Slough area (the map is free but I always leave a few bucks in their donation box).

    It is a very fragile area so please leave no trace and take pictures only. Enjoy!

  2. Maureen L says:

    Armistice was Nov 11, 1918 at 11:11 am, so 11/11/11 11:11 is another time to mark!

    Armistice = we agree to stop shooting, period.

    peace talks come later!

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