View Full Version : Working at Manzanar, Exploring and fishing : 6-20

06-20-2007, 11:28 PM
Sooo today was a long day! These past few days since I have moved to Independence have been great but a bit overwhelming. I started working at Manzanar on Monday. I work with four 15-18 year old boys. They are quite a handful but a fun crew!!

Here’s a pic of Kevin (on the back), Andrew (on the right), Cody (behind Andrew) and lastly Scotty who is driving (on the left).

I am basically the SCA for Manzanar for 6 months and two of these months I am the leader for the YCC (the youth working at Manzanar). Monday we got training, Tuesday we cleaned out the gardens on the site and today we took a 7 hr class to certify all of us in CPR, First Aid and AED. It was quite an experience! We have already had several mishaps happen which have been quite amusing and just simple mistakes by the boys since this is their first job. I have already told them that I will take them fishing soon!

Anyways, today I decided to do some more fishing. I try to find the time to have the energy to go and when I do I am getting more successful. First, I drove over to the Independence campgrounds where there is a small creek. It was a little too small for me…haha! Then I drove over to Symmes Creek in Independence but the fishing hole didn’t look like it had much fish and everyone had their campers there….haha!

After exploring all that I decided to go with my gut, and I drove back down to my favorite fishing hole: Shepherds Creek. I started fishing off to the side where no one else was to catch something. No luck! Then out of nowhere some guy pops his head in and asks me if I am catching stuff. Soon enough I move over to a different spot and he is setting up his gear. He comes over and shows me his spinners and lures, and I come to find that he is a local. I also find out that his sister works at the eastern California museum in Independence which I now need to go visit…haha!

Here is Shepherds Creek:


Soon enough I start catching fish. All of them were between 6-8 inch rainbows and one was 12 inches.

The first fish caught:


A nice shot of the last bit of my fish:


I had a successful day and fished from 6-8:30pm. I used my craws, gulp eggs and bang. It works every time in the Sierras. Now I want to try some other things like dry flies, spinners and different kinds of lures.

Till next time! (This Sunday I am going up to South Lake to try and fish and find Smitty…haha)

06-21-2007, 10:07 AM
What a life, I'm jealous! Thanks for the report. :wink:

06-21-2007, 10:12 AM
NIce report, looks fun up there...

I will be heading to South lake on Sunday also....

06-21-2007, 11:15 AM
Looks like you're settling in nicely 8)
Good for you...
My son and I are heading up there on the 30th and staying in June Lake for a week.
We plan to stop by either going up(Sat. AM) or going home(July 8th, afternoon).
Hope to see ya :)

06-21-2007, 09:34 PM
Thanks for the comments! Shock.....yeah...I will be out there on Sunday in the AM. Look for a girl with curly blonde hair!....haha!

And yeah...if any of u come by Manzanar I work on Mon-Fridays. (full time job!)

I just got back from a party in independence where I think I met 1/4 of the town...haha! Everyone here is really friendly!!! Quite a few fishermen....and they give great advice! I am learning where ALOT of stuff is! :lol:

Fear No Trout
06-22-2007, 01:29 AM
It appears that your heart is certainly in the right place to be volunteering there. Kudos for your particpation on such a important National Historic Site.

I renting camera equipment for an upcoming job and the gal there is from Iowa didn't even know that Japanese Americans were place in such camps... :shock: :shock: :shock:

FYI...I am not suprised but it still shocking how uninformed people in this day and age have never learned about this in school.

Keep up the good work. Say hi to "Ricky the ranger" for me.

Fear No Trout

06-22-2007, 01:42 AM
Looks like you'll have some fine fishing companions up there Carrie.
School em good, Ya Hear?


Granny Fish
06-22-2007, 01:52 AM
Love the town of Independence... I want to be like Mary Austin and live in a cute little house next to the Owens river.



06-22-2007, 09:00 AM
Nice job Carrie!

Hope to see ya in July when we venture up that way.


06-24-2007, 08:23 PM
Well sooo my idea of going up to south lake was shot by the fact that I have gotten this terrible cold!! Needless to say I was very dissaspointed! Things up here r taking longer to get used to than I thought they would. Internet access is very limited, phone service drops out all the time and everything here is VERY expensive! Anyways, I am going to venture on up to Whitney Portal sometime this week and do more fishing there! Hopefully this awful cold goes away! :cry:

Sooo I will bring other reports at a new time....