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Experience Sierra Cattle Drives Past & Present

Each summer the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Association sponsor tours along the Scenic Byway, and this Saturday is your chance to be part of one of these fun and educational events. Experience a true cattle drive and hear some of the history of cow camps in the Sierra.

Bart Topping, whose family has been running cattle in the Sierra since the early 1900’s, will share tales from his many years in the High Sierra as we watch his annual cattle drive to the back country. Bart is also the owner of the Minarets Pack Station.

The tour will stop for lunch at Pat Washburn’s cabin in Beasore Meadow and everyone will be treated to stories from Pat and others about their summer cow camps. Adele Bartholomew (Bisset) and Jane Topping will be joining Pat for our lunch time sharing of adventures.

The adventure beings at 8:00am when everyone will meet at Scenic Byway Tour Meadow Photothe Pines Market Parking Lot at Bass Lake. We will car pool to Soquel Meadow (depending on the route for Bart’s drive) and then on to Beasore.

Lunch will be available for $10 or you can bring your own. Lunches must be ordered 2 days in advance. Please contact Doug Waltner at 877-2760 or email dwaltner@netptc.net if you are planning on attending. If it’s a last-minute thing, and you want to be part of the day’s activities, you can just show up at The Pines parking lot at 8:00, but be sure to bring your own lunch. There is no cost to participate.

Folks are also invited to join the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Association by going to the web site or see Jack McGowen on the tour.

Contact: Doug Waltner
Phone: 559-877-2760
Email: dwaltner@netptc.net

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