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Mineral King Road Washout: April 29, 2023


This piece took a long time to edit because I shot so much video as we explored the Mineral King Road on the way to the washout and road closure.


I'm still sad that it appears we won't be able to visit our cabin this summer. We're not super big travelers BUT we do love our summer cabin time, so this feels like a real loss this year.


The damage was much greater than we had expected based on the pictures that we had seen. Truly, the video and photography do not do justice to the scale of the destruction, and the work that will need to be done to repair the road.


Despite all this, I felt joy seeing the familiar sights of our mountain road, hearing the waters rush, the bees buzz, seeing the lupine bloom, and smelling the fresh, clean air.


I'm willing to wait for however long it takes to be in Silver City again.

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Marti McKee
Marti McKee
May 04, 2023

Jill and Robert,

Thank you so much for doing this. Silver City has been a huge part of my life since I was born -- my grandparents, the McCallisters, used to own what is currently Mimi Gregg's cabin. My family spent a wonderful two weeks there every summer as I was growing up. Mimi very generously allows my family to enjoy time there whenever we can get there from our home in Lincoln, Nebraska. We had planned to come this summer, but it's looking unlikely -- it's been tough to get any good info, so again my thanks for doing this. Maybe one day we'll run into you up in Silver City!

Marti McCallister McKee

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tracerfam
May 03, 2023

Is it possible to hike in past that wash out at all?

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Jim Webster
Jim Webster
May 03, 2023

Dear Jill and Robert,

I'm sorry the road to your cabin is washed out, but I want to thank you for the video trip up Mineral King Road. The day itself was beautiful and the effect of seemingly sitting in your front seat as I watched the scenery pass made me ache for the beauty that California can have in certain places at certain times. In 1995 I lived for a short time in San Luis Obispo, and often visited Montaña de Oro State Park and drove up route 1 to Big Sur, through wonderful places like Morro Bay and Cayucos, on the way to San Simeon and Hearst Castle, the view from which always makes me wish I could…

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