A Dream in Polar Fog by Yuri Rytkheu, Ilona Yazhbin Chavasse

By Yuri Rytkheu, Ilona Yazhbin Chavasse

"Rarely has humanity's dating to nature been so superbly and vividly depicted. A Dream in Polar Fog is either stylish and interesting and likewise serves as a dwelling anthropology of a long gone international. It accomplishes every thing a unique should."––Neal Pollack

A Dream in Polar Fog is right now a cross-cultural trip, an ethnographic chronicle of the Chukchi humans, and a politically and emotionally charged Arctic event story.

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Backpacking can be enjoyed in many of these areas. The John Muir Trail, extending from the summit of Mt. Whitney to Yosemite National Park, is the best-known backcountry trail. What to See & Do Lone Pine is the closest community to Mt. Whitney. To reach the mountain, take the Whitney Portal Road west for about 10 miles, and you’ll be within 11 miles of the summit. A trail takes you to the top at 14,494 feet – the highest peak in the contiguous United States. Alabama Hills, a few miles northwest of Lone Pine, is noted for the films that have been made there.

Although a very popular spot, this might be a good place to rest up for the night. That’s Consultation Lake below to the right. Two miles beyond Trail Camp is exquisite little Mirror Lake (no camping allowed), and half a mile farther is Outpost Camp, with its solar latrine. From here Mt. 8 miles to your exit point at Whitney Portal. For more information, contact the Inyo National Forest Mt. Whitney Ranger Station in Lone Pine, % 760-876-6200. Adventures on Water 31 Cottonwood Lakes If the biggest, boldest, most beautiful trout in the Sierra Nevada are what you cotton for, Cottonwood Lakes is the place.

At Placerville in the Sierra foothills, US 50 intersects with CA 49, named in a stroke of tourist industry genius to commemorate the discovery of gold here in 1848. CA 49 rolls south through Gold Country all the way to Yosemite National Park. From Sacramento, drivers can also pick up CA 99 for a quick run to the central and southern Sierra. Across the Sierra Crest Thankfully, the Sierra Nevada has never been the road builder’s best friend. If you don’t count the CA 178/CA 190 connection, which runs around and across the extreme southern tip of the mountain range in Kern County, there are only six highways over the Sierra crest between southern California and Lake Tahoe.

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