Vermillion Valley Resort
A few miles after passing out of the John Muir Wilderness (see entry above) into its parent National Forest, Sierra, you will hit the trail head, a dirt road by two campgrounds, and come upon this sign:
You have reached backpacker disney land, Vermillion Valley Resort.
The google satellite picture below shows you exactly where this sign is located on the dirt road. The Backpacker who walks into Vermilion from the John Muir Trail is coming down the road from the north, from the top of the image towards the bottom. This sign sits on the backpacker's left, by the driveway into Vermilion Valley Resort. But all the cool people walk there. And that's the majority of people there on any Summer day.
The map option on the satellite image below, on the other hand, does not show the dirt road heading Northeast from the dam that created the Lake to Vermilion Valley and the campgrounds the sit by the lake.
The dirt road comes up from Shaver Lake and Fresno is the closest big city in The Valley near the road. I've only hiked into Vermillion, but I understand that the road is a real cliff hanger.
Anyway, I've got more pictures and videos of the whole thing, but I'm still much too wrapped up in straightening out issues with drupal features, web design challenges, and organization and process questions to add much content. Yet.
As soon as I get these issues worked out, I will begin constructing the content side of the site, and believe you me, I can't wait. This is supposed to be a trail guide project, not a class in drupal web design. But I can't do one without the other, so visible progress is absent.
note: This page started life as a test of a registered user's ability to embed images with the fck editor, which was giving me a boatload of trouble. Thus this page is posted under my alter-ego, "user1."
VVR: Butch and Peg, and the Draft resupply page.