Wednesday, March 23, 7:30 pm

A Journey to the Ionian Basin and Back

Speaker: Michael Uhler

Location: Garden Room, Orinda Public Library (directions below)

In northern Kings Canyon National Park is the Ionian Basin (shown below in the photo by Laura Molnar), a remote, trail-less, high basin of rugged talus slopes ringing glacial lakes with no names. Surrounded by spectacular peaks named after monsters from Greek mythology, the Ionian Basin seems desolate and forbidding, but it holds challenges and beauty in its alpine landscape. Michael Uhler backpacked into the Ionian Basin—and back!—and he will regale us with stories of his trip along with plant lore and beautiful photos of this unusual place.

Michael Uhler is a gardener at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden, where he maintains the Sierra Nevada and Sea Bluff sections. He is an avid and adventurous mountaineer, and on his days off he likes to explore both Alta and Baja California.

East Bay CNPS membership meetings are free of charge and open to everyone. This month’s meeting takes place in the Garden Room of the Orinda Public Library at 24 Orinda Way (in Orinda Village). The Garden Room is on the second floor of the building, accessible by stairs or an elevator. The Garden Room opens at 7 pm; the meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Email or call 510-496-6016 if you have questions.

Directions to Orinda Public Library at 24 Orinda Way: From the west, take Hwy 24 to the Orinda/Moraga exit. At the end of the off ramp, turn left on Camino Pablo (toward Orinda Village), right on Santa Maria Way (the signal after the BART station and freeway entrance), and left on Orinda Way.

From the east, take Hwy 24 to the Orinda exit. Follow the ramp to Orinda Village. Turn right on Santa Maria way (the first signal) and left on Orinda Way. Once on Orinda Way, go 1 short block to the parking lot on the southeast side of the two-story building on your right. There is additional free parking beneath the building as well as on the street.

From BART (4 blocks): Exit the Orinda station, turn right and cross a pedestrian bridge, then cross a second pedestrian bridge on the left. Go 1 short block on the sidewalk to the third pedestrian bridge. Go 2 blocks on Orinda Way to the Orinda Library.