The whole thing started because a pair of buddies had a vision.
An auspicious vision.
Randy Short and the late Dick Noles wanted to provide handicap access to 42 bodies of water in Inyo and Mono Counties.
Of course, they also had more than just auspicious vision on their side. They also had a little clout.
Short is the Chairman of the California Boating and Waterways Commission. And Noles … well, when it came to public lands access, the late Mr. Noles was a legendary fighter and proponent.
And both friends just liked to get things done.
So for their first project, they decided to build a handicap access ramp down to June Lake Beach.
So Short rounded up the usual suspects: He, Noles, Dave McCoy, Bob Schotz, John Frederickson. They each tossed $5,000 in the pot. He then approached then-Inyo National Forest District Ranger Ed Armenta with his plan.
According to Short, Armenta gave him carte blanche to do what he wanted.