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Here’s Jonny!

by SierraMerril

12 04, 2014 | Posted in Staff members | 0 comments

As of August 2014, Camp’s store, the Fountain, has a new manager! Jonny Dacus has taken on the task of stocking our store with drinks, treats, hiking supplies and plenty of Stanford Sierra Camp clothing for kids and adults. I caught up with Jonny (who I also happen to share an office with) last weekend to find out more about him. I also wanted to know if he had any insider information he wanted to share about the Fountain!

Stanford Sierra Camp's Fountain has plenty of gear and most things that you'll need for your stay at Fallen Leaf Lake.

How long have you been at Camp? This fall is my sixth season at Camp. In Spring 2013, a friend convinced me to come out to California and be a raft guide for the season. The job fell through because the low snow level that winter didn’t provide for much of a river-rafting season that spring or summer. A friend of a friend told me about Sierra Camp, and I arrived two weeks late in the season.  After being here only a few days, I knew Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake was where I wanted to spend some time. Where did you grow up, and do you think you’ll ever live there again? I grew up in a small town, Hendersonville, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville. I don’t think I’ll ever live there again, but I will be back to visit family and friends. I’m not quite ready to fully settle down—there’s still so much to see in the US! But for now, Fallen Leaf Lake has me, and I’m pretty excited about being here for a few years. What’s your favorite thing about Camp? The setting and scenery. Being so close to Desolation Wilderness is amazing. My favorite lake in Desolation Wilderness is Clyde Lake. It’s about eight miles from Camp just off of the Pacific Crest Trail and on the other side of Mosquito Lake.

Fountain Panoramic

What’s the most useful thing we sell at Camp?  Maps! We have a large topographic map of Desolation Wilderness and whether you’re curious about the area surrounding Camp, or you’re ready for some serious hiking, it’s a great thing to have.


What should someone be sure to purchase when visiting the Fountain? Anything that says SSC! We have a lot of gear downstairs and with a shirt or water bottle you’ll always be reminded of how wonderful it is here. It’s also cool to see people wearing SSC gear when you’re outside of Tahoe—it’s a nice conversation starter!Fountain Will guests notice any changes or different styles when they shop in the Fountain next year? I’m going to focus on getting some bigger brands and more athletic gear in the Fountain for next season. The beer selection will also change a little, but I’m going to continue to stock lots of California and craft beers. What’s your favorite beer that we sell? 21st Amendment’s Brew Free or Die. Has anything surprised you about this job? I grew-up saying “yes sir” and “yes ma’am” a lot. I’m surprised at how many people don’t like it when I call them that! I got a few strange looks this summer. Do you have any fun facts about yourself? I’m not a big country music fan. I really only like the classics, but I did grow up in the same town Taylor Swift did! Do you have any fun facts about the Fountain? The most milkshakes that were made in a week this summer was 250. The Fountain is only open for an hour on Saturdays, so that is about 41 milkshakes a day during the other days of the week. That’s a lot of milkshake!

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