What I did on my summer vacation

July 31, 2010

I camped at Yosemite. Note bear-proof food canister at right. I cooked breakfast. I cleaned house. I hiked. I saw bear sign. I did not feed the animals. I avoided other hikers. I watched the sun rise over the mountain in Yosemite. I watched birds. (Acorn Woodpecker, Pt. Reyes National Seashore) I saw the world’s […]

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Running Free

July 31, 2010

Yesterday Cattus was released to community custody after a week indoors as an invalid. Hydration sparked (oxymoron) appetite, and 40 mg aspirin seems to have helped. Friday afternoon and evening were gorgeous, sunny with a light breeze, so I set her loose thinking she might go hide under a bush or become somebody’s lunch. She […]

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Rubbing shoulders with rubbish

July 30, 2010

————————————— Quotation of the Day: “One can write or speak absolute rubbish, but, if it is the right kind of rubbish, it can bring one an abundance of friends and allies among people who habitually use the same variety of nonsense language. There are no stronger links than those between sufferers from the same illness, […]

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July 29, 2010

This post courtesy of Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day and Wikipedia.com’s entry on Behemoth, edited somewhat by me. The Blake painting is very cool. behemoth \bih-HEE-muhth\, noun: 1. Any creature or thing of monstrous size or power 2. An animal, perhaps the hippopotamus, mentioned in the Book of Job. All the sportive rollickings of all the animals, […]

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Saturday again

July 24, 2010

Saturday again and a beautiful day in Seattle. I just finished lugging the suitcases and the large duffle bags containing backpacking gear to the car, so we can settle in for the early afternoon and relax until departure time. The vacation has been varied and fun, but it’s time to get back and take up […]

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Seattle Sat

July 17, 2010

Sat in Seattle. It started out gray and now we have afternoon sun. We drove to the Oakland airport Friday morning expecting to get stuck in traffic — instead we sailed on through and got to the neighborhood of the rental car return center an hour early. Prepared for this eventuality, we stopped at Arrowhead […]

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July 14, 2010

Sitting in El Sobrante Starbucks charging the laptop and sipping caffeine. We had a great time in Yosemite and Mono County last week. (See entries below.) We’ve been visiting with Pam’s mom and her good friend Harold in El Sobrante. Have made a couple of trips to Berkeley to browse. We went to the Las Gallinas Sanitary plant […]

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July 10, 2010

Friday early we went birding at Mono County Park on the north side of Mono Lake, the high elevation (5,000 ft) lake with no outlets just east of Yosemite Park. Saw two orioles, a meadowlark, Hairy Woodpecker, Lazuli Bunting, American Kestrel, Yellow Warblers, Spotted Towhee and assorted other birds. As the day grew warmer we […]

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Woe, din

July 9, 2010

We walked four miles along a trail through the Bristlecone Pines. Our first surprise was the fact that the beautiful log visitor center with exhibits was torched by an arsonist two months after our last visit in 2008. The man was apprehended, as they say, but the damage was done. We saw bulldozers clearing rubble […]

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Wodin’s Day

July 7, 2010

Good Wodin’s Day. Nice here in Bishop, California, on Highway 395 east of the Sierra Nevada mountains. We drove to Yosemite June 2, the rental car trunk loaded with camping gear, and reached the park’s north entrance at Big Oak Flat around 1:00 pm. After signing in for our wilderness permit, required for those camping […]