Tuesday, August 17, 2004
3:50 pm pdt
This week I have been doin' work down in the Alabama Hills out of Lone Pine. The sky was terrific
with storms yesterday, so I brought my camera today. The lighting wasn't nearly as cool!
Mt. Whitney, 14,494'
The Alabama Hills
On the way home, I spotted a large herd of wild burros south of Aberdeen . I snuck out
to them for a photo, only to discover that they expect people to feed 'em. As soon as they noticed me, I was mobbed
and nuzzled for treats by a half dozen of the braver burros. I petted a couple, but they made me a little nervous, as
they did not behave at all like properly wild animals. I got lots of up close pics, but this one turned out nice.
Note the little hill in the center background. It is called red hill, and it is a perfect volcanic ant-hill cinder cone,
a pile of that red lava rock you buy down at the garden shop for your driveway:
Sunday, August 15, 2004
2:21 pm pdt
Thunder and lightning , and snow in the high country!
While tromping around along the creek this morning, I happened upon a small deer carcass surrounded
by what appeared to be large cat tracks in the soft sand. They appeared to small to be couger, however. The deer
kill was kinda old, too, but the tracks were fresh. I betch'a 'twas a scavenging fox that left the tracks.
I also discovered what looked suspiciously like a couple of pot plants. I find the most interesting things
when iyam just poking around......
Sunday, August 1, 2004
2:41 pm pdt
Been a slow week here, iyam recovering from some nasty summertime cold that requires
me to sleep half the time. But, I did get out a little bit!
The annual Toulumne Road Camp Party on Friday was a blast. This by-invitation event
in the high country was a huge sucess. Johnny and the Tresspassers played blue-grass and bluesy dead-zeppelin riffs
all night, and we all danced our butts off on that uneven rocky dance floor. Word is they may be the opening band
at Tuff Rock this fall. Totally exhausted, I did not even try to face the peaks, but drove home and slept for a full
Today after a slow start and some guitar strummin', I decided my lazy self needed punishing,
so I ran up the Pine Creek Trail to the lake and back. I took these pics, but my batteries died before I got to the
lake- too sad!
this cascade is just below the first lake
this little peak is just above the trail before the lake. There is an incredible amount of
reasonably acessable rock up Pine Creek! Most of it is unexplored and of reasonable quality.
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Disclaimer The opinions offered here
are mine. I believe that sucsess on the peaks depends on trusting yourself. If you do not have a trusting relationship
with your body and mind, or if you are not sure, or if you are unwilling to provide the commitment, then you should probably
stick with sport climbing and such. To the mountain ecosystem, you are only a rich supply of nutrients, so step carefully!