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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 18, 2013 - 11:25am PT
I have my own Merced River Plan.
Go there just as much as I can.

It's my favorite place to be
At home or in Yosemite.

Falls, rapids, pool or eddy,
Keep your camera nice and steady.

You've seen a whole bunch of mine.
You should show us some of thine.

Debouch: emerge, issue, esp. from a confining place.
Love the main fork, but S. Fork is less well-known by far.
It's nice to get lucky when you set up in a spot!




neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jul 18, 2013 - 05:30pm PT
hey there say, mouse! wow, i ALWAYS loved the merced river...

keep sharing... will give me good memories of it, even more now...

god bless!'

:)
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 18, 2013 - 06:20pm PT
Thank you, neebee, for the gently done 'bump.'
I hunted through my recent files and came up with the nicest shots I could that haven't been posted as yet, Ron.


neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jul 18, 2013 - 11:23pm PT
hey there say mouse, oh my, THAT last one had not loaded yet...

i only saw the first ones...


wow, i HAVE heard of MULE deer, so NOW, WHAT'S THIS:
MOUSE deer, ;))

now i know why you put that sentence under that picture...
great lucky shot!!! a BLESSINGGGGGGGGG, :)
mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 8, 2013 - 11:49am PT
9-07-14. From the riffles above my brother's to the MID's Main Canal intake and the adjacent Crocker-Huffman Dam, the original dam in the project. Because of this dam, the Merced River remains at a constant elevation for several miles. Exchecquer Dam was built later on, when demand grew for MID water.

It then drops straight at the dam for about five or more feet. A long lake is thus created, wider than the normal river, and averaging between ten and twenty feet in depth as it debouches from the canyon it has carved.

The Gaestel family owns 55 acres along the river, some of which are under about a mile or so of the old YVRR right-of-way, which was never dredged because the railroad was a working entity at the time of the dredge activity.

As Fremont learned, it takes a gold mine to operate one. Bobby's dad is not interested, or hasn't found someone to do the digging, one.

Bob, Bobby's dad, knew my dad, Boomer. "That weenie."

Bobby and Terry, his wife, were doing maintenance on the road leading to their dock on the river as Maurice and I drove in to go fish yesterday, Saturday.In 1882 C. H. Huffman organized the Merced Canal & Irrigation Company,
and they bought out the Farmers' Canal Company. The new company began work in
1883. The first year's work was widening the first seven miles of canal and the
tunnel. In 1884 they completed about five miles of the new canal, from the upper
tunnel down to the Carmichael place. In 1885 they started the second tunnel. In
1886 practically all of the canal was completed to the reservoir, now known as
Yosemite Lake, and part of the reservoir. In 1887 the reservoir was completed
and a big celebration held. There were great expectations and a boom in Merced
property.
Mr. Huffman bought the Farmers' Canal for about $80,000, Mr. Martin
thinks. Huffman had interested William H. Crocker of San Francisco in the
project, and Crocker had financed it. Huffman had a lot of land; he was a big
grain-raiser. He acquired more land, a lot of it out towards Cressey, and in
other parts of the territory served by the canal system. Shortly after the
completion of the system the Crocker-Huffman Land & Water Company was organized,
with Huffman and Crocker the chief owners. Huffman put in his land and retained
a little more than fifty per cent of the stock of the company. The year 1888 is
familiar to all water-users under the Crocker-Huffman system, for the life of
the corporation was fifty years and the water contracts were all drawn to run to
1938.
--History of Merced County, California - Los Angeles, Calif.; Historic
Record Co., 1925

I can't finish this up right now. I need to take the grandkids fishing this morning. See ya.
For the record, Maurice caught three large rainbows yesterday from the dock.
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Sep 8, 2013 - 12:52pm PT
Happy Isles Webcam
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 9, 2013 - 02:04am PT
Old Reliable.
mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 9, 2013 - 02:35am PT
She's really cool. She's a Sagittarius, FWIW.

"What hath TM wrote?"


Here's a practical thing to have in your fishing arsenal. If you wage war on trout, it only makes sense to be as prepared as they are with local info, like the amounts of water available to conduct a campaign.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/river/mercedStages.html

This bank is prime fly-casting, especially when the hoppers are out in large numbers.

Sometimes the wind from the northwest will run your boat in too fast, so you have to turn around and approach again.

I've not had any experience other than a brief try many years ago. I'm a bait fisherman, one of the army of those Jehovah's Witnesses of the angling world.

Read Duncan's The River Why. Joe Bobber says, "Why not check it out? You might save your sole."
mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 9, 2013 - 03:20am PT
Ciao!
Mungeclimber

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Nothing creative to say
Sep 9, 2013 - 03:21am PT
That cave looks cool.

Appreciate the history, thx!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 9, 2013 - 04:25am PT

And when you are confused about the terms "left bank" and "right bank," they are used in reference to facing downstream.

So remember (and it's easy to forget, so pay careful attention)(and there are two devices, actually):
Down and out or the alternate, which I prefer, Right down the drain.

This useful mnemonic device brought to you by Tim Bermingham's Fishing Guide Service.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 9, 2013 - 08:09am PT
mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 9, 2013 - 08:50am PT

Thank you, BIOTECH! Hardly extraordinary but satisfying to know it's there for the next big flood, eh?
mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 13, 2013 - 03:23pm PT
Huh?
mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 13, 2013 - 04:45pm PT
I mean Huh!

I, too, found the thread prior to posting up a new thread. But when I tried to post a reply, I taw the message that it had possibly been deleted, etc., and that nobody could post to it any longer.

The schiz fits, so I'm wearing it on my foot.

Here are some Merced River water shots that I leted this morning (oppo of delete, see...)...

The water is in the MID Main Canal and the bridge is the Yosemite Avenue bridge. I had thought to go to Bagby to wee the low-water banks of the old Merced, but there were other things to get done today.

Manana, maybe.


The spirit of the Yosemite Avenue bird bridge is oh so potent. It's always watching you, just like you are watching the birdies, only it is more vigilant. Having Watery Eyes, as it must, it watches us guys turn into dust. Water will become increasingly rare; as for the dust, it will always be there.

There simply is no shortage of dust. It helps form choss as water dries out of it (that's one way). And we all know there is more choss than sound rock. And there are more birds than people. And there are more seeds than birds. It works out somehow to most of our benefit, that of birds, rock, water, and men and mice.

It may seem at times that there are too many humans. There are likely just the right number ALL THE TIME. We just don't seem to get it, probably.

I could do with fewer roaches, though, if I had my way.

I want to thank TT. Man, I don't know; I really just don't know, sometimes.
Paul Martzen

Trad climber
Fresno
Sep 16, 2013 - 07:09pm PT
I have a few photos and descriptions if you want to explore the lower river.

Merced Falls to Crocker Huffman diversion dam. http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/6344/

Crocker Huffman on down
http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/5042/

Here is a view of the old Exchequer dam, still in existence and still functioning to some extent, submerged behind the new dam. There is a tunnel leading down to the old dam. All the hallways and valves are still accessible even though it is usually underwater. Any water that seeps into the dam, drains out through tunnels to the river below the new dam, so the rooms don't fill up.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Exchequer_Dam


Merced River below New Exchequer Dam.
Gene

climber
Sep 16, 2013 - 07:38pm PT
Anybody have any information on the walk along the river from 140 to 49?

Thanks,
g
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 16, 2013 - 07:54pm PT
Gene,
It's prettier in the spring, it's prettiest in the morning and evening, and it's pretty flat all year long.

It's like a lot of ladies you might mention.

And no, I ain't got none of that...other than that.

I haven't been beyond a mile past Brice Burgers.

Dingus, I've considered the photos.

D (MT) = + (inf.)

Dingus, My Thanks are indescribable, probably twisted up en something other than what you or I can't fathom, and just lying there for the taking, worthless as they are, amigo.


"How do you fly that plane with no hands?"--King Arthur to the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail/the Braille Version (I think that's what was asked...I don't Braille so good anymore...might need glasses)
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 16, 2013 - 08:01pm PT
forthesakeofcompletenessandaccuracy,here:

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1954729&tn=2740

connectadot.comics
Gene

climber
Sep 16, 2013 - 08:08pm PT
+1 on the DMT pics.

Mouse,
Ive been to the very headwaters of the Merced and have walked along it from there through YV. Ive driven 140 a gazillion times but have often thought about walking the opposite side for grins. A great trip would be to go from the snow fields that spawn the Merced to its untimely death at the dams. All downhill after the first part.

g
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