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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Dec 12, 2012 - 07:30pm PT
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DMT
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Dec 12, 2012 - 07:31pm PT
Credit: Gross
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 12, 2012 - 09:18pm PT
I love the photos, y'all! Thank you for sharing!

Z ... did you take that one?! Freakin' adorable.

Dingus... "Want Sushi?!?!" Ummmmmm ... YES. Very much so. (damn it) ;)
PS: I LOVE the railroad track photo... love it. I have a thing for trains, ever since I was a kid. My father did HO scale model trains for YEARS. I loved his art work.

2009 <br/>
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2009


Credit: Leggs
Train in Marana
Train in Marana
Credit: Leggs

Oh, and music... I was born to sing. :) (I LOVE this song... it speaks to me)


Enjoy Life!
peace~Leggs
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Dec 12, 2012 - 10:11pm PT
The bear cubs are due to Gross. Found them in an Idaho archive I stumbled upon. Here's a couple others I liked from the collection.

Horseshoe Bend

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Hagerman Cone

Credit: zBrown
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 13, 2012 - 08:41am PT
Sunsets steal my heart away, t*r... I've missed you, lovely lady! Thank you for sharing the joy!

Here is a sunset photo from the other night... not so pretty, but I've been wanting to take photos of this structure, with the sun coming thru, and I happened to capture this while driving...
Steel Sunset <br/>
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Downtown Tucson
Steel Sunset

Downtown Tucson
Credit: Leggs

Z ... LOVE the Tracks and hills in the background! It's the Hobo in me. Great photo share. Thank you!

Dingus... Safe travels to the Windy City. Have MORE sushi and continue to make me jealous. ;) PS: Are the pups those of your daughter in Southern California?! Incredibly cute! ~LM


Enjoy Life!

~peace... Leggs
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Dec 13, 2012 - 09:26am PT
Pups belong to Sammy, one of my close-by daughters. They are cute esp considering they're chihuahuas.

Don't wanna go to Chicago. Just want to curl up in a ball and wait for the cold cruel world to pass me by.....

DMT
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 13, 2012 - 09:38am PT
Just want to curl up in a ball and wait for the cold cruel world to pass me by....

I will not allow THAT to happen, DMT. Nope. Reminder... Listen to some Jimmy Buffet. ;)



~peace... Leggs
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Dec 13, 2012 - 11:01am PT
A quick thought about trains.....

The town of Modesto, in the San Joaquin valley, was born as a farming community along the railroad. Like a lot of railroad towns its old town grew up around the tracks. This being California, and the valley, white folks on the east and north side of the tracks, hispanics on the south and west.

Tracks right down the middle of 9th street.

Right up until the day I left for Sacramento, trains daily, pushed through town. This side rail served Gallo wineries massive warehouse, and other rail customers. It was very slow moving as cars were being tagged to the end of it from various rail customers as they built their train.

The train would block traffic and split 9th street down the middle, 2,3 days a week. It would be there for a while, always moving but sometimes quite slowly.

So I worked a small business on one side of the tracks. Favorite lunch spot was on the other. One day I invited a potential customer to lunch, and said 'we can walk' forgetting momentarily about the train.

We walked two blocks and sure enough, the train was lurching through town. I pointed to our destination through the gap between two cars, explains we couldn't get there and suggested some other place. I also added I normally just 'hopped the gap' as it were, jumped through the moving train and went about my business.

My client was a big man, fat even. A waddler. But he wasn't without some grit... and apparently he liked Mexican food because he was adamant he wanted to go to THAT RESTAURANT.

So this is how I found myself, in a suit and tie, accompanied by a waddling fat man also suited up, hopping a freight train in downtown Modesto. I clambered up onto the hitch, stabilized, grabbed the hand ladder then helped my fat friend up too. Jeez he almost pulled me off, good thing I have climbers forearms.

By the time he'd got up on the hitch we'd moved maybe 20 feet. I showed him how to clamber down the other side and he did that wish some grace actually; another 10 feet down the tracks.

We emerged on the correct side of 9th street, and there, there was one of Modesto's finest, sitting on a motorcycle, aiming a bemused look in our direction. We sauntered right past him as he was parked in front of the restaurant.

"It really IS that good." He said to my companion, as we passed in front of him. That was all he said, but he had a grin on his face.

We sported grins too, as we walked inside and felt the lunch time heat wave of customers, tacos and salsa.

What a great inconvenience, that train. I loved it. I bet I jumped it 50 times or more!

DMT
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Dec 13, 2012 - 01:24pm PT
The view from the Marina Grill, North Vancouver.
The view from the Marina Grill, North Vancouver.
Credit: Jim Brennan
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 13, 2012 - 01:31pm PT


Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 13, 2012 - 01:39pm PT
Dingus... I love this. Thank you for sharing your thoughtful words and experiences.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, my father was an HO scale model train hobbyist. Living in Roseville, CA for nearly 10 years, home of what was once the largest Train Yard (is it still?!?!) my father thought it would be a brilliant idea to teach me to drive in the train yard! Kind of a blast. His method for teaching me how to drive in reserve? Position our Ford 250 Diesel over the tracks and have me back up... forever... with the tracks "perfectly straight" under the truck. (Good method, I must say.)
Also, living in Roseville, I'm fairly certain I could have given my own guided tours of the California Railroad Museum as it was THE field trip spot in school. Good times.

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Roseville Train Yard

Credit: Leggs
Roseville Train Yard #2
Roseville Train Yard #2
Credit: Leggs
Railroad Museum, Sacramento, CA
Railroad Museum, Sacramento, CA
Credit: Leggs
Railroad Museum
Railroad Museum
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Enjoy Life!!

~peace~


Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 13, 2012 - 01:45pm PT
Holy sh#t, Jim... that is an AMAZING PHOTO!!! Smiling from ear to ear ... thank you so much for sharing!

I miss sailing so much! (so much) Hell, I miss water, period.

Kath! You kill me, in the best of ways! (I will be downloading Day of the Dead photos this weekend, I swear! You must see them.)

Enjoying Life this weekend = House-sitting on the far west side of Tucson with two of my favorite Min Pins, a fire pit, a spa, a very short drive to my boulder for sunsets, and a TV system I have no chance of understanding.

~Loving life... Leggs

Edit: Kath... now that "tune" is stuck in my curly head! I thank you. ;)
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 13, 2012 - 02:46pm PT
Sista. . . it's stuck in my head, too!

HA!

Here's some ENJOYMENT from my very own, private NordicCenter:

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YAY!
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 13, 2012 - 04:26pm PT
Wide Open Spaces make me happy! I love the photos, Kath... esp the POV shot of your boot and ski. ( I wanna cross country ski!) (Is that a cross country ski?!) (It's been high school since I've seen one, you need to learn me!)

~xoxoxo
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 13, 2012 - 04:56pm PT
Yeah. . . those are cross country, or Nordic skis. . . the kind that belong in machine groomed tracks. . . doing a thing called the Diagonal Stride:

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These days you hear it called "Classic" skiing. . . personally I hate that. . . it's the diagonal stride. . . plain and simple. . .

:-)

. . . as opposed to skating. . . also done on machine groomed snow - without the deep grooves:

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That was a pretty simple comparison. . . I could go on and on and on about the differences, but I'll save that for when you come to Montana and we spend a WEEK learning it all ON SNOW!

:-)



Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 13, 2012 - 05:27pm PT
You make my heart skip beats, Kath!!! ~xoxoxo
(Montana, I cannot WAIT to visit you!)


Here are the Min Pins, Karma and Phoebe
Karma
Karma
Credit: Leggs
Phoebe
Phoebe
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They had me at "Hello"

~Enjoy Life~

~peace, Leggs
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Dec 13, 2012 - 05:51pm PT
Speakin' of trains

Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 13, 2012 - 09:02pm PT
hahhahahahhaha, Z... that video was rad! And the guitar ripped! I'm super pumped for rehearsal tonight now! Thank you!

Ohhh yes... trains.

Redlands, CA
Redlands, CA
Credit: Leggs
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The tracks downtown

photo by the brilliant A. Chapin ~ Don't Dare Move Photography
Credit: Leggs
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It was bound to happen. High heels and I don't get along.

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Credit: Leggs

~Peace!

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Dec 13, 2012 - 09:07pm PT
My dad loved trains too and one of my great but simple pleasures in life was to take him and my mom, with their grandkids, to play at the Sacramento train museum :-)

Been in there a dozen or more times myself. Bet I could give you a run for your tour guide money, Lisa Mae.

DMT
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 13, 2012 - 09:09pm PT
I hopped a freight one time, in Dunsmuir and got off in Roseville. . . hell, had I seen that aerial shot of the yard, before hand, I mighta shined it! I was too ScareDeeCatted to jump off the sucker while it was still moving (had on a huge pack full of climbing gear) and ended up having to walk through that whole yard. . . you wanna talk ScareDeeCat?

WHAT A PLACE!

Plus, it was 110F.

YIKES!

Screeeeeeeeeeeeeeechin' hot. . .all that steel . . .the smell of rust was overwhelming.

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeKat
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