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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 22, 2013 - 08:08pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 22, 2013 - 09:50pm PT
Road trips are not much fun without a travelling companion.

Melanie Melonsugar, the hippie chick/diva from Skyline Drive, came along on the trip to SoCal in early June.

I believe the camera loves her. I certainly do.
Credit: mouse from merced
The pleasures of sightseeing.
Credit: mouse from merced
Sharing the front seat.
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Hanging on a one-arm jam watching SoCal go up in flames from I-5.
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Scanning Lily Rock for climbing parties.
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Contemplating Suicide Rock.
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Modeling for the catalog. Her favorite color is green. Go figure.
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Jul 23, 2013 - 01:33pm PT
My little brother would probably not like this going out on the internet, but he's gone. Actually, so are older sis and bro.

Golden Arrow was a San Diego Dairy and sponsored ex Our Gang guy, Johnny Downs who would dance on a pogo stick on top of Golden Arrow milk bottles in the 1950's (show was basically a cartoon show). Sadly his agility on glass does not seem to have been preserved.

Golden Arrow has trucks showing up as far away as Washington and Wisconsin, though I'm not sure it's the same outfit. Apparently they had traveling photo salesmen, just like the guy we bought our set of Encyclopedia Britannica from.

Credit: zBrown



Heeere's Johnny. If that pogo stick dance exists, I'll find it.

Credit: zBrown


Credit: zBrown
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Jul 23, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
I posted this pic last night on the dead head thread but not sure if anyone catches the significance. Looks better under zbrown's pic anyway.
Bobby, Wendy and John
Bobby, Wendy and John
Credit: Timid TopRope
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jul 23, 2013 - 01:49pm PT
Mouse you appear to have conflated knobcone and gray pine trees.

Knobcones:


They tend to stay on the tree, for years, till fire consumes the trees (or merely heats the cones) whence they open like flowers and their seeds are dispersed on the heat winds of the fire that kilt their momma.

Also I believe the knobcones only grow from the central stem, not out on the branches. I may be mistaken on that.

Lastly the range for knobcones

My experience is knobcones are more 'pinely' than gray pines.



Gray pines (the vulgar name is 'digger' pine, but it IS vulgar) often appear to be on acid. They also 'surf the slope' of steep chaparral hillsides, showing definite evidence of having slid from their original position. I've seen some that managed to stay upright and alive after moving downslope a considerable distance.

Pines on acid



The config of the cones is different, innit?

Here's a gray pine cone example


Well? What do you have to say for yourself???

:-)

DMT
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Jul 23, 2013 - 02:11pm PT
Jezuz DMT I already ran mouse through the ringer on the grey pine vs knobcone thing.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 23, 2013 - 03:02pm PT
Looks like a lesson here.
Some folks are like the knobcone cone: dense, or 2.Having the constituent parts crowded closely together.

Let's just be glad it's not some type of ROCK I'm wondering about. THAT would be fun!

But trees are a big part of mountains and are the first things we learn to climb (most of us, that is; Cosmic, for example, started out on quartz monzonite but soon switched to harder stuff.)

Bridwell started out on volcanic breccia but switched to beer.

Boingy started out learning to skip and became a world-class bouncer.
The one you've all been waiting for.  Boingy Baxter.
The one you've all been waiting for. Boingy Baxter.
Credit: mouse from merced
The Gray moves downhill. So it must be gravity, right, DMT?

Good way to remember the difference, though, the relative position on the tree of each type's cones.

I have the cone display ready, BTW.

Big trip out to the Gulch of the Indian last week, looking for bouldering on the mesas and cones out by the county line.

Upcoming.

Just want to say, rSin has left our building. It's not the first time. Good luck, but you don't need that.





Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Jul 23, 2013 - 03:41pm PT
Just to play it safe; in the future when you post a photo of a tree just say, "And here's a fine specimen of a large, woody object that caught my eye".
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Jul 23, 2013 - 05:58pm PT
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a large woody object.

A large woody object whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A large woody object that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A large woody object that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a large woody object.

goddamnittohell - I'm sure glad a pinecone and/or a milk bottle didn't fall on my head, Fred.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jul 23, 2013 - 06:29pm PT
I woke up this mornin with a large woody object in my lap.
Sorry, I couldn't resist,
Flame on!
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Jul 23, 2013 - 06:46pm PT
He's a misstra know it all (Can't resist).



Katie and son.
Katie and son.
Credit: Tobia
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jul 23, 2013 - 07:00pm PT
A handy link for a Merced-Man

http://www.yosemite.ca.us/library/cone-bearing_trees/digger_pine.html

Lol.

I'm telling you these trees ride gravity's rainbow, sometimes all the way to the canyon bottom



DMT
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Jul 23, 2013 - 07:11pm PT
Man I 'm el oh ellin 'round here zbrown and t hocking and Tobias. Can I get an amen for scooping the never published photo up-thread? My old Yosemite buddy shared it with me and is very proud of his uncle, Bobby. An unpublished photo of one of the members of the greatest band to come out of Frisco back when he was a youngin. That's right, Frisco! Say it!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 23, 2013 - 07:21pm PT
Simply unavoidable, I find this irresistible.



This is not my beautiful House!
Who objectifies women like our candidate?  I have binders of proof tha...
Who objectifies women like our candidate? I have binders of proof that he does not. Did I say that right?
Credit: bipartisancurious.com
This is not my beautiful wife!
One large Woody object, coming up!
One large Woody object, coming up!
Credit: google
You may ask yourself before climbing a large Woody object: V-7, maybe? VV-7, even?
Credit: mouse from merced
When home dairy delivery service was shelved, it served as the Producer of many more trips to the grocery for more lucky kids on bikes or boards.

Hoppy's Favorite hasn't been part of advertising content for a long while, probably.

We'd like to know before the next election for president, just who is Hoppy's favorite?
It was a danged boot jack, Windy, if you must know.  Just remember you...
It was a danged boot jack, Windy, if you must know. Just remember you're my favorite, okay?
Credit: mouse from merced


(There is no political candor involved here, nor am I referencing any trees.)

Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Jul 23, 2013 - 07:24pm PT
Appropriate that post 2222 had a picture of Woody and a boob and a Boner, not particularly in that order. What did you win? Boner, say it!
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Jul 23, 2013 - 07:27pm PT
http://www.grivas.tv/duke_and_cookie.html
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 23, 2013 - 09:32pm PT
BB West, Virginia and Boingy Baxter, and Ponderosa Productions present Glenn Campbell's favorite western ever, except for God's Gun.

Border Patrol.
1943.
Starring William Boyd and with Andy Clyde as California, a man who found a surprise in his Taco.

And a young man, playing Quinn, known in the credits as Bob "Michoacan" Mitchum.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeB70keYEow

Excellent silent tribute to William Boyd.


zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Jul 23, 2013 - 10:48pm PT
amen Timid.

old angel, young angel
feel alright on a warm [sic] SanFanFrisco night!


zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Jul 23, 2013 - 10:49pm PT
¡cuidado! de Australia

Credit: zBrown

de San Onofre

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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 24, 2013 - 12:24am PT
Go search this, the link's toooooooooooooo long: "Bear Dam mariposa county"
will provide as good a map as you need for those unfamiliar with the territory. Few are, I think. It's barren ground, cobbles abound, the opportunity for water scarce.

The area is traversed by the old Stockton-Millerton wagon route.

Waltz Rd. is the extension of South Bear Creek Drive, which runs out to the Waltz Ranch and then to the dam and vicinity. NW of the dam is a set of cone-hills, remnants of mesa which were possibly, though it's just my conjecture, eroded in floods from the glaciers of the Sierra Nevada over who knows how many years. There are dozens of these in the foothills.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
T Hawking and a hill-booby &#40;not a hill-billy&#41;.  Bird-in-the-di...
T Hawking and a hill-booby (not a hill-billy). Bird-in-the-distance flying-into-the-picture luck-out snap here!
Credit: mouse from merced
Plenty of bouldering potential, if one can get an owner to take an int...
Plenty of bouldering potential, if one can get an owner to take an interest in your hobby. I'm working on connections within the Historical Society on finding out who owns which land...seeking an invite, really.
Credit: mouse from merced
This easy approach is on the north side of Bear Creek, just a par five...
This easy approach is on the north side of Bear Creek, just a par five away from Bear Dam. It's Bear Dam, not Bear Creek Dam, as I may have called it earlier.
Credit: mouse from merced


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