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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 25, 2013 - 02:24am PT
From Larry Jones of Richmond, one of the original Apathy House (he named it this) Flames. His wife of long-standing, Barbara, passed away as I was traveling to ren-devious with T Hocking for our trip to Tom's Thumb. He has been busy taking care of business, but found time for a fun time in the Sierra Nevada.

The urn that Larry is making for his wife's cremains.  She loved horsi...
The urn that Larry is making for his wife's cremains. She loved horsies.
Credit: mouse from merced

I headed to Merced to meet up with Brian (his younger brother and wife) and Judith and we headed out for some backpacking. Looking forward to the Banner/Ritter area, but smoke from Aspen fire put a kibosh on that...so we went up into the Carson-Iceberg area and back into Long Lake. Next morning we had smoke so we hiked out. Went up on Sonora Pass and that night west wind shoved the smoke to Nevada. We hiked south on PCT until we got to a ridge that looks south across Yosemite and down into Banner/Ritter area (pic attached). We had a good time even if it wasn't what we planned.

Credit: mouse from merced
This was back in early summer.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 25, 2013 - 03:47am PT
Climbing wall at Crane Flat look-out/helitack base.  I wonder if they ...
Climbing wall at Crane Flat look-out/helitack base. I wonder if they take the holds with them when they close for winter? Ya think?
Credit: mouse from merced

The onliest photo of the Rim fire &#40;Fie on thee!&#41; that I'm gonn...
The onliest photo of the Rim fire (Fie on thee!) that I'm gonna show. This is mild. Wait till the needles fall off. This was just from the precautionary backfire at Crane Flat look-out.
Credit: mouse from merced

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 25, 2013 - 04:02am PT
The view down Schilling Road into the Merced River canyon.  It doesn't...
The view down Schilling Road into the Merced River canyon. It doesn't go all the way to the river but cuts west to Highway 49 and Bagby. Squirrel country, cow country, seldom-seen country.
Credit: mouse from merced
As I proceeded on my way back to Merced from Greeley Hill, map-less and trusting to instinct about my knowledge of the Mariposa hinterland; I left the Rev's place and took the long way home, via unknown roads, bulwarked by a good breakfast and plentiful gasoline and water and good old PLUCK. I felt cocky, yeah. It proved to be a worthwhile venture.

The view from north of the Merced River of the ridges along the river ...
The view from north of the Merced River of the ridges along the river to the south--Henness Ridge among them.

Credit: mouse from merced

View from Schilling Road of the Clark Range and south of it--definitel...
View from Schilling Road of the Clark Range and south of it--definitely not a tourist shot. It's "Old Boy School" photography. "Go where you got ta to get the shot-uh." I wish it had been a better day or time of day, really.
Credit: mouse from merced

Above Bagby looking at Lake McClure.  Where's the lake water?  That is...
Above Bagby looking at Lake McClure. Where's the lake water? That is Horseshoe Bend, where James Savage first set up in business with the then-"Diggers." If it's good fur the fur and gold business, it's good fur the Golden State.
Credit: mouse from merced

The Bagby hill going south to Mariposa on Highway 49.  Steep.
The Bagby hill going south to Mariposa on Highway 49. Steep.
Credit: mouse from merced
I encountered two weary-looking bicyclists going up this real hard-core uphill and offered them good luck and told them that they had a lot of guts. One shouted out, "That or we're just fecking stupid."

I found a beautiful little spring about half the way up that grade. I waited and waited for the cyclists. No show. On to Mariposa.

Our Merced River this morning below B-gagby.  The brown line is last s...
Our Merced River this morning below B-gagby. The brown line is last spring's waterline. Low. A set-up for a Rim fire.
Credit: mouse from merced
And the camera's battery was TOTALLY out of juice.

Just as I am.

Sweet dreams...


mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 25, 2013 - 07:10am PT
Don't look for me at the Oakdale Festival.

Won't be there.

Wayno, gonna miss seeing you--give me a call when you get into the vicinity.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 25, 2013 - 07:13am PT
OLD CALI vs HELLAFORNIA

In the forest you may hear the mouse,

But first get away from your own rank house.

Nature sings to us

One set of ears at a time,

But itís an age-old rhyme

And an even-older melody.

Coyote sings.

Kokopelli plays.

We all can dance.

While some do,

Others donít--

Instead theyíll chant some chants.

We live together with the fantasies

And we fall apart

Only when they are forgotten,

With casual-seeming ease,

Which is done constantly nowadays.

Used to be Okie-lifornia.

Times change.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 25, 2013 - 08:10am PT
Balance.
Balance.
Credit: mouse from merced

&#1585;&#1571;&#1587;&#1575; &#1593;&#1604;&#1609; &#1593;&#1602;&#157...
رأسا على عقب وإلى الوراء. "Upside-down and backwards."

Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 25, 2013 - 06:31pm PT
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1815459&msg=1816892#msg1816892

I've found him. Our friend Warren the naturalist is living over near the Rev in the Greeley Hill-Pine Mountain duburban sprawl and Jeff's doing some work for him this week--as a matter of fact, he was heading over there yesterday after I had breakfast with Denny and he...

His full name is Warren White and he has a list of achievement which sounds very impressive on Linkedwhatever, the online privacy-invader, career-enhancer website.

Warren, who bolted that pet rock for the amusement of tourons, is another heavy like the Warren-who-bolts-walls, though not nearly so famous.

I found this shot of him there.

Warren White, pet rock owner.
Warren White, pet rock owner.
Credit: mouse from merced

I'm not certain where he lives, but he and Jeff are well-acquainted since they go back so damn far, to 1971.



zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Oct 25, 2013 - 11:22pm PT
On the road again, eh?

More black and whites.

Ken & Neal counsel on the evils of cigarette smoking.




Ronnie & The Hawks counsel on the evils of Marylou. Drove that cat until he flipped his lid.







mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 26, 2013 - 05:30am PT
Mouse drove a far piece. He did indeed.

He drove thru the town of Turlock tonight at roulette hour.

Don't.

Oakdale is best approached from the south on 99 to Monte Vista and take the right. Connect to Geer Road down past the university, and turn left, and don't stop till you are in Oakdale.

Before you get to the center of town, find C Street, turn left. Then turn right after two short blocks.

You are now, or should be, at the Bianchi Community Center.

Have fun.

Tonight was a blast.

I'm going again in the morning to the doings.

My contibution to the Black and White.
The moon tonight is about in this quarter, in case you haven't seen it...
The moon tonight is about in this quarter, in case you haven't seen it.
Credit: mouse from merced
Bogus moon...the real Selene, and only half of her, just now rose around two. :)

The festival's real, though.

I hope some of you undecideds can afford ten bucks for the single day.

It would be worth it.

I wouldn't steer you wrong.

There is a vile odor of cowshid m-a-nating from manure farms just before you get into Oakdale. Take a clothespin.

The cheapest gas on 99 was in Turlock--$3.49/gal.



mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 26, 2013 - 06:00am PT
Sights on the road to Oakdale, large woody objects included.
Sights on the road to Oakdale, large woody objects included.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Sammy.  The rest stop on 99 below Turlock.
Sammy. The rest stop on 99 below Turlock.
Credit: mouse from merced
Tuolumne River water.  The oldest irrigation district in California, I...
Tuolumne River water. The oldest irrigation district in California, I think, is the Turlock ID.
Credit: mouse from merced
Weather?  In California?  In October?  The prime month?
Weather? In California? In October? The prime month?
Credit: mouse from merced
Autumnal, isn't it?
Autumnal, isn't it?
Credit: mouse from merced
It's not a catalpa, so what is it, TT?  Any clue?
It's not a catalpa, so what is it, TT? Any clue?
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 26, 2013 - 11:01am PT
Not in Missouri, but north of Turlock.
Not in Missouri, but north of Turlock.
Credit: mouse from merced

T Hocking

I had to stop and shoot this on J-19 north of Turlock.

There was some cutie named Hannah working there, would you believe?

Of coursen't.

In answer, RR has a form of Parkinson's, according to scuttlebutt. He's aware of the love. It was hard to watch the contrast between him today and him on the West Face of Sentinel when he was very much in his prime.

Looking forward, got plans to travel Hannah-wards any time soon? Please stop in on the way, if you can make the time. I want to introduce you to my pet rock.

Barney Rubble.  Quartzite, Mariposa Co.
Barney Rubble. Quartzite, Mariposa Co.
Credit: mouse from merced

zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Oct 26, 2013 - 06:15pm PT
All this time I thought it was Warren Harding you were looking for. Shoot, I coulda found the other Warren just like



that.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 27, 2013 - 02:55am PT
That's low, my bro...

Cool friends.  Mark of Merced and Mouse of Merced.  He's now in Winton...
Cool friends. Mark of Merced and Mouse of Merced. He's now in Winton, though. TOE
Credit: mouse from merced

Twenty.
Twenty.
Credit: mouse from merced
The low-down TOE is in Winton, California, minutes north of Castle Air Museum.

Tuttle progeny, his grandson &#40;Conor?&#41;, just arrived a little b...
Tuttle progeny, his grandson (Conor?), just arrived a little bit ago. Goldline is getting better-known in Oakdale, the Cowboy Capital.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 27, 2013 - 06:17am PT
Black and white.

Lynne's camera has that capability. Nice.
Credit: mouse from merced
Mr. Orvall Gholston.
Mr. Orvall Gholston.
Credit: Roger Wyan photo


Credit: mouse from merced
Mr. James Roberson.
Mr. James Roberson.
Credit: Roger Wyan photo

Big Boss Man.
Big Boss Man.
Credit: Roger Wyan photo
Big Baas Ram Dass.  Naaaaa-maste.  Peace on all you kids.
Big Baas Ram Dass. Naaaaa-maste. Peace on all you kids.
Credit: e nelson painting/MFM

Live Dead/Big Boss Man, 1989
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwqWuYMF5fE
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 28, 2013 - 09:21am PT
Credit: mouse from merced

Here'a an old negro spiritual I really like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=874NazYOqU8

It reminds me of the old Haight-Ashburrito band,

El Grupo Animar Azul.
Black and white and blue, some of the colors of the raimbow.
Black and white and blue, some of the colors of the raimbow.
Credit: mouse from merced

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 28, 2013 - 09:44am PT
A physics problem from the Bird from a summit conference/safety meeting this weekend at Oakdale.

A national socialist, a communist, and a socialist are thrown off of a rooftop at the same time. Which hits the ground first?

They all hit at the same time because they are all the same thing.

And then the conversation turned to realpolitik and his private room at the YV jail.

He said he can't go to Canada any longer, partly because of that joke.

At a Mexican restaurant for lunch, I came up with this version.

The three are a liar, an adulterer, and a politician.

Jim was a good mentor when I first showed up.

I reminded him of the cryptic advice he gave me one time: "Left side of Reed's." He explained it that if one wanted to tick a 5.10, this was a good start. Right side in on the left side, he said, is the key to success there.

I still had to figure that out for myself, but I did.

He always bucked us up. And so did Kim Schmitz.

I would like to say that Jim may have problems but he's helped me solve some of mine.

So thanks, Bird. It was great to have spent some time with you and your stories on Saturday.
Good times, good partners.
Good times, good partners.
Credit: mouse from merced

The story about your ascent with John Middendorf of the Totem Pole.
The story about your ascent with John Middendorf of the Totem Pole.
Credit: mouse from merced
On this successful ascent, our heroes drove their vehicle up the incline to shorten the approach and it go stuck in the sand. They needed to take signage down and place the board under the tires to help get traction. Some rain helped pack the sand, fortunately.

The climb itself took about four hours. The involvement with getting their ride salvaged took over five hours. And they had to lie down on the summit to keep from being observed by tribal policemen. Plus they climbed the route on the side of the tower opposite from the lookout view.

Berg heil!

Bird and two of the Herberts, I forget which ones.  The place was craw...
Bird and two of the Herberts, I forget which ones. The place was crawling with Herberts, I tell ya!
Credit: mouse from merced


phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Oct 28, 2013 - 10:59am PT
Those black musician pieces are amazing! Are they carved wood or ceramics?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 28, 2013 - 11:14am PT
They are ceramic, Phylyp. They are in a "thrif shop" down the way from me.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 29, 2013 - 02:48am PT
From banjo to light opera.

Spiel auf,Kamerade (Jean Gilbert)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40doquRNJhQ
Game on, Comrades.

And back again.

Edie Brickell, where you been?


Hello, Gypsy!

How are things in Asheville?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 29, 2013 - 10:49am PT
Christmas lights on 140 at Old Highway, Catheys Valley.
Christmas lights on 140 at Old Highway, Catheys Valley.
Credit: mouse from merced
Ready for Christmas, but the ranch is up for sale!
Ready for Christmas, but the ranch is up for sale!
Credit: mouse from merced

Hey there sleigh!

This is from WZZM in Muskegon, MI, where Santa really wants to open a seasonal branch production unit with neebee in charge, but SHE'S TOO BUSY WITH CRITTERS AND GIFTS ALL YEAR LONG AS IT IS!

Sorry, Santa Claus! You piker!

http://muskegon.wzzm13.com/news/education/63960-fruitport-mom-upset-over-song-lyrics

The Twelve Days After Christmas
(Frederick Silver)
(Not sung to the same tune as the other song!)

The first day after Christmas, my true love and I had a fight.
And so I chopped the pear tree down and burned it just for spite.
Then, with a single cartridge, I shot that blasted partridge,
That my true love, my true love gave to me.

The second day after Christmas, I pulled on the old rubber gloves
And very gently wrung the necks of both the turtle doves,
My true love, my true love, my true love gave to me.

The third day after Christmas, my mother caught the croup;
I had to use the three French hens to make some chicken soup.
The four calling birds were a big mistake,
For their language was obscene.
The five gold rings were completely fake
And they turned my fingers green.

The sixth day after Christmas, the six laying geese wouldn't lay:
I gave the whole darn gaggle to the ASPCA.

On the seventh day what a mess I found:
All seven of the swimming swans had drowned,
My true love, my true love, my true love gave to me.

The eighth day after Christmas, before they could suspect,
I bundled up the . . .
Eight maids a-milking,
Nine pipers piping,
Ten ladies dancing,
'Leven lords a-leaping,
Twelve drummers drumming
(spoken) Well, actually I kept one of the drummers(girls)
Well, actually I kept one of the maids a-milking(boys)

And sent them back collect.
I wrote my true love, "We are through, love"
And I said in so many words,
"Furthermore your Christmas gifts were for the birds!"
(echo of "four calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves
and a partridge in a pear tree.)
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