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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.

Released from gravity's tug, the river enters the plains at Merced Fal...
Released from gravity's tug, the river enters the plains at Merced Falls.
Credit: mouse from merced
Debouch: emerge, issue, esp. from a confining place.
Merced South Fork at Wawona picnic area.
Merced South Fork at Wawona picnic area.
Credit: mouse from merced
Love the main fork, but S. Fork is less well-known by far.
Just up from El Cap Bridge.
Just up from El Cap Bridge.
Credit: mouse from merced
It's nice to get lucky when you set up in a spot!




Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jul 18, 2013 - 11:54am PT
Nice "shots" Mustelid!
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

Trad climber
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 boat is vintage 1946, two years older than I.
The boat is vintage 1946, two years older than I.
Credit: mouse from merced
Bobby Gaestel, tour guide and pilot and native Mercedian.
Bobby Gaestel, tour guide and pilot and native Mercedian.
Credit: mouse from merced
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.
Merced River below Merced Falls, north bank.
Merced River below Merced Falls, north bank.
Credit: mouse from merced
Bob Gaestel, Maurice Simon, and one of the six Gaestel shorthairs.
Bob Gaestel, Maurice Simon, and one of the six Gaestel shorthairs.
Credit: mouse from merced
The Crocker-Huffman Dam.  This serves as a starting level for the MID ...
The Crocker-Huffman Dam. This serves as a starting level for the MID Main Canal, built in the 1880's.
Credit: mouse from merced
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.
Rainbow one, you're on!
Rainbow one, you're on!
Credit: mouse from merced
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
Credit: mouse from merced
Old Reliable.
Upstream from the dock, Mariposa County up there.
Upstream from the dock, Mariposa County up there.
Credit: mouse from merced
Looking downstream.
Looking downstream.
Credit: mouse from merced
At the first bend, egrets, Book and End.
At the first bend, egrets, Book and End.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 9, 2013 - 02:35am PT
We knew they would flee before they knew they were going to.
We knew they would flee before they knew they were going to.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Though they seem to be heading for this tree with the rope dangling, t...
Though they seem to be heading for this tree with the rope dangling, they ended up flying further downstream.
Credit: mouse from merced
South bank cruising at a slow troll.
South bank cruising at a slow troll.
Credit: mouse from merced
Buckeye tree.
Buckeye tree.
Credit: mouse from merced
La Cava de la Nuestra Senora de la Merced.
La Cava de la Nuestra Senora de la Merced.
Credit: mouse from merced
Más fotos de la orilla sur.
Ms fotos de la orilla sur.
Credit: mouse from merced
¿Qué es eso en el acantilado?
Qu es eso en el acantilado?
Credit: mouse from merced
Do you mean this hole, SA?
Do you mean this hole, SA?
Credit: mouse from merced
No, amigo.  La senora!
No, amigo. La senora!
Credit: mouse from merced
Ho, man!
Ho, man!
Credit: mouse from merced
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

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 9, 2013 - 03:20am PT
Who's this and what's he have in his talons?  Looks like an osprey and...
Who's this and what's he have in his talons? Looks like an osprey and prey.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
He held in a tree for a little bit (or bite).  Then he flew off again.
He held in a tree for a little bit (or bite). Then he flew off again.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Ciao!
This is the location of the cave, etc., on the south bank, +/-.
This is the location of the cave, etc., on the south bank, +/-.
Credit: GE
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
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
Crocker-Huffman Dam; MID diversion into Main Canal; trout farm; dredge...
Crocker-Huffman Dam; MID diversion into Main Canal; trout farm; dredge piles; in short, the hand of man all over the place.
Credit: mouse from merced
Surprise, surprise!!  Silly geese!!
Surprise, surprise!! Silly geese!!
Credit: mouse from merced
What, me share?
What, me share?
Credit: mouse from merced
We'll see about that when I catch you!!
We'll see about that when I catch you!!
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced

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
The Crocker-Huffman Dam.  This serves as a starting level for the MID ...
The Crocker-Huffman Dam. This serves as a starting level for the MID Main Canal, built in the 1880's.
Credit: mouse from merced
Must be a real trial living here with noisy geese.
Must be a real trial living here with noisy geese.
Credit: mouse from merced
MID's Main Canal begins behind the log boom.  The home here is used by...
MID's Main Canal begins behind the log boom. The home here is used by the canal tender, I assume.
Credit: mouse from merced
"Floaters" could mean a Joseph Wambaugh novel or goose feathers combin...
"Floaters" could mean a Joseph Wambaugh novel or goose feathers combined with water weed.
Credit: mouse from merced
Seriously silly drill.
Seriously silly drill.
Credit: mouse from merced
Right bank of the Crocker-Huffman dam.
Right bank of the Crocker-Huffman dam.
Credit: mouse from merced
The area called by Bobby "the bass pond."  Immediately before getting ...
The area called by Bobby "the bass pond." Immediately before getting to the Crocker-Huffman dam. Right bank.
Credit: mouse from merced
Left bank of the dam.
Left bank of the dam.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 9, 2013 - 08:50am PT
Swallows' nests.
Swallows' nests.
Credit: mouse from merced
Fixed rope.  Whaddya know?
Fixed rope. Whaddya know?
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Don't tell me the Mi-Wok and Yokuts left this place willingly when the...
Don't tell me the Mi-Wok and Yokuts left this place willingly when the whites came and dispossessed them.
Credit: mouse from merced
Another shot of the Lady's Cave.
Another shot of the Lady's Cave.
Credit: mouse from merced
Time to head back.  This boat motor has a tiny tank, and the bladder n...
Time to head back. This boat motor has a tiny tank, and the bladder needs to be re-filled, too.
Credit: mouse from merced
Passing in review.
Passing in review.
Credit: mouse from merced
Bobby's mother loves this tree, the way the branch is supported by and...
Bobby's mother loves this tree, the way the branch is supported by and then drops its dead-fall on the clifftop.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Someone's glad Bobby's back!
Someone's glad Bobby's back!
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Fish on!
Fish on!
Credit: mouse from merced
And another one for Maurice.  Three total for the day.
And another one for Maurice. Three total for the day.
Credit: mouse from merced

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

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

Trad climber
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.

"Newcastle-on-Tyne water, not Merced-on-the-Merced water," said Mister...
"Newcastle-on-Tyne water, not Merced-on-the-Merced water," said Mister Ced.
Credit: mouse from merced
Nasty oiliness on nice wateriness.
Nasty oiliness on nice wateriness.
Credit: mouse from merced
It's money in the canal bank.  A totally liquid asset.
It's money in the canal bank. A totally liquid asset.
Credit: mouse from merced
He- or she-ron.
He- or she-ron.
Credit: mouse from merced
Glide to see ya.  Come back sometime. <br/>
Glide to see ya. Come back sometime.

Credit: mouse from merced
Turns out that I came back for more.
Turns out that I came back for more.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Second time around there were two of these cespitose creatures.
Second time around there were two of these cespitose creatures.
Credit: mouse from merced
But only one of them obliged by roosting where I could see him or her,...
But only one of them obliged by roosting where I could see him or her, he or she. The other hid behind the tree.
Credit: mouse from merced
Un petit oiseau.
Un petit oiseau.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced

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.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Sep 16, 2013 - 02:47pm PT
For your consideration, taken on Friday the 13th...

















Capice?

DMT
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
The top of Exchequer Dam shows above the low reservoir level.  Photo t...
The top of Exchequer Dam shows above the low reservoir level. Photo taken from atop New Exchequer Dam on the Merced River.
Credit: Paul Martzen


Merced River below New Exchequer Dam.
Merced River below New Exchequer dam.
Merced River below New Exchequer dam.
Credit: Paul Martzen
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
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 16, 2013 - 10:41pm PT
Downhill's a bitch, of course, with bad knees.

Wingsuit!

Die fledermaus!
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Sep 16, 2013 - 11:34pm PT
"How do you fly that plane with no hands?"--


I would suggest that the plane was being flown with hands, whilst the camera was sitting on a tripod.

Either that or someone went missing after spotting an active shooter and all the flight planning and execution was handled via telework.

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1664131&msg=1664131#msg1664131

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 17, 2013 - 03:23am PT
DaMightT,

Back atcha.

Diablo-Cam at 7:37 Monday a.m.
Diablo-Cam at 7:37 Monday a.m.
Credit: mouse from merced
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Sep 17, 2013 - 07:12am PT
I'd up you with a New Jersey sunrise but luckily I did not witness it.

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Sep 21, 2013 - 10:27am PT
Downtown Merced
Downtown Merced
Credit: Dingus Milktoast

Nawmean?

DMT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 21, 2013 - 11:29am PT
Favorite restaurant in Rancho Mirage, on a visit to grandmere...my Jer...
Favorite restaurant in Rancho Mirage, on a visit to grandmere...my Jersey City sunshine gal now lives in Brooklyn.
Credit: Bevin Barbara
She gnaws a mean rib!

She's a lawyer, knows what you mean before you might.

Like Lilabiene, she's oh so sunshine bright.

Two East Coast gals of whom I would like to see more.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 22, 2013 - 02:19am PT
The 1948 Merced River at one time...
The 1948 Merced River at one time...
Credit: AnamsAdelEstudios

Nobody does better than Adsell.

We can only dilletate, imitate, and seal our fate
As wannabes.

The 1948 Merced River as it appeared in April, 2013.
The 1948 Merced River as it appeared in April, 2013.
Credit: mouse from merced
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Sep 22, 2013 - 11:15am PT
Nice pics. Some of that rock looks worth climbing... if it weren't for all the snakes and poison oak.
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Technically...the spawning grounds of Yosemite
Sep 22, 2013 - 05:36pm PT
So when ya comin' out to visit?!!! :D
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 22, 2013 - 07:09pm PT
Lilabiene, sooner or later, hopefully the former.

Mechrist, sooner or later I'll run into a snake which can harm or I may get into some PO and regret it, but I haven't yet this year and until I do, I'm not gonna lose sleep over these things. I have enough of a problem with insomnia as it is!

Thanks to you both for your concern.

Cloud bearing rain&#40;?&#41; for the Central Sierra Nevada in June.  ...
Cloud bearing rain(?) for the Central Sierra Nevada in June. Bridgeport, Mariposa Co., not in the Merced R. drainage.
Credit: mouse from merced

The Lord will hold us in his hands when we include him in our plans.



zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Sep 22, 2013 - 10:40pm PT
Well,

the river kept on rolling

and ...

never heard a word it's said


neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Aug 3, 2014 - 09:20pm PT
hey there say, mouse... WOW, glad you got this back from being lost...

always loved this!!!
thanks... :)
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