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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!




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.
ß Î Ø T Ç 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.
Más fotos de la orilla sur.
Credit: mouse from merced
¿Qué es eso en el acantilado?
¿Qué 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,
I’ve been to the very headwaters of the Merced and have walked along it from there through YV. I’ve 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... :)
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 13, 2014 - 08:38am PT
No selfies allowed.
Brian from Briceburg.  I have been shirking.  I blame CosmicObama, Moo...
Brian from Briceburg. I have been shirking. I blame CosmicObama, MooseDrool, and the drought.
Credit: mouse from merced
Merced R.  El Cap ripples.
Merced R. El Cap ripples.
Credit: mouse from merced
Dead/Ripple
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFsbAuX9P4w
Merced R. canyon.
Merced R. canyon.
Credit: mouse from merced
Ribbon Fall.
Ribbon Fall.
Credit: mouse from merced
Sentinel Fall.
Sentinel Fall.
Credit: mouse from merced
Sentinel Creek.
Sentinel Creek.
Credit: mouse from merced
Upper Yosemite Fall.
Upper Yosemite Fall.
Credit: mouse from merced
Yosemite Creek.  Ice film in February.
Yosemite Creek. Ice film in February.
Credit: mouse from merced
Base of Lower Yosemite Fall, with visitors.  March 2013.
Base of Lower Yosemite Fall, with visitors. March 2013.
Credit: mouse from merced
Merced R.  El Cap ex-patriate above the Bridge.
Merced R. El Cap ex-patriate above the Bridge.
Credit: mouse from merced
Merced R.  Below the Swinging Bridge at Leidig Meadow.  Low water.
Merced R. Below the Swinging Bridge at Leidig Meadow. Low water.
Credit: mouse from merced
Merced R.  El Cap Meadow.
Merced R. El Cap Meadow.
Credit: mouse from merced
Merced R.  Just upstream from the Center.
Merced R. Just upstream from the Center.
Credit: mouse from merced
Slate Creek bridge.
Slate Creek bridge.
Credit: mouse from merced
Troubled waters need not bother you.
Just relax and let the river flow.
Merced R. canyon.  Slate Creek bridge.
Merced R. canyon. Slate Creek bridge.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 7, 2014 - 03:50am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 22, 2015 - 12:41am PT
Somewhere near the center of the universe--high water mark.
Somewhere near the center of the universe--high water mark.
Credit: mouse from merced

Credit: mouse from merced

Looking southwest from the center of the universe.  Now I know where I...
Looking southwest from the center of the universe. Now I know where I'm at.
Credit: mouse from merced

Credit: mouse from merced

Further upriver from the center of the universe. <br/>
Further upriver from the center of the universe.

Credit: mouse from merced

Bridalveil brink in the drought.  August 2015. <br/>
Bridalveil brink in the drought. August 2015.

Credit: mouse from merced

August 2013.  Upper Yosemite Fall.
August 2013. Upper Yosemite Fall.
Credit: mouse from merced

Way further down the river.
Hornitos Rd. bridge, Merced River, above the hamlet &#40;loosely-knit ...
Hornitos Rd. bridge, Merced River, above the hamlet (loosely-knit rural community) of Merced Falls.
Credit: mouse from merced

Back to the center.
Werner, where art thou?
Werner, where art thou?
Credit: mouse from merced

FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Aug 22, 2015 - 11:40am PT
Credit: FRUMY
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Aug 22, 2015 - 04:05pm PT
hey there say, mouse and frumy... great to see this on the front again... wow, these pics are just the best...

i love the merced river... thank you for doing this photography plan...


keep the river rolling, :)
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 22, 2015 - 08:58pm PT
Thank you, miss.

And Frumy, YOWZAH! THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT! Is that the venerable SToneman Bridge? Sure looks like the old river campgrounds on the other side.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 21, 2015 - 02:12pm PT
Bumptious bubbling beauty bump.
http://vimeo.com/67617279

WATER RAT'S VISION

I never tire of the Merced's water
I wish I could be a river otter
I wish I could visit there with my daughter
Or with the spirit of the late Dean Potter
Be the captain of a cruising yacht or
The generous magnate who gladly bought her
So we could all party on it like we oughter.

Sometimes, scratching my Coulda Been Itch
I envision our Valley being a Big Dammed Ditch
Holding acres and acres of smooth water which
Are cruised on by tribes named Dirtbags and Rich
While I gaze out from some tiny niche
With my Fun Companion the High Water Witch
With whom I go swimming wearing nary a stitch.
--MFM 12/21/15


No big concrete feat in this dream, only a magnificent HUGE cataclysmic rockfall to block the stream enough so there is a smooth-water, shallow lake covering the works of man, except that the Ahwahnee Hotel's upper floor rises as a reminder of what there once was.

The cliffs and waterfalls are featured in reflection each morning with no ripples or wind ruffles. It is so like a mirror that some want to name the lake Mirror Lake. This is not going to happen, simply because the new lake's level does not rise so high that the old Mirror Lake has been covered. It still sits, silted and silent, below the dark side of Half Dome. Its outfall is only a few yards higher than the new lake's surface.

There is a splendid cataract at the western end of the lake, emerging from the rockfall's debris. It has no name in my vision, and so it must not exist, while my vision has a name, and therefore it does exist. Duality is calling, a mixture of real and not real.

Don't fault me for imagining names like False Falls or Water Real Falls. I cannot help myself any more than I can for loving Yosemite.

It makes me feel sad that This Just In has no interest in climbing there, but to each his own. He's good where he is. We should all be so content.

A very merry solstice to all of you.

MFM

edition: Thank you, Stahlbro! That relfection shot on the next page is so beautiful!




StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Dec 21, 2015 - 02:18pm PT
Credit: StahlBro
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Dec 21, 2015 - 05:41pm PT
well whiskered brother, you aced this one. and stahlbro my thumb is up, my ears imagining the pattern of kerplunks as the ice shelf melts out
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Dec 22, 2015 - 10:22am PT
Thanks MFM and hooblie. New Years Day 2012.

661climber

climber
Central valley
Dec 22, 2015 - 02:26pm PT
Beautiful!
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Dec 23, 2015 - 08:31am PT
another plug for mariposa photog/blogger micheal frye
http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/

moonlight 4 frame stitcheroo
moonlight 4 frame stitcheroo
Credit: michael frye

A small storm arrived yesterday morning. It looked like it might clear before sunset, but by early afternoon it became obvious that showers would linger throughout the day. There was, however, another window of opportunity, as the two-thirds-full moon was due to set at 1:45 a.m. When the clouds started to break up around 9:00 p.m. I drove up to Yosemite Valley.

This storm was a little warmer than the previous ones, bringing mostly rain instead snow to Yosemite Valley, but in typical fashion the temperature dropped at the tail end of the storm, and I found a light dusting of snow. I arrived just before ten o’clock, almost four hours before the moon was due to set, so this was the lunar equivalent of an early-afternoon clearing, with the moon still high overhead. But there was abundant mist, and moonlight breaking through clouds, so it was quite beautiful. And the mist lingered for hours, so I stayed and kept photographing until after the moon set.

I haven’t had time to process all the images yet, but this image from Gates of the Valley is one of my favorites. It was captured around 12:40 a.m., as the moon was getting lower, and the light more interesting. I had already made a few images from this spot when I noticed the clouds breaking up a little, revealing stars. I could also faintly see a band of moonlight raking across the bottom of Cathedral Rocks and Bridalveil Fall.

The only way to capture all this with my best nighttime lens, a Rokinon 24mm f/1.4, was to stitch together a panorama. So I turned the camera vertically and captured four frames, each at 15 seconds, f/2.8, and 6400 ISO. There wasn’t time to level the tripod properly for capturing a panorama, so I just eyeballed it, using my camera’s virtual horizon to keep things straight, and leaving plenty of overlap between frames. Lightroom’s Panorama Merge had no trouble blending the images together.

It was another magical, moonlit night in Yosemite. I got home at 3:00 a.m., but it was totally worth every minute of lost sleep. I’ll post more images soon.

— Michael Frye

Credit: michael frye
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Dec 23, 2015 - 11:45am PT
I like the Merced love. Secret pools and hidden landscapes, and wildlife trying to have a world of its own. Wildlife here would include Mouse!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 23, 2015 - 12:53pm PT
Thanks, Commander McHale!
--SA Mouse
Arggh!
Arggh!
Credit: mouse from merced
Tooken in early Frebruary last year.
Yosemite Creek.
Yosemite Creek.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Sentinel Rock.
Sentinel Rock.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Merry Merced River Christmas!
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Dec 24, 2015 - 11:09am PT
You know, this delightful thread is, um, light.

Sorry.

Its light in a key ingredient. I noticed this yesterday.

I aim to do something about it today. Please standby.....

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Dec 24, 2015 - 11:40am PT
I dunno from what, and its not my plan really, but I sorta like the subject matter. Its near and dear and all that rot. I've been on a bit of a bridge binge lately, bouncing up and down the north state as fancy and time will allow. Cheap gas doesn't hurt, nawmean?

Now if it were my plan, I'd start at one end and work through to the other, telling stories along the way, in real time as it were. Just my style though, it doesn't rise to the level of a plan. Neither did yesterday. The day just sort of unfolded before me. I didn't tell it what to do. It didn't compel me either, come to think of it. It just happened.

I looked up and BAM!


I found myself at the confluence of the mighty San Joaquin and the sublime Merced Rivers. Right up there in that image, you can see exactly where they come together. There's a highway there, so its easy enough to get to.


Its really pretty. This taken on a blue sky balmy December day.


The rivers are swollen from recent rains. Just a week ago this would have been a very different picture. Its so nice to see the rivers run with some sense of urgency again.


I don't know what these bad boys are. They look like the ends of fir tree branches but that can't be right?


This is the River of Our Lady of Mercy, or Rio de Nuestra Señora de la Merced as the Spanish named it, about 100 yards upstream from its confluence with the San Joaquin River. This is pure 100% Merced. We can only go upstream from here...


Hope you don't mind my presumption here, Mouse from Merced?!
Cheers
DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Dec 24, 2015 - 11:55am PT
Aight, let's head upstream?

This is farming country.


And has been since communist farmers in the 1800s formed a commune called Merced and began pumping water directly out of the river and onto nearby fields.


Those first farmers and their progeny subsequently tamed the most productive farmland in the world.


I'm not kidding. :)


Year round crops are possible, with up to three harvests per year from the same patch of land.


Mt Oso in Stanislaus, pastoral farm fields of Merced county.


And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack...


Across the street from Ernest and Julio's place


an example of an agri-business complex so large I could not grasp it all with a single wide lens view of the camera. The Gallo Brothers, Modesto's finest imported sons, fathers to a billion dollar agribusiness empire, this but one plant in their mighty empire.


Sweet sweet Cressy


Stay in communication, I'll be back.


DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Dec 24, 2015 - 12:01pm PT
Billions of dollars, all fueled by the sins of the grape


Everyone knows wine comes from the Napa Valley. Far fewer know that MOST of it is actually from the San Joaquin Valley, like the vast majority.


All the big Napa labels have vast holdings here. But none can hold a candle to that Zeus of the wine business, Ernest and Julio Gallo.


DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Dec 24, 2015 - 12:07pm PT
So if you were to drive up River Road for a bit you might encounter this old beauty


Spanning the Merced River a few miles up from the confluence with the San Joaquin. This is the First Bridge on the Merced, as it were. Not the first built, but the first bridge going upstream.


An idyllic spot eh?


Hey this bridge is older'n me!


A stately beauty, time stands well upon her.


Even in winter, if you listen closely you can hear the echos of farm kid laughter as they jump from the ropes of yesteryear's summer...


Just over there, by that bridge.


DMT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 24, 2015 - 02:14pm PT
That's a bit of work, DMT. Thaks, and the pictures say a lot. And you're doing it precisely and with finely-tuned abandon, letting the waters carry you upstream like an old-time trapper/explorer. One more reason that you, with your fine mind an ability to get down to basics, are My Ideel.

The tribute the Merced River pays to the San Joaquin is used in ag to water the lands south of the river, some of it returning to the network upstream where Bear Creek and Owens Creek, among others south of Merced, and delivers excess irrigation water, Merced River water, into the San Joaquin, but it's not much. This probably just disappears in the dry beds of these creeks.

Here;s the Plan the County has in place.
http://www.co.merced.ca.us/pdfs/planning/generalplan/DraftGP/DEIR/6_ag_mcgpu_eir_2012_11_23fa.pdf

Were it not for the Merced Irrigation District's dams, Exchequer and McClure, and the canals which they feed, beginning at Merced Falls, this land might have not developed into such a phenomenal bread-basket.

I like to think of the flood control which these dams provide, as well. There were SERIOUS floods on the Merced prior to Exchequer's construction in the 1920s afterwards. Folks were un-ready and helpless to do anything except open flood gates, warn others along the river to get the heck out, and house the displaced wherever they could.

//Floods of 1950/USGS record//
http://pubs.usgs.gov/wsp/1137f/report.pdf

Irrigation with water from the Merced River continued to grow substantially until most of the arable land around the river, some 120,000 acres (490 km2), was under cultivation. By the late 1950s and early 1960s, irrigation in the San Joaquin Valley was to such an extent that many of the rivers ran dry in sections. Upriver of the Merced River confluence with the San Joaquin, the latter river was usually dry, only regaining flow where the Merced River enters. In the mid-20th century, the flow in the Merced River diminished to such a degree that very few salmon returned to spawn in the lower section of the Merced River. In 1991, a fish hatchery, the Merced River Hatchery, was built beside the Merced River just downstream of the Crocker-Huffman Diversion Dam, the lowermost Merced River dam. Fall chinook salmon travel up a fish ladder into the hatchery's pools, which are supplied with water diverted from the Merced River.
--Wikipedia

The sixties saw the level of Exchequer Dam raised, and Snelling no longer has a significant flood problem, but here in town I've seen some flooding since I've lived here, but not anything drastic.

There is an Army Corps of Engineers dam on most of the creeks south of Planada and north of Hwy 140 in place since the fifties and sixties that prevent flooding .

These links I'm posting take a while to read, but there's lot of beta in them.
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Dec 24, 2015 - 02:29pm PT
Continuing on upstream the next bridge is along the road to Hilmar.

So very pretty!


Somewhere down there in Merced County


Is this cool little river side park


Good to see vital supplies making the crossing! Onward chaps, ONWARD.


Merced River running brown with recent runoff.


There is a roadside memorial right here at the end of the bridge. I tip toed past it, but I did not read it. I can't bear those sorts of loads, sorry.


Its a cool old bridge


Nice surprising reminders of Fall


So I just sat there on the bench, playing with pencils and filling out the form....


DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Dec 25, 2015 - 06:46am PT
You'll have to forgive me, I wasn't interested i the freeway bridge over the Merced River at Hwy 99. I avoided it. A bit farther upstream is where Hwy 59 crosses the river.

A modern, highspeed bridge. Dunno what the old one looked like.


The river is gorgeous here


Used to be able to walk across the river without getting your trousers wet, in the old days of the salmon runs.


Gotta keep it regulated, these days


Oh sweet sweet Merced!


The bridge has powerful, sweeping lines


And looks stout




DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Dec 25, 2015 - 06:58am PT
For some reason I can't remember which bridge this is... perhaps Santa Fe over the Merced, or it could be Snelling Road. Sorry about that. Google surface is no help.









DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Dec 25, 2015 - 07:04am PT
And then I got up to Merced Falls. Arrrgh, the battery in my camera died, no way to charge it. Idiotically, I tried warming the battery in the last precious light of the golden day, but the damn thing wouldn't resuscitate.

Sh#t, Then I remembered the cell phone in me pocket! :)

You'll see why I tried so hard - these images are pretty.
















I see from the googles I may have missed a bridge or two between Merced Falls and Hwy 99. Guess I'll have to drop in again and take a peek. Upstream from Merced Falls the bridges should stay interesting.... this will have to include footbridges to be a proper study, of course. Some summit photos from Mt Clark should help too, with LeContes Leap toward the very top, as described by Clarence King.

End to end, don't you know?

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Dec 25, 2015 - 07:08am PT
For a Christmas morning I'll leave you with these patented Golden California Sunset Photos....















A good trip to the Merced. I'd like to see it in flood stage too, of course.

DMT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 25, 2015 - 02:16pm PT
For the record, the unidentified bridge is the one on the Snelling Road, or G Grade closer to town, an extension of G St. in Merced. I think it's officially called by the State Highway System J-19. It crosses from the flat plains north of Merced into dredging talus mixed in with some cattle farms and suddenly dead-ends at the road going east into Snelling.

Here is a motorcyclist heading south in the evening.
Credit: mouse from merced

Here is some of the bottom land located in what is commonly called by locals "The Big Bottom."
Just east of the Snelling Road bridge.
Just east of the Snelling Road bridge.
Credit: mouse from merced
Before it was dredged, the place looked similar to this.

And this is what the country looks like going south from the bridge, just at the top of the rise. This is what the Big Bottom folks called The Plains.
It's plain to see why we live in a golden state.  Poor Nevady.
It's plain to see why we live in a golden state. Poor Nevady.
Credit: mouse from merced
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Dec 25, 2015 - 02:51pm PT
you had me at slough! no really, 'strue. this level of share pleases the parto'me that wants to know it all

mouse, don't rat me out. high flying cranes get around don't cha know
mouse, don't rat me out. high flying cranes get around don't cha know
Credit: hooblie

this is not the one, but same make and model: our family boat saw many a mile of the delta
back in the early sixties. what a separate world between the levies, where blackbirds
and muskrats ruled the willows and canvas snaps secured the preteen from
his own imagination and otherwise unmanageable quantities of dew

Credit: hooblie

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 30, 2016 - 05:52am PT
When the family settled into living in Merced in 1961 I was twelve and my older brother was 14. He had been under Grampa Bill Bermingham's influence for most of his life and by then was a dyed-in-the-wool outdoorsman, spending many days out in the area of Snelling and Merced Falls shooting things and catching fish. That's what outdoorsmen do, right?

He later went to work for the Irrigation District and eventually purchased about twenty acres on the north side of the river, setting up a series of bass ponds in the piles of dredged rock, leveling acres of piles of cobbles, and building a beautiful house there with a large lawn extending down to the riverbank.

He is now retired and living well, but spends only enough time there (or so it seems to me) to maintain it and has a friend living there in a single-wide who takes up the slack when he isn't there. He likes to travel to hunt and fish, and his wife is kinda happy this way...she's a sweetie and I love her for loving my hard-to-love older Downstream Brother.

Myself, I prefer the higher section of river between Briceburg on Hwy. 140 and Lake McClure, and the section of the river in Yosemite Valley, especially.

Here are some shots of the Briceburg Canyon. The railroad grade on the north side of the river is maintained and a relaxing cruise. It is gated several miles downstream from Briceburg at a campground, and the rest of the run can be done by hikers to Bagby. The BLM controls things here, and the watershed lands below Bagby and just above it are run by the MID.

Feel free to make up your own captions. These were taken in Nov. of 2013, so the water level was low, low, low and remained that way the next spring.















Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Jan 30, 2016 - 06:52am PT
Looking north over the Merced river plain



You might not realize it, zooming by in your car on the way to Snelling or some such... that grassy plain down there hidden in old riparian oaks is a highway too. Humans are up on the pavement, wildlife is down there on the plain. Particularly at night, deer, coyote, an occasional black bear, cats, coons, possums, you name it, they travel the river plain in relative safety. At night and especially in winter, you can hear the coyotes howl their mournful yips.


DMT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 30, 2016 - 07:25am PT
Good morning, DMT.

Here is some of that wildlife safely protected in Briceburg Canyon, where there is no hunting allowed.

Geese and a variety of ducks and some deer.













mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 8, 2016 - 01:49pm PT
Swirls in the eddy.
Credit: mouse from merced

Credit: mouse from merced

Credit: mouse from merced

Credit: mouse from merced

The world-famous seasick boulder of Cedar Lodge.
The world-famous seasick boulder of Cedar Lodge.
Credit: mouse from merced

tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Feb 8, 2016 - 03:36pm PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 9, 2016 - 05:30am PT

The Cascades flats on the Merced River from Reed's Pinnacle area on Hwy. 120.
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