Trip Report
Smoke and Flames--Touron from Merced
Sunday August 3, 2014 7:46pm
One morning, I woke up, and....Rejoice! Rejoice!
Where are you going now, Mr. Mouse?
What you do, what you see,
Sooo depends on where you go, don’t it?
Tryin’ my best to get around...

It was a Beautiful Day, Sat., Aug. 2, ‘14. What else can I say? It was a summer’s day in the heat, though, and not a winter’s day in the rain. And I was not alone in a gilded cage but in a YARTS bus and a ‘97 hatchback. Fortunately, for both of us, I connected with a citizen of Venice (the one in California, not Italy) named Daniel, driver of the hot ‘97 and a first-time visitor to Yohamite. I made it a point to talk like an Ahwahneechee by using the original names, not the white man’s weak sauce nomenclature. He dug it.

Last year it was the lovely Ayshegul from Ankara whom I met on a YARTS bus and escorted on her maiden visit. I’m getting to be an unofficial guide--and these folks are getting such a deal. What really makes it fun, in part, for both parties is the spontaneity. No reservations, no schedules, no cash exchange, just good will and authentic sharing of joy. You might recall having performed similar guiding services, I’m sure, be it with climbing acquaintances, your kids, and even total strangers, which is the case here.

An aside from the main story--
I thought here lately I wasn’t having fun with myself.
The past reminded me of what I am not now.

Remember when you first started to roam the hills, climb the crags, or camp with ferriners and n00bs in the climbing camp, and things just fell into place a lot of times? That’s what I’m talkin’ about. You go out for a day with these cats it makes for memories for a lifetime, especially for first-time visitors, for whom the event is a watershed, an eye-opener; and for the guide, who can rest assured he’s doing what he can to help this dewd, or some slick city-kitty (how often does THAT happen, though, really?) to learn some ethics, some awareness, and some attitude.
And that’s forever.
Don’t make it hard.
Friday evening I felt pretty lonely and posted to ST more rowdily than I do normally.
That’s what I had to do.
I got an answer this morning—gonna fly away, nothing to lose.
It’s not Thursday, but it is Saturday.
And I decided that morning to ‘make my bird,’ come what may, smoke be damned (I’m asthmatic and can even spell it), any altitude variations I can tough out. And I did.
Doo doo doo doot doot doo doo doot


Daniel is‘easy’ as in easy-going.

Daniel is loaded with attitude.

Daniel gets loaded.

Daniel has a car.

I am also easy-peasy.

I have attitude as well.

I get loaded, too.

I needed a ride to Glacier Point if he was going there and he was. We both had stash. A time to gather stoners together, you might sing.

I had come up on the YARTS bus from Merced at 7:00 a.m. and gotten off at the Visitors’ Center shuttle stop at 9:45.

We met each other in front of the Village PO. I had been Degnan’s-watching, playing a game to see could I tell the tourons from the locals. And taking pictures, of course. I invited him to set on one of the stumps and take a break. He looked relieved.

He sat. We chat.

He’d spent the night in his car in Mariposa. He knew nothing much about the Park, except he had reservations in ‘Mr. Poser’ last fall when the Park shut down, leaving him high and dry like a lot of others, losing his deposits, a chance to vacation with his lady, etc. Live, learn, try again.

We sat and smoked in front of the PO. Nobody said nothin’. We grooved and then moved.

It was a good day, a unique day, a beautiful day.

By the time we got to Woodstock, we were...
Where WAS I? Oh, yeah, butterflies above our nation of white supremacy... No, wait...

This was one of the travelin’ songs I recall from hot days in the Merced Canyon, truckin’ down to the flats to be THERE instead of WHERE WE LIVED. Days interrupted by nekkid swimmin’ in the river to cool down, smoke a jay, take it slow. We’ll get there when we get there. GREAT TIMES in a converted bread truck or in an Econoline van, back then.

And so, like me and my friends used to do in the olden days, Daniel and I traveled by stages to Glacier Point, making a long stop at the Bridge, meeting Eric Bissel, taking pictures, and jiving. We decided on Lynnard Skynnard as travelin’ boogie.

We stopped once to look over the valley to Forresta and check out the char on the hillside above it—the El Portal fire. The pictures you are seeing are of smoke (no Flames) is why they’re dim, not clear. Is that OK? Did the best that I could, Big Mike.

We even golfed at various locales on this drive, Daniel having taken the game up one more time a few years ago. The courses included Washburn Point (blue tees) and Glacier Point. I waved at the Sierras with the driver, but wasn’t too eager to make a complete fool of myself by trying to hit a ball. I deferred to Daniel and disqualified myself. I have too many handicaps.

We stopped about half an hour at Washburn. Daniel got out a Callaway driver and a bag of ‘rocks.’ He made a few poor shots, but he didn’t ask for a Ginsberg. Then he tagged a Pinnacle right at Vernal Fall! It was a beautiful drive on a beautiful day on a beautiful course by a beautiful person. What else can I say?

We parked in the VERY FIRST SPOT at the Glacier lot! In all that MADNESS! Daniel has a handicap, see, wouldn’t you just know it? We did the Touron Trot out to Glacier, greatly shortened by the parking adwantage, and which meant taking pictures for me and finding another spot to tee off for Daniel, talking with the occasional native, and apologizing to the occasional Canadian for asking to take his photo,

This Canadian lad was delighted to have me take his photo. He was young, but he said that having someone request his photo had been a long time coming I told him to be proud to be a Canadian in America. He said, in all seriousness, “Peace.”

Daniel had some snacks in Wawona at the golf shop while I watched traffic on Hwy 41 and took pictures, mainly flowers. We’d hit the Wawona Store,--yogurts and a beer for me--but he needed a hamburger, so he sought out the pro shop, but they only had five buck hot dogs. None of that shite for sodium-free me, thanks--I’ll be here at the car taking pictures, Daniel.

And so we headed down to the Valley at 5:00 and I had a beer and some Danish in the Lodge’s Food Court and awaited the 6:00 p.m. YARTS bus. When it got there, I said goody-bye and went to the bus.

There was Ron Kauk, Nature Boy in the flesh, the cat who’s back yard saw the beginning of the El Portal Fire. You talk about the circle being closed...

The main prompt for my going to Yosemite on Saturday was to check out the plume of smoke I saw from my window at 6:00 a.m. Paranois strikes deep. I feared that it might be another conflagration besides the El Portal fire. But I was relieved to find out the finger of fate wasn’t too awfully fickle today. It was more...precise.

Everything fell right into place. Including Daniel’s tee shot from Glacier Point: right down the middle and into the Ditch someplace.

A hole in one, like. I seem to have put things in motion and walked up to the cup and drew out my Pinnacle of bus trips, man!

I guess I’m buying a round at the Nineteenth Nervous Break Down tonight. The Orange Orchard is on me!

I feel like I’ve been here before, having had this experience. Again.

This is chapter book territory, kids; and old farts, who never HEARD of chapter books until THEIR kids were raisin' their own kids, there are five chapters.

1. The approach via YARTS.
2. Tourons and Degnan's watching.
3. The Bridge.
4. The Washburn Point Country Club & Golf Course.
5. The descent.

Note: Due to other commitments, WBraun does not appear here. He is rumored to have disappeared, in fact, in a puff of smoke. Vanished. I'm wondering how much of the smoke in the Ditch was from his birthday cake.

APPROACH.
Not every stop's planned for a poet and a one man band.
Not every stop's planned for a poet and a one man band.
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Merced TRanspo, 7 a.m.  TR to TR in 14.5 hrs.
Merced TRanspo, 7 a.m. TR to TR in 14.5 hrs.
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Amtrack station picking up some irate Canadians.  We were two minutes ...
Amtrack station picking up some irate Canadians. We were two minutes late, Jocko! BFD.
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The Highway 140 bridge over the BNSF track opened this Saturday, and i...
The Highway 140 bridge over the BNSF track opened this Saturday, and it made me cry. The difference is like...the difference between me and Whitemeat.
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View from the bridge (not THE Bridge.)
View from the bridge (not THE Bridge.)
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Entering the outskirts of Catheys Valley.
Entering the outskirts of Catheys Valley.
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Just beyond Catheys Valley the smoke was noticeably notable.
Just beyond Catheys Valley the smoke was noticeably notable.
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No comment from the NPS in Mariposa.
No comment from the NPS in Mariposa.
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Going to the Sun Sidehill Lie.  The Creator uses a Pinnacle ball, Jesu...
Going to the Sun Sidehill Lie. The Creator uses a Pinnacle ball, Jesus is a Dunlop kinda guy, real old school, and the Holy Ghost uses Top-Flite #3 exclusively. They had an ideal tee time, 8:30. Sister Golden Hair Surprise was their looper gal. Threes
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Peaks in the El Portal district follow.
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This means choppers in the river watering up.  The cones lasted to pas...
This means choppers in the river watering up. The cones lasted to past Crane Creek, all through most of El Portal.
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A bit of a CF at the 'central' bus stop at the El Portal History Center, caused by a shutdown of the Barium Mine access. Our driver had to back and fill, and the sheriffs had to move their donut-chewing cheeks. The NPS representative was a sweetheart, though.
WTF?
WTF?
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Fattrad's cousin Flattrad.  He's a 'glazed' kinda guy, with sprinkles.
Fattrad's cousin Flattrad. He's a 'glazed' kinda guy, with sprinkles.
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Well, I tried to tell 'em.  They been out here a while and they ain't ...
Well, I tried to tell 'em. They been out here a while and they ain't the sharpest tacks in the drawer anyways.
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The tree guys were sawing logs.  Oblivious.
The tree guys were sawing logs. Oblivious.
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At least the tree surgeons were out of the way.
El Portal gas pumps.
El Portal gas pumps.
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Cones again.  We saw not a single chopper.  Probably too early for the...
Cones again. We saw not a single chopper. Probably too early for them.
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Parkline from "Yosemite View Lodge."  What Yosemite view?  Parkline Sl...
Parkline from "Yosemite View Lodge." What Yosemite view? Parkline Slab? RIP!!
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Sorry.  You'll have to figure this one out for yourself, SC Seagoat.  ...
Sorry. You'll have to figure this one out for yourself, SC Seagoat. :0)
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The Mighty Merced River, some vicious rapids.
The Mighty Merced River, some vicious rapids.
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Really FAST rapids!
Really FAST rapids!
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Tourons above Arch Rock, near the Cookie.
Tourons above Arch Rock, near the Cookie.
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Bridge at Cascade Creek.
Bridge at Cascade Creek.
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Chapel Meadow.
Chapel Meadow.
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TOURONS. DEGNAN'S SOOO0-WATCHING.//
The mall in front of the Visitors' Center shops in the Village reminde...
The mall in front of the Visitors' Center shops in the Village reminded me vaguely of Venice Beach, without the huge crowds.
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Irony in action on a smoky day in the Ditch.
Ixnay on the oaks may.
Ixnay on the oaks may.
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The clearest view of Half Dame/Tissyack that anybody had on Saturday.
The clearest view of Half Dame/Tissyack that anybody had on Saturday.
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"This whole thing is your fault."  "My fault?"  "Yes, your fault."  "W...
"This whole thing is your fault." "My fault?" "Yes, your fault." "Well whose fault is THAT?"
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Tourissa and Tourette.
Tourissa and Tourette.
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Tourons didn't make a right.  They got lost on the MALL!
Tourons didn't make a right. They got lost on the MALL!
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Arrowhead Arete, the gem in the choss.
Arrowhead Arete, the gem in the choss.
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Degnan's, I'm watching you...
Degnan's, I'm watching you...
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Hey, Baba Ram Dass was here, too.
Hey, Baba Ram Dass was here, too.
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Nick and Tyler, employed by REI Adventures, and definitely not 'touron...
Nick and Tyler, employed by REI Adventures, and definitely not 'tourons.'
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FFA, the Famous Facelift Artist.  Ding!
FFA, the Famous Facelift Artist. Ding!
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Three tourons from the YARTS bus ride up from Merced.  Welcome to YV, ...
Three tourons from the YARTS bus ride up from Merced. Welcome to YV, folks.
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Looking for 'bars'?
Looking for 'bars'?
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Very friendly young women.  Welcome!
Very friendly young women. Welcome!
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Theresa, Tourina, Tori, and Skeeter, maybe--all had strong southern tw...
Theresa, Tourina, Tori, and Skeeter, maybe--all had strong southern twangs. Daniel is a NASCAR fan and he went off on the fact that there is a 45 mph speed limit in the park, but he obeyed it on my STRONG suggestion.
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Good news!  I'm online!  Gad!  My cat died and left me his lotto winni...
Good news! I'm online! Gad! My cat died and left me his lotto winnings?! WTF?
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Daniel Morris, touron no longer, as he's been schooled by me.
Daniel Morris, touron no longer, as he's been schooled by me.
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THE BRIDGE.
Heading out of the Center of Touronism, YoVille, to the Center of the ...
Heading out of the Center of Touronism, YoVille, to the Center of the Universe.
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Obligatory C4 shot.  "It was an Indian Village at one time, Daniel.  I...
Obligatory C4 shot. "It was an Indian Village at one time, Daniel. It's still home to les sauvages."
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Don't stop in the road to take this picture, Daniel! There's lots more better spots, SAFER, too--Dayammit, move! Here comes the Tweet Bus tour!
O. Captain, our captain.
O. Captain, our captain.
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Yep, the dumbass combs out in all of us, eventuly. *sigh*
The Wicked Witch on the East Buttress of O. Captain.  She's out of the...
The Wicked Witch on the East Buttress of O. Captain. She's out of the picture, unfortunately. She moved too fast for me. Sent it with flying monkeys.
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He won't admit to being climbing-curious yet.  Maybe someday.
He won't admit to being climbing-curious yet. Maybe someday.
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Eric Bissel, being asked if it's Sierra or is it Sierras, too?
Eric Bissel, being asked if it's Sierra or is it Sierras, too?
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"Yeah, mebbe so.  I'd have to check it a little closer.  You can hardl...
"Yeah, mebbe so. I'd have to check it a little closer. You can hardly see'um today." Eric Bissel conferring with a confrere.
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Yes!  Yes!  Yes!  You owe me a brew!
Yes! Yes! Yes! You owe me a brew!
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OW!  Dude, get that finger looked at by a doc!
OW! Dude, get that finger looked at by a doc!
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That's right:  The government is GIVING AWAY eye candy!  All you must ...
That's right: The government is GIVING AWAY eye candy! All you must do is show up between 11 and 4 at the Bridge.
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There's swimming and bridge-jumping at the CofU, and it's ALL FREE!  E...
There's swimming and bridge-jumping at the CofU, and it's ALL FREE! Even aid climbers like it.
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Daniel, being Daniel, a poet and an artist, had to keep chewing at one of life's eternal questions, "Why do they climb?" I told him it was fun. Eric told him it was fun. The climber with the beard, who shall remain nameless, told him it was fun. Case closed.
"Why do we do it?  It's FUN, man, like REAL fun, not like FAKE fun.  N...
"Why do we do it? It's FUN, man, like REAL fun, not like FAKE fun. Not like GOLF! Why chase a little white ball into the woods? Huh!"
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Higher Cathedral Rock.  Middle Cathedral Rock's 'U-shaped Bowl.'  I've...
Higher Cathedral Rock. Middle Cathedral Rock's 'U-shaped Bowl.' I've been in there twice. "She's loose, but she's nice when you are in it."
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Open sighting is more challenging than scopes.  MCR and LCR and the Gu...
Open sighting is more challenging than scopes. MCR and LCR and the Gunsight Gully.
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O. Captain sporting a mustache.
O. Captain sporting a mustache.
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The smokiest it's ever been that I've ever seen.  Inspiration Point, A...
The smokiest it's ever been that I've ever seen. Inspiration Point, August 2, 2014.
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There were witnesses by the hundreds and hundreds.  Inspired tourons.
There were witnesses by the hundreds and hundreds. Inspired tourons.
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So I'm sittin' here, an ice cold beer
At hand and I want to say
It's Sunday day and it'll be Monday
Before I'm finished up here.

The only reason I have, the basis for my effort, stems from a remark made somewhere in which Marlow said that he, being a non-American--and it was an attitude like many others hold, he assured me--liked seeing the way that 'mericans did things. They are America-watchers, if not Americanophiles. I have tried to oblige in my TRs and with the Flames thread.

So, I'm not really doing all this work for love of a bunch of creaky, leaky old farts at all, but the world in it's entirety. But at the same time I am sharing with those broke-downs and fossils who abound in Taco Village, and I really hope these photos of the mundane summer month of August in the Valley give you some joy and help you to recall certain long-ago memories.

On to Glacier Point Driving "Range" and the Washburn Point "Sierras" Course.
Listening to Lynnard Skynnard, pretty wasted, we headed for the light ...
Listening to Lynnard Skynnard, pretty wasted, we headed for the light at the end of the Wawona Tunnel.
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Outward bound.  Wawona Tunnel west portal.
Outward bound. Wawona Tunnel west portal.
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W.P.G.C. & C.C.
Washburn Point Trailhead is 7'500' and the elevation of Glacier Point is Googled at 7'214'.
Liberty Cap, the Merced River, Vernal and Nevada Falls.
Liberty Cap, the Merced River, Vernal and Nevada Falls.
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Here's one for TimidTightrope.  Is this dead specimen a fir or not, in...
Here's one for TimidTightrope. Is this dead specimen a fir or not, in yur estimation? It looks kinda like a flagstick, actually.
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Dogs are not allowed on the actual course.
Dogs are not allowed on the actual course.
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Selfie at a new level for me...@ 7,500'.
Selfie at a new level for me...@ 7,500'.
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"Young Dan" Morris setting up on the tee.
"Young Dan" Morris setting up on the tee.
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It's going straight and true.  *click*   <br/>
Enlarge and the ball is on ...
It's going straight and true. *click*
Enlarge and the ball is on Nevada Fall.
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"Young Dan" REALLY TAGS this one.  His ball is on Southern Belle, I th...
"Young Dan" REALLY TAGS this one. His ball is on Southern Belle, I think.
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Hey, Bro Oo here.  I'm the course's looper.  I carried for Beck, Bridw...
Hey, Bro Oo here. I'm the course's looper. I carried for Beck, Bridwell, you name the guy. Half Dome's got the weirdest breaks in the Sierra Nevada, next to Starr King.
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Mt. Starr King, the 'Putter's Nightmare.'
Mt. Starr King, the 'Putter's Nightmare.'
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The course marshal.
The course marshal.
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Bob Brady of the USFS.  Gave me a map and a fire update on the El Port...
Bob Brady of the USFS. Gave me a map and a fire update on the El Portal fire. "I'm always on duty."
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Bob Brady at the parking lot of Glacier Point doing his rounds, answer...
Bob Brady at the parking lot of Glacier Point doing his rounds, answering moron tourons' questions (like mine) with grace and dispatch. I'm sure he suffers little foolery. He's a real mountain man.
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Parking for handicappers only.  The very closest imaginable spot to pa...
Parking for handicappers only. The very closest imaginable spot to park. It shortened my walk. "Just find the first spot you come to, Daniel." "No prob, my friend."
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Some of the gallery.
Some of the gallery.
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A good way to spoil a walk?  Clemens was a terrible player and he knew...
A good way to spoil a walk? Clemens was a terrible player and he knew it. He still 'creamed' the ball.
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Hey there's a big old Pondy at the dogleg on the fifth.  Check it out,...
Hey there's a big old Pondy at the dogleg on the fifth. Check it out, neebee!
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Looks like you're 'stymied' behind that tree, but it's not so.  It's a...
Looks like you're 'stymied' behind that tree, but it's not so. It's a 'camera lie.'
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The two brothers Messeneround, ignoring Frau Messeneround, in their fi...
The two brothers Messeneround, ignoring Frau Messeneround, in their first taste of freedom. Cheers to the future of our climbing fraternity!
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Downward bound.  At the railing, Glacier Point.
Downward bound. At the railing, Glacier Point.
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Glacier Point zen garden.
Glacier Point zen garden.
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Touron chic.
Touron chic.
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This dog was so eager to see what the big deal was that he even got up...
This dog was so eager to see what the big deal was that he even got up on his hind legs and checked out the view.
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"So you'll never guess who I saw last week in Gdynia."  "NO!  OMG, not...
"So you'll never guess who I saw last week in Gdynia." "NO! OMG, not MooseDrool!" I didn't catch the rest of their conversation.
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MooseBusted, here's my return postcard from Glacier Point, USA.  They ...
MooseBusted, here's my return postcard from Glacier Point, USA. They call this the Polish Hot Dog Boulder. No sh!t.
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And then I met that nice Young Canadian fellow.
Ever so obliging.
Ever so obliging.
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Just another pretty face to climb.
Just another pretty face to climb.
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Star Wars storm trooper.
Star Wars storm trooper.
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Correct me if wrong, but these are salmon berries, I believe.  Taste l...
Correct me if wrong, but these are salmon berries, I believe. Taste like berries should, too. Bears love 'em, for sure.
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"Oh, look at dot!  Salmon berries!"  Visitors from 'Skidmark' or somep...
"Oh, look at dot! Salmon berries!" Visitors from 'Skidmark' or someplace like dot. Berry cool folks. The lady in purple was sure of their identity.
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THE DESCENT.
Daniel shared this which he penned following his wife's death.  They w...
Daniel shared this which he penned following his wife's death. They were together twenty years and had two nearly-adult children. We had more than golf in common.
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El Portal from Highway 41, the Wawona road.  The smoke's still bad but...
El Portal from Highway 41, the Wawona road. The smoke's still bad but it was clearer up in the Valley itself when we got down there.
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A view of the burn at El Portal from 41.
A view of the burn at El Portal from 41.
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Daniel checking the fire out.  Welcome to Yohamite, "Young Dan."
Daniel checking the fire out. Welcome to Yohamite, "Young Dan."
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It's not a trick of the light, it definitely got less smoky late after...
It's not a trick of the light, it definitely got less smoky late afternoon, around five p.m.
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The West "Face."
The West "Face."
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You can't come up here.  Members only.
You can't come up here. Members only.
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Pulpit Rock on the way home on the YARTS bus.
Pulpit Rock on the way home on the YARTS bus.
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Sun setting over the "Coast Range."  Taken out of the bus window.
Sun setting over the "Coast Range." Taken out of the bus window.
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On the top of the Bradley Overpass spanning the BNSF rails, looking no...
On the top of the Bradley Overpass spanning the BNSF rails, looking northwest.
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Ron Kauk's charges back from their adventure at the Transpo.  L to R, ...
Ron Kauk's charges back from their adventure at the Transpo. L to R, Happy, Grumpy, Doc, Sleepy, Bashful, and Sneezy. Not a Dopey in the bunch.
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We are all tourons here.

It's all about the rock, long-term, as Ron Kauk says.
Sierra granite is the funnest.
Sierra granite is the funnest.
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zBrown

Ice climber
Brujò de la Playa
  Aug 3, 2014 - 08:22pm PT



Are you gonna put up the long version? Come on baby, light my fire.

Can you tell me how to get to the Lembert Dome? He asked.

One more question, if you'll bear with me. Did Herr Braun disappear before or after leaving his physical body?

this just in

climber
north fork
  Aug 3, 2014 - 08:27pm PT
Enjoyed this TR as much as a climbing TR mouse. You are a true writer and thanks for all the pics. That is awesome to have a bus take you to The Ditch whenever you please.
MH2

climber
  Aug 3, 2014 - 08:57pm PT
mouse from merced is the bestest. We talk about sharing and mouse gets closer to it than most. I did enJOY the trip report and the mind behind it. Cheers.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
  Aug 3, 2014 - 09:16pm PT
hey there say, mouse... wow, very nice, very interesting and very picture-much!...

thank you for going to all the time to present and share this...

also, the drive into el portal and the river, etc, reminded me of my and my mom driving in to see lynda b...

nice memories... :)
(her house was safe from fire, and were so very glad)...


say, as to the 'dwarf' names, :)

i'd pick this, L to R for my tags:

doc (he is holding a bag... med supplies, perhaps, :)
sneezy (as, she has a sweater, perhaps to ward off breezes sneezes)
happy (great smile!)
bashful (well, awwww, just look at that little face) :)
grumpy (trying to change to happy face, he is)
sleep (due to quieter, perhaps tired, eyes)

there you have, it, :)

"dopey" is here at my feet, by the way: meaning my 'goofy' pupdog,
behaving very odd here, tonight,as, she wants to go nightime rabbit
exploring... :O


great shot of pupdog, there, with its one legged tan 'leg warmer'
or unmatchted sock?


great fun!
thanks, again... :)


say, almost saw a muskrat, in there, up close, but, nope:
it was a very busy mouse, :)
half hidden by a hat, ...

well, got to go take care of goofy pupdog, here...
happy good taco eve, to you!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  Aug 3, 2014 - 09:29pm PT
Never know what you'll get with a Mouse Report,
golf coverage from GP Country Club, air quality reports, botany, touron butt shots, selfies and more.

Glad ya got out my friend,
I noticed ya don't have a problem catching the bus to Yosemite, but the bus to the VA clinic is a different deal. Work on that ;-)

Hope to see you at FL,
Cheers,
Tad
this just in

climber
north fork
  Aug 3, 2014 - 09:38pm PT
105 pics Mouse, that's gotta be close to a record!
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
  Aug 3, 2014 - 09:58pm PT
Thanks Brian.

I just got home from work, cracked my first beer, turned on the puter, checked the Taco, and, Bam!

Soul Food.

Your voice really came through in the writing. It took me two beers to get through and they were really good.

Spontaneity rules. And you are a prince.

KabalaArch

Trad climber
Starlite, California
  Aug 3, 2014 - 11:45pm PT
Alpine Golf!
Alpine Golf!
Credit: KabalaArch
Grippa

Trad climber
Salt Lake City, UT
  Aug 4, 2014 - 06:36am PT
Thanks for the great read Mouse. I love your perspective on things.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
  Aug 4, 2014 - 06:37am PT
What really makes it fun, in part, for both parties is the spontaneity. No reservations, no schedules, no cash exchange, just good will and authentic sharing of joy. You might recall having performed similar guiding services, I’m sure, be it with climbing acquaintances, your kids, and even total strangers, which is the case here.

Good on you Mouse, thanks for making this world a better place.

Charlie D.
rincon

Trad climber
Coarsegold
  Aug 4, 2014 - 07:51am PT
That was a fun trip mouse, thanks for taking us along!
Daniel was lucky to have hooked up with you for the free tour. Sign me up.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Author's Reply  Aug 13, 2014 - 09:45am PT
http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Down+Home+Blues/2ntyyk?src=5

A 'wait a minute' selection, for which I can't find shy Koko Taylor.

Crosby talked to Nash and he talked to Young and he talked to Taylor and he just croaked:

GREAT!!

We're here to shut you down, Shuteye and all! Smoke that, MFMFTS!!

Multipe fiers mtn. tracing system.


Part two is next.

Bridwell approval is imminent.

Almost guaranteed,

And my thanks, Absolutely Free or my name's Peter Pan.

hzfUmeHAuE
Demetria Taylor/ Trying to Make A Living
for Lynnie
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