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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cruisin' in the Eastern Sierras


Well....today I took off driving north towards Nevada...
stopping here and there for a photo op...
cruisin' the highway with my sun roof open and the music playin'...

Classic 50's motel...
getting ready for fishing season...
Walker Canyon, California


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Keep your Keister safe!!!

It's the Letter K for ABC Wednesday!!!


Don't get your Kayak's out just yet!!!  Snow and ice still abound so protect your Keister and Keep your boots on!!!  It's not that I want to put the Kybosh on your fun, but you might want to go to your neighborhood cafe and have a coffee Klatch complete with Kuchen and Kindred spirits...

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After a week and a half of record breaking snow...
(over...600 inches since the beginning of the season)


...the temps this week are expected to get up into the 60's!!!

Let the snow melt begin!!!

(Even though there's another storm brewing for this weekend!)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Three Amigos...


We were out of town this past weekend...visiting with friends in Grass Valley
for Geno's Birthday!!!  The Birthday Boy is on the far left!!!


(I won't say how old he is...let's just say he's always going to be 7 months and 11 days older than me!!!)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Ever feel like this...



...after a couple of these???


Cadillac Margaritas at Gomez's Restaurant in Mammoth Lakes, CA!!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Bridge of Ice...




"Sometimes, if you aren't sure about something, you have to just jump off the bridge
and grow wings on your way down."
Danielle Steele



Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ice Sculptures...




"Silent icicles, Quietly shining to the quiet moon."
Samuel Talor Coleridge


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Friday, March 25, 2011

Blue Skies...where are they???


It's Skywatch Friday!


Just trying to remember what blue skies look like...

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Is it really time for Easter decorations???


We've had 5-8 feet of snow in the last 5 days...
Probably about 2 feet just today...
You'd think if you were smart, you'd stay inside by the fire with a cup of cocoa...


But nooooo....some of us "local" die hards go to the grocery store because we're out of trash bags...


To give you a bit of perspective...this is our second story window...


Our December storm is the last time snow was this deep on the deck...


Remember the patio furniture with umbrella???


For some odd reason...this is the only Easter decoration I've managed to put out...basically 'cause I bought it last week at Dwayne's Friendly Pharmacy!!!




Tuesday, March 22, 2011

It's still snowing...


It's been snowing off and on since last Wednesday...
I keep seeing posts of Spring flowers and sunshine in my blogging excursions...
But ya know what?  It's ok!!!  I'm still liking the snow!!!  
Ask me again next week...

Monday, March 21, 2011

Chasing Osprey Down Hwy 395...


Awhile back, as I was driving past the Mammoth Airport (yes, Mammoth actually does have an airport!) I saw two strange flying machines...no camera...just my Droid phone...which I dug out of my purse while racing to follow this strange machine...
Finally, I got it, shot it, and continued on my way while they flew off over the mountains...
Well....it is actually a picture of the Osprey...if you look verrrrry carefully at the end of the road and slightly above the mountain, you'll see what looks like dust on my lens...nope...that really is an

Ok...so it's a bit far in the distance...no telephoto lens on my Droid...and if there is...I have nooooo idea how to do it!!!

Confirmed by Bennett Kessler on the Sierra Wave radio news broadcast...the two osprey were apparently being moved from one base to another, stopping at Mammoth airport for a short time!!!  



Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Weekend in Black and White..




I'm reaching back into my archives tonight...
Wagon wheel in Bodie State Historical Park...

Please be sure to check out the other participants at Weekend in Black and White...

Friday, March 18, 2011

Just a Reminder...


...that we moved to snow country!


But don't you know, we love the sunshine in between storms!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

In Memoriam...

Of our Golden Girl, Miss Daisy... 


"If I have any beliefs about immortality, 
it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven,
and very very few persons."
                                                                                                     James Thurber


Miss Daisy came to live with us on December 8, 2002.  She was a rescue dog, so we don't know her real age, but thought she was around 5 when we got her.   When we brought her home, Dan took her in the backyard with him while he read his paper and smoked his cigar.  She walked around, sniffed a bit here and there, then decided she was home and laid down next to his chair.
This was there routine every weekend until we moved to Mammoth....


The following day, Dan went to work and Daisy and I stayed home.  I needed to run some errands so I put her outside and took off.  When I got home, Daisy was not in the yard.  The gate was open, and she was gone.  I walked the neighborhood calling her name, and asking neighbors and workers if they'd seen a Golden Retriever...several times I was told..."oh...there was one about 30 minutes ago running that way..."  I looked and looked and couldn't find her.  I went home and called Dan...he came home early and on the way stopped at the Pasadena Humane Society to see if she was there, watched for any sign of her having been hurt or killed on the main boulevard near our home, came home and he and I went searching again.  
It happened to be my birthday that day and we had plans to go to dinner.  Needless to say, we were depressed and not particularly interested in going out...Dan was at the computer and asked me to look at whatever it was he was looking at.  As I was standing next to him he said "did you hear that?"  to which I replied "no I didn't".    Dan said he thought he heard a bark.  We went to the front door, opened it, and there she was...sitting on the front porch, wiggling...excited to be home...she walked right in and never left again.  I guess she checked out the neighborhood and figured it was a good place and she'd like to stay.



Shortly after we got our Calico Kitty Sadie...she discovered that Daisy was just a big fluffy pillow...



Daisy helping me with my Easter Duck story...


Miss Daisy was very philanthropic and helped out at the pet clinic in 
South Pasadena...


We knew when we moved up here to Mammoth that this would be a one way move for her.  We figure that she was somewhere between 13 and 14 when we moved here and she was beginning to wind down.



 In November, we thought that we were going to lose her.  We took her to the vet and she had exploratory surgery.  The doctor was hoping that she had a tumor on her spleen as goldens often do, but instead, he found cancer in her liver.   He closed her back up and advised us to take her home to say our good byes...he anticipated that she had anywhere from a few days, to a couple of months.




"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
Roger Caras



Daisy's favorite spot in the late afternoon...
waiting at the top of the stairs for her Pop to come home...



"If you can look at a dog and not feel vicarious excitement and affection, 
you must be a cat."
Author Unknown



Miss Daisy blessed us with more time than the doctor thought.  
As Dan's friend Dennis Bevan says at these times...Miss Daisy made her journey to Montana 
 March 16, 2011.
Every extra day she was with us was a gift.  

Daisy will be sorely missed...


Thank you to Dr. Talbot and the wonderful staff at Bishop Veterinary Hospital for taking such great care of Miss Daisy during this time of her life.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bishop to Mammoth...42 miles...and about 4000 feet!!!




I heard on the radio news today that it was 81 degrees in Bishop...
And snowy and windy in Mammoth!!!!
It's been blowing up a storm here...haven't seen much snow since this morning though!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

On the Road Again...




"People create their own questions because they are afraid to look straight.
All you have to do is look straight and see the road, 
and when you see it, 
don't sit looking at it - walk."
                                                                                                      Ayn Rand


Saturday, March 12, 2011

How Now Brown Cow...

I stopped to take a picture of this...


And when I looked up...


I had an audience!!!


What is it about me that I always favor the one that's different from all the rest???

Friday, March 11, 2011

Starting to look for a touch of Spring...




Even though there's still snow on the ground...
the Eastern Sierras are beginning to see the signs of spring
...well...
at least at the florist kiosk in Vons!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Rugged Beauty...






"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant:
 if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."
                                                                                                         Anne Bradstreet

Anne Bradstreet was a poet in the 1600's.  What makes her especially notable is that she was the first female poet of either "Puritan America or England" to be published.  Anne's husband and father were both involved in the founding of Harvard...

If you would like to read more about her, click here.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Are you sick of winter???


Quite a few of my blogger friends have expressed frustration with winter and a desire for spring...
this post is dedicated to you all!!!


Take a gander at the view out our second story window!!!  



Ok...back to reality...the top photo really is from our second story window...the snow is about 2 feet below the window sill!   
But I'm really not sick of winter yet!!!  No...REALLY!!!  I'm not!!!  I think it's because right now it's crystal blue skies outside and warm enough to go out in a sweatshirt rather than all bundled up.  The beauty of a Mammoth winter is that in between snow storms, it looks like this...


What's a little snow on the ground???

(Thank you Justine for letting me know that the first post just plain didn't work!!!)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

100 Words for Snow...


It appears that there seems to be a dispute among linguists and/or academics in regards to the claim that Eskimos have over 100 words for snow...


Well...I'm here to tell you...after living here in Mammoth this snow season...I've discovered that there are very definitely different kinds of snow...

Sometimes it's flaky and soft, sometimes it's wet and slushy, sometimes it's like little tiny pellets, (sometimes it's yellow...)  and sometimes...it's all squiggly like this!!!

And not from XC skiing or from snowmobiling...it's a single track doing loop de loops...
Any ideas as to what it was???

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Long Way Back...





On Friday, Miss Daisy and I took a roundabout way back to Mammoth from Bishop after picking her up at the Vet's...We drove through Benton, which if you blinked or coughed while driving through, you'd totally miss it.  We went past Benton to the Benton crossing and cut back to 395 where I got yesterday's photo...
The terrain back there is very rocky with not a lot of snow...and a lot of interesting rock formations...