Moro Rock

Steps to Moro Rock peak

View from Moro Rock

A mere 400 steps to the top of Moro Rock provides a panoramic view of Sequoia National Park in northern California.  Its elevation is only 6,725′ but it provides a clear view of the much taller peaks along the western divide.

For the most part, the steps are guarded from the drop off by a sturdy hand rail.  It wasn’t has hard as I thought it would be.

Of course, at the top there is always a sign relieving the National Park Service from any liability … as if any sane person would ever go near the railing.  How long until this sign is posted in fourteen different languages?

Thought for the Day:  The most terrifying words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”.                                                        Ronald Reagan

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Fern Spring

Fern Spring

Along Southside Drive that carries 90% of vehicle traffic through Yosemite Valley is a turnout for about four cars.  The sign for Fern Spring is small, like it was meant for hikers more than car/bus passengers, but it provides a quiet respite from the crowds.

Nothing special about it compared to the giant waterfalls cascading all around the Valley. The small stream, fed by snow melt, trickles over the rocks into a small basin not much larger than a wading pool.  While I was there, a young lady pulled up, jumped out of her car and filled up her canteen.  I asked her if she was aware of the Park warnings about the potential bacteria in the local water.  Turned out she was a microbiologist for the Park Service and has filled her canteen at Fern Spring every day for the last three years.  Like sharing a secret with me, she said this is one of only three places in the park that is free of the harmful bacteria, the other two being in the back country.

Huh, you learn something every day.

Thought for the Day:  When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.                                                                                                                                           Ben Franklin

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Scale

Sequoia Trunk

In two previous posts (Sequoia National Park and Giant Sequoia Trees), I’ve written about the Giant Sequoia trees in the Sierra Nevada mountains, trying to demonstrate just how large these trees can be.

I’ve shown them with other objects, a building and parked cars, in hopes of providing a reference to relative size of a known object.  This photo shows a good-looking, normal-sized adult male homosapien from Nebraska at the base of a young sequoia tree.

It’s still hard to imagine the true size of these trees.

Thought for the Day:  For Conservatives, seeing is believing; for Liberals, believing is seeing.                                                                                                            George Will

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Jaws

Boys Town Demolition

I’ve been following the demolition of the Boys Town farm in west Omaha.  One by one the cottages and support buildings on Gianelli Street meet their fate and crumble under the massive pressure of the giant back hoe’s powerful jaws.

The back hoe operator controlled this powerful machine like a surgeon performing delicate brain surgery, carefully separating bricks and concrete from metal and lumber for recycling. As good as the operator was, the giant bucket couldn’t get everything, so the man in the photo would pick up little pieces of this and that and place them in the proper pile.  The operator seemed to know where the man was … most of the time.

This is NOT a trick shot!

Thought for the Day:  Do one thing every day that scares you.        Eleanor Roosevelt

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Death Wish

Death Wish

This is NOT a selfie!

There is never a shortage of people that push the envelope, test fate, or live on the edge. There is a piece of their DNA that is totally beyond my comprehension.

I was at Glacier Point in Yosemite NP for several hours, and I saw many many people out on this ledge — just inches away from a 3,500′ plunge to the valley floor.  Sometimes three or even four at a time, trusting each other’s balance as well as their own.

I got quite a rush just watching them.

Thought for the Day:  I’m not only the best known daredevil on earth, I’m the oldest.                                                          Evil Knievel

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Small-Town July 4th

Cedar Creek Parade

Cedar Creek, Nebraska (pop. 300) has its own parade on July 4th.  Unpretentious, spontaneous, last-minute entries, no rules and no politicians make it fun for all ages.  The parade winds around the four nearby lakes of summer homes, so no one has to leave their yard to see the parade.  The only vehicles on the road during the one hour parade are in the parade … whether they like it or not.

The city’s one fire truck leads the parade, followed by a wide assortment of partially decorated “floats”:  golf carts, ATV’s, classic cars, hot rods, pickup trucks, go carts, Army troop trucks, and even bicycles.  Most floats throw handfuls of candy to appreciative spectators with preschoolers, while others use water guns, cannons more like it, to provide “crowd control” of water balloon throwing juveniles.

Nothing beats home made fun in a small town on July 4th!

Thought for the Day:  Let’s take a break from complaining about America to celebrate America.  

 

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Coaching

Coaching

Another season of Little League baseball is wrapping up with state tournaments this week.

The parents must be relieved after four months of multiple game/practice commitments each week.  The eight year-olds in this photo played 35 games during the regular season.

Fortunately, my grandson had a coach that kept everything in perspective.  Not only is he a good teacher, he wants the boys to have fun while stressing to always do your best, regardless of the score.  I like that guy.

Thought for the Day:  Little League baseball is a good thing ’cause it keeps parents off the streets and kids out of the house.                                                                    Yogi Berra

 

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