Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 149 (Glacier Point – Liberty Cap)

Liberty Cap from Glacier Point

Liberty Cap mountain viewed from Glacier Point

When standing at Glacier Point and soaking in the panorama that lies before you, it is almost overwhelming. There are mountains on top of mountains.

Closer to the pedestrian viewpoints, however, there are some that loom large and add to the beauty of the foreground scene. There is one very recognizable landmark among the sea of hilltops and peaks. Just to the left of Vernal Fall in the picture is Liberty Cap mountain.

Apparently this is quite hikeable and draws a good number of adventurers. You can read more about the hike to Liberty Cap at the linkk below:

SummitPost.org – Liberty Cap Hike: Yosemite

 
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SignEdge: Times are Hard for Stick Figure Families



Star War battle with stick figure family
Can the Empire be this heartless? Well, I guess so!

While the economy seems to be going strong, some families are apparently having a hard time. This stick figure family appears to be embattled by “The Empire.”

I had never seen this car decal before, but apparently there is no end to the popular meme.



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STATUS QUOtes — 20161205

“Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.” — Elvis Presley

“The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.” — Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

“We are bound together by the sympathy of our antipathies.” — James Joyce

“I don’t like to call it revenge…returning the favor sounds nicer.” — Unknown

 

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PL8ATUDES – December 4, 2016



Plate-A-Tude

We continue our series of personalized (vanity) license plates in Arizona. To maintain individual privacy, we try to show as little information about particular cars as possible as long as we can reveal the license plate.

NOTE – License plate photos may have been archived for quite some time. The years indicated on the registration stickers DO NOT necessarily reflect the current status of any given plate!

We hope you enjoy these PL8ATUDES!

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Everyone knows that

BUSYBBB

Have a lot of

ZIPPP
!

 

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Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 148 (Merced by the Majestic Yosemite – Old Style)

Old style picture of the Merced near the Majestic Yosemite Hotel

An old style picture of the Merced River and stone bridge near the Majestic Yosemite Hotel

This picture is very similar to another picture I posted (click HERE to see that photo), but this rendition presents a stylized version. Using Lightroom (LR), I tried to create a faded, somewhat painterly version of the scene. I think this particular view goes well with the LR filters and presets used.

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20161204

“If you want to stand for something, you can’t stand for everything.” — Unknown

“Be careful to leave your children well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant. [ed]” — Epictetus

“The best skill at cards is knowing when to discard.” — Baltasar Gracián

“To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler – and less trouble.” — Mark Twain

 

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Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 147 (Lest We Forget-Homage to Stephen Mather)

Homage to the Founders of the National Park System

We honor those who laid the groundwork for our National Park System

As we hiked the various paths and trails of the park, we entered the Happy Isles section on an overcast day. We enjoyed the more tranquil walks in this area which also bordered the Merced River. Along the way, we came across this memorial to Stephen T. Mather who has been credited for laying the groundwork for our National Park System.

The inscription may be hard to read, but it says:

“He laid the foundation of the National Park Service, defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be developed and conserved, unimpaired for future generations. There will never come an end to the good he has done . . .”

We need to honor those people who saw America’s need for these valuable resources, put politics aside and acted as statesmen.

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20161203

“When you rest, you rust.” — Oscar de la Renta

“A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame and money, but even… without any hope of doing it well.” — Oliver Herford

“Home is the place where, when you have to go there, They have to take you in.” — Robert Frost

“Intelligence is like four-wheel drive; it only allows you to get stuck in more remote places.” — Garrison Keillor

 

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Jeff Shank’s Pickleball Strategy Video – Third Shot – Major Skill

In the last post taken from Jeff Shank’s tips, the role of the non-receiving partner during the serve was covered. You can watch that video tip at the following link:

The non-receiving partner’s role

After learning the basics of pickleball, i.e. double bounce rule, non-volley zone, keeping score, volley, lob, ground stroke, etc. one of the next essential skills that proves to be hard to learn, but very necessary, is the third shot drop shot.

Everyone, including Jeff Shank in this video, acknowledges that hitting a good third shot drop shot from the baseline is a skill that is hard to perfect for most people. Keep in mind, however, that hard does not mean impossible. The video below contains a good number of Jeff’s hints pertaining to the the serving team’s third shot.

Listed below are some of the key points presented in the video. See if you can find the answers as you watch! (stay with the video because it does have some very good ideas throughout.)

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  • As a member of the serving team, where should you be standing after the serve?
  • Who has the advantage according to each team’s relative position on the court?
  • What are the three possibilities when attempting the third shot into the kitchen and which of the three needs to be avoided.
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    NOTE – Jeff points out that one does not need to get to the non-volley zone on the first attempt after a drop shot.

  • What should you do when your partner is the one hitting the third shot? Where should your team be standing? What are the options? (I see the mistake Jeff points out all of the time especially with beginners. I sometimes make the mistake as well, but I have learned to try to avoid it.)
  • At the 16:25 mark, Jeff shows a technique for practicing the third shot drop shot. I have found this helpful and I think most players will also benefit from starting this type of practice to improve their third shot skill.
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    Key points when hitting the the successful third shot:

  • Where are the safest/best places to hit the ball?
  • When to avoid hitting the third shot into the kitchen or NVZ?

NOTE – To find out about this series of posts, i.e. 100 Pickleball Strategies by Jeff Shank, read the first post HERE

 

To See additional Pickleball Videos Covering Many Aspects of the Game Click Here (primarily for beginners and less experienced players)

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Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 146 (Rustic Touches – Majestic Yosemite Hotel)

The former Ahwahnee, now the Majestic Yosemite Hotel,has Rustic Touches

There were many “rustic touches” in and around the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, formerly the Ahwahnee

If you visit Yosemite, even if you do not stay at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, it is a stop you should plan to make. There are so many beautiful areas you can visit. We had planned to have a glass of wine in the lounge/bar area, but it was under renovation during the time we visited. The rear meadow with woods and the river provide a delightful area for a stroll and to take some photographs

The picture above is my attempt to capture the rustic nature of the building. The lights, wood and stones look so very old. If you look closely, you can see some hardware to the left of the lamp housing. If the building was constructed today, I believe these mechanisms would be internal.

Processing the Photograph – To add to the rustic look, I used Lightroom to apply significant contrast and some detail enhancement to bring out the lines and colors.


This (above) is the original photograph prior to applying the filters in Lightroom



Which of the two pictures do you like better?

 
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