Valley Loop Trail – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 191

Yosemite Falls via the Valley Loop Trail

Yosemite Falls along the Valley Loop Trail

We were so excited to be at Yosemite National Park and we could not wait to hit the trails. One of our first forays was to hike the Valley Loop Trail.

When hiking that trail, especially if you are picking it up around “the village,” you will most likely see a scene similar to the one above. That is Yosemite Falls. It was so impressive with its full flowing abundance and loud roar. I passed it many times an almost every time I was compelled to take another picture. It was so robust and amazing that it was hard to ignore it.

 
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Today’s STATUS QUOtes

“No one heals himself by wounding another.” — St. Ambrose

“Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know ‘why’ I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.” — Will Rogers

“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” — George Eliot

“A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.” — Earl Wilson

 

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Spy Camera & Monkey Death – BBC Series

I think most people who watch any substantial amount of television would agree that the BBC produces some of the best shows available. I especially enjoy their nature exposés. They have a new series, Spy in the Wild, which is designed to give viewers a “close up” view of life among a variety of groups of animals.

This intimate look into the lives of these creatures is made possible by the new technology available through very small and very good cameras as well the craftsmanship of those who build the robotic animals that, for the most part, seem to pass for the real thing among their fellow tribe members.

In the video below, Langur monkeys appear to genuinely grieve over the death of the artificial monkey. It is sad, poignant and thought provoking. We are reminded how similar we are to these animals.

Highway Stonework – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 190

Stonework along the highway at Yosemite

Stonework along the highway at Yosemite

When one considers the ages of some of our national parks, it is astounding that the details created so very long ago still remain intact and in good repair. On the return trip to Yosemite Valley from Hetch Hetchy, we passed this stonework on a bridge that was part of the major thoroughfare.

What struck me are the details used in the building of this safety barrier. The wooden beams could have been set straight across, but instead they are placed on the diagonal to add an artistic flare. Most of the tops of the columns are pyramidal in shape and each vertical column stands as a “pop out.”

The contrast of the gray and brown against the green foliage made for a striking scene. We should be very proud of and pleased with our national parks!

BTW – The National Park Service has put out a list of their Fee Free Days for 2017 and a couple of them cover weekends. You can check out the list of fee free days here:

National Park Service Announces Fee Free Days for 2017

Just keep in mind that the parks are likely to be crowded on these days so make arrangements early!

 
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Today’s STATUS QUOtes

“Reforms come from below; no man with four aces howls for a new deal.” — Unknown

“A wrong-doer is often a man that has left something undone, not always he that has done something.” — Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

“I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.” — Duke Ellington

“Never take a reference from a clergyman; they always want to give someone a second chance.” — Lady Selborne

 

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Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 189 (Hetch Hetchy Tunnel)

Hetch Hetchy Tunnel

Hetch Hetchy Tunnel

Parking is limited in the main hiking area of Hetch Hetchy, but once a parking space is secured, hikers must walk across the dam and through a tunnel to reach the Wapama Falls Trail and other hiking paths.

The tunnel is quite dark even though there are lights. After rains and snow melt, water seeps into the walls of the tunnel and onto the floor which can call for puddle hopping!

 
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Today’s STATUS QUOtes

“Everybody’s a teacher if you listen.” — Doris Roberts

“A sense of humor is just common sense dancing.” — Clive James

“Nostalgia is a dirty liar that insists things were better than they seemed.” — Michelle K.

“I don’t have a solution, but I admire the problem.” — Ashleigh Brilliant

 

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PL8ATUDES – January 15, 2017



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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They thought they could

EATFRSH

If they

DINEAT6

!

 

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Hetch Hetchy Rainbow – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 188

Water release creates a rainbow

A rainbow was visible in the mist of the water release

As the sun became weaker and started to fade away, it made one last attempt to provide a special display by creating a rainbow in the mist generated by the large volume water release.

If you look closely at the middle, lower portion of the photograph you may be able to make out the somewhat weak rainbow in the mist.

 
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