25 July, 2008
Hum, fly etched in the urinal, ah, must be Schiphol
Been an interesting month or so, on June 15th (the weekend before the ‘dry lightning’ and the subsequent fires in NorCal) I was with daughter and her SO seeking a Geocache upon Sanhedrin Mountain near N 39° 30.00 W 123° 05.00
Funny thing, the cache was hidden in some rocks like this
according to the geology textbooks this type of rock is laid down in layers of sediment far out in the ocean at depth, is then subducted or otherwise compressed and heated – then bent – and then somehow ends up sitting at 7000’ elevation atop much younger rocks – things that make you go - humm…
On the ride up came across two bear cubs wrassling in the road - about the time we realized what they were, momma came charging from the high side of the road yelling "get off the road, you idiots!" and swatted them down the hill following right after them - and its not a minor slope!
while discussing bear hair color, I remarked that the local brown bear comes in a range from almost black (the cubs) through reddish browns (mama was a brown) to almost a blond (which got the "no way" response) on the way down we startled a almost blond surfer dreads bear with darker 'handcuffs' that was much closer than I'd care for while we were parked at the summit
These “Pussy Paws” were starting to bloom
Then a week in Brest with the reminders of the last world war and older bits of history
Then finally several days of vacation
Went to Lassen and smelled the SO2 vents
Walked through a lava tube
- wait, that last one was from the light house neat Brest
Found some more geocaches near Hat Creek
And ended up the day at a fish hatchery
Wait, where did that blue one come from?