Here and There
Hola, my friends!
2020 continues to be a challenging year. Besides the virus, tragically, as I write this, much of California is burning again.
I'm checking in on all of you and thinking of you...
I thought I would share a few photos from around town and the backyard from the last few months and, also, lo and behold, I got away for a few days to the Eastern Sierra (see the photo above). May these photos offer a tiny respite from the bad news out there.
First off, I have taken some photos around here the last few months and I thought I'd share a few. We have been working at making our backyard a bird haven and we had a fascinating visitor a few weeks back. I took this photo of a majestic Cooper's Hawk back there. Normally we have a few dozen birds the backyard daily - finches, sparrows, crows, Black Phoebes, Western Bluebirds, Mourning Doves and Mockingbirds but- when he (she?) was around they were definitely not.
The next photo is of the nearby High School which was built in the 1930's with an art deco motif. Eerily, of course, no one has been around there for months now. It's a strange world.
Here are a few more photos from my daily walks.
And here are a few from the yard.
A Short Getaway
The following photos are from the McGee Creek area in the eastern Sierra Nevada. I'm sorry to report a few negative things about my little getaway. First, the campground was filled every night and the camp host (she was also the host at Convict Lake which she said was much worse) was nearly in tears. She said that, "this summer is a zoo" and that many people had no idea about social distancing and some even refused to wear masks (while in close proximity to her) even though she explained that she's lost family members to the virus and the she is high risk. She said she's never seen more selfish and disrespectful campers after several years of supplementing her pension by being a camp host. She was exhausted and stressed and said this was probably her last year - it has gotten too hard. I felt damn sorry for her.
Secondly, I had some strange electrical problems with my little trailer which necessitated an early return home. We still haven't figured out exactly what happened, but it is fixed, and thank heavens, all seems OK now - after all, I'm headed to Gaviota in a few weeks.
It was still a relief to finally get out - if only for a few days. McGee Creek is surrounded by Aspens and the photo below is an example.
Here are a few more from the area.
I must admit it was a blessing to be on the road again. It felt good to breathe in open spaces again and go for long walks in the woods. My plan, until there is a vaccine or the virus abates, is to do lots of short trips. In that vein I am going on my annual trip to Gaviota in mid-September. I was able to get the one spot where, even if the campground is full, I will be well away from other campers and the beach there is notoriously and happily uncrowded.
Thanks for allowing me to check in - please check in with me! I always enjoy seeing your comments and getting your emails. How are you holding up?
Let's talk soon, and until then, please be safe and stay well. Much love to all...
8/27/2020 06:49:10 am
Hey amigo - great to hear from you. Thanks, as always, for your kind words and thoughts - been thinking of you out in that heat... I'll be seeing you in a a couple of months...
Jeff, thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. You have such a great eye! I'm bummed, but not surprised, to hear about the camping experience. Everything around here is overrun; the Forest Service closed the roads leading to the southeast entrance of Olympic National Park because there were one thousand people along a one-mile stretch. Unbelievable. We're staying close to home, with a few day trips to lesser-visited (a relative term right now) state parks. Take care!
8/27/2020 06:53:35 am
Hey, thanks Lauren! I think you're right about staying close to home for awhile - seems prudent. Breaks my heart to hear these stories about our outdoors places being overrun... Olympic is a gem... I had a trip to Yellowstone that I canceled - and I think, sadly, I did the right thing... you take care, too... I sure hope we can see each other one of these days on the road...
8/24/2020 06:24:06 pm
Love the photo looking up at the trees!!
8/27/2020 06:55:22 am
Thanks, I was already on all fours after crawling up a bank near the stream, and just turned over on my back and fired away - fatigue - my catalyst to inspiration - hehe
8/25/2020 07:16:25 am
Gosh, these are all great photos! I feel so bad for all the good people who host campgrounds, and the rangers who have to deal with selfish humans. It's distressing. Anyway! Glad you are heading to Gaviota in September. Thanks for sharing your travels, Doc.
8/27/2020 06:57:39 am
Hey Carol - always a delight to hear from you. I also feel terrible for the hosts and I can't imagine the Hell of being a ranger right now. You ate the best. Take care.
8/25/2020 12:15:34 pm
Thanks for sharing your words and new photos. Happy you were able to get out for an adventure-great photographs. I hope for a spirit of stewardship and respect for nature as we are all nature-sad to hear of abuse and disrespect. We have experienced heat, smoke and drought here in Colorado this summer, but otherwise well. May your new home be a place of rest and sanctuary for your soul after your travels. Blessings of health to you and yours.
8/27/2020 06:59:10 am
Hey Darla - thanks - I swear one of the BEST things to happen to me in the last few years was reconnecting with you. Blessings to you and yours as well... Much love, my friend...
8/25/2020 08:04:18 pm
I'm so glad you were able to get away - especially to one of my favorite areas of California. (I have 1000000 favorite areas of CA!). I really love the B&W of the aspens.
8/27/2020 07:00:28 am
Thanks, Elizabeth! It was so nice to get away. I'm hoping all is well in your beautiful world...I appreciate your friendship so much.
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