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This year The Beloved is celebrating a birthday that may or may not end in a zero. Befitting such a milestone, I’d asked her to think about how she might want to celebrate it. It was actually a pretty short conversation. She wanted to celebrate it by taking a vacation someplace that she’d never been:…

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Happy Año Nuevo

Each year, the Beloved runs a big scientific meeting during the first week in January. It’s the most time-consuming thing that she does all year. It’s a little bit of a bummer that it hangs there on the horizon during the holidays, but that’s the way things go sometimes. Because it’s a pretty big deal…

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Penny’s Mountain Adventures

One of the reasons we chose to go to the Eastern Sierra last week and not one of the region’s more well known “west-side” destinations (Yosemite or Sequoia) is that dog’s aren’t allowed in National Parks.  But it turns out they ARE allowed in National Forests – and the Eastern Sierra region seemed like it…

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Among The Ancients

Last Monday, The Beloved, Penny and I crossed down from Mammoth Lakes and took a trip across the Owens Valley and then back up into the White Mountains to see the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, which is a few miles east and a mile-plus up from the town of Bishop CA. Bristlecone The trip up…

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Donut Days

Apparently, today is National Donut Day which made me recall one of our stops last weekend during our trip to the Eastern Sierras.  You see what you may not be aware of is that in addition to Memorial Day this past weekend Bishop CA celebrated Mule Days. Now Mule Days was new to me and according…

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Mano y Mono

One of the great things about the Eastern Sierra is that they are part of the buffer between the central valley of California and the deserts of the Great Basin, including the Mojave and Death Valley.  Because of this you can pretty quickly move from alpine lakes (see previous post) to arid desertscapes — in…

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Land o’ Lakes

Thanks to the furloughs for State of California employees, the Beloved had a longer-than-usual Memorial Day weekend, and so we decided to use that time to go see some of the State of California that we had never seen.  Specifically, we decided to take a road-trip to the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, staying in Mammoth…

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Friday Drabble: High Sierra Pointer

A few weeks ago, Ross started the Friday Drabble – a drabble being a very short story of exactly 100 words.  Feel free to join in and write your own 100 word stories on Fridays, and tag them with “friday drabble”.  Link to them in the comments here, or on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaydrabble.  Go on, give it…

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Views and Observations from 5716 Miles of Road

Looking out at the road rushing underneath my wheels. –– Jackson Browne One thing you have a lot of while you're driving across country is time.  Time to look.  Time to think.  Time to talk.  Some observations from a lot of highway. Scenery.  As I said before, this vacation didn’t permit long treks into gorgeous…

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Penny’s Big Adventure

For a dog that hadn’t ridden for more than an hour at a time in a car during her whole life, Penny did really well adapting to the trials of a travel dog.  She pretty quickly clued into the “I’m out of the car, so I better take care of business” aspect of life on…

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