Posted by: caryandjohn | August 28, 2015

Mark and Rita Anne, Sunrises and Sunsets …

Had a couple of days off, so I went off without much of a plan to visit the little memorials Cary made for Rita Anne and Mark that I’ve left up in the Sierras and have visited for two or three years …

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Mark was still there, though it looked as if a small brush fire had passed through his crossroad grove of redwoods …

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Rita Anne survived the winter nicely … her Juniper tree was in bloom …

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Rita Anne’s view … I was nicely surprised to find her right where I’d left her, because the area is well-used by rock climbers … active people who’d have liked Rita Anne (they’d have liked Mark, too, because everyone loved Mark)…

The idea always was that these would be small temporary memorials, but I suppose in the grand scheme of human affairs even granite memorials are temporary … anyway, I brought Mark home for a tune-up and maybe I’ll replace him near Rita Anne next time …

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Campsite near Rita Anne, by the 3000 year old Bennett Juniper …

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The tree itself … talked to Ken who’s been the caretaker since 1988 …

Ken, in fact, showed me the big polished granite monument put up by the people who purchased the three-and-a-half acres the tree sits on fifty years ago that is now hard to read and falling over “because they didn’t put a foundation under it …”

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Alpine glow …

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Sunset from Rita Anne’s campsite, where you can also see …

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… the sunrise …

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Rita Anne’s campfire …

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It had been such a beautiful evening and morning, that I decided to go try and camp on top of Mt Patterson, and watch the sunset and sunrise from there … this is the view back towards Sonora Pass near Lake Lobdell …

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Good old Mt Patterson … not for the faint-of-heart … you can see three jeeps heading down, after I’d already passed by, thank goodness … :-)

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Some views of the road and switchbacks …

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What happens when one’s heart grows faint …

Two views of the same tip-over … I think this is the same turn where Ryan took his recent “three quarters of the way up” pic …

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Success … always so happy to see the flag at the top!

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The view in the flagpole …

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One for Cary and one with the sunglasses …

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The club patch and the moon … the wind was blowing … the wind can howl up here, and that’s the risk, but it worked out fine …

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Camp, at around 11,000 feet, in a flat spot just protected from the wind by a little rock ridge … no camp-fire wood up here …

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Sunset …

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… and sunrise …

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Watching the sky … some weather …

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They have been having thunderstorms in Nevada all summer, so lots of wildflowers still …

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The old stone miner’s hut on the way down the next morning … went back down the same way I’d gone up … much less drama on an overloaded KLR going down hill, ha! :-)

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Stopped at Buckeye Hot Springs for a soak … nice on a hot day because the hot pools are hard by a cold mountain stream … had the place to myself, which is unusual …

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Last-night sunset near Mark’s old memorial …

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Campfire, campsite and sunrise …

Thanks to Cary for her idea to make memorials for Mark and Rita Anne …

Posted by: caryandjohn | August 14, 2015

Happy Anniversary!

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Cary using the KLR's mirrors to get dressed ...

Cary using the KLR’s mirrors to get dressed …


Our fifth wedding anniversary … a beautiful bride … :-)

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Rita Anne gives us a wedding party toast …

Here’s to Cary and the next five wonderful years!

Posted by: caryandjohn | August 9, 2015

Camping with the Kiddies …

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Charley John, August Jeanne and Cary and Schnitzel … We’re watching Rita Anne’s kiddies while Charley is out of town …

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… and a pretty pic of everyone’s favorite Aunt!

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