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Sunday, October 16, 2016

This Bloggey Stuff Is Confusing And I'm Falling Behind!

Do not forget these images are but thumbnails.  Click the image to see a larger version, maybe even a GIANT version.  Especially the panoramas!

We start on:

September 29 -- Thursday

The  Orchid picture I posted on Facebook and elsewhere.

September 30 -- Friday

Out on Skyline Truck Trail in the Jamul area.

October 6 -- Thursday


October 7 -- Friday

Orchid Times Two.  Now the other one is flowering, too!

October 9 -- Sunday

We went to the Calavara volcano plug site near Carlsbad today.

Site of an accident, or a warning that the board walk is slippery?

Panorama from on top of the plug/hill! A popular spot to hike up, it seems.

Plug from above.

Plug from below.

October 12 -- Wednesday

The apartment was being tented today, so I headed off to Needle for a geocaching vacation.  The room I got was ninety dollars a night.  Seemed a bit much.  And the geocache nearby was missing AGAIN this year!  But it was replaced and I got it (barely!) when I was leaving town on Saturday.

October 13 -- Thursday

I got a room at a motel in Bullhead City.  It was MUCH cheaper, and just as nice, well, it had a COUCH!  Which I've never seen in a motel room before!

I went geocaching.  I did not waypoint where I parked at.   I took these pictures to show how disorienting the desert can be.  Can you see the vehicle?  Look for the reflection from the windshield in some of the pics.

It is out there somewhere!

I see it!

Well, you can see I got "one" geocache!!

A couple of panoramas of the Bullhead City motel room.

There's the couch!  I brought camping stuff but didn't camp. 

Got to get back from my mother's place before it gets too dark!  My motel was 23 [Edited] miles away!  Well, I did not, and missed the turn to the motel and actually drove a couple of miles past before I could get turned around.  The moon here, you could see the "man", but it was too bright for the phone camera.

October 15 --  Saturday

I was fooling around with the camera before I got up this morning.

After breakfast I headed out on the road back to San Diego, but first I had to get a couple of geocaches.

Hardyville Cemetery in Bullhead City.  I learned that Hardyville was the original town in the area, but was abandoned after a few years.  I missed the turnoff to the cemetary and had to backtrack a couple of miles.

Heading towards Needles there was a bit of cotton falling off a couple of trucks ahead.  Lots of fields of cotton around here.

Pulled off for a geocache here on the old highway 66.  Freeway up there in the distance.

A view of the desert, black volcanic rocks from the cinder cones in the area, and a train passing by in the distance.

I stopped for a geocache at an interesting abandoned house.  There is a story about this place, not sure if true, that the resident asked President Eisenhower to build a road to her house since the new freeway cut off access to the town, and he did.

There is the vehicle back there.

I could fix that up, sure.  How much does it cost?

Looks like adobe walls

Two birdies in the window, they did not fly away until I came around the back of the house.

Two boids in the window, a zoomed-in view.

Well, the roof on this part ain't looking too good!

This looked like adobe bricks that had weathered away due to the elements.

A pile of lava rocks from the are, I suppose, behind the house.

The manager at this RV campground came out to talk and help, and was very nice, and helped me find the cache.  She takes care of the cache for the cache owner, who lives in another state.  She had recently replaced it and it looked pretty darn good.  She offered to take my picture, so I climbed up into the cupola. How cool is that?

I accidentally threw away my VERY complete mileage and gas records of the drive out, but on the way back I calculated the gas mileage was 20.1 miles per gallon over the 358 miles of driving.

October 16 -- Sunday

This fellow was in front of me at a light.  He had stopped in the intersection, so I left plenty of room for him to back up, which he did.  I  noticed after a minute that he had not shifted out of reverse, so I envisioned that when the light changed he would step on the gas and hit me.  Such comedy could not pass unrecorded, so I took a picture.  Sadly, nothing happened, he realized his mistake quickly, and shifted back into drive.  Interestingly, he really wanted to be in the right-hand lane, so he blocked traffic until they let him in.

And that is pretty much it for today!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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Off to Oakoasis County Preserve this morning to pick up some geocaches I didn't get before.

Saw this flowers.  On FB I was told they were called Naked Ladies.

A view of San Vicente Reservoir

I was really really really pooped coming back, and I stopped to rest at least six times.  Here am I sitting on a bench.  Resting.

One of the trails was described as "rustic".   That's code for non-existent. I think.

Walked 4.17 miles.  I suspect most of it was uphill, I'm not sure how that works, though.

Got seven caches, did not find two.

Did not see any humans the entire time. No snakes, either.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday Evening

Flowering orchid, after a couple of years!

Cherish that picture, it took me about twenty shots to get one in focus!

Saw this Morris Minor for sale while geocaching in El Cajon this afternoon.

A panorama from the roof of the Grossmont College parking garage.

Sometimes you just need an extra hand to push the button. The new walking stick proves itself!  At the Walker Preserve trailhead in Santee.

Drumsticks sure have shrunk over the last forty years!  Still taste the same, though!

Exercise in macro focusing using a real digital camera.  Still can't figure out the depth of field.  I KNOW how to do this on an un-digital Nikon FM SLR, darn it!

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Friday, September 23, 2016

It's Friday!

I posted these two on the FB yesterday.  I was given this orchid a year or two.  It grows, but this is the first time it has shown any sign of flowering again!

You would NOT believe how many times I took this shot to get one even THIS much in focus!

After my CT-scan this morning it was time to break my fast, so I ate this biscuit my daughter gave me.  Also drank more water.  To flush the kidneys.

Yup, it's in there somewhere.  A geocache!

My first stop after the scan was at REI to buy a new hat.  And here it is!  Also, some Harry Potter-type glasses!

At a previous cache I stumbled and fell on a trail.  I heard a loud CRACK!  I thought for a minute that my kneecap was broken.  There WAS an abrasion on the cap, but it didn't hurt.  I could stand just fine.  I continued on down the path.  There's a humorous story that took place here, but I'm too lazy to recount it again.  It concerns the enormous amount of water one drinks before and after a CT-scan, and being on a lonely path in the boonies, and how quietly bicyclists can be...

I didn't find the cache, either.

Later, at another cache, I bent the walking stick and discovered the crack.  Oh well, better than my kneecap!

I experienced rush hour in La Jolla and on the 8 today.  It was fairly unpleasant.  Remind me not to go out during rush hour again.

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