One does not simply add a carved wooden bear to the front yard.
For a while now we’ve been wanting to try camping at Yosemite Creek Campground, located off the Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park. Why is this campground supposed to be so great? Read on, and know.
It’s been about six weeks since we bid farewell to our Annie. She was getting along in years and was showing signs that she might be wrapping things up before long, but we weren’t yet ready to say goodbye when the day arrived. There’s a … Continue reading The Stand-ins
I used to have it figured out. When we took a vacation trip, I’d read all about where we were going, note all the points of interest ahead of time, map out the route, and determine what I would think and feel at key locations. Leaving nothing to chance, I would basically imagine it all and take the vacation in my mind before we left. That was before.
We lived with a wild animal in the house for 11 years. Here are some observations following that experience.
I finally got around to reading John McPhee’s Encounters with the Archdruid. If you have not read it yet, proceed without delay. McPhee is a favorite, from way back when I first read his geology-centered books, such as Assembling California. I like his style. He’s … Continue reading The Archdruid
Another Great Backyard Bird Count has come and gone. It was the GBBC of 2013 that got me into the birding game, and every year we get out our little notepad and jot down all the birds that we see in or around the yard. Then … Continue reading And still counting
This has been my longest Mellowcat hiatus since I started up about eight years ago. So what the hell happened? Got real busy at work, that’s what. I’m usually pretty busy (or trying to look busy), but this time was different. I was involved in … Continue reading Now. Where were we?
Well, that was interesting. We’ve had just a tiny bit of rain in recent weeks, but that qualifies as a droughtbuster ’round these parts. Up next, a relentless and destructive deluge, no doubt. But we have a few days of relative calm before that kicks … Continue reading Exiting the Drought
We spend a fair amount of time over on the coast. It’s within easy reach, and they’ve got all the birds, so you’ll find us there every couple of weeks. But to the Resident Expert it seemed that we were missing out on the good … Continue reading Upon Further Investigation