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.Read more "Expect the unexpected"
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 cat-shaped empty space in the house now. We’ve been trying […]Read more "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.Read more "Between Destinations"
We lived with a wild animal in the house for 11 years. Here are some observations following that experience.Read more "Cat: an appreciation"
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 one of those guys who can reveal complexity and power […]Read more "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 we submit the data to Science, and it becomes a […]Read more "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 this big project over the last year and a half, […]Read more "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 in, so let’s reflect for a moment on the long […]Read more "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 early morning and late evening times with our day-trip visit […]Read more "Upon Further Investigation"
Take a good look at the cat pictured here. What do you think? Oh sure, he looks nice. Handsome white paws. Carpet-like gray coat. He’s even approachable and vocal. All good qualities. But he’s also a menace to the micro-society of our yard. Gary, as we call him, has been hanging around for weeks. We thought […]Read more "Public Enemy Number One"