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National Winter Trails Day & the Lakes Basin 15K

January 9, 2014

Depressed about the current lack of snow situation around here?

I have been able to stay motivated and upbeat because I am still skiing on great conditions up at Tamarack. It is going to take a good, old-fashioned three footer to open all the trails in the Lakes Basin, but never mind that for now; the 15 kilometers that are open have good coverage and are manicured every night as if by magic.

And, you can’t beat the warm, sunny days for being outdoors in winter.

In times of trouble, hamsters to the rescue

December 30, 2013

It was a bitter winter morning and his hands were freezing, but former Mammoth Lakes Police Department officer Paul Dostie was in his element.

One hand on a radio handset, another on a yellow legal pad, the sounds of a Vietnamese pop song came across his ham radio from thousands of miles away, tinny and scratchy in the background, he listened intently as orders from Mammoth Hospital came in over the wire.

“We are in lockdown,” came the message. “Only family members will be allowed in. All people must check in to the front desk.”

Fido and Me - Lights Out

October 31, 2013

“Something is terribly wrong,” Fido said.

“I noticed you are in some kind of funk, Big Boy. What’s up?”

“Where is my supper?”

“Supper will be right on time, I know how you count on it, the way you pace around when it’s supper time. I also noticed you started pacing about an hour early.”

“You’re late with my supper. I’m starving.”

Fido and Me - Cats

October 17, 2013

“Tell me about cats.”

“Gosh, Fido, there’s not a lot to say. And anyway, you live with Chief, and he’s a cat. Why don’t you ask him?”

“I don’t think Chief knows anything.”

“Sure he does. He has a brain.”

“It is the size of a walnut!”

“Fido, your own brain isn’t what I would call overwhelming.”

“But it’s bigger than a walnut.”

Fido & Me — The Shutdown

October 11, 2013

 

“I can’t go to the woods?” Fido said. “The mountains are closed? What the…?”

 

Off The Trail: Turning Point

September 23, 2013

It was a hot, still morning and the smell of summer was adrift on the hazy golden air—pine sap; sage; the deep green scents of manzanita and ceanothus; the lavender aroma of lupine gone to seed.

Even the bees, spiraling through the waning fireweed along the trail, seemed lazy: somnolent, barely able to keep their heavy, furred bodies alight.

Mammoth's version of 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare' delightful

September 9, 2013

I am not a typical fan of Shakespeare.

 

Fido & Me — CAT scan

September 3, 2013

“You’re doing what?!?” Fido wanted to know.

Fido and Me - Tennis, anyone?

August 8, 2013

“Phtooey. Pfft, Pfft.”

“Gee whiz, Fido, if I’d have known you were going to react like this, I’d have never brought you to the tennis courts. Maybe you want to sit outside the fence, and I’ll just bank the ball against the wall for a while.”

“But I like tennis balls!”

“Maybe you like them a little bit to much, Mr. Beeg. The idea is to treat the ball with tenderness—like an egg.”

“I don’t do tenderness very well.”

Fido and Me - Trail Dog

August 6, 2013

“I never thought there was such a thing as a bad hike.”

“Me neither, Fido, but I have to say, this one sure is a slog.”

“It’s not the smoke so much, although my dog-lungs aren’t exactly functioning properly, and my eyes are stinging, and you look a lot like the Marlboro Man right about now.”

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