I was reading some old facebook posts of friends and one line in a post caught my eye. My friend had written in early November about a trip to Old Man's Cave in Ohio - a popular place to visit. He wrote that he was thinking of going back "when fall is frozen over." So, I wrote the following poem.
When fall is frozen over (2017)
When fall is frozen over and
The moon is slivered shut
When the tree is trimmed and ready
To gather presents underfoot
It's then I like to sit with you
In silence by the hearth
And reminisce about old friends
From whom we are apart
No visit from St. Nicholas
Or carol sung on high
Can warm my heart as surely as
Your words from time gone by
"It always snows for Christmas"
Still I laugh and don't believe, but
Fall is frozen over and
The moon is slivered shut
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
At the end of my yesterdays
I'll bid you adieu
But today, I pray
To keep Heaven at bay
I'm going there tomorrow
Just down the road
From where we've come
To goodness knows
You have the right to remain ignorant. Anything you say, write, or tweet can, and will be, mocked. You have the right to Facebook friends who share your moronic beliefs. You have the right to tweet your moronic beliefs to all the morons who follow you. You have the right to like only soldiers who were not captured. You have the right to burn a copy of the Bill of Rights when those sons of bitches take a knee during the National Anthem. You have the right to disrespect Gold Star families. You have the right to support the many good people in the KKK and other white supremacist groups. You have the right to get back on your psych meds ... or not. And, you have the right to run for President of the United States. If you cannot afford a MAGA hat, you can make one out of aluminum foil that will also protect you from the spy satellites Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton put overhead to keep track of your whereabouts.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Saturday, October 31, 2015
10/16/2016Every year, a few of us who went to high school together, 40 years ago, get together to take a trip. We've spent a week at Big Sur California, then Point Reyes and Mendocino California, and this year, a week in Utah and Arizona at a few National Parks. Jerry Grinstead, Mike Burkley, Bill Moore, and KR Grace have traveled the past two years. This year, KR could not make it and he was missed. The dates of this year's trip was October 17 through October 24.
I left Sacramento on Friday October 16 planning to be in Las Vegas to pick up Bill Moore at McCarran International Airport on Saturday Morning. I wanted to leave the day before, enjoy the drive down highway 395, and camp at Grandview Campground in the Inyo National Forest.
|Mono Lake, off Highway 395 in California, October 16, 2015|
|Anywhere I pointed my camera was beautiful. Highway 395 in California.|
|Highway 168 over to 95 after leaving Grandview Gampground. Looking down on the clouds in the valley.|
Bill and I decided to detour off the main highway (15) and visit Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. It was our first look at the red rocks, cliffs and mountains we would get to see in Mike's back yard and at Bryce Canyon and Zion Nat'l Park.
|These petroglyphs are high on a canyon wall with a ladder and platform to climb to see them.|
Bill and I got to Mike's about 5:00 PM in time to catch the Buckeyes game. Yes, they beat Penn State 38 to 10 and claimed #1 in the Nation for another week.
|Is it going to clear up? Or, is it going to dump on us? October in Southern Utah.|
In the afternoon, we braved the fickle weather and walked to Coyote Gulch Art Village for some refreshments. We visited with some artists Mike knows in the Purple Sage Studios. I enjoyed talking with Linda about her technique and artistry. At Xetava Gardens Cafe I had a wonderful Jamocha Frappe. It was like a ground coffee bean and chocolate milkshake with homemade whipped cream on top. Mmmmm...
We walked back to Mike's to get ready for our trip, have dinner and visit some more. We turned in early so we could get an early start to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in the morning.
10/19/2015 and 10/20/2015 (North Rim of the Grand Canyon)We left early enough in the morning from Mike's house so that we could experience some of the places along the way. One of the more interesting side trips was through the town of Hildale Utah where on September 14th of this year, a flash flood washed away a van and an SUV carrying 16 women and children. Only 3 were rescued. Hildale and neighboring Colorado City are home to many members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints which practices polygamy still today. It is an interesting town to drive through with large homes having boarded-up windows and large walls around the properties. There was almost nobody or cars on the street at mid-day. We drove down a long main street and turned right to drive right through the dip in the road where the flash flood occurred. What was most strange is that the road at that point was covered in orange mud with water flowing over to the other side. We considered turning around, but decided we could make it through.
On our way into the Grand Canyon, we saw the devastation of past wildfires along both sides of the road. This went on for many miles and we stopped in several places along the way.
We set up camp and used Mike's Tarp as a makeshift lean-to over our chairs and the firepit. We stayed dry. But, we were concerned how our tents would hold up that night because, while sitting under the tarp that first night, we saw bolts of lightning and hail, along with heavy rain, broken up by periods of dry. We needn't have worried. That first night was the heaviest rain and the most thunder and lightning I have experienced in my single-person tent. I stayed completely dry. Once I realized I would not get wet, I just enjoyed the show and sounds. My tent is an REI Passage 1 which I am sure glad I have. I'll camp in any weather with it now.
Mike's tent is on the left, a Big Agnes single person, I recall.
My tent is on the right, an REI Passage 1.
|We were able to put our chairs under Mike's tarp that we rigged with our parachute cord.|
That's Bill relaxing in the chair and Mike standing.
|There's very little you can say when you look into the Grand Canyon. Mike Burkley and Bill Moore on the edge.|
More photos of our two days at the Grand Canyon show you the vastness of it all. I don't know when I'll be back to the Grand Canyon, but I'll never forget it.
10/21/2015 and 10/22/2015 (Bryce Canyon, Utah)We left the North Rim Grand Canyon after packing up our stuff and after eating breakfast. We headed out on Hwy 89. It was a pretty and, somewhat uneventful, drive toward Bryce Canyon ... until the rain and sun mixed to create a rainbow. We were forced (by our sheer lack of will to drive under it) to stop at a viewpoint along the highway when the rainbow became a complete rainbow. Mike and I posted our pictures of it on our facebook home pages in a competition to see who could get the most likes and comments. I won't say who won the competition...
|Mike got one pot of gold, and Bill got the other.|
We walked up to the canyon rim and decided to go to Sunrise Point. The views of Bryce Canyon from the rim and the point were beautiful. It's hard to describe, but we took enough pictures to give sense of what we saw.
|The clouds and rain in the distance added, once again to the spectacular views.|
|Here at Sunrise Point, we watched people start down into the canyon. So we decided to join them.|
|Those last switchbacks out of the canyon just about got me. Almost straight up, it seemed.|
|The view from Sunset Point on the rim was a treat after our hike.|
|The tarp over our table and my Coleman stove made it feel like we were in a fine-dining establishment! Chez Jerry|
|I didn't have to worry about the wind. It was blowing like crazy all night. But, my tent let me just enjoy the wild ride!|
|The trail winds through this canyon, along Calf Creek, ending at Calf Creek Falls|
|We thought the petroglyphs were visible on these walls. Next time, I'll look closer and find them, I promise!|
|Mike Burkley, Bill Moore, and Jerry Grinstead at Calf Creek Falls near Bryce Canyon|
|Mike found a comfy rock with decent views to contemplate our adventure.|
|Bill Moore and Mike Burkley relax at Calf Creek.|
|Calf Creek Falls is just up one of those side canyons below us, to the right.|
|I tried to catch a glimpse of the falls back in the canyon, but to no avail from above.|
|Sun setting over Bryce Canyon|
|Sun setting over Bryce Canyon|
|Bill hurried, and got in two locations for this panorama. Bryce Canyon in the background.|
|Mike was like the Flash, getting in 3 different locations in this shot. Along the Bryce Canyon rim trail|
|Wake Up! Bryce Canyon.|
|Sunrise on Bill Moore at Bryce Canyon|
And here are some more photos from our second day at Bryce Canyon
10/23/2015 (Zion National Park and back to Mike's)
|Looking back at one of the many pools after climbing the slick rock up Many Pools hike.|
|Bill took it slow and steady up Many Pools with me, as Mike patiently waited for us along the way.|
|A flock of Bighorn Sheep joined us on our Many Pools hike.|
Note: I like to use "hence" and "wherewithal" every now and then... just to bug people. Whence and whilst, whatnot and trousers are fun, too.
|That's the Molar in the center, where we decided to turn back.|