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Dusty Devil Dale

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  1. it depends where you are. In California's Sierras, walking downstream will almost always get you into steep glaciated rocky gorges with slippery slabs of very steep, polished granite, and dangerous waterfalls. The xanyons generally require ropes, technical gear, and skilled climbing or rapelling to get out of, not tp mention abundant rattlesnakes.
  2. Spectacular work, Yul. AGAIN! To do work that nice, you have to understand what constitutes good workmanship and never compromise. I'll be at Chorro next week. Hope to see your work, and hopefully finally meet you. Travel safely!
  3. If you watch the political medical garbage and media reports, you're right about the epidemics being politically used. But if you talk to the actual treating doctors in the hospitals, you'll get much more sane, consistent, and less agenda-based guidance. Those MDs who have left practice for government or NGO jobs or to work as medical statisticians are much more likely to deliver political advice than medical.
  4. What Trailrider said X 100. Tetanus kills more than 50% of those infected, even today, and it is a horrible, painful death. I've had fully vaccinated livestock contract Tetanus, and have to be euthanized to stop their obvious agony. Don't guess and dont take any chances.
  5. I was fishing at Magdelena Bay, Baja California Sur, a number of years ago. Four of us went on a boat excursion up the Rio de Magdelena for about 10 miles, just exploring. We came at 3/4 speed around a tight hairpin turn and smacked into a large marine crocodile, which caused us to run aground (hard) on a sand bar. We had to rearrange gear in the panga dugout, so I decided to hike the short mile over to the beach on the Pacific side. To make a very long story shorter, I misread the map scale and it was really about fifteen miles. The landscape was sand-- high sand dunes, with many over 200' high. I hiked along, skirting between them in the 110 degree sun of mid afternoon. After about half an hour I came upon a huge native indian midden pile, about 200 yards long. It was full of prehistoric bird and fish bones and there were ornate chert arrow points lying around everywhere. I knew better than to collect antiquities in Mexico, so I resisted the urge. I hiked on for an hour, expecting the ocean to appear at any minute. But suddenly I found myself back staring at that same midden pile, that still had my earlier footprints along its edge. I felt that horrible lost feeling, but I was also getting into more serious trouble with dehydration. I calmed myself down and climbed to the top of the tallest nearby dune. There, standing atop another dune several miles away, waving a jacket in the air was one of my partners. I noted the sun position over my right shoulder and kept it locked there as I walked toward my partner --walking not around the dunes but in a solar-marked straight line ditectly over whatever was in my path. An hour later, I saw the river, boat, and my three companions. For just a few minutes, I was really seriously lost and potentially life-threatened. There is just nothing like that realization and helpless/disoriented feeling. These are the dunes, from 20,000 feet.
  6. Most disorientation problems occur in bad weather where you cannot see the sun or topography. I've walked in circles for hours in the fog and heavy brush on my own ranch, passing and recognizing particular land-forms or unique vegetation several times while thinking I was walking between the bushes in a particular direction. It happens, and when you realize you are disoriented, the confusion is profound, to say the least. A compass phone app (or just a simple compass) is a good thing to have handy in the woods. A GPS is also great, but they don't usually give you direction unless you are moving.
  7. So our President thinks he can improve his popularity by trading a serious terrorist to free a basketball player who is a druggie and refuses to honor our country and veterans by standing for the Anthem, and who spends half of her time in Russia playing professional ball. Never mind the rest of her peculiar resume. She should be tried and punished by Russia, where she committed crimes that she admitted, and in the country she seems to love. Bon Voyage, Britt. Enjoy your extended vacation.
  8. When I read the title, I thought it was a political post about our current Admin.
  9. I hope you are right. Keep in mind that we are having to learn as we go with these new diseases. They present uncharted territory. Not since Smallpox, a hundred years ago, have we had to deal with something like Monkey Pox. If we knew exactly how to make a perfect vaccine, or prescribe a perfect treatment protocol, we would be doing it. But we don't have those advantages, despite the public's expectations of perfection, and lots of people, with or without co-morbidities, have lost their lives. Medical people and politicians are deliberately erring on the side of caution, given the observed death rates and risks. Yes, that's inconvenient, and it is easy to over-react. And the media plays off of that, so many people are ignoring the advice of doctors and governmental recommendations or requirements. That non-response just further confounds the ability to understand what works and what doesn't. What I see is a chaoitc situation of general public distrust, spawned by a media that profits hugely by magnifying controversy. They've confused and killed a lot of people (unfortunately predominantly disbelieving conservatives) with their deliberate half-truths.
  10. That's really bad! Another case where some creative design engineer thought they had everything covered in their "improvement", but had only thought halfway through possible scenarios. They ought to at least be required to tell prospective buyers that it is a partially self-driving vehicle.
  11. Co-morbidities? Look around. Do you know anybody over 40 who doesn't have some co-morbidities? So aren't we really just talking about overall mortality rate? And it is a fact that it is higher due to these viral diseases. The only thing we can depend on for sure is the biology. Viruses survive by spreading and they are adapted and equipped to do that. If nobody tries to control them, they will continue spreading and killing people with "comorbidities". I hope folks don't just figure that all those with co-morbidities deserve to get sick or die, or that their deaths somehow don't count or didn't really happen. Folks will do better to take medical guidance from their doctors, rather than reacting to dishonest media or political hype directed one way or the other. All medical indications so far are that Monkey Pox is medically more complex and more contagious than Covid.
  12. I'd class that compliment together with buying her a vacuum cleaner for her anniversary. Long ago I Iearned that things with electric cords don't make good gifts for wives. But a Shelby/Wilson? I hope you like camping out on the couch with the dog.
  13. Actually Wickenburg has two big circles. Here is the other one.
  14. Here's the one I earlier mentioned in Wickenburg. It is a nightmare when its full of trucks that block the view of signs, and if you are unfamiliar.
  15. I got that message once when I steered irregularly to go around a cardboard box on the road. LOL.
  16. The training is the hardest part-- like herding baby ducks.
  17. Remember in Deliverance, when Roy Clark, playing dueling banjos, told the weird kid, "I'm Lost!" ----Thats how I feel now. I think it's what I call a chord transition, but still not sure.
  18. I like knobs too. The AC on my 2000 F150 works from one selector knob. The thermostat is a simple potentiometer. The fan speed works from another simple knob with three speed choices. You turn the selector to get the AC compressor to engage, and control the air temp and flow from the two others. There aren't any digital screens to watch to distract from driving or to expensively replace when they go south.
  19. Yellow and black like any of these? Almost all of those in the top photo are migratory to some extent. The second photo are more resident and solitary, but sometimes will swarm around favorite pollen sources.
  20. You're probably seeing a seasonal migration pulse. Some species live several years and fly thousands of miles back and forth between seasons.
  21. Like everything else to do with roads, engineering design is critical--also good signage.
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