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Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 08, 2016 07:39PM
Please join JKW and me in wishing Chick-on is looking at you! a happy birthday!

I'd like to thank him for many, many wonderful fun-filled weekends of boating...


Boating: being buoyant on liquid water.

...more boating...


A rather Lost expression...

...and of course scrambling around all corners of Yosemite looking for, well, anything new and interesting...


Proving the blind squirrel/nut theory, he found this one fair and square....


...while we'll consider this one a birthday present.

He's helped us appreciate that all of Yosemite is wonderful, in it's own way, every last corner...


Maybe even the ones 800' down steep slopes that don't have 1905 markers near them.

...and that you should always watch your back(pack)!

He's been having problems with pickles recently.

Looking forward to many more fun-filled years exploring Yosemite with the one and only Chick-on is looking at you!!


Note the bridge: this one counts for Trail Quest. Period.

Oh, and thanks for all the pizza slice!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/08/2016 07:43PM by basilbop.
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 08, 2016 07:50PM
I am not nearly so clever with words as Basilbop...

Words fail me. All I can say is THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Bowing to his greatness for an awesome year of hiking, boating and exploring! So much fun! And even when the going gets rough, it's always a pleasure sharing the experiences with you!

And now that I've committed to the Trail Quest, I hope I have many more miles to look forward to of your pranks, jokes and jibes! They keep me going through the sometimes steep and slippery, but often sublime Yosemite and Sierra backcountry.

And one sober comment to all: I've met very few who care so deeply about protecting and preserving the park and the wilderness, leaving as little trace as is possible. He truly loves the land he has gotten to know so very well. Anyone who reads this site regularly knows how much he offers to us all with his experience and advice. That alone deserves much gratitude.

A belated* Happy Happy Birthday to you, Great Pink One! drinking smiley Birthday Cake Chick-on avec les pieds

*Chick-on's actual birthday was a few days ago, but we were busy on the sixth day of backpacking knocking out about 14 miles! Awesome day! Awesome Trip! Thanks again!



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 04/08/2016 08:00PM by JustKeepWalking.
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 08, 2016 08:52PM
Happy Birthday great bird of pink. Cake and Candle
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April 08, 2016 09:03PM
Having guided him through his infancy to see all that he has done and will do yet it makes me wonder, "What have I done!?'
Happy Birthday Dale.

(He has pictures from everywhere in the park in each season, wet years and dry years. Ask him for a picture and you will have to specify place, date, time, and conditions. I doubt anybody has done more, been more places, and recorded more than the Chick-on.)



Old Dude
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 09, 2016 07:44AM
Thanks Mike.

You know what you have done.

smiling smiley

It's all your fault.

And I can't thank you enough.



Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 08, 2016 10:05PM


Hooo Hoooo, hahaha! Quack quack quack. My friends would rather give a whimsical whammy, but they send their birthday wishes to you, almighty Fowl One. As do I.

smileys with beer
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 08, 2016 10:21PM
Bird-Day wish for Bird
Pink Sun sets over Clark Range
Granity Goodness



Tanks for Sharing your Yosemite trips with me!
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 09, 2016 07:36AM
Doodles,
We have had some good ones, eh?

It's all butter baby

Thanks!



Chick-on is looking at you!
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 09, 2016 07:41AM
Happy Birthday, Chickie-Baby! smiling smiley

Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 08, 2016 11:14PM
Happy birthday! Hope you guys had a blast out there!

-Kevin
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April 09, 2016 07:34AM
Thanks Kevin. We checked out 1/16th dome and did a run-around in LYV campground
(uh... wow... I mean... hello people... how about put OUT THE FIRE before leaving!)
then scooted down JMT (ok, I found a rockpile to goof on on the way down too!)
and spent bonus night in the woods...
Just a great way to spend a birthday!



Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 11, 2016 12:47AM
Were you able to top off the birthday trip with some pizza from Curry Half Dome village??
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April 11, 2016 07:09AM
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KevinD
Were you able to top off the birthday trip with some pizza from Curry Half Dome village??
We talked about it on the way down... but decided to have Noodles N Chicken Mountain House in the
tent so we could setup before dark and lounge immediately after... allowing me to immediately fall
asleep to TV in the tent... (something I have perfected)

Along that lines... was gonna post this on your Za thread.... but ur pictures disappeared...

from Mar 26, 2016


Wed is pizza night... so I end up taking 1/2 of a large pizza almost every week...
and we split it for lunch on one of the days out... def. not UL... but it's worth the weight carried.
smiling smiley



Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 11, 2016 01:27PM
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chick-on
Wed is pizza night... so I end up taking 1/2 of a large pizza almost every week...
and we split it for lunch on one of the days out... def. not UL... but it's worth the weight carried.
smiling smiley

And VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!!! Feed ME!
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April 09, 2016 04:10AM
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basilbop
Please join JKW and me in wishing Chick-on is looking at you! a happy birthday!

Shouldn't that be hatch day?
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 09, 2016 07:08AM
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eeek
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basilbop
Please join JKW and me in wishing Chick-on is looking at you! a happy birthday!

Shouldn't that be hatch day?

Good catch on the hatch!

Ok.. So I was thinking of a few more things to say...though not nearly complete...
  • Your sleeping bag is yellow
  • Your utensil bag is green
  • Your shirt is grey
  • Thank you for cooking fabulous pancakes
  • Thank you for movie nights!
  • You are the best guide ever! (Sorry, AndrewF)
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 09, 2016 07:32AM
Ewe berry funni gyrl.

I was gonna respond to you

"Although we don't see color to colour on everything... "

tongue sticking out smiley

But you beat me to the punchie.

Thank you JKW for pretty much putting up with me and becoming a dear friend
whom I look forward to hiking with for as long as we can.
Lots of laughs and fun.

Wish we were out there now.

Your friend,
Chick-on is looking at you!



Chick-on is looking at you!
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 09, 2016 07:42AM
Thanks blop!

Pickle? Really? grrrrrr....

Sigh

Thanks for all your knowledge and friendship.

It's been a blast. So many great memories.

Always looking forward to more!



Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 09, 2016 09:05AM
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chick-on
Pickle? Really? grrrrrr....

Yes, really...



Looks delicious/doable/boatable from here :-)
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 09, 2016 09:50AM
Grrrr! kins!!

It's all fun and games... til someone is wearing an ornament...





well played



Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 10, 2016 09:36AM
You could at least have told me that my Luci light wasn't charging...
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 10, 2016 10:02AM
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basilbop
You could at least have told me that my Luci light wasn't charging...

It charged during the night. No need to charge again.

(Full Moon allows a nice diffused charge)



Chick-on is looking at you!
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 11, 2016 08:44PM
Hope you had a great Bird day.
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 09, 2016 11:08AM
Happy Birthday to the Bird Man! I wonder how old he is in chicken years?

He is one of a kind Brown Chicken Well, at most two of a kind.

Good to see you guys are still having lots of fun. I haven't been on the forum much, have been climbing a lot, but I'm looking forward for "the backpacking season" to start anew this year and catch back up with all of you. Especially Dale, since now that he is older and wiser I expect that he will be mature enough to know to not throw poop at people.

P.S. I am posting this while wearing a pink t-shirt...
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 09, 2016 03:06PM
I have no idear wutt ewe talkin bout...



tongue sticking out smiley

Thanks Andrew!!

We miss you.



Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 11, 2016 01:34PM
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AndrewF
Good to see you guys are still having lots of fun. I haven't been on the forum much, have been climbing a lot, but I'm looking forward for "the backpacking season" to start anew this year and catch back up with all of you. Especially Dale, since now that he is older and wiser I expect that he will be mature enough to know to not throw poop at people.

P.S. I am posting this while wearing a pink t-shirt...

Hi Andrew! Miss you very much. I've been bad about keeping in touch with folks, sorry! Think of you a lot, though. Yah, "backpacking season".. never really ended... definitely looking forward to catching up with you!!! Glad to hear you have been climbing a lot! Yay!!

Ah, would have been grand the other weekend, I think we all had the pink t-shirts at the ready! smiling smiley

Be well, and ping when you can!

PS. Older and *wiser*???? Not sure those two go hand in hand with this Chick-on is looking at you!!
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 09, 2016 11:58AM
Happy Birthday!! Thank you for including all of us in your adventures...even if only vicariously!
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April 09, 2016 01:07PM
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 09, 2016 01:44PM
Happy Bird-day ! I really appreciate all your contributions to this board.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/09/2016 01:44PM by The Other Tom.
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 09, 2016 11:42PM
Happy B'Day D!!! Hope you ad a blast!
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. - Edward Abbey

Thanks to MC, JKW, and BB for the context and camaraderie.
I am learning so much from you guys, especially as backpacking is a bit different ballgame than mountaineering....

p.s.: I miserably failed at making pancakes in my titanium pan, event at home. So giving up on that...
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 10, 2016 12:22AM
Thats not too bad.... I tried making em in a stainless steel pot hahah. Gave up and went with an msr pan grinning smiley





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/10/2016 12:23AM by KevinD.
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 10, 2016 09:34AM
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nwhkr
p.s.: I miserably failed at making pancakes in my titanium pan, event at home. So giving up on that...

You need a pan that spreads out the heat--like a reasonably thick aluminum pan. Most backpacking stoves have very focused flames. They also sell diffusers (corrugated metal plates) that help a lot by spreading out the heat from the stove (pro tip from OD!).

Edit: we had some of the best backpacking pancakes ever after we started using OD's diffuser!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/10/2016 09:41AM by basilbop.
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 10, 2016 09:49AM
Pro Tip : It's not the cook it's the kit

Birthday Breakfast pancakes sans diffuser:





Chick-on is looking at you!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/10/2016 09:49AM by chick-on.
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 10, 2016 10:16AM
At least you remembered the frying pan this time....
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 10, 2016 12:50PM
Happy belated Birthday Dale! Hope you had a great one. Thanks for showing me (and Firecracker) so much of Yosemite, and for the pancakes, and the memories.









And yes, the answer is: it's a lodgepole...
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 11, 2016 07:18AM
Thanks Billy Joel!

Say hi to Firecracker!

I thought the answer was that I was right.

smiling smiley

She told me something about draonflies... what was it?
They only live a day or something like that.

Flowers for Dragonflies
(tell her that) (if she doesn't know what I am talking about... then say... ok give them to Algernon)

Any plans for this year?



Chick-on is looking at you!
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 10, 2016 03:18PM
When will you upgrade?

avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 10, 2016 04:34PM
Purty shure Z old stick n fedders would not consider dat an upgrade.
Why?
Well... um... yeah... um... each one of those little squares is a butter holder...
I might get carried away...

And if I can see North Mountain from my current perch... um...
no telling what would happen.



Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 10, 2016 06:49PM
Leggo my Eggo...?
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 11, 2016 01:18PM
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chick-on
Well... um... yeah... um... each one of those little squares is a butter holder...

That's not a bug; it's a feature!
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 10, 2016 09:51AM
Got diffuser?





Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 10, 2016 10:02AM
+1!!!

I've been testing out this little heat diffuser/simmer plate. Comes from MSR on their "military" version of the XGK.
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 10, 2016 08:25PM
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basilbop
You need a pan that spreads out the heat--like a reasonably thick aluminum pan. Most backpacking stoves have very focused flames. They also sell diffusers (corrugated metal plates) that help a lot by spreading out the heat from the stove (pro tip from OD!).

Thanks BB/ChickOn/Kevin. I guess I will just stick to oatmeal or cous cous as I only carry a Soto micro regulator stove and Snow Peak cookset. Was trying it at home with the titanium pan on cooking range and realized that I need a thick pan.

Those pancakes look delish though...



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/12/2016 01:55PM by eeek.
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 10, 2016 10:04AM
Thanks

We always have fun... even if we don't know where we are even when it's written out for us...





Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 10, 2016 11:03PM
Happy Birthday!

I still remember the closest I ever came to seeing Chick-On. We were on our way UP airplane gully after an aborted Tenaya Canyon daytrip trek that brought us down, using ropes, Pywiack Cascades. A lone person passed us heading down and I said, "Are you Chick-On?" For you had said you were doing the Canyon the next day. Alas it wasn't you---and least the person who I met said "no". If I recall correctly, you were in the canyon the next day and passed the big group that guy was with.

I still dream of completing the Canyon with you. Don't get too old too quick! (I'm speaking to myself mostly!)
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April 11, 2016 07:12AM
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chicagocwright
Happy Birthday!

I still remember the closest I ever came to seeing Chick-On. We were on our way UP airplane gully after an aborted Tenaya Canyon daytrip trek that brought us down, using ropes, Pywiack Cascades. A lone person passed us heading down and I said, "Are you Chick-On?" For you had said you were doing the Canyon the next day. Alas it wasn't you---and least the person who I met said "no". If I recall correctly, you were in the canyon the next day and passed the big group that guy was with.

I still dream of completing the Canyon with you. Don't get too old too quick! (I'm speaking to myself mostly!)

I remember. I took a pix of those guys ... care to see?

Thank you. I plan on staying young... smiling smiley

Think of you everytime I walk by or think of Curry Pizza Deck...
also thought of you in March.... when did some goofing around in the Valley...
here:


If you don't know why. You should put ur Apron on. Climb around. And give it some thought.

Thanks!

(do plan on doing Canyon again this year... btw)



Chick-on is looking at you!
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 10, 2016 11:20PM
Happy belated birthday! Thanks for all the posts and photos and inspiration over the years. Your exploits make me come back to the site almost daily.
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April 11, 2016 07:14AM
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abetterpitchfork
Happy belated birthday! Thanks for all the posts and photos and inspiration over the years. Your exploits make me come back to the site almost daily.

Thanks and that is very kind.

Ponder this one:



Have fun!



Chick-on is looking at you!
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 11, 2016 11:46PM
Been far too busy over the weekend to post on this forum, but I still would like to wish chick-onChick-on avec les pieds (or should it really be bill-e-gHow the Chick-on travels) a belated very happy birthday! Hope you had a great time during your birthday weekend!

And thanks for all the wonderful write-ups, advice and photos you've posted on this forum through the years!



Leave No Trace
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 12, 2016 08:20AM
Thank ewe Peter.



Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 12, 2016 09:46AM
sometimes you have no internetty

Happy belated bird- day! Have another great year of adventure...

Thanx for making me dust of the ole 3D glasses once in awhile
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April 12, 2016 09:11PM
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hikerchick395
sometimes you have no internetty

Happy belated bird- day! Have another great year of adventure...

Thanx for making me dust of the ole 3D glasses once in awhile

Thanks chicky395! Same to ewe.

Hope you saw the perspectus of rock here:
http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?3,83916,83940#msg-83940

It was for you...


I think I have another one of fun... lemme lookie quick...
(other than the one I posted above in this thread... which is super easy to get to)
smiling smiley

Have fun Cheryl!!!



Chick-on is looking at you!
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 13, 2016 07:16AM
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hikerchick395
Thanx for making me dust of the ole 3D glasses once in awhile

Try this one:





Chick-on is looking at you!
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 13, 2016 10:49AM
Nice. That must be Cascade Falls(The Cascades)
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 13, 2016 11:40AM
Tam/Cascade Creek confluence (taken from big oak flat rd)

Try this one:


that rock is a good 5ft diameter...



Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 13, 2016 06:15PM
Yep..love em! I especially enjoy the trees...heck, I always like all of them
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 15, 2016 01:36PM
Been busy with lots of stuff but can't believe I forgot to say Happy Birthday to one of my favorite people-I-haven't-met-yet! It looks like I'm going to have to move to California before we can get our schedules sufficiently sync'd to hike together but, in the meantime, hope you had a fabulous day and that you keep finding new parts of Yosemite to thrill and delight you (actually "thrill and delight you" is sort of redundant after you say "Yosemite," isn't it?).
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April 18, 2016 07:26AM
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DavidK42
Been busy with lots of stuff but can't believe I forgot to say Happy Birthday to one of my favorite people-I-haven't-met-yet! It looks like I'm going to have to move to California before we can get our schedules sufficiently sync'd to hike together but, in the meantime, hope you had a fabulous day and that you keep finding new parts of Yosemite to thrill and delight you (actually "thrill and delight you" is sort of redundant after you say "Yosemite," isn't it?).

Thanks so much!

It's a delight to enjoy it anew too. Having so much fun with the "Trail Quest" ...
Thought of you just yesterday when a new bit of Old Wawona Road was "discovered" ...
(cannot thank z ol stick n fedders n jkw nuff for being so game for so much ... (so much vadering))
smiling smiley



Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 24, 2016 07:30PM
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chick-on
Thought of you just yesterday when a new bit of Old Wawona Road was "discovered" ...
smiling smiley

You KNOW you can't drop a line like that without at least a hint as to where it is and the degree of bodily abuse I'll have to endure to traverse it! hot smiley
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 24, 2016 08:52PM
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DavidK42
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chick-on
Thought of you just yesterday when a new bit of Old Wawona Road was "discovered" ...
smiling smiley

You KNOW you can't drop a line like that without at least a hint as to where it is and the degree of bodily abuse I'll have to endure to traverse it! hot smiley

No bodily abuse...at least on that bit...

But I just got home after four days with the Pink One.. And my legs are scratched up and I pushed myself emotionally and physically as we explored unexpected "trail" and backpacked in the dark (something I actually normally like to do), and started out in the sleet (which thankfully turned to almost real snow on Friday evening). We were in various parts of the park over the course of the days, Trail Quest and Boundary Marker hunting...

And for all the face-slapping branches, the soggy meadows and leg-scraping buck-brush, I left happy and with a huge grin!

Basilbop and I will be very busy for the next couple of days, but hopefully we can get a report out.. But no matter what, huge thanks to Chick-on and Old Dude for yet another fun and adventurous trip!
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 24, 2016 10:44PM
Looking forward to your guys trip report! Thankfully conditions weren't bad! We had a lightning storm over at SEKI this weekend. Not fun :/
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 25, 2016 06:00AM
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KevinD
Looking forward to your guys trip report! Thankfully conditions weren't bad! We had a lightning storm over at SEKI this weekend. Not fun :/

Well... Define bad...

Heavy rain hit us around 1:30 in Wawona, and by the time we were passing through Yosemite Valley, there was lightning and light hail. By the time we were at the trailhead 2000' higher, we had sleet, slush and hail.

Once we were hiking though, it wasn't bad!!! That's because the bad bit was the indecision on whether to continue with the final leg that day. But the forecast held, and we had a gorgeous morning!

Hope u were in a relatively safe spot during the lightning storm. I love them when I feel we have done our best at locating a relatively safe spot... But it sounds like it was intense...Looking forward to your trip report too!
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April 25, 2016 08:06AM
Will be impressed (and perhaps depressed) if blop gets a TR out in time
you have... You prolly have 41 things to do to get ready for out of country experience.
41 things to tidy up. 41 things to take care of. 41 things to pack.
41 checklist items. Z Ol Stick N Fedders prolly got it maplet'ed out though...

In any case... here's one from z trip:





Chick-on is looking at you!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/25/2016 08:07AM by chick-on.
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 25, 2016 07:51PM
Any trip that has a view of "Jorges" Mountain can't be bad. It was fun!
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 25, 2016 03:02PM
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JustKeepWalking
No bodily abuse...at least on that bit...

Chick-on's comment below clarified where you were and yes, that's a pretty abuse-free zone smiling smiley although, ironically, I got one of my worst old-road injuries the first time I hiked that segment (threw my leg over a downed tree and smacked the back of my calf onto the stubby but still very sharp remains of a small branch that had broken off the tree-trunk...no infection and certainly not bad in the bigger scheme of things but I had a minor scar there for quite a long time). Just goes to show you that, with enough focus (or lack thereof), you can injure yourself pretty much anywhere! eye popping smiley
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April 25, 2016 08:10AM
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DavidK42
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chick-on
Thought of you just yesterday when a new bit of Old Wawona Road was "discovered" ...
smiling smiley

You KNOW you can't drop a line like that without at least a hint as to where it is and the degree of bodily abuse I'll have to endure to traverse it! hot smiley

It was continuation of Elevenmile. It only went for a very bit more...
Basilblop pointed out another bit s and e of there that needs exploration though.
Hopefully can get there soon. When that happens will make sure to update
an overlay map and get it to you.



Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 25, 2016 02:56PM
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chick-on
It was continuation of Elevenmile. It only went for a very bit more...
Basilblop pointed out another bit s and e of there that needs exploration though.

That is quite a lovely stretch and definitely one of the easier sections (including the spur down to the meadow), even if all the construction up at the Henness Ridge Rd end has destroyed a lot of the charm and isolation of that bit. A few years ago, I hunted around in the area where the old road comes back up to the current alignment but couldn't find anything resembling a continuation (although, at the time, I didn't realize the extent to which they sometimes obliterated the old road where it crossed paths with the new so I may not have looked far enough up the hill). I'm assuming, btw, (and your "s and e" comment seems to confirm this), that the continuation of the old road is above (i.e., east of) the current alignment after the Elevenmile segment comes back up to the current alignment (certainly seems like it should be, given the angle of approach)).

On our trip last year, I actually didn't get to do any hunting around for OWR segments (of the bits of which I'm aware, there are only 2 short segments north of Mosquito Creek that I haven't hiked yet). Instead, I started exploring sections of the Alder Creek trail and the area up around Empire Meadow...both of which were new to me. I got caught up exploring the old railroad bed that leads out to Alder Creek Falls and also the road out to Deer Camp (both of which I stumbled on quite by accident while hiking in that area).

Alder Falls has been on my to-do list but since I didn't expect any water there in September, I wasn't planning on doing it on that trip and was actually quite surprised when I ended up there! When the trail comes up to the RR bed, I was quite surprised...I knew there was a lot of lumber company RR'ing in that area so wasn't surprised that the RR was in that area but didn't expect to see it as part of the trail. Interestingly, when you first hit the RR bed (coming up the Alder Creek trail from Mosquito Creek) the section to your left is VERY clear but immediately to the right, it just disappears into a massive tangle of overgrowth. I'm curious where the other end of that is but we didn't have time to hack through it on that trip. Definitely want to explore this area a little more. (*)

The road to Deer Camp was a total surprise to me, however. We hiked in from the GPR, through Westfall Meadow and along Alder Creek drainage and I had no idea this road was down there. I followed it off to the right a little bit (the sign says it goes to Wawona but I wasn't able to figure out where it comes out down there (unless it stops being a road and deteriorates into a trail). We took it out as far as Deer Camp (and that direction is clearly much less well-maintained), had some lunch and then headed back.

(*) Oops, I was just about to start inserting some photos but it appears that Picasa no longer lets you share photos. Seems they've replaced Picasa with Google Photos (at least my old pictures have auto-migrated there) but I need to confirm a bunch of settings about extent-of-visibility before I start sharing stuff. Once I figure that out, I'll just do a (long-overdue) TR for that part of the trip (posted a couple days of the trip several months ago but then lost track of things).
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April 25, 2016 11:40PM
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DavidK42

(*) Oops, I was just about to start inserting some photos but it appears that Picasa no longer lets you share photos.


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Leave No Trace
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 26, 2016 10:58AM
Thanks, Peter. I thought I was logged in but tried again and noticed that I also had to edit the album visibility (it defaults to just me). I don't want to hijack this thread for my TR (at least no more than I already have!) so I'll just post the album link here and try to get some separate posts up about the trips soon. FYI, the trip to Deer Camp is photos 125-179 and the trip to Alder Falls is in photos 180-247.
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 26, 2016 07:33AM
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DavidK42
Alder Falls has been on my to-do list but since I didn't expect any water there in September, I wasn't planning on doing it on that trip and was actually quite surprised when I ended up there! When the trail comes up to the RR bed, I was quite surprised...I knew there was a lot of lumber company RR'ing in that area so wasn't surprised that the RR was in that area but didn't expect to see it as part of the trail. Interestingly, when you first hit the RR bed (coming up the Alder Creek trail from Mosquito Creek) the section to your left is VERY clear but immediately to the right, it just disappears into a massive tangle of overgrowth. I'm curious where the other end of that is but we didn't have time to hack through it on that trip. Definitely want to explore this area a little more. (*)

The road to Deer Camp was a total surprise to me, however. We hiked in from the GPR, through Westfall Meadow and along Alder Creek drainage and I had no idea this road was down there. I followed it off to the right a little bit (the sign says it goes to Wawona but I wasn't able to figure out where it comes out down there (unless it stops being a road and deteriorates into a trail). We took it out as far as Deer Camp (and that direction is clearly much less well-maintained), had some lunch and then headed back.

To right... it doesn't go very far... I haven't found much else right there... the trail is not where it is on USGS...

West of the Westfall connector... it's road all the way to Yosemite West... the trail to Wawona zigs south off of it...
and hooks up with the old rail...

Anywho... there's LOTS of rail in that area... and also around Crane Flat...
Have you seen this:
http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?3,49073,62128#msg-62128

Here's your Alder post:
http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?17,81119,81119#msg-81119

And this:
http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?17,81119,81119#msg-81119
(link doesn't work... will PM)

Anyzoo... I need to update the rail map... make an overlay... there is loads
of delicious railbed to explore... have stumbled into a few near Crane
and with Rim Fire... now is good time to look imo... or soot...
smiling smiley
As mentioned previous also need to redo Old Wawona overlays...

Have fun exploring. Sorry I can't find all the stuff posted about rails and such.
Lots of great info out there and some nice books.

Whenever I get around to the map goofing I will post or PM you.
I know you enjoy.

Take care



Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 26, 2016 11:03AM
Yes, I remember those posts...now that I've actually been there, they resonate that much more with me. Definitely want to get back to Alder when the water's flowing. BTW, since it was bone dry when I was there, I couldn't be too sure how feasible to go beyond the falls on that trail. Does the trail actually go through the water or does it cross at a higher point?
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 18, 2016 09:12AM
Happy Birthday Chick-on!
Thank you for all the good hiking advice over the years- always correct.
And thanks for guiding me on how to post a photo to this forum.

This would be a distant sighting of the rare flightless bird and his boating party.



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 04/18/2016 09:44AM by mrcondron.
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
April 18, 2016 03:54PM
O wow! Thanks Leslie!

Awesome!

(fwiw.. this shows another fine example of the Blue Bomber's drag ..
let's just say it is knot very fast ... no matter how hard u paddle)

smiling smiley



Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
May 14, 2016 11:23AM
Very late with this belated good wish for Chick-on.

Discovered off-trail hiking a few years ago. First fully x-country adventure planned was Cherry Creek - selected because there's so much granite it's obvious from Google satellite view. That's all I knew about it. Searched online for somebody that may have gone there.

Found this site. Learned a lot. Never met Chick-on. He posted, PM'd, shared GPS tracks, advice, more. Partial fail on first attempt but since have been back and done CC proper, North, West and East forks - and surrounding areas.

Still haven't met Chick-on in person. But wow, he is real, knows his stuff, and shares - a lot.

All the Sierra is wonderful. Cherry Creek is very special for me. Might not have found out just how special without his help.

Thanks Chick-on. Happy Hatching Day.
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
May 16, 2016 06:56AM
Thank you so much.

Appreciate very much the kind words.

Have fun out there.

Our paths have crossed already. Maybe they will meet someday.
If only for a hello.

Kindest Regards
Chick-on is looking at you!



Chick-on is looking at you!
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
May 25, 2016 04:33PM
Hey there! I'm very late to the party but "Happy Birthday" anyway. Great hiking memories.
Jim
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May 26, 2016 06:59AM
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tomdisco
Hey there! I'm very late to the party but "Happy Birthday" anyway. Great hiking memories.
Jim

Thank ewe Mr. Jim. We think of you often. It was only one trip. But it was so very memorable.
We hope you are doing well and can someday do a reunion hike with the gang... even if only a small dayhike.
Wish you the best always.
Your friend,
Chick-on is looking at you!



btw... it's pretty amazing to walk thru loads of the Rim Fire... and see it coming back...
We really had to deal with it on that trip... think we did pretty well.

Take Care!

edit: that was only the gang up there....


that's better...
smiling smiley



Chick-on is looking at you!



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 05/26/2016 07:02AM by chick-on.
Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
May 26, 2016 07:14AM
Great to hear from you, Jim!!!

We *do* think of that trip and you often!

Be well!
avatar Re: Happy Birthday Birdie!
May 26, 2016 11:03AM
Hi there JustKeepWalking,
Thank you. I had not been to the website for so long I had to look up my password! Had to pass on reading several thousand messages. As I just PM'd to chick-on, still wishing I could be out there.
Jim



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/26/2016 11:04AM by tomdisco.
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