Below are photos from our visit today (Monday, 8/13/12) to Yosemite National Park. Unfortunately, because of the extreme heat Yosemite Falls was dry as a bone and Bridal Veil Falls was nearly so. The park was still impressive, as were the efforts to reduce traffic congestion. Even so, portions of the park must be near gridlock on weekends.
Archive for the ‘seasons’ Category
Posted in Climate Change, Environment, Geology, history, Nature, seasons, States, Travel, tagged Crater Lake, environment, geography, geology, nature, Oregon, parks, volcanoes on August 10, 2012 | 4 Comments »
Posted in Environment, fun, history, Land use, Nature, seasons, Travel, Wildlife, tagged California, environment, National Parks, nature, parks, tourism, travel, volcanoes on August 8, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Posted in agriculture, Communications, consumerism, Diversity, Food, health, history, Nature, seasons, Television, tagged bell peppers, Dr. Pepper, food, pepper, pepperoni on July 25, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
The famous tag line , “I’m a Pepper” was used by Dr. Pepper for many yeast as its advertising theme and slogan. And while I love Dr. Pepper (my favorite soft drink), it is not the only pepper that I love.
Posted in Alternative energy, Climate Change, deregulation, Economics, Environment, fitness, health, history, human rights, humanity, Nature, Peace, politics, pollution, Renewable Energy, Science, seasons, sports, Travel, tagged climate change, environment, global warming, olympics, sports, Summer Olympics on June 29, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
- Sauna cycling
- Climate change denier decathlon (make them run till they drop)
- Heat wave high-jumping
- Swimming in sweat
- Bad ass butt-blistering badminton
- Empty pool concrete crawl
- Track and burnt to a crisp fields
- Diving into melted marshmallows
- Hop, skip, and puddle jump
- Arid aerobics
- Hot as hell hammer throw
- Molten lava shot put (can you say hot potato?)
- Blistering baseball
- Torrid tennis
- Fiery flame fencing
- Hot foot gymnastics
- Desert doom marathon
- Asphalt egg-frying
- Perspiration polo
- Dead tree trunk lifting
- Bermuda short boxing
- Water bottle relay
- Mirage javelin and discus throw
- Greenhouse gym-gastics
- Wrestling with guilt (everyone qualifies)
Posted in Climate Change, Economics, Environment, health, history, humanity, Land use, Nature, pollution, Science, seasons, States, weather, Wildlife, tagged climate, disasters, news, weather on June 27, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Here is a fascinating map depicting those areas of the United States with the most and least billion dollar disasters since 1980. If you want to avoid destructive weather and climate related disasters, the south is not the place to be. On the other hand, Hawaii, Alaska, Wyoming, Michigan, New England, and Puerto Rico appear to be the safest. Sadly, with the recent glut of monstrous wildfires, Colorado may no longer be among the safer places.
While I was riding my bike to work the other morning, I stopped for a traffic signal to change. As I was sitting there, I noticed four separate lawn care crews at the intersection, each distinguished by the rumble of their oversized diesel pick-up truck and attached utility trailer filled with mowers, leaf blowers and a litany of other lawn care tools and instruments. It was if reveille had been blown and the competing armies were on the move across the front lines of the summer turf wars.
In all honesty, I have never quite figured out what all the fuss is about regarding having the perfectly manicured lawn. They look so sterile and are hardly natural. You get far more interesting wildlife by “de-sterilizing” it some.
Manicured lawns may be aesthetically pleasing to some, but traditional turf is hardly good for the environment. So much of the crapola we spread, spray, pour, drop, or distribute ends up washing right down our collective storm sewers and right into the local watering holes turning them into yucky and smelly algae blooms.
When I was looking at houses some time back, a realtor told me that one homeowner they knew actually used a carpenter’s level to make sure his grass was neat, tidy, and evenly cut. As my dad used to say, “if it is green it is good.” Thankfully, he never obsessed for the perfect lawn in sure a manner.
Neither have I. Fertilizer or weed killer have been rarely applied to my lawns and then if it must, it had to be organic. I also fail to see the need to drench your yard when dry conditions take place. The grass goes dormant and brown. So what? As soon as the weather turns, it will turn green again.
While lawn care services proliferate the yellow pages, advertising, and other media, most of the time I see the summer turf wars as good money being wasted by consumers on elusive dreams. That money could have been used for something more environmentally friendly and far more productive.
Lastly, instead of hiring a service, maybe more people should get off their duff and get some light exercise taking care of their property. Every little bit helps, particularly in this era of gargantuan soft drinks, super-sized servings, and sugar-coated everything else. Just a thought.
Posted in Alternative transportation, Animals, Biking, Environment, fitness, health, Pets, seasons, Transportation, tagged bicycling, bike commuting, cycling, transportation, weather on April 23, 2012 | 11 Comments »
Loneliness is a sand volleyball court in Michigan in winter.
Don’t know about any of you, but I find many Sunday afternoons to be rather somber. Something about the end of the weekend or the start of the upcoming work week just makes me blue. This being a holiday weekend, some might ask why are you even thinking about the work week? Well, although I work for a local government, President’s Day is not a holiday that we get off. So today, is just like any other Sunday.
Sunday afternoons used to annoy the crap out of me as a kid, because I knew it meant time to get started on my homework and then wake up early for school the next morning. In college, it tended to depend on my class schedule and if I decided to skip my 7:30 a.m. Monday morning English composition class. But, once the post-graduate career began, Sunday afternoons once again became my bane. I am certain it has something to do with work or school, because I definitely do not feel it (or it is not quite as bad) on Sundays that are part of a vacation or a holiday period. The feeling on Sunday afternoons is eerily similar to the bummed out feeling I tend to get at the end of a vacation, though I think it is tougher to shake in the winter and when you are living alone.
Football season helps abate the Sunday blues to some extent as do the four major golf tournaments (for me), as long as the games/tournaments are close. If they are a blow out, forget it. So…I try to find an activity (like writing this post) to keep me busy, take a short nap, do chores, or read to pass the monotonous time. When the walls of the apartment start to close in too much, I take the dog for a walk, go for a bike ride, or do as I am doing right now – head to the library where there are people around. I may not talk to them, but somehow their presence and the constant activity is reassuring.
Apparently, I am not the only one whole feels this emotion on Sunday afternoons or evenings, as a Google search brought up 8.780 million results for the topic of “Sunday blues.” Another term listed called it “Sunday Night Syndrome.” So there must be a collective “blah” that occurs as the arrival of a new school/work week are about to dawn upon all of us. Sounds like we all could use a great big group hug.
Oh, by the way. If I had known at the ripe old age of 18 that I was going to be writing and publishing blog posts several decades in the future, I think I would have skipped sleeping in on those Monday mornings when I was supposed to be in my English composition class. Karma sure has one hell of a sense of humor! : )