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Trey Pitsenberger
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The Graphonaute
"French science student Hugo Germain (aka. Graphonaute) is just 18 years old, but crates animations and visual effects that seem well beyond his years. Though animation is not his primary focus, Germain spends his spare time mixing live action footage with various 3D tools to create quirky visual effects and experiments." 

You can see more over on Graphonaute
http://www.graphonaute.fr/

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The El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA, in 1910. Where was Dingee Park? It's where the present Sequoia High School is!

On July 2, 1902, cement magnate William J. Dingee purchased the Hopkins estate, remodeling the house and outbuildings and transforming the grounds into "Dingee Park". The house, which was completely destroyed during the 1906 earthquake, was located on the present site of the main school building. Remaining as evidence of this period of occupation are the concrete entry path and associated planting beds with decorative benches built by Dingee after 1902.
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LINCOLN HIGHWAY, APPLEGATE, CA.

Just outside of Applegate, Ca., The Lincoln Highway passes through a 1927 subway, under the railroad tracks. Apparently, the original roadbed actually climbed up, and over the railroad tracks, making for a dangerous mix of trains and autos.. I assume as traffic picked up over the years, the highway department decided to build these subways, thus avoiding car train meetings.

There use to be an old wagon parked here, likely representing the fact that this is also an old wagon route from the 1800's. Now this old auto has shown up in it's place. A Lincoln Highway tribute, no doubt.
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Missing a smokestack? Not so hidden behind a fence in Isletown, CA., sits, what appears to be, the smokestack from the old paddle-wheeler, "Delta King". How it ended up here, is a mystery. http://bit.ly/2CGcok0
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This article, which appeared in today's Sacramento Bee, say's, "the Farm-to-Fork boast is all wrong for a town that yearns to be Silicon Valley East...It’s time to step away from the world-class provincialism that has long constrained Sacramento. Let go of the images of our agricultural past, lest our economic future be limited to farm-to-forklift jobs."

The article describes how Silicon Valley, "which once laid claim to being the world’s canning and dried-fruit packing capital, shrugged off its rich agricultural heritage. Along with neighboring San Mateo County, it embraced a new moniker: Silicon Valley."

Why do we want so badly to shrug off our rich agricultural heritage? We want the overcrowding, and sky high housing costs of Silicon Valley here?

I find it weird that a population that seems to thrive on the "idea" of local farming, and locally sourced food, would want to emulate Silicon Valley, a once wondrous farmland turned into sprawl. I have no desire to see our region turned into Silicon Valley East, though it's headed in that direction. Where shall we grow our food if all the best agricultural land is paved over? Sacramento needs to get over wanting to be "somewhere else" (Silicon Valley this time), and figure out how to be itself, in all its agricultural glory.
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A couple of hikers encounter a mountain lion in Sequoia National Park. I have seen mountain lions cross my trail before, but nothing like this. The one thing they did wrong was not making enough noise. You do not sneak up on a mountain lion to take its picture! We hear of mountain lion reports everyday here. I can't understand why people wear headsets running or hiking in the wild. You need to keep your ears, and eyes open, and not worry about getting everything on video.
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The High Country

Monica and I hiked in the high country above Donner Pass yesterday. The Mount Judah Loop Trail circles around the mountain, starting and ending at the Old Donner Pass Road, approx 7200 feet in elevation. The views are spectacular, with lot's of snow in places. We couldn't complete the loop as one snow field was too big, slippery, and the drop, well, let's just say you don't want to slip. Can't wait to go back and complete the loop someday.
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The Coqui Frog has arrived in California

The Cogui Frog (Eleutherodactylus coqui) arrived in California probably "via contaminated plant shipments from Hawaii, with occurrences documented in nurseries in Torrance, Orange County, and San Diego, where their loud but unfamiliar calls have been mistaken for car alarms and exotic birds, and have become a general concern to local residents. Moreover, these invasive populations may act as stepping-stones to other west coast states such as Oregon and Washington, where coqui may encounter favorable habitats."

These frogs arrived in Hawaii in the 1980's and have wreaked havoc on the native habitat. They are predators, eating up to 8 prey animals a day. Most people wouldn't notice except that, "the coqui are loud, disturbing residents’ sleep, eliciting visitor complaints at hotels and resorts, and depressing real estate values in infested areas on the Big Island. In addition, Hawaiian nurseries have repeatedly exported frog-infested ornamental plants, only to suffer economic loss when their shipments are destroyed or returned."

Here is a short video of the frog and the sound they make. http://bit.ly/2sO30mG
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Seasonal closure ahead

When we head to Lake Tahoe we like to take the old Johnson Pass over Echo Summit. This pass was bypassed when they built Hwy. 50 back in the 1950's. This is the very top of Echo Summit at the Echo Summit Chalet operated by The Alpine Club. Elevation is 7,382 ft (2,250 m) above sea level. The downhill portion of the pass is completely blocked by snow, as you can see in the photo. That's Lake Tahoe off in the distance. We have never seen so much snow, this late into the season. Good news for a formally drought parched state. Lake Tahoe is full again, and there is still 20 feet of snow in the high country.

This old pass in on The Lincoln Highway route, and was the pass that thousands crossed during the great gold rush of 1849, and the subsequent silver rush in Nevada. One can only imagine the difficulty of crossing that snow in horse and wagon, back in those days.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_50_in_California

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Country road, take me home

Spotted this couple and their hatchlings wondering up the road, not a care in the world. We did warn the cars going by to slow down, and everyone gave them wide berth. Hope they got to where they were going safely.
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