General Discussion, Monday, March 13, 2023

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  1. Lucille says:

    Good morning, Stellars! Happy Monday!

    “During February, the sunset casts such a strong light on Yosemite’s Horsetail Fall that it seems to be on fire. This natural phenomenon is called ‘firefall’, and it makes the mountain look like an erupting volcano. It’s an incredible sight that has to be seen to be believed. Sunlight also casts orange light across Yosemite’s El Capitan and Half Dome, making them appear to glow with iridescent light.” (

    Yosemite: the Granddaddy of National Parks
    By Colin Treadwell – March 10, 2023

    It started 1872 when President Ulysses S. Grant signed an order to set aside a 3,500-square foot tract of land in the area around Yellowstone Lake and Yellowstone Caldera as federal territory reserved for recreational use of the people. That made Yellowstone the first national park. But Yellowstone actually had a predecessor. The first time land was set aside by the federal government for the people was in 1864 under President Abraham Lincoln. That land was what is now Yosemite National Park. Yosemite was the precedent that opened the possibility of what developed into the National Parks.

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    • weather257 says:

      “Let the Fire Fall!”
      For decades those words ushered in one of Yosemite National Park’s most famous spectacles: The Yosemite Firefall. Each evening in the summer, a roaring bonfire was built at the edge of Glacier Point which towers 3,200 feet above Yosemite Valley.

      When young, our family rented a small trailer and camped at Yosemite. I remember staying up really late (after dark) to see the firefall. They built a huge fire then used a bulldozer to push it over the edge. Such memories!!

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      • Sharon says:

        I was 7 years old in the summer of 1953 when we drove the family car from eastern MT to Los Angeles for my older sister’s July wedding. On the return home, we took the long way ’round to be able to spend time in Yosemite. My father loved reading, history, and traveling, so it was a very deliberate plan.

        We saw the firefall at night. Just stunning. He took some wonderful 35mm slides with his first 35mm camera. Because both film and development was all Kodak, those slides are still in pristine condition. Hundreds of his slides are in commercial storage boxes on the book case a bit behind my desk here. I’m almost done with all the cataloging and indexing which has been going on for a couple of years.

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        • Reflection says:

          How wise of you! Digital photos can so quickly disappear into the twilight of system and equipment changes.

          All anyone needs with a slide is a good viewer, even without a projector they can still be enjoyed.

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        • weather257 says:

          Oh, we could’ve been there at the same time, Sharon. In ’53 I was 6, and that’s probably when we went judging from some old photos of us on the rental horses. We also went to the movie, a memorable old b-western where they hung the bad guy.


  2. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids! Up ‘n at ’em!

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  3. WeeWeed says:

    I know, I know – a whole bag of “nope” but a beautiful beast…

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  4. czarina33 says:

    Mornin’ all ya’all! Beautiful spring day today and for the next week or so! Things blooming, including the weeds I’m trying to kill. Turns out two of the bottles of killer had lost potency, and all my work for two days was for naught. I have to re-do a large swath of yard, plus work on more I did not touch yet. Have I mentioned I have ALOT of yard? Then there are the woods beyond, just full of more weed seeds…

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  5. Stella says:

    Greetings everybody! Snowing again here. Bah humbug!

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  6. auscitizenmom says:

    Afternoon, All. We are at 31* here. Haven’t checked to see what to expect in the near future. Watching the national weather report is like watching a disaster movie nowadays. Ooh, the sun is coming out now.

    I’m still under the weather, but getting better. Hope everyone else is well.

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    • litenmaus says:

      It’s about 15* here aus. Looks like we might have a warm mid-30’s day tomorrow, but then the rest of the week looks like it won’t get above freezing during the day. The good news is that there’s no snow in the forecast.

      Speaking of no snow in the forecast….I was able to find a rancher who was willing to come plow out my street for me after this last “no snow” event and it only took me two days to shovel a walkway to the feral garage. Good times!….Have I stated yet this year that I really, really, really hate winter? :0)

      Stay warm and get well aus.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        I’m glad you found somebody to clear your road. I am so grateful to my neighbor who came over and cleared the snow off the grass next to my patio. It was only a few inches deep, but it was a bit much for Loki.

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  7. auscitizenmom says:

    Hm. Maybe we should take a lesson from history.

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  8. Lucille says:

    Pence apparently believes that playing to the crowd at the annual white-tie Gridiron Dinner attended by politicians and establishment reporters is going to win him their admiration and perhaps the Presidential nomination.

    And what can we make of the quote posted below? Totally unnecessary. He should be ashamed of himself.

    Pence: Trump ‘Endangered My Family’ on Jan. 6
    Published March 13, 2023

    At one point during the dinner, Pence quipped that he “read that some of those classified documents they found at Mar-a-Lago were actually stuck in the president’s Bible. Which proves he had absolutely no idea they were there.”

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  9. Reflection says:

    His actions certainly speak for him.

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  10. The Tundra PA says:

    IDITAROD UPDATE, end of Day 7.

    The front end of the race is closing in on the home stretch now. Ryan Redington has the lead and is about 17 miles out from reaching White Mountain where all teams are required to stop for a mandatory 8 hour rest. Pete is still resting at the previous checkpoint, Elim, 26 miles behind Ryan. Ritchie Diehl is also at Elim, where he arrived 3 hours after Pete. It’s unlikely at this point that either Pete or Ritchie will be able to reel in the team ahead and move up a position; the distances between them are too great to make up this late in the race.

    But again, that is always baring a weather event or a dog or human catastrophe. Quite a few Iditarod finishes were based on surprises no one expected.

    The general wisdom is that the order of teams coming into White Mountain will be the order at the finish line. That will probably be 1 – 2 – 3 being Ryan – Pete – Ritchie. The following pack consists of 8 teams that are at least 3 hours behind Ritchie. I’d be surprised if any of them were able to catch up with him. This group contains the first woman musher in the top 14 teams, Mille Porcild in 9th position, and both rookies hoping to make Rookie of the Year in 8th and 10th positions. From there the field stretches back to the Red Lantern 30th position back at Kaltag on the Yukon River.

    Right now, Jessie Royer is in 16th, Mike Jr. is in 21st and Bridgett is in 26th positions. The life-threatening weather event that caused Bridgett and others to scratch last year happened at a spot just past White Mountain known to mushers as the Blow Hole for the often stiff and sometimes fierce winds that blow through it. I hope the location doesn’t give Bridgett the willies from intense memories of what she went through last year. I so want her to make it to Nome this year.

    Day 8 is about to start and the leader is 91 miles from the finish line. Once the 8 hour rest at White Mountain is figured in, the race should finish sometime tomorrow. I’ll be watching and will let you all know. Thank you to all the Stellar friends here for indulging my passion with these long posts on dog mushing. Like I said a week ago, I can always talk dogs!

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  11. Stella says:

    This is very interesting. What the Republican candidates for President think about the war in Ukraine.


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