An odd assortment

This week’s not so nasty news.

Item #1: Don’t mess with mom

111 miles north of us, a person [unnamed, so far] doing some research, ventured into the home territory of one of the resident Washington Wolf packs, the Loup Loup group. The members objected.
They impressed her enough that she climbed a tree. Therefrom she was able to make a phone call (?). As a “U. S. Forest Service salmon researcher” she may have had a Forest Service radio, and she knew or should have known of the wolves.
A WA Department of Natural Resources wildfire helicopter flew to the site, the wolves went home, and all is well that ends well.

Full story here.

Item #2: They’ve got ice.

Most of it is under the water

Got ice?

Go get some. 870 east of Boston and 370 miles north is a place called Upper Amherst Cove on Newfoundland’s Bonavista Peninsula.

Item #3: Flying flowers

Our Milkweeds are blooming this week. A few other plants have blooms, also. And the weather has warmed.
I’ve been seeing the yellow and black Swallowtails and some smaller butterflies. We see very few of the Monarchs (orange & black).
Ours are the Oregon Swallowtail (Papilio oregonius)

Breaking Cat News cartoon.

Link 1 to Swallowtails.

Link 2: Friend Caitlin has this post: with great photos, and uses the name Papilio machaon oregonius.
Caitlin writes that Oregon Swallowtails {larvae} are exclusively found on wild tarragon (Artemesia dracunculus).
I’ll have to have a look about our “native’s-land” and see if we have this or if the butterflies are just visiting.

Item #4: Things that go boom!

I include this next link . . .
Melbourne’s Jack’s Magazine, where “magazine” means a storage facility for gunpowder.

. . . only because in the part of the USA where we have relatives [McKean County in north-central Pennsylvania], there was a British and American munitions plant for WWII. A cousin told me the buildings have 3 sides of cinder/cement blocks and one side of wood. Anticipating explosions, the wood side was expected to fail while the rest of the building would remain. Thus, rebuilding would be quick and the plant could continue operations. The Melbourne building is much nicer.
See this page: Eldred, PA.

Item #5: What?

I’ve watched this video a few times, trying to figure out what the big deal is, or was. The text claims: “Stranded driver rescued from floodwaters in Atlanta.”

Help! I’m going to drown

It looks as though a massive fire truck and several highly paid members of the fire-crew manage to keep someone from stepping in water about 5 inches deep.
Maybe he could have taken his shoes and socks off and waded the few feet to the safety of the sidewalk?
There must be something about this dramatic rescue I’m missing.

Item #6: A not dramatic story

Meanwhile, in River City (actually, Clarion PA) nothing happens.This photo is from Clarion’s Computer sales and service store. They relocated from the city’s core (between 5th and 6th avenues) to this spot (near 1st Ave) where Hwy 322 (aka, the 28th Division Highway) turns north and goes down to the River. Thus, we called it the River Hill. We lived one block forward and one block to the right.

Clarion might have been famous but Colonel Drake chose to drill the first oil well 32 miles away. Bummer.

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

This week’s not so nasty news

Item #1: from Breaking Cat News

My favorite cartoon, this week:
What are little girls made of?

Item #2: Winds

Sister said I should include a link to outhouses (aka potties) being blown about by wind. That sounds Nasty, so here is a different one:

Whirlwind moves along a beach

The Germain Shorthaired Pointer appears to be a fan.

Item #3: Twins
Twin red somethings, not Pandas


Item #4: Good for something

Stranded fox rescued from iceberg
William’s Harbour is real close to The middle of nowhere.

Item #5: First Dodge story

Dodge goes away
The United Way benefits as have others via this auction company: Barrett-Jackson
Mohegan Sun (entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping) is owned by the Mohegan Tribe. It is situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in southeastern Connecticut.

Item #6: Odd car story
Honda Odometer

Seems to me the headline needs a comma
The Best Odometer Picture Ever Took Real Planning And Math

Item #7: WA’s National Parks

Four people, 2 men & 2 women, get rides in a bright yellow helicopter.
3 dramatic rescues from North Cascades NP, Mt. Rainier NP, and Olympic National Park.

“A National Park Service helicopter team carried out three dramatic rescue missions in a single day over the weekend – one rescue in each of Washington state’s three large national parks.”

Item #8: Car colors

In February 2017 we acquired a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek, now named Jessica. I had intended to buy a red car but saw the blue color and liked it better. I was tired of white, off-white, and similar hues.
This is a story about car colors from the very early years to now. LINK

Item #9: A 20 year old mystery
From far out in Australia, we have Marree Man.

This one is about the 2016 restoration.

Item #10: Second Dodge story

Finally, and not a moment too soon:
A 16-year-old discovers Dodge Chargers are not designed to fly.
Not at 135 mph

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

This Week’s Not So Nasty News

Item #1: Get a map

Jeffery Phan and Michelle, with two small children, crossed into British Columbia – and disappeared.

Geography matters!

Oregon to Alaska is a long long way:
The RCMP said the family was unaware of the distance involved . . .

725 miles from the US border, still in B.C., they ran out of gas and began to walk.
All is well that ends well.

Item #2: A map would not have helped

Diva, the traveling cat crossed into B.C. but did not disappear.

Diva is from Sherwood Park, just east of Edmonton, Alberta. She hitched a ride to the Vancouver Island town of Duncan, B.C., southeast of the City of Vancouver, and directly east of Bellingham, WA.
She was 560 miles from home, 48 hours without food or water.
The trip back home was faster.

Item #3: Darn ! ?

Good news or bad news – you decide.

Bourbon storage facility collapses

Item #4: Wine: to drink or not?

Also about drinks, this story is good because it means someone with money stashed away is going to put some back into circulation.

Penfolds Grange

Item #5: There is a lot of stuff !

This seems interesting. Earlier this month a lot of old things were on display at Monroe, WA., about 30 miles from Seattle.
You might call some of it junk, ’cause art is in the eye and mind of the beholder. They’ve got stuff that’s vintage, handmade, and “repurposed antiques.”
Home Page

Next is a batch {48} of large (file size; slow loading) photos. I have a Nikon that can take large file size photos. Useful only if you want to get large format prints. I don’t, and they should not put them on the web like this.
GalleryIf you are not interested in lots of other people’s junk, don’t look.

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

Not so Nasty News


Item #1: Another dog story

See the Yorkshire terrier?

When all alone in a very large field of corn, a little girl and a little dog are hard to see. Night, when no one is nearby is not a time to bark.
Reminds me of this: from. . .

“The Adventure of Silver Blaze”, Sherlock Holmes

Gregory (Scotland Yard detective):
Is there any other point to which you
would wish to draw my attention

Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”

Gregory: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.”

Holmes: “That was the curious incident.”

Item #2: Another curious incident

I went 15 crow-flies miles to the west of the Cascade Crest today.
With a dozen other folks, I helped move dirt and rocks around and cut some brush. The trail was much in need of repair.
There was the curious incident of no rain.
Well, it did rain some around the region, and on the drive home I passed under a storm. Big tall – impressive – clouds!

Item #3: Another animals that climb story

Several months ago there was the story of an Opossum that climbed to the roof of Cash Moore’s liquor store in Florida.
Now there is another story of an animal that climbs.
Just some photos, because I thought the building was built with ramps (or something). But not! It just had a rough exterior.Item #4: Good news Coffee drinkers

The Great State of California, land of fruits and nuts, makes companies put warning labels on just about everything. I bought a folding saw – with the label on it. Also, a pair of hiking boots. I guess the idea is if I got very hungery I might eat these things. And there is a chemical therein that should not be eaten.
Meanwhile, the good regulators seem to be conflicted about Coffee.
One of the chemicals is acrylamide, which is found in many things and, as a byproduct of coffee roasting and brewing, is present in every cup.
The most common use of coffee is to consume it – unlike boots and saws.
You can find the story here: coffee doesn’t present a significant cancer risk
Does anyone care what CA health officials do or say?

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

A hodgepodge

This week’s not so nasty news.

Item #1: Plastics

The Graduate, a 1967 movie, stared a 30 year old Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin, just graduating — aged 21 – from college. A character named Mr. Maguire whispered career advice to young Ben, and made famous a one word quote, namely “Plastics.”

watch 1 minute clip

Many took that advice and plastics proliferated.Mountains of plastic waste have recently become a resource. There is opportunity, think $$$ (okay, $), in converting mixed plastics into diesel, gasoline and industrial chemicals. Heating plastic in a no-air reactor can yield 16 million gallons of useful products from 100,000 tons of waste available cheaply or at no cost.

What’s not to like?

Item #2: Looks like plastic

Not nasty – – just odd.

Black Kookaburra, link

Locally, we see a Belted Kingfisher. He/she sits on wires over an irrigation canal about 4 miles south of our house. Pictures and information here Cornell Lab. Cute birds.

A related bird is known in Australia, commonly called a Laughing Koolaburra. Nice photo here: Photo, of the normal multi-colored bird. Larger than those found in Kittitas County.

A related, quite rare bird, is all black. Well, it is rare in Western Australia. Thus, this story: Link

So, what I found most interesting is that searching for Black Kookaburra yields as many hits for the black licorice as for birds. A candy of other colors may have the shape of traditional licorice candy but extract of the root therein, is rarer than the black bird with the Kookaburra name.
I find no special relationship between Licorice and Australia, or the rare black bird.
This reminds me of the non-existance between Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe area and the Pepperidge Farm ‘white chocolate macadamia’ cookie named Tahoe®.

Item #3: Looked like rainI went to the wet (west) side of the Cascade Crest today to work on the Denny Creek Trail. The trail is a favorite of folks with young children because, when the water is not real high, wet rocks make for a big playground. The photo of summertime is at the “slide” several hundred yards up-trail from where we worked.
An air mass was moving off the Pacific Ocean toward Washington. If the weather folks had the timing wrong we all would have gotten exceedingly muddy.
The system arrived after our work, and the drive home was lightly sprinkled. Now, 6 hours later, there is light rain across the region. Not a lot, and it will pass in another couple of hours. We’ll fall asleep with sounds of drops falling from the roof.
What’s not to like?

Item #4: Breaking Cat News
My favorite cartoon made me smile today:

Clinging to the force field

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

A few odd items

This week’s not so nasty news.

Item #1: A non-tragic ending?

A man, in Warren Ohio, placed a loaded revolver in the broiler section of the oven to keep it safe.

My sister thought this was funny, the man lives, and so it is not so nasty news.
My questions, on the other hand, are:
Why loaded? Why a broiler? Why did he think that was a safe place? Could he not think of a place more stupid than this?
At least he failed to win a Darwin Award.

Item #2: The first

We picked a few ounces of garden strawberries today, Friday, June 1st. Now we are going to put them on a Key Lime pie.
The pie is purchased frozen and is now thawing. We should have lots of berries in 10 days.

Item #3: We are not big soup eaters
There is a web site with many images of restaurant signs, such as this one. Such sites make you click to see each sign, and each page has multiple ads, some animated and messy.
I looked at a bunch, and thought this “soup” one was cute, but not enough to make me enter the place and buy lunch – whiskey or otherwise.

Item #4: Time

I spent today on the Wonderland Trail in Mt. Rainier National Park.
This was WTA’s first day of the season, so I went, and will go back Sunday. The location is different this year and about 45 minutes farther for me. Thus, I’ll switch to closer places.
Several of the folks, especially on Sunday, came multiple times last year so this will be sort of a reunion.
The hopeful phrase “Until we meet again” comes to mind.
In this case, the phrase will be “See you on the trails.”

Item #5: A sea tale

An Orca was freed from fishing gear on Thursday by marine mammal rescue. Onlookers claim the whale took off and starting breaching and doing tail slaps.
Perhaps a bit of a salute to his rescuers?

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

Memorial Daytw’nsnn

Item #1: Got your flag?

We bought a new flag at Costco and I need to get it up on Monday. Our old one is short a few stars.
Had it been up today, likely it would now be in Idaho. Wind gusted to 46 mph between 4 and 5 PM. At 10 PM it has dropped to 44 mph. Sustained wind is only 28 mph.
Getting it up is a project for Sunday.

Item #2: She can’t wait to eat pizza.

Amber Kornak met one of her favorite critters. It fractured her skull and caused severe wounds to her head, neck and back.
The good news is, it did not kill her.

from Montana – a bear story

Item #3: A beer story
While moving dirt on a trail this morning (Fri., 25th) I hit something that went “clink”. Buried in the brush and under several inches of dirt was a full bottle of Bud-Lite. Vintage 2008. The consensus of the crew was that this was not a cultural artifact worth calling authorities about. Nor did anyone want to sample it. The term “trash” seemed appropriate.

Item #4: Just a pretty pictureHawaii’s Kilauea volcano continues to cause trouble, but the good news it has not (yet) blown the island apart.
I found this pretty image while searching for news.
An old photo (9 years ago) of a Kilauea eruption.

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.


I got skewered last week for posting about animals that will not be named this week.
Instead of spending hours searching for good news, I will just suggest you go to the link below and follow the 3 cats-comic, as they report the news:
Breaking cat news

Click the little circles below the panels to move forward or back.

I’m leaving at 5:30 AM to a Washington Trails learning event called Crew Leader College. My classes are
Sat. Cultural Artifacts (morning), and Power Tools (afternoon);
Sun. Emergency Response
One of the power tools – we call it a ‘toter’

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

Rat Talestw’nsnn

Many years ago I was a participant in a writers group. I did not write the great American novel, but we had a lot of nice people and some did get material published.
In one sense, we all did. One of the group knew a publisher and that got us the task of writing tales involving rats. I did not have a good story to tell, so I converted a standard chicken casserole dish to a rat casserole recipe. Yum!

Item #1: Will, Ahu, Wai – dogs all

The three dogs listed helped rid South Georgia Island of rats.
Two of these can be seen in this LINK.

More story and photos here:
I’ve had to refresh that one to get the photos.

Here is a photo of one of the birds in the story:

South Georgia pipit

I recall reading about this project about 4 or 5 years ago.
Nothing since, until this week.

Item #2: They work for peanuts

A Belgian nonprofit has found African giant pouched rats are much better at detecting old buried landmines than people or dogs.

Big rats

Item #3: Just a photo
Place: Hawaii.
I hope you do not have relatives or friends living in the area where magma is flowing. These housing sites should never have been allowed where they are, and it is going to cost a lot of tax dollars before the residents are resettled. Nevertheless, I thought the photo with the gate was priceless!

Item #4: A captioned photo
The Russians have been in the news quite a bit. If you are aware of them being blamed for many things – and now you are – you will get a chuckle:
And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.


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Item #1: A Dolphin with no name

Check. Mate!

Item #2: A bicycle with a name

Most people have never seen a bicycle called a “Penny Farthing” and fewer still have ridden one. The farthing was a British coin, one quarter of a penny. “Farthing” comes from an Old English word for a fourth part. This machine had a big wheel that one peddled directly, and a smaller one following behind. When a bike with a roller-chain mounted on 2 different sized sprockets was invented, the Penny Farthing became nearly extinct.

This story explains that this strange bike is still with us, and apparently fun to ride.
Along the Murray River – Australia

Item #3: Nest boxes south of the Murray

This story is about habitat loss in a part of the Murray River drainage.
About 100 miles north of Melbourne, Victoria, two rivers meet near Shepparton. The Broken River Flows from the east, into the Goulburn, and together the water flows north to the Murray River. This was a mining area when folks cared more for gold than they did for animals and trees.

Right side: Brush tailed phascogale

Because of the loss of big old trees – think food, shelter, and nesting sites – animals have been in need of a friend.
Cue Janice Mentiplay-Smith and the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority.

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Toward the end of the text is this:
A young girl in grade five making a nest box was saying, ‘I don’t think that I can do this because I’ve never used a drill before.’

When WTA crews do trail work, we often encounter people, some not so young, that have never used tools. We do on occasion use an old style brace & bit, or, when not in Wilderness, a gasoline powered drill. We have demonstrations and safety rules, but we do try to get anyone that has no experience to give things a try.
So cheers! – – to the young power-drill queen.

Item #4: An animal familiar

But they get one thing wrong.

The outside cats will follow me when I go to feed the horses, go up the driveway for the mail, and do other chores. Woody, so named because she is well camouflaged, seems to care most about where I am. Sometimes I don’t realize she is with me until she moves, or I make a point of looking for her. We often joke that she is my familiar.

In this story from Canada, a Ruffed Grouse seems to have become a “familiar” to a fellow from Red Rock, Ontario – a small place just north of Lake Superior.

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The article claims “the males thump on their chests with their wings …
Geeze! That would knock all the feathers off. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, HERE, provides an explanation and a video.
Scroll down to: OTHER SOUNDS

Item #5: An incomplete story

A Navy chopper crew rescued a pilot from a snow field after the plane crashed in the Olympic Mountains:

Officials reported that a search and rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island hoisted the pilot of a Cessna 172 N from the side of Klahhane Ridge in the Olympic Mountains. This ridge runs east/west and faces north toward the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
A death was not reported, so I’m going with a good rescue.
I can’t find any more information. After the initial report, there is a blank where news ought to be. Go figure.

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.