The bridge project at Liberty Lake Park – Cedar Grove
To view the first installment, click here: Part One

Photo #13: The Mechanical AdvantageInfo about grip hoists, Link

The creek runs from the top to the lower left in the above photo. The red arrow points to the Gabion on the side identified as “near-side” in previous photos. The handle for the grip hoist is extending from the unit down and off the lower edge of the photo.
A thin green line parallels the wire rope running back across the creek to a log. On the right, the green line points to the wire out the back of the unit. Moving the handle causes internal griping of the wire, and it moves through the unit – towards the camera. Not shown is a strap holding the unit to a large tree.
With a movement of the handle end of about 44 inches (¼ circle) the cable is pulled just a couple of inches through the unit. In this case, a log is on the far end of the wire rope, and the log moves toward the unit. This is not a fast process.

Photo #14: The other end
A Logging Choker is wrapped around a log and under tension it tightens on the tree. The wire rope from the far side is attached to the choker. We are good to go. Start cranking.
Occasionally, the end points have to be relocated to achieve a desired direction.
To lift a log, placing rigging in the air is necessary. An extension ladder is used to place “tree huggers” – tough fabric bands.

Photo #15: Getting Airborne
To lift a log, placing rigging in the air is necessary. An extension ladder is used to place “tree huggers” – tough fabric bands.

Photo #16: Watching and calling
There are grip hoists this side and the other. Watchers are along the length of the intended path. They will call to the hoist operators whether to loosen or tighten the tension. On the far side the operator is up the hillside and cannot see what is happening. The message is passed up by a person on that side.

Photo #17: Moving Forward
On this end, the callers and the operator can see the movement of the tree. The idea here is to keep the log above the sill but giving slack so the operator on the far side can pull the log across the creek.
The site is a popular destination for hikers, being just over 2 miles from the trailhead. It gets sufficient use that vegetation is gone from the flat area.

Photo #18: View from the far side
There has been an operator change. This is a learning experience for about half the crew of volunteers. The experienced show the inexperienced, and then step aside.
Alan (closest ‘Orange Hat’) directs the entire operation.
Actually, there are another 7 or 8 folks doing other things, unrelated to the moving of the log.

Photo #19: Over & Down
Trees grow in the forest and on the hillside where they want, and not always in the location needed. The rigging doesn’t usually bring the log to exactly where it is wanted. Here, a volunteer watches the log come across, then steps into position to nudge it to the desired resting place on the sill.

Photo #20: What else is happening?
While the log moving and placing is underway, other things are happening.
Note the red dots. The existing trail is off the top of the photo, but the new one will have to come down, turn behind a tree, and end at the level of the top of the logs. Large rocks are hunted, collected off the hillside, and stockpiled over there. A retaining wall will be built. New trail will be created leading to the bridge.
On this side the trail has to be built up to meet the top of the logs. The red oval highlights rocks collected to build a retaining edge for the material of the trail-tread that will fill the large volume of empty space.
To protect the crossing from high water it is built about 6 feet above the stream bed. The old one is just 18 inches up. The consequence of this height is the need for strong rock walls and lots of fill.

Photo #21: Rocks and Logs
The rock wall is taking shape. Note the rock carrier (of heavy canvas straps) at the feet of the worker with suspenders. Several of the rocks required 6 folks to carry them as much as 100+ feet along the trail to this spot. A guess is the largest weighed over 300 pounds.
A chainsaw is used to trim on the inside of the logs. As material is removed, the logs can be nudged closer, and the space between gets smaller, and the walking surface safer.

Photo #22: Refueling
Lunch time. I captured most of them. I think 2 (+me) are missing.

Photo #23: Limbs, logs, brush
You will have to go back to the beginning to recognize that a lot of things have been removed. Lots of rocks have been added. The main structural parts of the 2-log bridge are in place. Many more hours will be spent putting up a railing and building approaches.
The volunteer on the right side is holding a Peavey; named after Joseph.
Cant Hook or Peavey?

Photo #24: Can the bridge carry a hiker or two?
Belinda (photographer) Cron took photos on about 6 cameras. The rest of us, all 2,500 pounds, show trust of our work.

Hope I got most of this right. There’s much missing, too.
Thanks all.

Cedar Grove — Part One

The bridge project at Liberty Lake Park – Cedar Grove [ Six days ]

Here is a photo-rich and text-deficient report of a project of Washington Trails Association (with Spokane County Parks support) in far eastern Washington. This site is about 1/3 of a mile from the WA/ID boundary line.
Many of the photos were taken by volunteer Belinda Cron, with some by John Hultquist. Sorry if I miss others, but thanks Belinda.
The project was directed by Alan Carter Mortimer, WTA Seattle. Spokane area crew leaders were Holly Weiler and Jane Baker.

Photo #1: Existing CrossingThe trail comes downhill on the far side – shown by orange dots – and crosses to the near side on a well aged bridge. The orange arrow points to a fallen tree, used as a support. Being late September, after a dry summer, the stream is low – just a few inches deep. Stream bed is just 18 inches below the log.

Photo #2: Concept sketch
The concept is to replace the old bridge (left) with a 2-log flat walking surface, with a handrail on the up-stream side. The new structure will be about 6 feet above the stream bed. The design will accommodate those riding bicycles.

Photo #3: Measure

The supports for the two ends are being located, then digging can begin. There are tree branches and downed material still in the work area.

Photo #4: Platform started, rocks gathered
Looks like lunch time. Note the pile of rocks. Gatherers are taking a break in the background. The four folks in the foreground are well on the way to having the near-side platform dug.

Photo #5: Gabion constructed
Orange dots show the location of the trail. Note the right-most dot is at the place where someone in a blue shirt is hiking.
The center of this image shows a wire basket-like structure filled with rocks. This is a Gabion; LINK.

Photo #6: Near side Gabion
On the near side, the Gabion is ready for filling. Rocks need to be larger than the holes. The edges are held together with a metal spiral, much like that used on some note books.

Photo #7: Sill placement
The gabion is a foundation but not the best thing to connect the logs to. Wood sills do this job. These could have been formed from trees. The County Parks folks chose cut-in-a-mill sills.
Under the rocks a metal bar/plate anchors 2 long steel rods. These are threaded on the top end. Note the orange oval on the right, and the second rod top just to the left of the yellow level.

Photo #8: The logs
Two trees were cut on the slope in the distance. They were brought off the hill and the bark removed. In spring, inner bark (phloem) is soft and wet. This can be peeled easily, but does vary. In fall, the bark holds more tightly and the thick outer material requires more work to get it off. Thick, old, bark from close to the ground is no fun at all.
Bark holds water and becomes a habitat for critters that damage wood. That’s why we take it off. I like to use a sharp axe on the tougher parts. “Draw knives” can be used, but are better on the thinner bark.

Photo #9: One log peeled, another to go.
Over several hours there were crew changes, as we went off to do some other things.

Photo #10: Topping the log
The three green lines indicate cuts across the top of the log. Deciding what the top is, and marking how deep the cuts will be, is time consuming, but not physically demanding.
The red oval shows chunks that have been knocked off the log. There is much of this material. It gets cleaned up and dispersed off in the forest.

Photo #11: After the saw makes parallel cuts
Getting the top off requires work. There are several techniques.
The young lady on top of the log is using an adze (adz) LINK to adze This very ancient tool is in the hands of a soon-to-be highly skilled medical doctor. How cool is that!
We showed her how and she got busy. I used an ax. Two others used 2″ wide chisels and hammers. After a time, it got crowded with safety becoming and issue. I left this task and worked elsewhere.

Photo #12: Laying out equipment
We have just retrieved tools from a cache up the slope. The folks lined up pass a tool down to the next, and the next; a human chain or brigade. Important equipment in the foreground are grip hoists and wire rope (cable).

That’s all for now. We’ve got 2 big logs to move. Later! John

Not so nasty news September 28

Item #1: Autumn Crunchiness

LINK: Breaking Cat News
Autumn is settling in. The walnut trees are completely yellow and still hold many nuts. A strong gust will strip them of both. This is expected Tuesday – gusts may be to 25 miles per hour. From now until then the forecast is for nothing over 13 mph.
Our local paper “adjusted” the comic section last year and added Breaking Cat News. I guess Georgia Dunn’s creation became successful and too pricey for the small publication and it was dropped about 4 months after the EBRG paper started with it.
The paper could drop several of the others that have no redeeming qualities, including being not funny and poor art work.
Instead the paper just stopped printing a Friday edition. Today was electronic only. Which day will get dropped next?
Trees will be allowed to stand, age, and get crunchy all by themselves.

If you listen to the song City of New Orleans by Steve Goodman and think of the slow demise of the passenger trains, there is now a slow demise of many printed publications. Steve Goodman was diagnosed with leukemia in the 1960s and died in 1984.

Item #2: A crowd in a box

A cruise ship, the Norwegian Bliss is about the length of three football fields at 364 yards and is capable of carrying nearly 6,000 people.
See: arriving in Vancouver, BC
Go. Have a good time. Send a postcard.

Item #3: No need to hurry

Another tortoise story of 7 years duration.

The carapace of the radiated tortoise is brilliantly marked with yellow lines radiating from the center of each dark plate of the shell, hence the name.
Wikipedia claims the Radiated tortoise can live 188 years.

Thinking I might find out something more about this story, I found a different one: from Madagascar
9,888 tortoises in your house seems a bit much.

I did find more of the Perth story: Burglary – twice

Item #4: I’ll have all 4

This story started 10 days ago when needles were found in various fruits including apples, bananas, and strawberries. The link below (at the end) has the original story – if you care.
But this happened: Every year sundaes have been made to support the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, with all monies raised going to medical research.
But on this occasion, the funds went to the Queensland Strawberry Association.
14,000 sundaes

Link to original story

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

Not so nasty news Sept 21

Item #1: Not nearly enough
Fancy Dancers
Fancy” is a competitive powwow dance known for its fast and furious pace.
We pride ourselves on telling the fascinating stories of Canada through coins, . . .” – – so says Alison Crawford, of the Royal Canadian Mint.

What’s not to like? This . . .
The coin has a face value of $30, is a collectors edition, and only 3,500 will be made.
A current population estimate for Canada is 37,028,880.
4% claim an aboriginal identity, or about 1,490,000.

A few of these coins will be put on display in museums. Most will be sold once or twice and join other rare coins in homes of the rich. A very high percentage of Canadians will never see one, and fewer still will ever hold one.
This is wrong. Wrong! Wrong!
Canadians unite. Revolt. Demand.
I hope ‘3,500’ is a typo. 6 zeros, not 2.
35 Million sounds better.

Item #2:What says fall like Pumpkin
Leaves are turning colors, corn is ripe (or past ripe), pumpkins are coloring, and folks are happy to take your money to see the wonders of Autumn.
This link: Pumpkin Patches has some of the better known places in the Puget Sound area. Good photos, too.
This one ( Swan’s Trail ) has a 12 acre (~ 9 football fields) corn maze in the shape of the State. There is a 50-acre pumpkin patch.
These places accept cash and credit cards.
Check such places in your neighborhood. Have fun.

Item #3: A collection of Australian trolleys
After reading this story I searched with the term “shopping carts” and images. Who knew there were so many?
Oh well – the folks from OZ call them trolleys.
Trolleys go to sea
There is a 90 second video of a guy in a white shirt with a blue tie. He stands on a dock and points at the water. Could they not pull a couple of “trolleys” from the water and show them.
How much does one of these cost? Anyway, the good news:
These places make good habitat for creatures.

Item #4: This one is for Peggy
Baker Mayfield Is the Mayor of Cleveland
On Thursday night, Mayfield—the first overall draft pick, a Heisman-winning quarterback out of the University of Oklahoma—hopped off the bench late in the first half of a game in which the Browns trailed 14-0 to the New York Jets.
One half later, the Browns had an inspired 21-17 victory. It is the forlorn franchise’s first win since 1916. I mean 2016. But you know what I mean. It feels like 1916.”

[Jason Gay, Wall Street Journal]
Story here from USA Today

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

Seems like fall

Back to yesterday, 9/9 Starting our trip to the Chef’s Extravaganza for Quincy’s Farmers’ Awareness Day, 2018: (top down) – Start of fire in the median of I-90 on way over, that grew rapidly to a 100-acre fire, closing two lanes of I-90. Arrived at White Heron Cellars and Mariposa vineyard’s tasting room to visit with owner/Vigneron, Cameron Fries, and three of his pruners with family.

First a few seconds video of White Heron’s Collie, Altesse, finding John around the counter and greeting him. She did the same to me when she first saw me outside.

Altesse greets John 9-9-18 in the tasting room, at White Heron Cellars

Later with the pruners in the tasting room, discussing the package of John’s candied Carpathian walnuts he brought to Phyllis Fries. By the time she received it, several had been removed.

White Heron 9-9-18 Weighing Carpathian Walnut Package

Link to beginning photos of White Heron 9/9/18 Event

Monday, Sept 10

Here’s a photo (right) from over Ellensburg from a former student, Casey Stedman, now a pilot. He posted on Facebook, and tagged me! Cool. I had many of the ROTC and Aviation students in my mapping classes, and it’s nice when they keep in touch. He’s now flying for the Air Force, as a Training Officer at the Association of Spaceflight Professionals. He describes himself as a “Military Officer & Aviator-Aspiring Space Explorer.”

I called the Costco pharmacy about my Atorvastatin. Have one refill left and need to pick up after noon, tomorrow, 9/11. We coordinated our trip with a lunch and visit at Costco with Suzy & Bob West.

I worked for hours on the den pick up, cleaning up stacks, boxes, and sorting, to make room for entrance of the new clothes washer. John worked outside making things ready.

For dessert, John fixed our blackberries with ice cream over a ½ pumpkin muffin.

Tuesday, Sept 11

I called the Cle Elum Clinic to check on our annual physical/ wellness visits (a week apart) to see if it was scheduled in November, with our Primary Care Physician (PCP), Dr. Wood, or if the new computer system had lost the date we previously made (as happened to a friend’s). We’re good, and I have now written Tuesday, Nov 20 on our wall schedule**. While on acronyms, I think a different name should be applied to my “regular” doctor, not PCP, which conjures to most people an undesirable wanted substance: a seriously scary drug, Phencyclidine (PCP).

[**We have tried to get an earlier date. We used to go up in early September and get a flu shot. But the regulations require a year and a day – or something. They also messed up and we got pushed into October, now November. So now we go in the winter time – snow, ice, dark – instead of early fall. No respect for old folks.]

Packed stuff for town.
John has been growing Hen & Chicks, and then potting several in 6 inch wide containers. Photo below. He had a dozen of those that had filled out, plus others in still bigger pots. So we dropped them off at the AAC along with 15 pounds of summer yellow squash. Meanwhile a doe keeps jumping the fence and eating tomatoes. She travels with 3 smaller deer and they stick their tiny heads into the fence and reach unripe butternut squash. With temperatures going to the 40s overnight now, it is unlikely we’ll have any more tomatoes. We’ve numerous butternuts – if they ripen. We have numerous yellow squash and again need to pick and give away. Before next growing season a taller fence is needed around the “newer” garden, where he put his raised strawberry boxes. Deer like strawberries too, but those are safe unless leaves grow through the raised bed’s wire cover.Hen and chicks in a 6” pot. We gave a dozen of these and still have many more, some in 12 inch containers with 50 to 80 chicks.

We left for town in the morning with squash for AAC and Hen & Chicks, pears for Amy, to check our Bi-Mart number, and head to Costco, by way of WinCo for a few items, to meet Bob & Suzy at 1:00 for lunch. Prime reason was to pick up my medication, for which I was charged the wrong amount and have to deal with the next time down there.

Speaking of Amy, I want to share photos I downloaded from her today, using the Ailsa Craig onions, we gave her family. She made a super nice stew/soup and put pictures in her Facebook album.Beginning onion-mushrooms; after an hour; with beef broth and several spices added to a crockpot for warming.

After seeing a ton of flags on our trip to Yakima, we recalled what their significance was; the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. We don’t have a vertical pole, so could not have flown it at half mast, as most we viewed were. Still, we missed the opportunity to mark the day.

Finally published last week’s blog tonight at 12:18 a.m. 9/12

Wednesday, Sept 12

I went for a blood draw after going to Food Bank. I did not get my INR report or the CBP lab results back today, but will hear tomorrow.

I carried a sign to the AAC for my SAIL exercise class, put a container of the succulents with a sign on the “take counter” and succeeded in giving away 3 pots. While in town, I picked up Artificial Tears (eye drops) at Bi-Mart. They’d been on order for 3 weeks.

I finally finished processing the Kittitas Audubon Society picnic pictures, and got them sent to members I have emails for. This is the link:

KAS Annual Picnic, 8-16-18
Tomorrow, John goes back to White Heron for bottling (this time Pinot Noir), and had given me the chore of buying some Black Forest Ham slices to share with the potluck lunch for the crew at the end of bottling. I bought the rest of what was left in the counter, already cut into slices thinner than we preferred, but it didn’t bother the wine folks.

After my several hour absence, I returned home to find John had made an incredible amount of progress on moving the broken washer out, unpacking the new, and getting it into the den, where it sits until we clean out the place it needs to be installed (not yet completed). We need to get it installed before next week, to clean all the mud from his Carhartt work pants for his next trip, Sept 23.

Thursday, Sept 13

John left for bottling to be there at 9:00 a.m.

I called in 9 chairs for KV F&F today at the Meadows Place.

Good “shew”! Thanks to Roberta & Tim for bringing us so many of their Gravenstein apples to share.  They are tart and best used in cooking, making applesauce, or apple cider.  They have been around since the 17th Century or earlier.  The name is Danish from Gråsten, meaning “gray stone”, after

Gråsten Palace

Thanks to Roberta Vorhees, Activities Director, for making homemade ice cream to serve us at the end of our playing.

I need to see about reaching Candace Hooper (fiddler) about playing with us at Briarwood Saturday, but need her email. I left messages at both her phones this morning.

Finished dishes.

Got my Lab results from Sonya (Dr. Wood’s nurse): Sodium is low (133), but that is what it was in March, after it had been down to 121 in February, after I drank too much water, which flushed all the sodium from my blood. I guess I’ll continue drinking more PoweradeZero (6% Sodium). We live on a low salt diet. Cody claims this level is just right for me, and that Sonya wasn’t aware of my special issues.

Lacey or Cody will report my INR today, and potassium. Readings: INR=2.4 and K=4.9 – both good within ranges.

Here’s a beautiful new version of a song we often do (and now after a ton of work, Evie has transcribed it to SongWriter 2012 so our group can use it in the future:

Green, Green Grass by Evie & others with harmony

Friday, Sept 14

John left at 6:30 a.m. for Talapus Lake.

Here are some pictures I chose from the day that John took on his phone. If you look below at this week’s column by John, Not So Nasty News, you will see two of the photos at lunch by Talapus Lake, so I will not include those here. I had chosen the same two to share in a collage. Here are others, but I will start with three parts of the fold-out description at the beginning introduction of the day, which John created for the workers. His foldout is still with the crew leader LeeAnne, who has a few more work parties at that site. Then, a few of my choice from the day’s work:The day’s work was removing several very old puncheon** bridges. The stacked planks on the lower right have been taken off a previous damaged bridge. The planks will be removed later, maybe next year. [** piece of broad, heavy, roughly dressed timber with one face finished flat. Not sawn/milled]LeeAnne Blue Hat CL talks with crew; a picturesquely framed view of the scene.

Now, I’m going to go back 10 days to two photos from others that came from the previous week’s Sept 4 trip to Dingford Creek Trail, with Crew Leader LeeAnne.Top shows John and Jay, ACLs, deciding on rock moving project.
Bottom shows the crew exiting back to trail head w/ all tools.

I went back to bed, and slept in for much needed rest.
I’m working today on several projects, trying to clean up the den being foremost. These include: cleaning dishes and counters, cooking sausage, took diuretic, answered emails, sorted bills and checked on-line accounts, killed flies, worked on photos and videos needing processed from Sept 2 and 9 at White Heron. Still need to finish.

The next project has taken days to sort out, to get access for both John and me to see our medical results from lab tests at the local hospital blood draw lab. Medical records are not easily available as they should be. We have to continually fight with transferring records about our health from records in three cities: Ellensburg (hospital lab), Cle Elum (PCP), and Yakima (Cardiologist). There should be a central clearing house everyone can reach. Each hospital has a different portal, and we have one in Ellensburg and two in Yakima we have to use.

I figured out today how to compile a comparison of my lab reports for INR, Potassium to give to the Cardiologist on 9/24, and have been working on it among other tasks starting today (still working the end of this week).

John’s probably going to be home at 4:48. He’s made it to Hungry Junction Road.
We continued with projects.

Saturday, Sept 15

Need to go to the BBQ at Briarwood, starting at 1:00 p.m.
Found out we will have 10 players (doubled over night). Amazing.
Awoke with headache and higher BP than normal, but okay now; maybe from the stress of setting up this event (?) maybe.
At the start of the program, we played Irish Washerwoman and two older lady residents did a modified “clog” dance while Haley did her normal Irish dance steps. Dad Dustin took my camera and aimed it on the action. The musicians, Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends were to the left, under a canopy.

Haley, Connie, Kathy dance to Irish Washerwoman
Turnout included Laina (violin), Matt her hubby (guitar), Neil their cute baby, Gerald (guitar), Dean (Harmonica), Tim (Mandolin), Roberta (guitar), Candace (violin), Nancy (violin), Joanie (violin), and Amy (Flute, Penny Whistle, violin, and washboard).
We play about an hour and then eat. The rain threatened, but it was cool and quiet (non-windy) for a change, with intermittent sun. A number of us stayed and visited, over hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and root beer floats.
I arrived home and found John removing the canopy from the old truck into a new rack. It is backwards from its intended placement because he slid it off one truck onto this one. I’m not clear why he didn’t move it back from the old to the newer. I’ll let him explain. Oh! Remember the old clothes washer? Guess where it is? There is a trip to the transfer station in its future.

Sunday, Sept 16

Supposed to be raining at 5:00 a.m.; not yet. I got up before 8:00 because I couldn’t sleep any longer, thinking about all the stuff needing done. No outside cats yet. One (Rascal) has been in my lap for the duration.

John did outside projects first and then fixed us a great brunch. Surely beats my lunch yesterday. I have mostly been working on the blog, with intermittent dishes involvement and finishing processing and editing the 9/9 photos from White Heron, plus getting my exercise by walking to and from the back bathroom on diuretic day.

John has the new washer into the washroom, and is making the connections. The way it works is very different from the old one that had a central thrashing agitator. We did one small load to check that it worked. It does lots of funny whirs, stops, spins and other stuff. Here is a link: agitator or No agitator?. We are way behind on new technology.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so nasty news Sept. 15th

Curmudgeon – – A bad-tempered person, especially an old one.

I’m in a curmudgeon mood this morning.

Searching for “not so nasty news'” this week has been frustrating. I haven’t had much time — I’m sure there is good news to be found. A few things I found were duds. For example, a headline was of a “hungry bear cub roaming a mall” someplace in Canada. That could be good, I thought – ‘cub bear chows down on Tim Horton’s doughnuts’. It turned out to be a 13 second cell phone video of a small bear (actually a black smudge) about a block away on the street, and the first 6 seconds were of the side of a building, the sidewalk and concrete at the person’s feet. The person was trying to get the camera on his/her phone aimed toward the bear, and nearly failed. Watching a red Maple leaf blow across the street would have been more entertaining.

Florence the Hurricane was much in the news. It was good that the winds weakened before coming to land. People still died. But see below.
A funny story was of the weather reporter being shown trying to stand – with great difficulty – in the wind gusts. Meanwhile, two folks casually stroll across behind the reporter. This episode has been everywhere in the news, so is it really news 3 days later?

Okay, so a week ago – I, President Trump and thousands of others, suggested folks along the Atlantic coast get out of the low areas. Flooding was going to be a sure thing. Go. Go now. Vamoose. Get out. And so on.
My own comment was: “By Wednesday night be as far west as Knoxville, and by Thursday night be in Nashville. Enjoy music and related events for a couple of days until the coast is safe.”

Today we get stories from New Bern, NC, such as these two:

Tom Ballance, New Bern resident and business owner, told the Weather Channel that he watched water rise around him while sitting in his home, according to the Charlotte Observer.
“Nobody expected this,” Ballance said. “We were fools.”

Sadie Marie Holt, 67, was among those rescued. She tried to row out of her neighborhood Thursday night with a boat that was in her yard after her home began to flood, but had to retreat because of the poor conditions. Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor’s appointments that were canceled at the last minute.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The community of New Bern is sited at the junction of the Trent and Neuse rivers, two tidal waterways.
Note the term tidal.

Here’s a photo of houses on a cul-de-sac {that’s French for ‘bottom of a bag’} {Americans might say – a dead end street}.Near the center of the dead-end pavement the height above sea level is 3 feet. The houses are a foot higher.

In the same general neighborhood, here is a photo from street level [3 feet]..
The curmudgeon part of me notes these two phrases from the reports:
#1: “Nobody expected this,”
#2: “canceled at the last minute”

The first of these is simply not true. The second is an indication the doctor’s were more interested in the cash flow, than the water flow.

Also, of interest was 67 year old Sadie with a row boat in her yard. Where did that come from? Is she a world class rower? No, she is an ill woman that should have been in Nashville.
Uff da! Yes – they were fools.

Out of curmudgeon mood.

I’ve mentioned before that doing trail work frequently starts on trails noted for the beautiful lakes and mountain scenery a few miles up hill. We do sometimes get about two miles in on a trail. I’ve worked 6 or 8 days on the Talapus Lake Trail. Never reached the lake, until yesterday. Our work was just 300 yards short of the lake and it was only a bit “up” – so we went there for lunch. I took a photo.I clipped off the bottom part because it is fill with strangers in colorful hiking clothes.
Below has more of the lake and 6 of our crew of 18. And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

Nancy and friends are playing music someplace today. I guess she will get the blog ready later. When?

Why the posting is late – again

We are traveling today to:

. . . a 2 p.m. chef extravaganza at White Heron Cellars winery at Trinidad. A guest chef will create dishes from local produce for a buffet and wine tasting.
This is a Sunday event, but part of
Quincy Farmer Consumer Awareness Day,
that is (was) Saturday.**

Nancy plans on taking photos and including the event in the coming blog on Monday or Tuesday. I guess that depends on how much wine I drink.

**I’m not sure I believe this:

The Farmer Consumer Awareness Day began in 1981 after a Quincy farmer, Dennis Highashiyama, was listening to the late radioman Paul Harvey who was talking with a female listener. She blamed farmers for the high cost of food and said farmers weren’t needed because people got their food from grocery stores.

Click below to read the not so nasty news from last week.

Not so nasty news

Item #1: the perfect canola crop photograph
What could be nicer than an expanse of pretty yellow flowers?
How about that picture with you standing in the field of bright yellow?
Seems growers are not happy with such actions. You can learn the reasons why here: trespass angers farmers

For a fee, I think I can solve this issue.
Growers, please call or write.

Item #2: Tree detective excited

Date Line Bundaberg
This fine community is about 600 miles north of Sydney, Australia.
A tree went missing – not a dog, or cat, or horse – but a thing with roots in the ground.
Further, this appears to be a fairly large specimen.
It has fruits the size of a large purple plum, and presumably flowers, although photos are not available. I could not even find the size or color of the flowers.
Seems to be a case of hiding in plain sight.
The plan is to have hundreds growing soon.
You can find the story at this LINK.

Item #3: Records are meant to be broken

The records of note are temperature, not phonograph. Moose Jaw was cold in 1896, and it just got colder.
I guess because it was cold, a picture of a Canada Goose signifies that fact.
The headline mentions a “chilly autumn” day. They are using the meteorological notion of autumn and not the one star gazers use.
Moose Jaw is about 640 miles north of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Item #4: unclaimed funds

Thunder Bay is a breeze of a canoe ride (28 miles) from Isle Royale of Lake Superior fame. The place has fewer than 110,000 folks.
It has had 2 canoe clubs, and there’s the problem.
The old club had some money. It disbanded. Like the Phoenix of Greek mythology, a new club rose from the ashes of the old.
The new club could use the money of its predecessor, but so far that isn’t happening. Are you richer than you think?
Apparently there is quite a pile of money being held for someone or some group from this relatively small place. Likely this situation exist across Canada, and the United States.
How much? Who Knows? Maybe you have some waiting for you.

Item #5: Look out !

Asteroid ‘2018 RC’, the size of a 17-story building, will pass between Earth and Moon (sort of) Saturday night.
It will come within 136,000 miles of Earth.
The Virtual Telescope Project will live stream the asteroid’s journey past Earth, beginning 6 p.m. EDT Saturday.
I’ll be sleeping

If it were to come close enough to make a big whooshing sound, I might stay up. It won’t. That’s the good news.
I can wait for the replay.

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

This Week’s Not So Nasty News

Item #1: Prince Edward Island – 15 Piping Plovers are big news
Charadrius melodus – – 2nd part = named for its melodic, plaintive whistle,
1st part = having the same idea as chat or chatter and also charade.

New Piping Plovers

More information from: All about birdsLocally we have Killdeer, a related bird.

Item #2: A dog story
This is a story about dogs, but first what’s a “pulse”?
A legume is a plant, or its fruit or seed. The dried seeds are called pulse. Well-known legumes include alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, chickpeas, lentils, lupin bean, mesquite, carob, soybeans, and peanuts.

Such things can be fermented.
Here is the dog story: Beagles prefer fermented pluses in their chow

Item #3: An English Springer Spaniel story

Tia Vargas of Idaho Falls adopted Boomer into her family after rescuing and carrying the lost and injured dog down Table Rock Trail. Tia looks like she might weigh 120 pounds soaking wet. Okay, maybe 150 pounds. Boomer, described as a “pup” weighs 55 pounds.
We don’t know how high they were but there was snow.
We don’t learn how far she carried the mutt, but miles.
We don’t learn how much the vet bill was.
There is a Facebook page.
Story and photos at this link:
Tia, Boomer, Mountain

Item #4: CloudsI was headed home today and 4 miles south of home (we are between the trees and the hills on the right side of the canyon), I stopped to take a photo of these small lens-shaped clouds.
These are not as well formed as many of mountain peaks are. Mount Rainier is famous for them. These over flatter land are still interesting and form as air rises and sinks.
Lenticular Clouds

Item #5: A Birthday story
Nancy’s birth is Saturday, September 1st.

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

This Week’s Not So Nasty News

Item #1: Another police – animal rescue story

Not much to say about this.
It ends well.
Women on inflatable rainbow unicorn rescued from Minnesota lake.

The Unicorn needs rescued

Item #2: Bacon education


We learned to cook from our mom.
We were expected to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic at school.

Item #3: A first

I saw one of these crossing the road on Thursday. I was in my car 100 miles from home. They are found locally, but I’ve never seen one.

Item #4: Here he is! Climbing out the tree.

Man meets tree, tree met Hurricane

Trees don’t have a choice. They are where they are. Most would have enough sense to get out of a gale – if they could.
Not so for reporters. Think about that.
His name was James Cook. I’m related to a whole bunch of Cooks.
Hurricane was named Lane. We had a friend named Lane but lost track of her. We have lots of trees.
The tree gets no respect. Neither kind nor name is given.Item #5: stories behind popular pigments
This is just interesting. Well to me.

When I was teaching, we did a segment on rocks. One type is called Porphyry. A version is quite purple and hard to come by.
Ancients of the eastern Mediterranean made slabs of it and built rooms in which the queen would give birth. (This article mentions another very expensive purple, a dye.)
A male child born in a room built or lined with Porphyry was said “To be born in the purple.” LINK

More about the dye: Tyrian Purple

If you like ancient history, you can find lots to read about where the rock came from, how it was mined and transported, and its importance.

Item #6: Wild strawberries

When I was young, I would stay at my similar aged cousins for a week or so each summer. I remember us picking (very small) wild strawberries on the hill behind the farm house. They were very tasty but in a town not too far away, the grocery sold soda-pop. Holy cow!
We would pick berries, and Uncle Ed would carry them to town and sell them to the grocery. I don’t remember the rest, although I do remember riding to town on bicycles. Perhaps, to buy a soda with some of the money. Or just because.
Anyway, we picked berries, ate some, sold some, and drank pop.
That’s why I liked this story from Prince Edward Island.
a tradition: the strawberry social

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