Not this guy, not until this past Sunday. The North Branch of the Mokelumne near Jackson is fantastic and isolated. Now one of my favorite foothills spots. QUESTION FOR HERBALIST/WILDFLOWER TYPES: ARE THE PURPLE ONES STICKY CHINESE HOUSES? (Marked with a caption.)
First, enjoy some frogs.
These purple flowers, above and below: sticky Chinese houses? (Comment or message, thanks.)
There are a bunch of mountain lions in Ohlone Wilderness. This is a bit nerve-wracking. Last time I was there I saw a bobcat chase down and kill a ground squirrel and I'm fine with those guys because they can't chase down and kill people. There was a story a few years ago that I now can't find that a few years ago a camera caught five mountain lions simultaneously feeding on a deer carcass in Palo Alto. That was more than enough to make me think twice.
Roads are a good first approximation for population density, which drops off in mountainous country of course. And you can compare to Pennsylvania, where you can really see the drop-off north of I-80, which is the less rugged but still foreboding Allegheny Plateau. (Contains the highest point on I-80 east of the Mississippi; somehow the mountains in Pennsylvania are just scary, captured well by Kerouac in On the Road.*) This part of the state wasn't really explored until the 1790s, after the Revolutionary War. Wiki map below.
Above: the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, Northern PA, just because. From Geo Times.
*"We walked seven miles along the mournful Susquehanna. It is a terrifying river. It has bushy cliffs on both sides that lean like hairy ghosts over the unknown waters. Inky night covers all. Sometimes from the railyards across the river rises a great red locomotive flare that illuminates the horrid cliffs."
Solvitur ambulando! Note the thick brow-ridge, the idiotic grin, and the death-grip on the beverage. You can email this handsome devil at email@example.com.
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