Archive for September 3rd, 2012

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Sep
12

Fly Tying Nemesis

Penny the Cat (Tying Nemesis)

Penny the Cat is my nemesis. Try as I may with plastic bags, plastic bins with lids or boxes, Penny finds a way to get into at least one container now and then. The results are disastrous. Tenacious, playful, sometimes relentless, Penny is also enamored with fly tying tools. None can now be left atop a table. Either way, I snapped this photograph as she moved toward me for the customary rub under her chin. 

The doings of Penny in the middle of the night. I came down this morning and noticed the sparkle chenille over the arm of the chair. Then, upon closer inspection, I noticed further play. Items knocked from the table top on to the chair.

03
Sep
12

Synesthesia (Ever Heard of It?)

03
Sep
12

Banana & Oatmeal Cookies..Yum!!

Shelley over at Peak Perspective shares her sweet recipe for Banana & Oatmeal cookies. She seems to have a thing about Whisky too. She is also an excellent writer. Check it out. More than a great cookie recipe here.

“I live on top of a small mountain on the edge of the Blue Ridge in Virginia with my English husband, who grows exponentially more British with each passing day as he attempts to reclaim the colonies and become King of America. We have two children, who are far less fond of us than we are of them, but I’m fairly certain (and hopeful) that this is strictly teenage territory.”

03
Sep
12

A Little Matt Harding Always Makes You Smile

MATT MAKES YOU SMILE!

Bless Matt Harding…truly special gift!

03
Sep
12

Camel Pack Trains in Oregon & Beyond

Recently, I was reading a small book entitled Columbia River Gorge, Natural Treasure On The Old Oregon Trail by Cheri Dohnal. Interestingly, she notes a short lived effort, in 1859, to use camels as transport tools from Walla Walla, Washington to Virginia City, Montana and from Umatilla, Oregon to the Bannock Mines in Idaho.

The camels cost $1200. each, a considerable sum for the time, but the thinking was they could haul much more freight per trip than horses and they could traverse the desert country with more ease. Apparently, what they didn’t consider was camels consume much more food than horses. There was difficulty getting the quantities of feed required for the camels, especially in the Winter months along the pack routes. According to the author, the camels caused considerable agitation to horses and mules they met along the route, causing stampedes, over turned wagons and lost freight. The experiment only lasted one year.

 A few years later, Edward Beale gathered camels together to form exploratory efforts from Arizona to California. Maybe Beale was a visionary for his time, one that would be promoting electric cars, wind turbines and solar panels today? Instead of The Volt they could call it The Beale? Just joking, lighten up! Geeze.

Of course there are some who believe camels were in the region well before 1859: 

What should the lay person know about your work in the Paisley Caves?

“With the DNA signature of the samples from the caves, we have the oldest human remains in the Western Hemisphere. What you have is an incredible assemblage of artifacts, baskets, charred food, deer, and antelope bones and used obsidian. What makes this so exceptional is not just that we have fossils of horses and camels and bison that date to more than 14,000 years old, but that we have human remains that have been directly radiocarbon dated to the same age as those animals.” (X)

My mind ventures toward who went and got the camels? Where did they go? How long did it take? What route? How did they get them up river? So many stories and I cannot find a lot about it. It must have drawn some coverage by someone?




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