Goodbye, Google Reader.


Because every post should have a picture, however unrelated.  Raven at Olmsted Pt, Yosemite National Park. Taken with iPhone 4S. 

A gentle reminder that we’re fast approaching the kill-date of Google Reader; If you’re using that service to read this blog, may I suggest choosing some software such as NetNewsWire to aggregate your RSS feeds? You can find my RSS 2.0 URL at the bottom of the page, or here at this finely crafted link

Issues to iron out: A list. You can ignore.

Well, it seems I have some issues to iron out here at LRTblog: 
1. MarsEdit adds paragraph tags whenever I hit Enter on my keyboard. I have to use Command+Enter to single space my posts. 
2. Post URLs are getting changed on the way to Facebook. But only if I repost from my old posts. If I copy and paste an old post, it doesn’t show up on Facebook at all.  
3. Post URLs aren’t getting changed on the way to Twitter–and Jetpack is doing both. Hmmm.


Deep history repost troubleshooting


I am not a geologist. Sometimes I wish I were, but I’m fortunate to have geologists among my friends, both here in California and in Australia, even. The Cathedral Range has some really beautiful granite, with rectangular and elongated hexagonal feldspar crystals embedded.  Add to that some marvelous glacial polish, and you’ve got a visual treat sure to delight any observant hiker.  But sometimes you find something really unique, like this 1.5″ dike running in an almost perfectly straight line.  As I understand it, at one time the granite that forms the Sierra Nevada range was deep underground, under a vast sea. As the granite rose, it cooled, and sometimes cracked. Magma extruded upwards into those cracks, forming these lines.  Fast forward about a gazillion years (I *told* you I’m not a geologist!), the sea went away (dried? drained?) and the batholith tilted upwards, softer rock eroded away, exposing 400 miles of granite, warts and all. Next came the Ice age, with glaciers miles deep, sliding over the rock. It polished this north-south berm along the eastern edge of Lower Cathedral Lake.  It also left behind some magnificent boulders! 

I’m hoping I can entice Garry Hayes and Gillian Brent here to correct my interpretation of what this line is.  

Moving forward.


Yes, I’m back in the blogging business.  Sadly, I truly lack the skills to restore my blog content, and so I’m starting fresh.  Oh, sure, occasionally I’ll toss in a post from the past, because I’ve got stuff going back to 2011 on MarsEdit, but dang, I’ll miss the first iteration of this site.  Should any of you good folks be willing to take a look at my old database, I’d be happy to email it! 

Saturday, June 22, I hiked up the Snow Creek Trail with my friend Christine Loberg; I almost didn’t make it, but I’m glad I persevered.  We arrived in time to shoot the “super moon” as it rose over Cloud’s Rest, but it was the next day that was truly spectacular.  While Chris went off to explore, I witnessed something I’d never seen before: an upside down rainbow over Half Dome.  My friend Dawn Endico did a bit of Google-fu and found out that it’s called a “circumzenithal arc“.  I’m wishing I could say that it was a portent of today’s news about the SCOTUS decisions on DOMA and Prop 8, but the trouble with portents is that they are hard to recognize before the fact, and all too easy to ascribe after the fact.  Still, I like to think the “smile in the sky” was for a good reason.