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25 Apr 19

Spring is in full swing here in South Mississippi and there are plenty of fun things to do throughout the season. While our allergies become accustomed to the pollen “blizzard”, there are a few places to enjoy time with family and friends indoors. For those who are history-buffs and interested in our military, the Mississippi […]

25 Apr 19
Monterey Herald
Nothing says road trip like California in the spring. Except this year the abundance of rain and snow made it difficult to choose between a sundrenched play date in the Sierra Nevada’s epically beautiful white wonderland or feasting on the valleys’ and headlands’ fantastic and fleeting wildflower show. If California was showing off the best of two worlds in one season this year, I greedily wanted to indulge in the silence and solitude of the snow-covered mountain realm and feast on the rare tsunami of color sweeping the landscape below. The answer was for my husband David, our dog Gem and me to set off on a scenic loop journey across the Central Valley over the northern Sierra Mountains to Mammoth Lakes and across the southern Sierra Range to the coast. The brimming San Luis Reservoir and its skirt of green on Pacheco Pass confirmed last winter’s bounty as we hooked toward HIghway 5 north across the Central Valley to Highway 88. The eastward route quickly morphed from verdant knolls to snow-smothered lakes and a panorama of frosted crowns as we crested on Carson Pass. Joshua Tree bloom against a backdrop of goldfields along Highway178 in the southern Sierra. (David Mullally – Special to the Herald) The road continued to twist down to the high desert floor, where cattle and sheep munched on an early crop of green along the snow-fed streams in the shadow of snow-capped ridges and pinnacles. We weaved in and out of spring and winter along Highway 395’s vast expanse of sage-covered plains. The Walker River rippled and rushed over boulders tracing the base of the winding canyon as we continued to thread toward Mammoth Lakes. The bleaker dormant desert mesa gradually gave way to undulating hills dotted with deep green pine trees bursting with new growth. Clouds of snowflakes on the crags overlooking Mono Lake cast a moody shade of jade over the ancient lake at the northern edge of the geologically famous Long Valley Caldera and the charming enclave of Lee Vining. My pulse quickened with anticipation as we approached Mammoth Lakes and started the climb into the Lakes Basin’s magnificence with the Sherwin Range, Mammoth Crest and Mammoth Mountain framing the surreal postcard scenery. We checked into our favorite dog-friendly studio cabin at Tamarack Lodge on the shores of the frozen Twin Lakes just before sunset. The queen bed, hardwood floors, kitchenette, tiled shower and corner gas fireplace provided the necessary creature comforts for convenience and cocooning. We spent the next two euphoric days floating through the forest on snowshoes atop 10 feet of pristine white snow. The granite cirques and ramparts created a sort of magical citadel isolating us from real world intrusions in this enchanting domain. I devoured the thin pure air, dazzling sunshine and stunning setting. On the last day, we huffed up to 9,000 feet delighted by how the azure blue skies made light dance on McLeod Lake’s virgin snow and the iced crystal cliffs. The southern Sierra dressed in swirls of purple and yellow along Highway 178. (David Mullally – Special to the Herald) The next morning we headed home down along the Owens Valley corridor buttressed by the snow-cloaked Sierra Nevada and White Mountains.  We stopped at Schatz Bakery in Bishop to stock up on their famous hearty turkey and squaw bread sandwich sensing adventure and an ambitious itinerary ahead. Soon after Lone Pine and majestic Mount Whitney, the Sierra’s white crest faded into rocky spines and undulating ridges. The typically arid slopes boasted chutes of mustard yellow buds, while the usually dusty sage was blasted in vibrant green. We veered west on HIghway 14 and up the less traveled Highway 178 over Walker Pass toward Lake Isabella and the Kern River Canyon. This remote 80-mile traverse over the southern Sierra is an amazing transition zone between the Mojave Desert and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We were thrilled to see that the plateau was thriving with a pageant of Joshua Trees adorned in white blooms. The road unfurled through valleys fringed with cottonwood groves, where swales were brushed with swirls of purple, mauve and yellow making the occasional outpost look idyllic rather than forgotten. Mother Nature had cranked the spring color wheel to the max. We dropped out of the mountains tracing the Kern River Canyon’s dramatic tumble around boulders accented by bouquets of blue lupine. The Central Valley’s citrus scent permeated the air as we drove north along Highway 99 and west on Highway 46 to Paso Robles. Heading north on Highway 101 would have been the quicker route home, but we were on a bloom high, so we pushed west on back roads through vineyard hamlets laced with hillside honeysuckle, lilac lupine and blue vetch, riding the swell of grassy oak-studded hills to Cambria and Highway 1. The Big Sur coastal plain explodes with California poppies. (David Mullally – Special to the Herald) We had been fortunate to experience the dazzling white of an epic snow year and a kaleidoscope of blooms in one trip, but my wish list was missing the so far elusive California poppy. The Pacific Ocean gleamed against the lush coastal plains beckoning us to stop for a stroll, but sunset was at our heels and Carmel was still more than two hours up the coast.  As the Sand Dollar Beach day use area came into view just north of Gorda, we decided that Gem deserved a stretch-and-sniff stop on one of our favorite coastal trails. We had barely walked a few yards, before I stumbled on a patch of gold petals fluttering in the cloud-chilled early evening breeze. One lucky sunbeam and the meadow brightened into a sea of poppies. We drove home satiated with beauty and filled with gratitude for the privilege of witnessing a sublime California spring from snow to sea. Linda B. Mullally and husband David share their passion for travel, outdoor recreation and dogs through articles, hiking books and photography at http://www.lindabmullally.com, Falcon.com and Facebook        
25 Apr 19
ketakugi1

http://www.ivisa.com/turks-and-caicos-islands-visa It is among the world’s very best beaches and you’ll adore the soft sand and totally clear water while it’s possible to relax safe in the knowledge that the shallow waters are safe. Still, there’s a powerful and proud community culture here of Belongers. The lodges in the center of nowhere are stunning, and […]

25 Apr 19
National Parks USA

Welcome back to National Parks & other public lands with T! If you are seeing this on Twitter or Facebook, please visit the blog to see all of the photos and read the story by clicking the link. The history of Whitefish and neighboring Glacier National Park is intermingled with the history of the Great […]

25 Apr 19

Operation PCB

Campo to Julian By the numbers Miles hiked: 77 Completion percentage: 2.91% Hiking days: 6 Zero days: 1 Total Ascent: 11,004 ft. Total descent: 11,608 ft. Blister count: 0 Notable injury count: 0 After spending a few days with friends in San Diego it was time for me to begin my trek. I was lucky […]

25 Apr 19
Charles The Concierge

If you have time this may be worth reading Singita Pamushana Lodge: The Zimbabwe Safari Putting Conservation First | International | Travel  Luxury London A safari experience in the south offers the chance not only to see Africa’s wildlife in its natural state, but also to broaden the mind. Via http://bit.ly/2vf3IvQ

25 Apr 19
televisionchangesblog

Tonight’s episode of Riverdale appears to be very aptly named.  We have references throughout this episode that the “reapers” are everywhere but who is the real reaper?  I’m betting Kurtz but we’ve seen Archie and Gladys in that role too.  And let’s add Edgar as a reaper of souls.  Sheesh – I hate Edgar.  Anyway, […]

25 Apr 19
Ursy's Playground

I found this in my Google Keep and I don’t even remember what triggered this rant. I talk too much so, I don’t always know why I’m talking. Anyway, I added and subtracted and expanded and here’s a post! Sometimes, you read a book, you watch a movie and then an idea lodges itself firmly […]

25 Apr 19
DraftStock.Net

Here’s my top 100 players and final big board for the 2019 Draft Season. This is strictly my ranking of players based on my grades. The order I have them may not reflect where I slotted them in either my personal mock draft or my prediction mock draft. 1) Nick Bosa, EDGE Ohio State 2) […]

25 Apr 19
beritamalaysia

The deputy speaker will lodge an MCMC report over these ‘malicious, dirty tricks’. from Malaysiakini http://bit.ly/2vjtVJA

25 Apr 19
1001 Malaysian News

The deputy speaker will lodge an MCMC report over these ‘malicious, dirty tricks’. from Malaysiakini http://bit.ly/2vjtVJA via IFTTT ##MalaysiaKiniEn

25 Apr 19
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25 Apr 19
PenCityCurrent.com

Charles S. Abell III of Keokuk, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, April 12, 2019 in Birmingham, AL. Born in Keokuk on January 25, 1935, the son of Charles S. Abell and Helen Cameron Abell, Chuck attended Keokuk Schools, Marmion Military Academy and the University of Iowa. He was the descendent […]

25 Apr 19
Gumbo Sports

Adam Forsythe / April 24, 2019 With the 2019 NFL Draft just one day away, many fans are excited to see which players their favorite team adds to the roster. For Saints fans, however, the excitement is a little different. While fans of teams like the Oakland Raiders and the New York Giants are ecstatic […]

25 Apr 19
Time Traveling Times

Versailles by Colin Jones paints a vivid picture of how the magnificent French palace has changed throughout the years, yet managed to withstand the conflict of time and a changing nation. When Louis XIV laid out the plans to completely remodel his father’s austere hunting lodge, he was aware of the massive transformation that this […]