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June 10th, 2013

Fido and Me - Home Again

June 10, 2013

“I’m home, I’m home, thank Dog Almighty, I’m home!”

“Fido, you might have that ‘Dog Almighty’ thing turned around, but I get your point. It’s good to be back, isn’t it?”

“It felt like I was gone a year. That’s seven years to you, and that’s a long time. I thought I’d never ever get back here!”

“Surely, though, you enjoyed various adventures on your dog-cation.”

“Most of them were bad.”

June 7th

Off the Trail- Under Water

June 7, 2013

The sun is hot, the sky is as blue as the underwing of a Steller’s jay, and it’s raining—raining hard.

The rain comes down in great sheets, dropping from the cloudless blue sky, catching the hot light, casting rainbows against the silver granite rock.

Somewhere up ahead, beyond the crashing river drainage below and the tall granite walls above, comes the sound of thunder.

The ground begins to shake; it feels like walking into the teeth of a storm, except the air is warm and fragrant and the sun is shining through the rainbows.

May 15th

Fido & Me - Bang for the Bark

May 15, 2013

 

“I like this one,” Fido said “Let’s pee on the tires!”

“You have that all mixed up, Fido. You don’t do that when you’re looking at cars. You can kick the tires, sure, but that’s more a human thing. Dogs don’t kick really well.”

“OK, then, let’s look under the hood!”

May 3rd

Fido & Me — Casino Dog

May 3, 2013

 

“What’s the deal with the blue leash?” Fido asked. “I usually have a red leash. Not complaining, just wondering.”

 

April 25th

Fido & Me — Crash Test Dummies

April 25, 2013

 

“Why are we upside down?” Fido wanted to know. “Why does my butt hurt so much? And why is the roof suddenly the floor, and the floor suddenly the roof?”

 

April 20th

Theater Dog

April 20, 2013

 

“Wow, not a single joke in there, except for the title,” Fido said.

“You expected a comedy?”

“I figured “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woof!” was about dogs. It’s in the title.”

“Oh Fido, you have been misled once again.  It’s not ‘woof!’ as in a bark, it’s ‘Woolf’ as in a name.”

“They should have made that clear. I am easily misled.”

April 12th

Drunken rage onstage

April 12, 2013

Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?: A Theatre Review

As endings go, it would be hard to top Mammoth’s local theatre company.

The Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre (MLRT) ends its season with a fiery explosion in the form of the expletive-laced, tremulous relationship between George and Martha in Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

April 8th

Fido & Me - Play Ball

April 8, 2013

 

“I’m not sure I was cut out to be a center fielder,” Fido panted.

“But you’re a dog!” I said. “It seems like you’d be a natural.”

“Not really. My legs don’t work that way. I’m mostly a chow-chow. Ever hear of a Hall-of-Fame chow in center field?”

“Now that you mention it, no.”

April 3rd

Off The Trail- Meet the Devils Postpile’s forgotten little sister

April 3, 2013

 

Lower Rock Creek trail, one of the best early season hikes in the area, holds many secrets—including the Devils Postpile’s forgotten little sister.

Rock Creek is best known as the beautiful creek that meanders through the meadows above Rock Creek Lake, under the black and white striped turrets and ramparts of Bear Creek Spire, then down along the road from Mosquito Flats to Tom’s Place.

Fido & Me - Spring Sniffs

April 3, 2013

 

“My sniffer is working again!” Fido yelled.

“Pray tell, my big fine fellow,” said I.

“It’s like someone just flipped the ‘on’ switch! Don’t you sense all these fine whiffs?”

“Human aren’t that tuned in to sniffs, like dogs.”

“That’s too bad. Let’s go over here! No! Over here! No! Over there!”

March 7th

Needy Fido

March 7, 2013

 

“Geez Fido, get out of the way, will ya? It’s about the third time today I’ve almost tripped over you.”

“I was just making sure you knew I was still here,” Fido said.

“It’s not like anybody could miss you. You’re 80 pounds of Big Red Lug.”

“But I don’t care about anybody. I care about you, you, and you.”

March 6th

Fido & Me - No can do

March 6, 2013

 

“Road trip, Fido! Fetch your feed!”

“Oh boy, oh-boy, oh-boy. Where are we going?”

“It’s quite up to you, Fido. I have nothing on the radar that jumps out at me. But every now and then it’s good to get out of Dodge.”

“Let’s go to where it’s warm. Death Valley!”

“Um, there’s a problem with that. Can’t go to Death Valley.”

“But I’ve heard that it’s a lot better than it sounds.”

February 22nd

Fido & Me - Stormy Weather

February 22, 2013

 

“I said at the beginning of the week that we’re in for a long one.”

“You did,” I said, “and if you really wanted to help, you might want to knock some of that snow off the headlights.”

“It’s going to be a long winter,” Fido said. “Humans forget. They get a dry spell and they think it’s never going to snow, ever again.  But dogs like me know.”

“Just out of curiosity, Fido, what clued you in?”

February 15th

A ‘grand adventure’

February 15, 2013

 

Longtime locals, Mono Lake rangers David and Janet Carle release a book about traveling around the world following the latitude of the Eastern Sierra

Who would have thought something as seemingly mundane as a number could underlie much of the world’s most productive cultures?

Climbing frozen water

February 15, 2013

 

The Eastside’s most ephemeral sport in full swing

On an unusually warm midwinter day, Juan Lopez swung into the ice with the hard-earned familiarity of years of working construction.

A veteran of a battle against diabetes and holding a laundry list of prescription medications, Lopez, 43, of Woodlake, said he was looking for moderation. He found it by climbing ice.

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