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Off The Trail: Piute Pass gives hikers a fast, gorgeous way to get to the far side of the Sierra

July 29, 2013

Piute Pass is one of the fastest, easiest (well, easy is a relative term in the Eastern Sierra) ways into the high alpine country that dominates the Sierra backcountry.

Along the five-mile hike to the top of a 11,400-foot pass, hikers will pass two beautiful teal and indigo high-country lakes and numerous waterfalls and swimming holes, along with sweet, alpine meadows and wildflowers.

Fido & Me — Stormy Weather

July 25, 2013

 

“I have thunder phobia,” Fido said. “Don’t like-don’t like-don’t like thunder.”

 

Fido & Me — A pic-a-nic in the park

June 21, 2013

 

“I love a pic-a-nic,” Fido said. “We should have one every single day in the summer.”

 

Rising to the top

June 18, 2013

Mammoth High School graduate one of top medical students in country

When former Mammoth High School graduate Clifford Sheckter graduated summa cum laudefrom the Keck School of Medicine at USC a few weeks ago, he had every prestigious residency program in the country chasing after him.

Not only did he graduate at the top of his class, he also received the American Medical Association Education and Research Fund’s Clinical Award (one of two students of 160) and its Outstanding Student Award (the only student to get this award).

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.”

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.

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!”

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.”

 

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?”

 

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.”

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