Patterico's Pontifications

7/9/2009

Northern California Bound . . .

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:35 pm



. . . for a very short time. Probably too short to see anyone, but if you’re around, shoot me an e-mail. Maybe we can do lunch, maybe not.

13 Responses to “Northern California Bound . . .”

  1. Will be at Incline Village (N Tahoe) Sat and Sunday. If you’re nearby I’ll buy ya a beer and we can discuss the mind of Peggy Noonan.

    harkin (3769c8)

  2. Have a good time, boss.

    I’m sure the mini-vacation is well earned.

    Scott Jacobs (d027b8)

  3. If you’re anywhere near SF, say hello to Sister Boom Boom for me.

    Dmac (e6d1c2)

  4. Hopefully we won’t have to wait for you to get back to discuss the excellent column in the WSJ – ‘Why We’ll Leave L.A’.

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    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124718265362620253.html

    harkin (3769c8)

  5. harkin, are you up around Tahoe regularly? I live in Reno, just a short hop from north shore.

    Of course, none of that matters right now. I’m “doing time” on a contract job in Burbank…but in 4 weeks, I’ll be back home.

    Steverino (69d941)

  6. I left after 40 years in the Golden State, and I love California. I now live in SW Florida, and although I miss several wonderful friends, and the great natural beauty of of California, I have no plans to visit. Wait a minute…

    Now that I think about it, I want to see the full moon rise again over Yosemite in late April or early May when the Spring runoff swells the Merced River and the waterfalls are bursting into the valley. The wild flowers in Tuolumne Meadow in glorious bloom, birds singing, bears roaming the campsites, few visitors, and plenty of space at the Ahwahnee. There’s nothing quite like it.

    I want to take Route 1 from Morro Bay to Half Moon Bay, I want to eat oysters at Tony’s in Marshall, I want to ride the Skunk Line from Willits to Fort Bragg, I want to fish the Middle Fork of the Yuba, I want to sail Lake Tahoe, I want to prospect along Rattle Snake Creek, I want to watch the sunset from the terrace at Ventana… What I really want to do is relive the last 40 years. But that’s just me day dreaming…

    If you can imagine California without liberals and illegals, you’re half way there, and that’s about as close to heaven as a fat guy can get and still be in the lower 48.

    Ropelight (bb3af5)

  7. “harkin, are you up around Tahoe regularly? I live in Reno, just a short hop from north shore.”

    Actually, just visiting in Hangtown when an opportunity for the N Shore condo came up.

    I know all about working on the road, getting real tired of it.

    “Now that I think about it, I want to see the full moon rise again over Yosemite in late April or early May when the Spring runoff swells the Merced River and the waterfalls are bursting into the valley. The wild flowers in Tuolumne Meadow in glorious bloom…….”

    Making me think of my fabulous home state (I bought a farm in Idaho in 93):

    Thanksgiving in Yosemite listening to the unbelieveable echoes in the canyon as ice sheets fall off the waterfalls.

    The ocean in Jan when you can surf and see the fish swimming below you, or paddling quietly outside when the dolphins cruise by.

    The pork salbutes and caldo de pavo at El Cochinto on Sunset

    The Halibut Provincial at Tognazzini’s in Morro Bay.

    Hiking up to the oasis in the hills above the Colorado River just South of Parker Dam.

    Soaking in Furnace Creek with the little fish who nibble on your skin.

    Looking down the cornice at Mammoth before your first jump-off of the season.

    harkin (3769c8)

  8. What great memories about beautiful California. My favorite is learning to swim in the American River outside Fair Oaks at 8, many, many moons ago.

    PatAZ (9d1bb3)

  9. Hangtown harkin, how about this one.

    Caples Lake on a sunny day in the dead of winter when the wind blows the snow off the thick ice holding the lake, and you can see the translucent chrysocolla waters glistening in the reflected light of a gloriously cold High Sierra afternoon.

    Such sights are usually reserved only for the gods, but mortal men, if they’re among the favored, are allowed a brief glimpse on occasion.

    Ropelight (bb3af5)

  10. Comment by Ropelight — 7/10/2009 @ 9:34 am

    I’ve been in SoCal all my life, and at this point I wish I were back in the Sarasota area chasing tarpon – Yeh, I know the season pretty much ends around the 4th, but that’s why they call it fishing, and not catching.

    AD - RtR/OS! (60efa6)

  11. AD, the weather’s been sour for the last week or so and only a very few hardy souls have ventured forth. Today’s really the first day most guys have been willing to leave the dock. I’ll have a report soon and pass it along. However, there’s no reason plenty of Tarpon shouldn’t still be lurking off the points, especially Mullet Key and Boca Grande about now.

    PS: There was a big Dolphin bite on in the Keys. I’ll check to see if things are still red hot after the big high pressure moves East.

    Ropelight (bb3af5)

  12. Get up to Humboalt and smoke a bud for me!

    horace (7263f7)

  13. Too soon, early harvest doesn’t start till mid-September.

    Ropelight (bb3af5)


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