During all of my hikes over the Sierra the past few years, I’ve had soooo many questions about how and why things are the way there are, geologically speaking. I’d see a huge lava outcropping and I’d wonder when that got there and how? Was it blown to it’s current resting place from a distant volcano? Did it pop out of the ground from an ancient fissure? Just how old are the Sierra anyway?
I’m finally taking some time to seriously study Geology. I have some answers and my hikes are that much more interesting! This Earth has been evolving for 4.6 billion years and we’ve only been here 200,000 years of it. Heating up, cooling down, over and over again with many variations of life forms that have come and gone over the millions of years. Continents moving around, and still on the move. The Hawaiian Islands are moving in a Northwest direction about 4 inches a year! Eventually they will join up with Japan! Australia is moving Northward about 2.7 inches a year. All the plates are moving, some faster than others. Don’t believe me? Study Geology! I would love to drive to Australia.. Mountains pushing up and STILL getting higher. Think Everest is high now? Just you wait! What will be here a million years from now? Us? Something else? Nothing? Hmmm….. things I think about when I hike! Geology is COOL!
Today, we take a short hike up to an ancient lava flow plateau that was formed during the creation of the Sierra Nevada when the entire range was bubbling with volcanoes and molten lava being pushed up everywhere!! Here is some interesting reading about the Sierra.
With winter around the corner, the trees are singing their songs and a warning that a big change is soon to come.
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Every 4 years, we elect a president. No matter who wins, there will be 4 years of the “other side” bitching and being downright hateful about it…THANK YOU FACE BOOK, TWITTER, and the NEWS MEDIA! Here’s a news flash… Humans are inherently flawed….just ask the ETs. That’s why they do their mysterious fly-bys then zip away as fast as they can. They don’t want to touch this red hot mess of a planet with a 10 foot radioactive pole! And, it’s all they can do to NOT obliterate us with their Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulators.
Us flawed humans have our own minds and each mind is wired differently. That’s what kind of makes us cool, wouldn’t you agree? If we were all the same we would be BORING! However, with these different minds we have different values, different beliefs, different faiths, etc. However, since we are flawed humans we constantly fight with each other because lets face it.. MY values, beliefs, etc are better than yours and YOU are just wrong, then end, period.. now let’s fight! Dang.. what a way to live!….then we die… How about we just agree to disagree and go have a beer! Ummmm beeeerrr.
As I sit on my porch in the morning, drinking my cup-o-Joe I forget all the BS in the world and watch the sun rise in all its glory! It got me to thinkin’ (sometimes I do that) The sun keeps rising no matter what is happening on this blue marble. The same sun has been rising and setting since the dawn of time. The sun has seen it ALL, the good, bad and the disgraceful! No matter what idiocy us humans are up to, it just keeps on doing its thing… you know… keeping us alive and all… Now that’s dedication!
So this song was written in honor of our Sun. It continues to do its job no matter how us humans misbehave.
Here comes the Sun. do do do do… Here comes the sun … and I say… Its alright!
So here it is… MY SONG! Red Sky. Thank you Sun!
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Our Gadgets! Addicting! We can’t get away from social media and TV. Before we know it, we had wasted 4 hours watching cats being cats on Youtube.
Our phones are like crack.. or in my case a big giant dark chocolate bar (my weakness). That big blue “F” icon just screams.. CHECK ME!
The signs that you are an addict.
- You have dirty dishes piled up next to your computer
- You can’t go to the bathroom without taking your phone
- Facebook is on your home screen front and center (no searching for it)
- At stop lights, you have to check FB, Twitter, etc.. Sitting for a minute waiting for a green light is such a LOOOONG time! You need to fill that time!
- You check FB while you are driving! BIG NO NO! You are DANGEROUS!
- You check all of your social media accounts the second you wake in the morning
- You check your phone in the middle of the night when you get up to go to take a pee.
- Your butt goes numb from sitting all day (not to mention gets a little wider)
- If your phone is only 5% charged its an all out EMERGENCY! You are scrambling- looking for your charger like an….well…. ADDICT!
The first step in the road to recovery from internet addiction is to first admit you have an addiction! YES! ADMIT IT! If that doesn’t work, see if you can put your phone in your pocket and NOT look at social media for a WHOLE DAY! If you do, you are addicted! Straight UP ADDICT!
So how do I remedy this? By getting away from that persistent phone-crack dealer called a CELL PHONE TOWER AKA Mr. Wifi! What? Yes. Get your ass out in nature and away from a tower!
If you can’t get out to nature, then pretend like its 1985 and leave your phone at home for an hour and take a walk around the block. Look at the trees. Take notice on how people landscape their yards, watch the birds. Its quite a show! Try and get your mind out of your phone a few times a week for at least a couple of hours a day!
For some this is a very REAL addiction and maybe some professional help is seriously needed! This stuff can go DEEP!
So, my remedy is to go places where there is no service. Try it! In the mean time, enjoy my bumpy ride into the Spenceville Wildlife area. There is NO cell service! 🙂