We are Fleas on a Dog.. but WHAT A DOG!

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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The Yo-Yo diet of Politics



In light of the recent election, it seems that the country is even more divided then ever before… or is it?  I think this country has always been divided since it’s inception!  We are just more socially connected than EVER before so it gives us that illusion. Thank you Internet.

YO-YO Diet

If you don’t know what a yo yo diet is, well, it’s when a person tries to lose weight and goes on a fad diet. They lose the weight then gain it right back when they stop dieting. Then they try another diet, lose a bunch of weight, then go back to their regular way of eating, gain the weight back, then try another diet! The diets differ, but they are all still diets. One thing for certain, the dieter (the American Public) are NEVER happy about their diet (President-Congress-Politics, etc.)

As you can see, it’s a volley back and forth. Even the parties themselves have changed their stances over the years.  However, nowadays it’s only the Republicans and Democrats that get to sit at the adult table and fling food at each other.   Each political party undoes what the prior did before them, back and forth and back and forth. Undo, redo, undo redo, undo redo.  And nobody is ever happy!  EVER! One side will blame, gripe moan and groan, then the other side gets a turn. Up and down, back and forth…………………….forever and ever Amen.


Will we ever get off this Yo-Yo Diet and all have the same way of thinking?  Probably not. We are human. We all have different values and beliefs. It comes from how we were raised, what part of the country we live it, how we are wired, how we are born.   We are who we are. Humans, People, all DIFFERENT.

Did I vote for Trump? Nope!  There I said it.. out loud.  I wonder how many of my republican friend will unfriend me on Facebook. Sigh…. Do, I hope for the best? Damn right I do. Just like I hoped for the best in every president I voted for. And, I didn’t always vote democrat! Who knows if I will vote Democrat the next time around!! I really don’t know. I’m so in the middle, it ain’t funny!

It’s all a roll of the dice.  We try and make the best decision in our voting with the information we have. We don’t know the presidents that we vote for personally! It’s not like we can call each candidate and have a few drinks, dinner, movie, or go bowling with them. You know, things you do when you want to really get-to-know a person.  They are all talking heads on TV making rules that may or may not change our lives for better or worse!   It’s like telling a random stranger on the street to hold your wallet full of money while you turn your back, close your eyes and count to 20.  You don’t know this person. He may run off with it, or be a really honest person and give it right back to you. We just HOPE they are good people!  I guarantee in the least they are thinking you are a complete dumbass for handing your wallet over to a perfect stranger!

Alternate Facts

As a media spokesperson for the government.  I withheld information, I twisted information, I downright told some FIBS. It was my job to keep the media at bay and the general public on a Need-to-Know basis.  Sometimes I felt like my soul was being sucked to the dark side of the universe. From professional experience,  I don’t 100%  (maybe 73.2%) trust what an elected official has to say, nor do I trust the news media. (32%)

So What Now?

Boy, I wish I knew the answer to that one. The world is more populated, more divided, more twisted, more connected and constantly evolving. Do the best you can. Help someone in need. Mentor a young person. Volunteer. Become more involved in your community. I don’t think us humans will EVER be on the same page. That will be our ultimate demise unfortunately.

Take a look at this chart. Then Google some of these fellas to see the types of things that happened during their presidency. Some had wars, depressions, recessions, domestic crises while some made good things happen. Some (and this one is subjective to the believer) did nothing but stall at the gate.

I just hope for each and every one of you to have a great life, good health and happiness.  I just hope for the best for all of us Americans, and planet Earth.

1. George Washington (1732-1799) None, Federalist 1789-1797 John Adams
2. John Adams (1735-1826) Federalist 1797-1801 Thomas Jefferson
3. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Democratic-Republican 1801-1809 Aaron Burr, George Clinton
4. James Madison (1751-1836) Democratic-Republican 1809-1817 George Clinton, Elbridge Gerry
5. James Monroe (1758-1831) Democratic-Republican 1817-1825 Daniel Tompkins
6. John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) Democratic-Republican 1825-1829 John Calhoun
7. Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) Democrat 1829-1837 John Calhoun, Martin van Buren
8. Martin van Buren (1782-1862) Democrat 1837-1841 Richard Johnson
9. William H. Harrison (1773-1841) Whig 1841 John Tyler
10. John Tyler (1790-1862) Whig 1841-1845 .
11. James K. Polk (1795-1849) Democrat 1845-1849 George Dallas
12. Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) Whig 1849-1850 Millard Fillmore
13. Millard Fillmore (1800-1874) Whig 1850-1853 .
14. Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) Democrat 1853-1857 William King
15. James Buchanan (1791-1868) Democrat 1857-1861 John Breckinridge
16. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Republican 1861-1865 Hannibal Hamlin, Andrew Johnson
17. Andrew Johnson (1808-1875) National Union 1865-1869 .
18. Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) Republican 1869-1877 Schuyler Colfax
19. Rutherford Hayes (1822-1893) Republican 1877-1881 William Wheeler
20. James Garfield (1831-1881) Republican 1881 Chester Arthur
21. Chester Arthur (1829-1886) Republican 1881-1885 .
22. Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) Democrat 1885-1889 Thomas Hendriks
23. Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) Republican 1889-1893 Levi Morton
24. Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) Democrat 1893-1897 Adlai Stevenson
25. William McKinley (1843-1901) Republican 1897-1901 Garret Hobart, Theodore Roosevelt
26. Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) Republican 1901-1909 Charles Fairbanks
27. William Taft (1857-1930) Republican 1909-1913 James Sherman
28. Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) Democrat 1913-1921 Thomas Marshall
29. Warren Harding (1865-1923) Republican 1921-1923 Calvin Coolidge
30. Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) Republican 1923-1929 Charles Dawes
31. Herbert C. Hoover (1874-1964) Republican 1929-1933 Charles Curtis
32. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) Democrat 1933-1945 John Garner, Henry Wallace, Harry S. Truman
33. Harry S Truman (1884-1972) Democrat 1945-1953 Alben Barkley
34. Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969) Republican 1953-1961 Richard Milhous Nixon
35. John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) Democrat 1961-1963 Lyndon Johnson
36. Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973) Democrat 1963-1969 Hubert Humphrey
37. Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-1994) Republican 1969-1974 Spiro Agnew, Gerald R. Ford
38. Gerald R. Ford (1913- 2006) Republican 1974-1977 Nelson Rockefeller
39. James (Jimmy) Earl Carter, Jr. (1924- ) Democrat 1977-1981 Walter Mondale
40. Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911- 2004) Republican 1981-1989 George H. W. Bush
41. George H. W. Bush (1924- ) Republican 1989-1993 James Danforth (Dan) Quayle
42. William (Bill) Jefferson Clinton (1946- ) Democrat 1993-2001 Al Gore
43. George W. Bush (1946- ) Republican 2001-2009 Richard Cheney
44. Barack Obama (1961- ) Democrat 2009-2017 Joseph Biden
45. Donald Trump (1946- ) Republican 2017- Michael (Mike) Pence