Texans in California, March 2010

  1. Walking to the Mist Trail through Yosemite Valley in mid-morning

  2. Trailhead

  3. Dancer, photographer

  4. Coming through

  5. Snow bunny

  6. El Capitan

  7. Yosemite Valley

  8. Red-twigged bush

  9. Trusty steed

  10. Bridalveil Falls with rainbow

  11. Half Dome

  12. Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View

  13. In action

  14. There was 3' - 5' of snow on the way to the giant sequoias

  15. Skis?

  16. Giant Sequoia, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite

  17. Mini waterfall (2' high)

  18. Bark and burn

  19. Incense cedar

  20. Giant sequoia

  21. White fir

  22. Ponderosa pine

  23. Sugar pine

  24. Lichen (moss?), snow and stone

  25. Manzanita bloom

  26. Roadside talus

  27. Windmills from 580

  28. Descent into bay area

  29. Connecting TV in the postmodern era is not child's play

  30. Coincidence? The test brought up Stephen Colbert with a monkey

  31. Arriving at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, Union Square, San Francisco. The doorman is a fixture; has worked there for some 30 years. (There are 3 doorman to spell each other)

  32. City Lights Bookstore, North Beach, San Francisco. Founded back when by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who published Alan Ginsberg's "Howl" (the poem) back in 1955; the bookstore was favored in the 1950s by the beat generation, Jack Kerouac and that lot. Ferlinghetti was thrown in prison as Howl was considered obscene. In 1957 it was found in court not to be obscene and it was the most popular poem of the beat generation. City Lights Bookstore never was a hippie sorta bookstore as far as I know and these days a sort of wanna be beat type favors it. It has only good books. You can go in and buy a book with your eyes closed and be happy. Le Famous Quote:
        I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
        dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix;
        Angel-headed hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection
        to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night. 

  33. At Ghiradelli Square. Chocolate was bought.

  34. Bay Bridge from the pier at night outside the restaurant The Slanted Door inside the Ferry Building, San Francisco; we had a fabulous dinner there, highly recommended. Make reservations long in advance.

  35. The one view of GGB that includes flowers and "green". I heard a young woman tell her beau to take her shot with the SF buildings in the background but none of that "green" (a certain disdain in her voice). Whatever! I guess the world is not populated by greenies.

  36. Angel Island from the vantage point of Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco. Angel Island is the left coast's Ellis Island where Chinese immigrants were sometimes detained in poor, wet, cold, hungry conditions for many months. It doesn't have a warm glow of nostalgia sorta history like Ellis Island does but it is also a landmark and tour for the interesting (and ongoing) history of immigration.

    I hope The American People (as politicians call us for some odd reason) remember America is a country of immigrants looking for a better life - not just political asylum - in the upcoming congressional battle to give workers without whom we would not eat strawberries from California a working permit and chance at housing that has running water, etc. If you don't believe me about immigrant conditions, check out the novel "The Tortilla Curtain" by T.C.Boyle which incidentally is an easy and interesting read. I don't think the Mueller ancestors had a green card ... wonder about the history of how they got "legal."

    It is also a fabulous place for hiking and picnicking. I believe the whole island is a park. SF and the bay area generally does a great job keeping parts of the area undeveloped, no matter how desirable they would be to people who could afford what the price of the view would be.

  37. View of Pacific Ocean from the Cliff House restaurant, San Francisco. Mark Twain stayed here and wrote a great essay about the oddities of San Francisco - check that essay out, it's hilarious and of course so well written it's a pleasure to read - go ahead, take the time now to read it - it's found online at http://www.twainquotes.com/Era/18640703.html and is titled "Early Rising, As Regards Excursions to the Cliff House." It is only 3 screenfulls long. Is that the same as 3 pages? How do we talk about how long anything is anymore? I guess it doesn't matter since no one reads anything on a web page if it isn't on the burst page.

  38. View of downtown San Francisco from City Lights Bookstore, North Beach, San Francisco

    And so ends Spring Break ... the Texans head back home to school and work and I resume various projects. Absolutely gorgeous days and wonderful to see everyone. I look forward to any of the Texans dropping by for more Yosemite hikes or explorations of the bay area or Palo Alto and Stanford.

Marianne Mueller
Last modified: March 20, 2010