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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hiking With George, Table Mountain

Hi, Friends.
I hope you had a nice weekend.George and I took a hike. We're already back, but you can join us via the magic of blogland. It's like the Magic Schoolbus, only extremely different.
Here's George in front of the Table Mountain sign. We're in Butte County, in Gold Country area and atop lava rock that's now blanketed by vibrant springtime flowers. The sign behind George provides instructions such as: "Do not collect flowers or animals."


The land's so lush and colorful, and the crisp air feels refreshing. Mini-waterfalls and creeks abound.

George is stunned by the sight of a small waterfall (You can barely see some water) that created a crevice in the distant rock.

Well, I know it's never fun being the third wheel -- sorry!-- so we'll end here. Good luck finding your way home. First, though, a photo of me snuggling up to George.


Thank you for joining us.
Enjoy Saint Patrick's Day all week long, and much luck to you.

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  1. Great photos, lovely (and familiar) landscape, fun hike. Thanks for taking us along.

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    1. Thank you, Geo. Four years here, and this was my first visit to Table Mountain. As you know, it's a great, popular site.

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  2. What a glorious place. Thank you so much for taking us at least some of the way with you (and George).

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    1. My pleasure, EC. I hope you got home okay.
      I was actually moaning on the way back. It wasn't a strenuous hike, but it was about 3 miles and I'm a bit achy.

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  3. So you're not allowed to collect rhyming catberries? I see. Great pics. Someone's living life to the fullest.

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    1. Thanks, Mr. Blue. Great to see you here. Nah, you can't collect rhyming catberries. I wanted to bring home a wild bull that we saw, but George is too law abiding.

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  4. I know Butte is pronounced "b-you-t" but I will never stop in my head reading it as "butt" and giggling to myself. It particularly made me "tee-hee-hee" in the picture of the tiny waterfall because it kind of looked like a rock butt. Like the rock monster from Never Ending Story was mooning us.
    On a separate note, thank you for referencing The Magic Schoolbus, that gave me a tiny dose of nostalgia that I needed on a Monday.

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    1. Me too, Pickleope Von Pickleope - with the "butt" county thing and with seeing someone inappropriate in those rocks with the crevice. The Magic Schoolbus is the best. I loved those bus rides.

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    2. Err, i meant "something" inappropriate in those rocks. Or perhaps "someone's something" inappropriate in those rocks.

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  5. The photo of you with the flowers behind you is wonderful, Robyn. You look so happy! Glad you and George got out and enjoyed the wildlife.

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    1. Thank you, Alex. It was really nice. It was supposed to rain, and we're in great need. But I didn't complain about how beautiful it was yesterday.

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  6. You guys are adorable. lol Sounds like a great hike! I sure hope you all get more rain though.

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    1. Me too, JoJo. Actually, those waterfalls used to be spewing storms of water. It's a shame it's so dried up now. But we're lucky the land's as lush as it is.

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  7. Wow, these are beautiful. All of our mountains are still full of snow, so it'll be a few months before I can enjoy this kind of scenery... and start collecting flowers and animals. This summer I'm really hoping to collect a moose.

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    1. I wanted to collect a bull, but George was steering us away from it. It was staring us down. Pretty funny. George acted brave, but I know he was sh*tting in his pants.

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  8. Nice shots...so nice to get into nature. Mother is proud of you.

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    1. Yes, Mac. I needed it. There's a lot to explore around here, and I'd been cooped up with a cold for a while.

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  9. That's a gorgeous area! And you have such a radiant smile!

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    1. Aw, thanks Debra. It is a gorgeous area with much to explore. I'm lucky for that.

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  10. What a beautiful place to hike. We're mostly farmlands here, so there aren't many places to hike. We used to do it all the time in Albuquerque though.

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  11. How rude that you can't collect animals. The ants will have nowhere to go. Great shots, wish we had that and no friggin snow.

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    1. Yeah, we're lucky but unlucky for the weather. And for the rules against not collecting animals.

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    2. Computer glitches - Diane, I can't respond directly, so I'm responding under Pat's comment. Alburquerque is gorgeous - with great trails and natural mineral baths. I did some wonderful hiking there too.

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  12. Thanks for the hike! I'm not Irish, but I'll drink a toast to you two as long as George doesn't stick that thumb in your eye. This has been a huge holiday week with Friday the 13th, Pi day,the Ides of March, St. Urho's Day and St. Patrick's Day. Happy holidays!

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    1. St. Urho's Day, Jono? Never heard of that. It sounds sinfully fun...Urho, you say? He couldn't have been saintly.

      Thanks for toasting to us. Cheers.

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  13. Hee...hee...hee...you said 'butt.'
    Even though, by placing an 'e' at the end, they want us to pronounce it "byoot."
    But, those with a sophomoric mental disposition know.
    We know.

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    1. Kinda like Boner's name. Yeah, as if adding an "h" is gonna change the pronunciation. Those of us with sophomorifc mental states know differently.

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    2. Believe it or not, I went to school with a kid called Russ Boner. We called him "Rusty."
      Because we were little A-Holes that way.

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    3. I went to school with Danny Dick. Had a crush on him too. He was so nice, and we were so innocent, nobody teased him about his name back then.

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  14. lovely photos and glad you didn't trample the flowers. Sounds like a really nice day. Have a super good week

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  15. These are beautiful shots and the flowers ! I have a lovely grey/brown snow pile filled with rocks and dog poop to look at. Now i think it is unfair that you can not collect your own personal aardvark. I mean who doesn't have one? They really help with the ants

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    1. Birgit, I don't think I've ever seen an aardvark, but that would make a unique and convenient pet. I'm tired of spraying ants with Windex.

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    2. I'm getting messages that some of your sites are corrupted and I can't respond directly. Sorry if I'm the one who corrupted them.

      A great week to you too, Joanne.

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    3. Oops-what do I do to fix that?

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  16. Very nice pictures of you. I love those tiny waterfalls too, when we find 'em.

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    1. Waterfalls are nature's specialty, aren't they? We liked to just stop and listen to them - the sound is so soothing.

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  17. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and George.

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  18. George gives great hand! You're looking happy and relaxed, always a good thing...

    We don't do St. Patrick's here since the Great Scot is, well, Scottish and all - we do St. Andrew's instead. Meat pie and Stag's Breath for everyone!

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    1. He does give good hand, Jac. I try not to push it and only ask him to give good hand once a month or so. But it's about quality not quantity. =)

      Stag's Breath doesn't sound appealing, but have one on my behalf. Thanks.

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  19. George seems like he'd be a handy guy to have around! ;)

    Love the flower photos. Oh my--so pretty. Sounds like you had a nice weekend.

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  20. If I asked my partner where she wanted to got this weekend and she said "Butte County", I would have thought we had something interesting in store :P

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  21. Glad you sound so happy. Looks like a fun hike, and I didn't mind being the third wheel.

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  22. First thought.... so often beautiful things come after really terrible things. A place covered in lava implies that a volcano once erupted there, no???? I'm sure that at the time of the eruption... not a happy place. Yet, now, it's gorgeous. It reminds me that all of life happens in cycles. Good. Bad. Good again. Bad again. I guess we just need to really live in the present and enjoy it all. And remember when you're stuck in bad, good is just around the corner.

    Second, George has really nice hands. Just sayin'.

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  23. We lived on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland. As Iceland is called the "Land of Fire and Ice," there are a LOT of (thankfully) old lava fields there. But, they are covered with grass and green moss, so it's rather beautiful. Icelanders eat rotted shark heads, too, so it's not all a Disney flick.

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  24. What a fun post! Except now I'm lost 'cause I can't find my way out of there :)

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  25. I love the pictures! You look cute and happy. And George's hand is hot. hahaha :)

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  26. That's a rather mischievous smile in the first picture, Robyn. Some might say it was the naughty smile of a lady who's been doing naughty things. ;)

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  27. Daisy, it felt like spring has sprung. Thanks.

    Michael, I know. It's an ugly name for a pretty area.

    Rhonda, thanks for being a good sport.

    Robin, you have such a nice and realistic way of seeing the world...and George's hands. Thank you.

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  28. Al, you have a never-ending supplies of entertaining stories. What condiments does one add to a rotted shark head?

    Martha, follow the cow....Oh now, you stepped in it. Sorry.

    Rosey, thank you.

    GB, I won't respond, with a smile.

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    1. I thought condiments were supposed to give ladies fresh breath?
      Oh...good...grief...swimming in the gutter again, aren't we, Al?

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    2. Ohhhhhh....I meant "condomints."
      Still in the gutter.

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    3. For "Little People": Condominiums.
      Okay, I'll stop.

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    4. Okay, one more time (and I think this one is serious)....
      While I suppose I COULD check just to be sure, that would be a LOT of work, so I won't, but....
      I honestly think I make the most repeat comments on "Life By Chocolate."
      Which is probably not as big a compliment as you might think.

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  29. Color me jealous! I am so ready for hiking weather! Looks like a beautiful place to spend time together!

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  30. What a fun hike!! Looks like you had a wonderful time. :) I have to admit, though, I would have a hard time not picking a flower or two. :) I guess I'll find a nice bear to cozy up with and keep me warm until I figure out how to get home. ;)

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  31. Thanks for taking me along for a bit. This would be EXACTLY like the Magic Schoolbus... if it weren't so extremely different.

    That George is unbelievably photogenic. And, right or left, he doesn't have a bad side!

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  32. Thanks, I'm always up for a hike. At first I thought you were taking me to South Africa, but now I learn there is a Table Mountain in California and California is nice, tool

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  33. Hiking weather is the best, Theresa. I hope you get some soon.

    BabySis, it was hard. The flowers are so gorgeous, I wanted to scoop them up and bring them home. Hope you found your way back alright.

    Mitchell, I know, right? I'm responding to your Magic Schoolbus comment and the fact that George has no bad side. Thanks for noticing.

    South Africa has a Table Mtn, Sage? That's a fun fact. Is it also formed by volcanoes?

    Cheers and thanks, all.

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  34. I love how expressive George is with his hands! Is he a professional mime? What lovely scenery, and great photos of you, Robyn!

    Julie

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    1. He's good with his hands, Julie. Very good. Wink.
      He'd make a good mime because he's also a quiet type. He hasn't chosen that path because he's not into being well-hated, I'm guessing.

      Thank you.

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  35. George reminds me of the "adults" in Charlie Brown. You never see their face but only get suggestions that they are there. Perhaps if your blog had sound George's voice would be like the "Mwa mwa mwa mwa..." form Charlie Brown Peanuts.

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    1. That gives me a great idea, Lauren. I wish I had the computer savvy to do a sound track for my blog. That'd be fun. Love all of that makes Peanuts Peanuts, and I enjoyed the Shultz museum in Santa Rosa.

      Thanks for commenting. Welcome to Life by Chocolate.

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  36. I'm guessing George didn't want his picture (or at least anything more than his hand) in this post.

    I'm not surprised they needed a sign telling people not to collect flowers (I would have been tempted), but I wonder how many people were actually collecting animals. Interesting.

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    1. George and I are keeping his even better features a matter of privacy. Smiles.

      It does make you wonder, LD. Why would they even think to include the comment about animals if someone didn't try taking off with a wild bull? Strange. LOL.

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    2. I can understand George's reticence. That is why you will NEVER see a picture of Mrs. Penwasser here. Obviously, I respect her privacy, but I don't want her to be subjected to ridicule and pity ("You MARRIED that guy!? Oh, you poor woman!!").

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    3. Hmm, wait a minute, Al, who's side are you on. I mean, I can understand Mrs. Penwasser's reticence, but what does George have to be ashamed of here? Oh yeah, lots. Never mind. Truth is, there's no lens big enough for his...privacy. But we don't use condiments. Actually, he likes it really spicy. He does, but not me. I like my meat plain, with a hot bun. I like solo bedroom time too, as you know. Poor, poor George. And if there's anyone who makes repeat comments most often here, it's me. So no worries.

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  37. Oh, hiking. I don't think I have the patience but good for you. Must be fulfilling. :)

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  38. I whined a lot on the way back, Lux. It was flat land too. Smiles.

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