In the winter of 1985 I was driving through the Mojave Desert with a friend, talking about our apparent need for new river gear. As we passed the Twenty Nine Palms Marine Base, a man unexpectedly appeared on the side of the road selling used ammo cans. My friend and I laughed wildly and quickly came to realize that the moment was "All In A Days' Karma". This blog contains the occasional ramblings of a died-in-the-wool westerner who loves seeing, understanding, and being alive upon these landscapes. I cherish the moments of bliss and irony that come to all of us as we explore the planet and its residents (and perhaps visitors) in the short time we are here.
Monday, December 14, 2015
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
|Part of the film "Chasing Ice"|
|An overlay of Manhattan on the part of the glacier that calved.|
Friday, November 13, 2015
Watch the five minute video here.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Friday, October 23, 2015
|At nearly 100,000 feet, the Grand Canyon can be seen just left of center here|
|The launch team can be seen in the lower right corner of this frame|
|The desert outside of Tuba City|
|Tuba City from about 10,000 feet|
Friday, September 11, 2015
Watch this 8-minute time lapse video by Mike Olbibsky of numerous monsoon cells that occurred during the 2014 season. This is an amazing series of images that includes scenes of haboobs moving across the desert!
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Yep - Now there is a prescription you can take to slow down, feel calm and ask yourself WTF you are doing with your life. It's called Nature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf5TgVRGND4&feature=youtu.be.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Monday, July 6, 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015
You can listen to the 48-minute interview with Park Superintendent Dave Uberuagga, writer Dave Roberts, Tusayan developer Tom DePaulo, Albert Hale, and others here.
Greg Meyer Photography has posted a great video of Shiprock in New Mexico. This monolith looms large in Navajo culture and was first climbed in 1939. It is a volcanic neck with three radiating dikes out of its eruptive center. See the video here.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Look at it here. The Powell reservoir has risen 10 feet since the 19th of May from these series of storms.
Friday, May 29, 2015
The aerial cinema experts at Teton Gravity Research release the first ultra HD footage of the Himalayas shot from above 20,000 ft. with the GSS C520 system, the most advanced gyro-stabilized camera system in the world. Filmed from a helicopter with a crew flying from Kathmandu at 4,600 ft. up to 24,000 ft. on supplemental oxygen, these are some of the most stable, crisp, clear aerial shots of these mountains ever released, which include Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse.
Watch it here: https://vimeo.com/121045965. (It does a few minutes to load).
Monday, April 27, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
Thanks to Helen for sending me this classic cartoon episode of Donal Duck at the Grand Canyon! There are some real gems in here - now we know how the canyon was carved!
This one has the Hopi House, the Tonto Platform, and a ride on a mule to the bottom.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Xanterra has given up its ill-conceived dream of owning the names, "El Tovar," "Phantom Ranch,"and "Desert View." This article from the National Parks Traveler.
Xanterra Parks & Resorts Abandoning Efforts To Trademark Business Names On South Rim Of Grand Canyon National Park
Submitted by Kurt Repanshek on March 27, 2015 - 5:07pm
Xanterra Parks & Resorts has dropped most, if not all, of its applications to trademark the names of lodgings and other concessions on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
According to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office records, the concessionaire early this week "abandoned" its applications to trademark "Phantom Ranch," "Thunderbird Lodge," "Desert View Watchtower," "Kachina Lodge," "Yavapai Lodge," "Maswik Lodge," "Trailer Village," and "Hopi House."
While the records also indicate that Xanterra filed paperwork to abandon trademark applications for "El Tovar," "Hermit's Rest," "Arizona Room," and "Red Horse Cabin," the Patent and Trademark Office website indicated Friday that those applications were still "live."
Calls and emails to Xanterra's attorney on record for the applications, and to the company's offices, were not immediately returned Friday evening.
Xanterra filed the trademark applications late last fall, when it was at odds with the National Park Service over a long-term concessions contract for the South Rim.
The Denver-based concessionaire last October announced its intent to sue the Park Service over its concessions contract. That same month it filed an application to trademark the name "El Tovar," which is attached to the famous hotel on the South Rim of the canyon. Within two weeks of that application, Xanterra made similar applications to trademark the names of many other commercial businesses on, and below, the South Rim.
Xanterra's actions came after Delaware North Co., through its Yosemite subsidiary,notified the Park Service last summer that it had placed a $51 million valuation on intellectual property it held in Yosemite, including trademarks on such properties as The Ahwahnee Hotel, Curry Village, and the Wawona Hotel.
In January, the Park Service notified Xanterra by letter that it "considers the marks in use by Xanterra as property of the Service protected pursuant to common trademark law rights. The Service asserted it has exclusively and continuously controlled the marks, and in particular retains control of the nature and quality of provided goods and services through operation of concessions contracts with providers of goods and services such as Xanterra.
"The Service further claimed Xanterra's use of the claimed marks is solely by virtue of concessions contracts through which the Service ultimately controls the nature and quality of the provided goods and services."
The Park Service in that January 12 letter also asked the concessionaire to abandon its bid to obtain the trademarks.
However, efforts by concessionaires to capitalize on the names of such iconic lodges as The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park and the El Tovar Hotel might actually be mootunder a section of the U.S. Code. That provision, Section 302106, specifically gives the National Park Service the right to "retain the name historically associated with the building or structure" regardless of any trademark. That language is contained within H.R.1068, which became law in mid-December.
Sec. 302106. Retention of nameNotwithstanding section 43(c) of the Act of July 5, 1946 (known as the Trademark Act of 1946) (15 U.S.C. 1125(c)), buildings and structures on or eligible for inclusion on the National Register (either individually or as part of a historic district), or designated as an individual landmark or as a contributing building in a historic district by a unit of State or local government, may retain the name historically associated with the building or structure.
At Grand Canyon, buildings already listed on the National Register of Historic Places include the El Tovar Hotel, the Grand Canyon Village Historic District (which includes the El Tovar as well as the Bright Angel Lodge, the Buckey O'Neill Cabin, Lookout Studio, Hopi House, the Kolb Brothers Studio, the Grand Canyon Depot, and the Grand Canyon Railway), the Desert View Watchtower Historic District, and the Hermit's Rest concession building.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Ra Paulette is a carving fool! He loves to dig into soft sandstone to create some very inspirational spaces underground. watch this four and a half minute video of some of his creations here:
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
For five years now, the Solar Dynamic Observatory has been watching our sun, a relatively normal star within the Milky Way Galaxy. On their fifth anniversary they released a four and a half minute video of the sun through time. It is amazing! Watch it here.
This is fabulous!
Thursday, January 29, 2015
This NASA montage of Earth's weather as seen from space is just incredible: http://www.onearth.org/earthwire/asia-pollution-us-weather?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=socialmedia.
Monday, January 26, 2015
For 11 years now, the rover Curiosity has been traveling across the Martian surface taking photographs and samples. It is an awesome collection of material. Looking at these gives one a feel for how it is on the Red Planet. Take a look and become enchanted! See the web site here.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
|Phantom Ranch. Who owns the name?|
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Check out this article and the image above, which is a high-definition repeat of NASA's iconic image shot over 20 years ago (has it really been that long?) of the Eagle nebula. Unbelievable!