Thursday, December 31, 2009

SmokeysMountain Isn't The Smoky Mountains


I found this post on one of the blogs that I follow called The Smoky Mountain hiking blog..    Obviously not a local story but a comparison story on how different things are in the Smoky Mountains compaired to SmokeysMountain(Diablo)...Finally, the bear warnings for the Little River Trail have been removed. The bear activity warning had been posted on the Little River Trail for several months this year, and was the last of six trails that had bear warnings during the year.

Also, several backcountry campsites and shelters have been re-opened or have had posted warnings removed in recent weeks.

Back in October there were 5 backcountry campsites and shelters that were closed, in addition to at least 18 that had posted warnings. There were also six trails at that time that had warnings as well.
...    What a different kind of place that is than this...California sure has been tamed over the years....I just thought it was an interesting comparison...Notice how they describe the differences between the Griz and the Black on  the green warning sign ...
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Tonite There Will Be A Blue New Years Moon !


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!     Once in a Blue Moon... We have all heard the old saying but here is what it refers to... A Blue Moon isn't really blue at all that is just the term which describes the second full moon in one calender  month...This only happens every couple of years hence the saying...So keep your eyes on the sky as you Celebrate New Years Eve tonight because tonight's Blue Moon will be most viewable in the final hours of 2009!!!   Send "your" cool pics of tonight's Blue Moon to Smokeysmountain@Gmail.com

The Sea Lions Arent Gone ! They Just Went To Moss Landing...


As many as 1000 Sea Lions were counted at Moss Landing ...While we are relieved to still see them they are not really a welcome addition to the Marina there... They are posing a problem for fishermen as the are taking the fish from their nets and taking over the Docks...Marine biologists say the Lions will likely leave in the spring in search of more food...

EartQuake in Brentwood This Morning at 6;01AM


This morning my wife felt a little shaker and she went to the computer and checked the USGS and sure enough there was an EarthQuake this morning with the epicenter just 15 miles from Concord ...Click HERE for the USGS details on the Quake...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

10 EarthQuakes in the Last Ten Minutes

They have been shakin all day down in Mexicali ...Click Here to view them on the USGS site Click the red squares to view the most recent ones and see the data    Earth Quakes Today In California  

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A Late Evening Ride up hwy 49 Last Night at 11PM


Here is a posting from the Sierra City web site posted last night at 1;30am during the snow storm up there...If you are familliar with the Sierra City area then you can picture the beautiful scenery described here by these lucky locals......a late evening ride up hwy 49 last night at 11PM,,,. Except for the CalTrans crews there was not much traffic out. We did find and assist one motorist stuck in the snow bank on that slippery corner just west of the Yuba Pass. We were slipping and sliding around (laughing) trying to keep afoot while hooking up the tow rope. We got them back on the road with no damages and followed them down the road as far as Bassetts. It continued to snow constantly all evening covering the trees and giving the landscape that fresh, sparkling glow.

Several cars were parked at Haskell, Green Acres, and a few at Clark Station. Boot tracks left ample evidence of the hearty souls up to enjoy the winter wonderland. Cabin lights back in the trees through the falling snow gave the whole scene a look that even Norman Rockwell would have enjoyed. What a great start to 2010. Life is Good.

East Bay Park District Exceeds 100,000 Acres


Click on the picture for the Story about East Bay Parks exceeding 100,000 Acres...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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The Gunfight on Pinole Creek


One of the most desperate gunfights in old Contra Costa occurred in 1867. A Chileno, Narato Ponce, was a notorious East Bay thug, murderer and horse thief. Shot nearly to pieces by Sheriff Morse in a bloody gun battle at the present intersection of Highway 580 and Tassajara Road, Ponce fled on foot into the Black Hills of Contra Costa. Ponce was bleeding badly from 13 buckshot and three pistol balls. The Governor of California, Frederick Low, placed a $500 bounty on Ponce’s head. Sheriff Henry Classen of Contra Costa assigned George Swain to assist the Alameda Sheriff, Henry Morse, to run Narato Ponce down.
In the Black Hills an old man was discovered who had tended the wounded Ponce. Treated to some tough, third degree questioning, the law officers learned that Narato Ponce was hiding somewhere near Pinole on San Pablo Bay. The lawmen began systematically searching the scattered adobes dotting Pinole Valley. At the upper end of the canyon was the jacal of Jose Rojas located next to Pinole Creek. Swain spotted a man half buried in the adobe floor beneath a bed. Seeing the glint of a pistol barrel Swain hastily retreated through the front door pulling his six-gun. Ponce closely followed brandishing a revolver. Swain turned and snapped off the first shot which missed. John Conway, an Oakland policeman, fired his Spencer rifle but also missed. More shots were fired as Ponce ran up the canyon.
Sheriff Morse was on the opposite side of the rain swollen Pinole Creek. Firing his Henry rifle – Morse missed three times confused by Ponce's flapping sarape. But Conway's Spencer rifle finally found its mark shattering the outlaw’s right hand. Cornered, the killer stepped to the edge of the creek, and took careful aim at Sheriff Morse with a six-gun in his left hand. Morse squeezed the trigger of his Henry rifle a split second before Ponce. The desperado fell face first into the mud. Shot through the abdomen, Narato Ponce was dead within five minutes. A coroner’s jury of four Anglos and two Hispanics ruled the shooting was justified.
The affair was warmly applauded by the entire law-abiding community of Alameda and Contra Costa counties. And coming so soon on the heels of an earlier gunfight with Narciso Bojorques, Sheriff Morse now enjoyed a nearly legendary, fearsome reputation among the remaining Bay Area gunslingers and killers...         I found this at  Contra Costa History

Sherrif Morse,George Swain and The Black Hills Of Contra Costa


George Swain was one of the best Contra Costa lawman during its bloody, frontier era. As a young man, he began his turbulent career fighting the rustlers preying on the thousands of cattle roaming the vast John Marsh rancho. Swain could outshoot, outride and out rope most of the native born Californios. Sheriff Morse described him as " a brave and thoroughly reliable officer,…always be depended upon to do his full duty when in a tight place."
In 1866 one famous episode clearly shows George Swain’s courage and pluck. One of the nastiest cattle thieves in the East Bay was Eduardo Gallego. He boasted that that "no white man could take him." Tipped off that the fugitive could be found in a jacal at the foot of Mount Diablo, George Swain and his brother David met up with Sheriff Morse in Dublin. The bandits, Pancho Caravantes and Pancho Ruiz, another escapee from the Contra Costa County jail, were also rumored to be hiding with Gallego. Boldly plunging deep into the Contra Costa wilderness of the Black Hills, the tiny posse unexpectedly stumbled on a band of 30 heavily armed vaqueros mounting up to go on another raid. Spotting Gallego among them, the quick thinking George Swain made use of the element of surprise. He galloped out of the brush, put a six gun to Gallego’s head, and disarmed him of his knife and Navy Colt revolver. Suddenly handcuffed and shackled to his horse, Gallego was quickly whisked away before his companions could react.

In July 1866 George Swain again had the opportunity to prove his mettle. Tracking two outlaws and cattle rustlers, Juan Robles and Jesus Cruz, to a hideout in the Black Hills near Mount Diablo, Swain surprised them sitting around a camp fire. Instantly George covered them with his Winchester while Sheriff Morse slapped handcuffs on them. The cattle were recovered and returned to their Contra Costa owner.

"Grizzly Adams" on MT.Diablo?


Here is a cool Local Legendary Figure ! You may remember the legendary Grizzly Adams from the popular TV show in the 70s... His Character was played by Dan Haggerty  portraying a burly thick bearded mountain man who had a Grizzly as a friend ...What you may not know about John Adams, better known as 'Grizzly' Adams, is that he actually roamed the Contra Costa wilderness during 1854-55. He is remembered as one of the strangest characters that the Old West ever spawned.
Born in 1812 in Massachusetts, Adams was an adventurous lad exploring the swamps and woodlands of his home. But serious injuries suffered at the jaws of a circus tiger forced him into the boring life of a village bootmaker. In 1849 the call of gold proved stronger than family or friends. Adams quickly abandoned his home and headed for California seeking a fortune and the spice of adventure.
Once in the far West, Grizzly Adams made and lost at least three personal fortunes. Adams found digging for gold, farming and ranching less appealing than living as a professional hunter. Also known as the 'Wild Yankee', John 'Grizzly' Adams developed a fearsome reputation as a killer of grizzlies. More than once he survived hand to hand combat with the giant beasts. He always carried a huge bowie knife. This was a wise precaution for it saved his life several times.
Eventually Grizzly began earning money trapping bears and selling them for use in exhibits and bear & bull fights. Two huge grizzlies, 'Ben Franklin' and 'Lady Washington,' were raised from cubs and were his favorite companions. These magnificent creatures followed him everywhere like giant dogs enhancing his legendary status among even the hardest-to-impress frontiersmen.
On expeditions to the Humboldt Mountains in Nevada and the Rockies, Grizzly Adams hunted buffalo, bear and collected furs. He also brought back live bears, wolves and pumas to California for sale and exhibitions.
By late 1854 Grizzly had abandoned the gold fields of the Sierra Nevada's. Adams found the poorly explored, hot, brushy Coast Ranges of California a paradise for bears, pumas, deer and even an occasional jaguar. He established a permanent hunting camp in the isolated Corral Hollow area of eastern Alameda County at the very edge of the San Joaquin Valley. From his base camp Grizzly Adams would often hunt on Mount Diablo and its Contra Costa foothills, a wilderness rich in elk, deer, bears and mountain lions.
Like so much of the Old West, Grizzly Adams was a mass of contradictions. He loved adventure but after being mauled by a Bengal tiger as a young man, he spent most of his life as a simple cobbler. Adams made his reputation killing grizzlies but deeply loved his many grizzly pets and companions. The 'Wild Yankee' delighted in telling "whoppers" to the incredulous public but some of his wildest tales turned out to be true. In the end his death by a monkey was as strange as his life as both a killer and friend of his ferocious bears.This Historic account of John Adams  can be found at Contra Costa History...