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Diogenes' Day Hikes - 2014 *Pic Heavy*
« on: May 27, 2014, 08:44:20 PM »
I'm stealing Zammer's & Draco's idea and starting a thread for all my shorter day hikes.

First up was a couple weekends ago. An 'island' pretty close to home along the Missouri River.

The place was full of these yellow flowers. Looking at my guidebook, they look like a ragwort but not... quite... exactly. :-\


It lent a sort of magical quality to the place. Very lovely.






We found a place by the river to have lunch. Just some sandwiches. Tasty but nuthin' special.


Finn started getting bored and got a little carried away digging in the sand. :shocked:




It's nice having places like this close to home. A 10 minute drive and we can get some woods time in.


Say 'bye,' boy! :)


We got a new camera since, so next trip should have some nice pics. Thanks for looking, fellas.


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Re: Diogenes' Day Hikes - 2014
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2014, 09:11:34 PM »
I love that shot of Finn digging in the sand....he looks absolutely MANIC! :drool:   He'd put a badger to shame. :rofl:
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2014, 04:37:57 AM »
Beautiful surroundings. Finn still attached to the tether I see :)

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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2014, 08:54:23 AM »
Good stuff, Diogenes.

I like the action shot of Finn, too.

Thanks for taking us along.
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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2014, 09:19:55 PM »
Squeezed a little trip into my one day weekend. With the missus out of town, Finn and I went with a few buddies and did some "creek bummin" today. Didn't take a lot of pictures with all the swimming, soaking and beer drinkin. Needless to say it was a good day. Here's a couple panos.



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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2014, 09:50:13 PM »
Beautiful country you have close by- I have family in MO and miss it a lot.  I really liked the one with him digging and the one on the tree- and I still remember when he made all our hearts stop when he had his little solo hiatus!  He's cute though, it would be hard to stay mad at him very long !!

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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2014, 10:05:34 PM »
Beautiful country you have close by- I have family in MO and miss it a lot.  I really liked the one with him digging and the one on the tree- and I still remember when he made all our hearts stop when he had his little solo hiatus!  He's cute though, it would be hard to stay mad at him very long !!

You're right: I can't stay mad at him for long at all. He's a good dog and he was good today. Off leash for most of the day, stayed close by. 8)

Nevertheless I still watch him like a hawk. I remember his "hiatus" all too well! Don't want to go through that again.  :'(

Well, Dano, if you're ever close by, gimme a holler. I'd love to show you some spots around here. :)
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2014, 10:13:31 PM »
Nice thread! Thanks for sharing buddy!

Love seeing people bringing their dogs along. Good stuff! :)
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Re: Diogenes' Day Hikes - 2014
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2014, 10:44:52 PM »
I have scenic spots just like that, always fun to slip away to for an afternoon.

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« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2014, 04:26:05 AM »
Just came across this thread, some nice pics there Diogenes...look forward to checking out your adventures  :cheers:
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Re: Diogenes' Day Hikes - 2014
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2014, 05:04:49 PM »
Went for a short hike the other day, close to home at the Mississippi-Missouri confluence. Nothing special. Thought I'd share though.

This stuff grows all over everything like kudzu, but I don't think it is.








The rivers are up! No beach to play on today.




Thanks for looking. :)
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« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2014, 05:16:25 PM »
Great shots, diogenes. :thumbsup:    I love looking at pictures of 'our' river. 8) :cheers:    That looks like kudzu to me, too, and it could very well be, according to this map....I didn't think it got up that far north. :shrug:


http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kudzu_in_the_United_States

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« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2014, 05:21:04 PM »
Those are some great shots.  Have to agree with wolfy.  Looks like kudzu to me, too.
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« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2014, 05:23:52 PM »
Went for a short hike the other day, close to home at the Mississippi-Missouri confluence. Nothing special.

Yea,,, nothing too special  ;)

Some nice pics my friend  :cheers:
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« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2014, 05:49:37 PM »
Thanks, guys. I like going there a lot.

Here's why I don't think it's kudzu. This stuff has 5 leaves together as seen in this close-up from one of the pics:



And kudzu has 3:



What do you guys think?
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« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2014, 05:54:31 PM »
That looks like Virginia Creeper, but I've never seen Virginia Creeper that thick.  You're right, though, it ain't kudzu.
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Re: Diogenes' Day Hikes - 2014
« Reply #16 on: September 15, 2014, 06:13:16 PM »
Thanks, Nuke. I'll look into that.

Bonus pics! Not hikes, but what the hey.

Got a new hammock on sale at the local outdoorsy store. Nylon's way more comfortable than polyester. Looking forward to using it this fall once work slows down a little.


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« Reply #17 on: September 15, 2014, 06:21:10 PM »
For some reason, I never get tired of seeing pictures of Finn... great looking dog and companion.

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« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2014, 06:47:41 PM »
It looks like Finn has been Pardoned by the judge.  That is great.  Nice dog.

That is an impressive site, the confluence of the two rivers that are woven in our history.
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« Reply #19 on: September 15, 2014, 07:07:12 PM »
It looks like Finn has been Pardoned by the judge.  That is great.  Nice dog.

That is an impressive site, the confluence of the two rivers that are woven in our history.
Not a FULL pardon, I don't believe......looks like the 'circle of trust' is limited to a radius that extends as far as the length of that leash! :lol:
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« Reply #20 on: September 15, 2014, 07:25:57 PM »
Great pics of your outings diogenes, looks like you're getting some good time out there!!!  Our dog has the same look in his eyes as Finn- with our dog, it's "just give me one chance".  Which means if he gets a chance to get off the leash....he's GONE.  All you see is feet, dust and his butt getting smaller.  Fortunately for us, he's always good to come back and doesn't stray TOO far.  Within a couple minutes he's better to stay close and not drag me or pull my arm off at the shoulder.

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« Reply #21 on: September 15, 2014, 08:39:38 PM »
It looks like Finn has been Pardoned by the judge.  That is great.  Nice dog.

That is an impressive site, the confluence of the two rivers that are woven in our history.
Not a FULL pardon, I don't believe......looks like the 'circle of trust' is limited to a radius that extends as far as the length of that leash! :lol:

I thought that was just the color of his right leg.   :P
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« Reply #22 on: September 16, 2014, 04:32:10 AM »
Great pictures - thanks for taking us along.

Not sure what the plant is, but don't think it is Virginia Creeper.  I've got that all over my fence line and am constantly removing it.

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« Reply #23 on: September 25, 2014, 10:39:55 PM »
That bottom picture looks similar to poison ivy. "Leaves of three, let it be". And it has the longer petiole on the center leaf.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxicodendron_radicans

They are so similar it's scary.

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« Reply #24 on: September 28, 2014, 09:36:34 PM »
Some of you may remember, I went pawpaw hunting a little over a year ago. Well, we got out this weekend in the hope that we didn't miss the season entirely.

We had to hike in a while before we saw any at all.


None here.


Finally found some but most had already fallen off the trees and were kind of brown and gross. Needless to say I was a little worried.


Finally found a couple good ones.


You'll notice I've got a latex glove on. Supposedly, the outside of the pawpaw can be an irritant to some people. While I've never had a problem, I figured I wear one for harvesting at least.


A couple more. Small ones though.


We went further in, bushwacked a little, wandered down a dry stream bed and grabbed whatever fruit was still usable. This was definitely the tail end of the season. I feel lucky I found any good ones at all.








At this point, we had about all we needed (about 3 lbs) and then the camera's battery went out.


After we got home and started dinner, I processed the pawpaws and we made a nice sorbet with 'em. Once the camera battery's charged I post up a pic or two of how it turned out. Thanks for looking. :)
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Re: Diogenes' Day Hikes - 2014
« Reply #25 on: September 28, 2014, 09:48:51 PM »
Great shots, as always, diogenes! :thumbsup:  I've never had a pawpaw.....pretty rare here in NEBRASKA. :P   I have heard they're best after a frost and that 'possums love 'em, but that's the extent of my knowledge.  What do you have to do to prepare them? :shrug:

Finn looks full of mischief, as usual! :lol:
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« Reply #26 on: September 28, 2014, 10:04:14 PM »
Thanks, wolfy! :)

My understanding is that pawpaw trees can be kind of finicky about putting fruit out and that some years you'll have a bunch and other years you won't. I'm sure the opossums do love 'em. They're instant tropical-banana custard right on the tree. There isn't much you have to do to 'em really. Just cut 'em open, get rid of the seeds and grab a spoon.

For the sorbet tonight I just did the above, blended it up with some simple syrup and lemon juice. Then into the ice cream maker. Simple as that.

Finn... well, he's Finn alright. He sure was happy to be out in the woods today. Now the little guy's all tuckered out. ;)
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Re: Diogenes' Day Hikes - 2014
« Reply #27 on: September 29, 2014, 03:14:52 PM »
   Thanks for taking the time to share your latest trip out in the sticks!
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   I bet those pawpaws were good, haven't had one since I was a kid.
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« Reply #28 on: December 15, 2014, 06:21:23 PM »
Went out to the property with my Pop and my pup yesterday. The weather was warm, over 60. Unbelievable!




This is why I like hiking in winter. You can see right across the woods.










Finn and I picked up a couple ticks along the way but only a couple. I guess they were out taking advantage of the nice weather too.


I set the hammock up with the whoopie slings greyhound352 made for me. I like these a lot. They make setup so much easier. Thanks, man!  :thumbsup:


Did a little shooting before we left. Finn doesn't like guns so he waited in the car. I've got some more slo-mo vids of water bottles exploding that I can post later.


Browning BL-22. Great little gun.


Comfy hang! I didn't want to leave.


Hope everyone's getting out too. Thanks for looking. :)
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« Reply #29 on: December 15, 2014, 06:39:19 PM »
I love the different styles of photographs in your series!  It's amazing how the mood of the woods is set differently from one to the next......very cool! :thumbsup:

Is that your BL-22 or your dad's?   I have one that I bought years ago at a gun show.  It was nearly brand new, but it had a BAD scratch in the butt stock and that shiny plastic finish that Browning uses was badly compromised and irreparable.  As far as the original finish is concerned, I was never that crazy about it anyway, so I had my buddy, Al, strip it & do a satin oil finish on it.  I really like the rifle.....light as a feather and smooth as silk. :)
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« Reply #30 on: December 15, 2014, 07:16:29 PM »
Thanks, wolfy. I wanted to shoot some in B&W. The landscape is probably easier to read in the color shots, but I like how the black and white ones look.

The Browning belongs to my father. He's got all the good guns. He's had it as long as I can remember. It's in really good shape as much it's been used. We also shot his Winchester 94 30-30 a little (No pics, sorry.), which does have some wear on the stock. I really like shooting lever action.
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« Reply #31 on: December 15, 2014, 07:29:28 PM »
Re-read the thread. Never noticed before, but that 'diggin' shot of Finn? He's not playing. Keep your eye on him. He's trying to escape!

I really like pic #6 (I think) above.... the one showing the tress in B&W. It would look really cool if you could darken the clouds or the top of the sky. Oooooo...  8)

Super awesome post, BTW.. Thanks for sharing.

The little .22 Browning is one gun we had and traded from the family whilst I was growing up. Man, we traded a LOT of guns. I wish I had a few back, and that little browning is right up there. sweet little guns.

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« Reply #32 on: December 15, 2014, 07:43:54 PM »
Looks like a great trip out with pops and finn. Thanks for sharing the pics.

Ģlad to hear the slings worked well for you.
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« Reply #33 on: December 17, 2014, 05:48:32 PM »
Re-read the thread. Never noticed before, but that 'diggin' shot of Finn? He's not playing. Keep your eye on him. He's trying to escape!
Well, Finn broke my trust today again. I got home from work and took him out into the back yard. I turned around for a second and he squeezed through a gap in the fence and was just gone. I called him for a minute, then jumped the fence and called some more. No Finn. I started to freak out. Finally he came running from behind someone's house, across the street from the yard I was now in. :pissed:

I could've strangled him, but, knowing better than to scold him, I scooped him up and brought him back home. I think he was chasing a rabbit... again. :[
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I really like pic #6 (I think) above.... the one showing the tress in B&W. It would look really cool if you could darken the clouds or the top of the sky. Oooooo...  8)

Super awesome post, BTW.. Thanks for sharing.
On your suggestion, I actually tried to darken the sky or at least bring out any cloud details in that photo but I'm no photoshop wizard. It just made it look weird.
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The little .22 Browning is one gun we had and traded from the family whilst I was growing up. Man, we traded a LOT of guns. I wish I had a few back, and that little browning is right up there. sweet little guns.
Yeah, I like that little gun a lot. Knowing I'll inherit it one day, I'm thinking of grabbing one of those Henry's. I hear good things.
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« Reply #34 on: December 17, 2014, 05:50:52 PM »
Looks like a great trip out with pops and finn. Thanks for sharing the pics.

Ģlad to hear the slings worked well for you.

Thanks again, greyhound. They're perfect. Being able to adjust the suspension easily makes a world of difference. The soft carabiners worked out really well too. :cheers:
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« Reply #35 on: December 17, 2014, 06:25:43 PM »
Hmmmm... Not good, eh? Rubi was like that when I first got her. It's a pain in the neck.

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« Reply #36 on: December 17, 2014, 06:52:44 PM »
Hmmmm... Not good, eh? Rubi was like that when I first got her. It's a pain in the neck.

Hey, is he fixed? I can't remember...


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Yup. He is fixed. Now if only they could've removed his chase instinct. It's STRONG in this one. :P
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« Reply #37 on: December 17, 2014, 07:05:24 PM »
Man, that's a tough one, eh? He's not motivated by his stomach, like a lot of men I know, is he? Maybe a treat if and when he comes back to you?

I know I'd stay close to home for a nice big piece of lemon meringue pie... :P

In fact, bake one now and listen at your door for my knock... I have long range lemon pie sensors... ;D


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« Reply #38 on: December 17, 2014, 07:25:21 PM »
That's why I never scold him when he comes back. I give him affection. That way he won't be afraid to come back.

The way I understand it, dogs pretty much only understand positive reinforcement, unless they're caught in the act, for instance stealing food from the table. Feel free to yell there. In other words, he'd think he was being punished for coming back. :-\


And some pie sounds wonderful right now. :drool:

I wish I was better at baking. That's the Missus' department.
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« Reply #39 on: December 17, 2014, 10:16:45 PM »
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« Reply #40 on: December 20, 2014, 10:47:26 PM »
Got out for a day hike with Mrs. Diogenes and Finn. It stayed around the upper 30's and low 40's the whole day. Perfect for a romp as far as I'm concerned.

The hike starts right next to the remains of an old ironworks. I've seen one before up in UP Michigan. These structures are incredible to me.


The Missus is sporting some new gaiters I just got her. She seems pretty happy with 'em.




The look of the hike for the first mile or so. It goes along an old road and crosses a stream numerous times. Some times the trail was very distinct and others it just disappeared entirely. Lots of stickers to catch yourself on around here. Tends to be that way in new growth woods.


There are several springs and a couple caves along the hike. Here's the first.


It was closed off due to the conservation department trying to keep the 'white nose syndrome' that's decimating the bat population in check.


Eventually, many bushwacks and stream crossings later, we ended up on a flood plain.




A couple miles in we reached the Meramec.


Epic shot courtesy of the Missus:


Bluffs and a second, larger cave to peek into in the distance.




We ended up on the wrong side of the slough. This way was impassible. We'd have to hike around and unfortunately, with the solstice upon us, daylight was burning in a pretty serious way. We decided to be smart and turn back. Neither of us felt like hiking out in the dark.


I don't know what this tree is called but it's nasty!


Signs of an old homestead.




We found this along the creek. It seems to be some kind of cog but I've got no idea what it is. It's made out of wood, braced with iron, and hollowed out a little on both ends.


Tall grasses, tick town. Even now. Welcome to Missouri.


Bye creek.


Thanks for looking, all. :)
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Re: Diogenes' Day Hikes - 2014
« Reply #41 on: December 20, 2014, 11:04:56 PM »
The mystery 'cog' item appears to be the hub of a wooden wagon wheel.  The square holes accept the ends of the wooden spokes.

Another nice set of pictures, my friend!  The colors of the rocks and woods are really super-saturated on days like that......really pretty.  :thumbsup:

More later, buddy......got'ta get back to a movie we're watching right now. :)
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Re: Diogenes' Day Hikes - 2014
« Reply #42 on: December 22, 2014, 08:52:02 AM »
You're absolutely right, wolfy. That's exactly what it is. I wonder how old it might be. I'm sure wooden wagons were used later than a lot of us might think. :shrug:

Glad you enjoyed the photos. The color of the moss on that furnace really popped. I'd like to go back when we get some snow on the ground. I think it'd be really pretty then too.

One thing I don't have a picture of is some iron (I believe) hematite. I'd see it all over in the creek. No wonder iron production was such a big deal there. It's apparently pretty high in iron content but it doesn't seem to be like pyrite in that I couldn't get it to spark at all when I struck it with some chert. I brought a couple pieces home to experiment with a little further. If I get it to spark, I'll post pics.
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Re: Diogenes' Day Hikes - 2014
« Reply #43 on: December 22, 2014, 09:38:14 AM »
I tried to post here yesterday but the gremlins.. were not having it at all  8)

Some real great photos you took diogenes, thanks for thinking of us  :cheers:
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Re: Diogenes' Day Hikes - 2014
« Reply #44 on: December 22, 2014, 10:07:27 AM »
Great looking pics there.

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Re: Diogenes' Day Hikes - 2014
« Reply #45 on: December 22, 2014, 06:20:04 PM »
Great pics! Glad y'all got out. Thanks for sharing.


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Re: Diogenes' Day Hikes - 2014
« Reply #46 on: December 22, 2014, 07:29:35 PM »
Great pics as always!!  Glad to see you all are still getting out, out there.  It seems like every time we get a chance to try to get out, the weather always turns and we both had that bug that lasts about 2-3 weeks, so we've just been staying home lately.    It's good to see Finn, sorry to hear he took off again for a bit.  At least he didn't stroll far this time!!  Our dog has that "bolt" reflex too.  If he gets an inch...he's G.O.N.E!

I'm wondering if that tree with the thorns is a Locust.  It looks like what we have here, like a Black Locust.  The Honey Locust has a bit smaller thorns, with a lot right on the trunk.  They have a long seed pod (around 6-8") and will be dark brown and flat.

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Re: Diogenes' Day Hikes - 2014
« Reply #47 on: December 24, 2014, 09:13:00 PM »
The Missus had to work today, which really sucks, but I figured I'd make the best of the situation and get a little hike in.

I went to a spot fairly close to home that's normally pretty high-traffic, but today, Christmas Eve, there wasn't a soul in sight.


Of course, Finn was along.


There are these dug out pits around the area. I believe they used to mine the very abundandant chert out of these hills.


Top of the mountain.


Gear carried and some chert flakes I picked up along the way.


Walking the ridge.


Down on the prairie.


I crossed a flood plain and ended up right under some train tracks with some tall bluffs above them.


Stopped for a quick, hot meal before turning back.


The Meramec. We're quite a ways further down stream than last Saturday.


It pretty much drizzled the whole day. Nothing too serious, but there was a chill in the air for sure.


Finn's happy we're heading back.


Almost back at the car. Lots of exposed limestone here. Classic Ozark terrain.


One last pano. Merry Christmas, guys. :D
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Re: Diogenes' Day Hikes - 2014
« Reply #48 on: December 25, 2014, 10:28:24 AM »
Merry Christmas D and Mrs. D and Finn too!!!

Another awesome post with great pics! Thanks for sharing!!!


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Re: Diogenes' Day Hikes - 2014 *Pic Heavy*
« Reply #49 on: December 25, 2014, 10:38:55 AM »
Great photos Diogenes.  It looks like very nice country.  Who was mining the chert?  Indians or commercial uses?  Good sized pieces you gathered up.  Nice knives too. 

Finn is a nice looking dog too bad he has has the run offs.  Nice partner anyway. 

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