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Pipes Canyon Trail

We had a nice ranger lead hike though the 25,500 acre preserve today. No, we did not see it all, only 4 miles on the Pipes Canyon Trail.

Paleo Indian metate.
The surface is very smooth where they ground their nuts and acorns
California Fucus
Our knowledgeable guide talking about the little understood petroglyphs.
They were created about 800 to 900 years ago.

Mr. Olsen was an early Swedish miner who settled here. He and partners worked an onyx mine about 7 miles up the canyon.

The remains of his home
Willows grow where there is water.
This large, smart car size boulder, was carried 9 miles down the canyon by flash floods. It was calculated this required a flood of 200,000 second feet of water. This means 200,000 cubic feet of water passing a point every second.


New Crown

Decay got under my old crown and ate its way to the nerve. Time for a root canal. Yeh. At least my tooth had good timing. After the Lewis and Clark trip and before the Mexico trip.
First the root canal.  DDS Patel was excellent.
He managed to save enough of the tooth for a new crown.
The new technology for crowns is amazing. My last crowns required taking impressions of my teeth and then waiting weeks for the new crowns to be created. This technology was developed in Germany 30 years ago and adopted by US dentists 10 years ago.

Jasmine slides a camera over my teeth. It takes 8 pictures a second.

The computer stitches all these images together to make a digital representation of my teeth. I am so happy there is enough tooth left to attach the new crown to.

The computer even figures out where pressure is occurring when I bite. Red indicates the greatest pressure. 

DDS Hoyt designing the new crown.
The computer then creates the new crown. It used photos of the other jaw to determine the shape of the crown's bite surface, so the upper and lower teeth would mesh properly.

Next the computer shows the degree of contact between the crown and neighboring teeth

These spots are then reduced on the computer model

The computer shows how the crown will be carved out of the block of material placed in the milling machine below.

11 minutes to crave out the crown
The new crown now goes into an oven for 20 minutes where it will harden and be dyed to match my other teeth.

A little fine tuning.
In it goes.
Looks great. It is the second full tooth from the left.
The entire process took 2 hours.  
From root canal to finished crown 6 days.


Winter in Mexico

I will be exploring Mexico this winter with seasoned Mexico travelers Kevin and Ruth. They have spent many winters traversing Mexico in Sherman. This winter they are guiding a small, 8 rig, caravan to some of their favorite spots. I like they way they travel, slow and deep. What a great adventure this will be.
Serenity has been getting her fluids changed and brakes, hoses, belts checked. She is ready to go. We will all meet up in Mission TX, Nov 27th.
This will be a four month sojourn through the best MX has to offer.


Mojave National Preserve

I had a great time with old high school friends reminiscing and swapping lies.

Heading east on I 15
Joshua Trees

Tom and Gary's trailers.  
Serenity is in the shop being checked out for this winters trip to Mexico. 

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The railroad town of Kelso arose because of the steepness of the grade beyond and the abundance of groundwater below. The Cima Grade was too long and steep for locomotives to pull a train up without assistance. "Helper engines" provided the extra power These engines required a "helper station" including a roundhouse, a wye track for turning around, fuel and plenty of water.

Cliff and I visiting the old restored Kelso depot.
The Depot was built in 1924 and closed its doors in 1985. Concerned citizens stepped in and saved it from destruction.

From the mid 40s too 1985 this strap-steel jail was used go confine dunks and other unruly individuals for a night or two.

I want my lawyer
Tom making his delicious Ancho Pork and Hominy Stew
Thanks for dinner Tom
What happens in the desert, stays in the desert.



Family Time

I am having a great time visiting with my son's family. My two wonderful granddaughters keep me on my toes.

Emma loves karate.
Rachel and I are repairing the fence around the chicken coop.
Derek scored a couple of Sharks seats. He is an avid fan.
Sharky communing with Shark fans
Sharky is a hugger

Preseason game, Sharks lost to Calgary 3-4

Rachel plays a wicked game. 
Six years ago


Magnificent Redwoods

Pictures fail miserably to convey the forest's grandeur.

Christie being one with the Redwood

Awesome hike

Mark, Christie, Charlie, Diana, David and me