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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 12:13 PM
"And tonight's dinner, Ram stew." I love that video. What balls to take on such an adventure.
 

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 12:15 PM
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"And tonight's dinner, Ram stew." I love that video. What balls to take on such an adventure.


Yep, you've seen it alright.

 

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 12:27 PM
Watched last nite.....Thank God for Teddy Roosevelt. Sure wish we had a President like that now!! Love the scenery and the spectacular natural wonders. Fantastic.

 

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 01:51 PM
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"And tonight's dinner, Ram stew." I love that video. What balls to take on such an adventure.


Yep, you've seen it alright.


Sure have....And that meal looked damn tasty. Especially after busting his ass trying to scrape a living off the land or doing some project that day. I recall being a bit saddened at the end when he's old and finally moved back to town as he was too feeble and ill to continue to live on his own. Still, a great flick. Talking about it makes me want to watch it again.

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 01:54 PM
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"And tonight's dinner, Ram stew." I love that video. What balls to take on such an adventure.


Yep, you've seen it alright.


Sure have....And that meal looked damn tasty. Especially after busting his ass trying to scrape a living off the land or doing some project that day. I recall being a bit saddened at the end when he's old and finally moved back to town as he was too feeble and ill to continue to live on his own. Still, a great flick. Talking about it makes me want to watch it again.

[Edited on 9/29/2009 by Chain]


Kudos to the state of Alaska for making Richard Proenneke's piece of land and cabin an historical park.

 

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 02:17 PM
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"And tonight's dinner, Ram stew." I love that video. What balls to take on such an adventure.


Yep, you've seen it alright.


Sure have....And that meal looked damn tasty. Especially after busting his ass trying to scrape a living off the land or doing some project that day. I recall being a bit saddened at the end when he's old and finally moved back to town as he was too feeble and ill to continue to live on his own. Still, a great flick. Talking about it makes me want to watch it again.

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Kudos to the state of Alaska for making Richard Proenneke's piece of land and cabin an historical park.


Wow....Indeed! I wasn't aware it was a historical park.

 

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 02:47 PM
Great series!

And on a home-grown musical note: the man that composed the score for this series (and ALL of Burn's other series) is Alabamian, Bobby Horton who lives a mere stone throw from my house!

 

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 10:43 PM
Another fine episode. I was glad Burns spent so much time on the Grand Canyon. He mentioned briefly General JW Powell's 1870's trip down the river. It is a fascinating story, and I recommend his book, Exploration of the Colorado River and its Canyons. It's tough to read because Powell goes into detail on every little thing he did or saw on the trip, and the language used then is more than a little different.

I read it before taking a 9 day raft trip down the river in '00. We did the lower half trip, hiking down the Bright Angel trail mentioned in the film 10 miles to meet the rafts at Phantom Ranch.

The guides showed us the various geologic features and there have been over time, 7 times that oceans covered the area. I tasted the salt from one that was being extruded in the strata. There are indian ruins and evidence of volcanic activity and an active hot spring along the way.

And rapids, big rapids, with the grandest, Lava rapids, toward the end of our run. The guides took this one especially very seriously (and all wore tie-dies that day for luck). I can't imagine Powell doing it in a wooden dory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2qSh2oV3U4&NR=1

Another pic from the American Alps:



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  posted on 9/30/2009 at 02:21 PM
yes Brock, Powell's trip and book are pretty amazing, but you forgot to mention he only had one arm, and did all sorts of climbing up the cliffs to look out to see and sketch where he was!!!!! crazy to think about when you are standing there looking up at some of those canyon walls. hiked from the North Rim to the South Rim w/ my dad when living in CO in 95, amazing 3 days of hiking in there. 24 miles, eight miles a day, and averaged about one mile an hour, esp on the 8 mile hike up and out from Phantom Ranch. WHEW!!!! there are some crazy mofo's who run the same route in one day - yowsa!!!!

great series. even when you are in a park that's full of peeps, all you generally hafta do is walk more than a mile down any trail, and the # of people you'll encounter drops dramatically. i just don't want to go somewhere and sit in a line of cars waiting to get somewhere - Cades Cove, Smoky Mtn NP. I'd rather hit a park in the off season. i can go to a busy section of Chattahoochee River NP in ATL and get away from ffolkes pretty quickly.

 

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  posted on 9/30/2009 at 02:44 PM
Don't overlook all the natural wonders in your own back yard, don't have to travel to just the Name parks to find beauty. I bet if you pull out a local map everyone can find some local federal, state or county park that has a lot to offer. I have a state park close by named Catherdal State Park, just a 150 acres of virgin Hemlock trees with just hiking trails. It is seldom visited, but when you are walking through the stand of hemlock you have no idea your close to millions of people within a 150 miles radius. Go out any visiit your local parks and support them.
 

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  posted on 9/30/2009 at 03:07 PM
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watch last night's episode here on Yosemite and Yellowstone. I have hiked to the top of Half Dome. This show is awesome and I can't wait to watch again tonight.

http://video.pbs.org/video/1258704633/program/1072181584
Thanks for sharing this link, MT!! Haven't had a chance to sit down and watch TV the past few evenings (and Sunday reception problems) so I've missed this and have really been looking forward to seeing it. I will be purchasing this DVD when it comes available.

Another Powell fan and lover of the Grand Canyon, here, and sorry to have missed the most recent show. I also became interested in learning about Mary Colter when visiting many of the structures within the park, like the Watchtower and Hermit's Rest. Not many women architects receiving commissions like this during this period in history and she really did create some structures that are beautiful and honor the land. I've hiked Bright Angel (didn't make it all the way down because I was staying up on top and needed to turn around and hike back up before reaching bottom), some areas of Hermit's Rest and South Kaibab, and the South Rim. Would love to do the raft trip through the canyon and also visit the falls (especially Havasu) over on the Havasupai Reservation.

 

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  posted on 9/30/2009 at 05:34 PM
I thought America's best idea was the drive thru funeral home.



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