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Aug 29 2014

Trail Guy’s Latest Mineral King Hiking Photos

Published by under Mineral King,Photography

Trail Guy is retired so he hikes every week in Mineral King. I am not retired so I work. He photographs Mineral Kin so I post it on this blog. Lucky Trail Guy. Lucky You. Lucky me, because I get to do what I love and (sometimes) even get paid for it. If you let [...]

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Aug 22 2014

A Mineral King Day Hike

Trail Guy led a group hike up to the Empire Mines last year. It was fun, informative, and a good time was had by all. So, he was asked to lead it again this year. I only took a few photos this time, because all my photos are looking repetitive. You can see more of [...]

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Aug 20 2014

More Oil Painting in Progress

Published by under Mineral King,Oil Paintings

Two years ago I printed and sold a calendar of oil paintings. Last year there was no time to paint because of work on the upcoming (Please God, may it be upcoming soon) book The Cabins of Wilsonia. This year I decided to do a calendar painting each month so that when it is time to print [...]

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Aug 18 2014

Back at the Easels

Did you think all I do is run away to Mineral King? Close, but I finally had time to paint again. This time I decided to risk the messy business of oil painting in the air-conditioned studio, instead of the swamp-cooler “cooled” workshop. They got moved out to the workshop for quicker drying. Of course [...]

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Aug 15 2014

Better Living Through Mineral King

Published by under Mineral King

Run run run run run-away. Book problem not resolved, Mineral King as a prescription to anxiety – works for me! (temporarily, because then I have to come home again, but I’ll just think about that tomorrow!) Swamp Onion and Corn Lily (AKA “skunk cabbage” because it resembles the plant by that name that grows on [...]

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Aug 14 2014

A New Art-making Experience in Mineral King

I have a very dear friend who is in college. She is a “Resident Assistant” this year, which is sort of like a camp counselor for a dorm full of freshmen girls. “Freshgirls”? “Freshwomen”? Hmmm. . . Part of her duties are to make some sort of name plates for each dorm room door. When [...]

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Aug 04 2014

Mineral King Photos As An Escape

I hit a bit of a bump in the road with the book The Cabins of Wilsonia and I don’t want to talk about it. So let’s put our hands over our ears, shout LALALALA in a loud monotone and run away to Mineral King. These are not in any particular order – I’m just speed [...]

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Aug 01 2014

Hiking In Mineral King (Trail Guy, Not the California Artist)

Published by under Mineral King,Photography

Trail Guy, AKA The Retiree, does a tremendous amount of hiking in Mineral King while I’m in Three Rivers trapped on the phone with AT&T because my email doesn’t work. But I’m not bitter. I enjoy his photos, and then you get to enjoy them. These will mostly be without comments. All you need to [...]

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Jul 31 2014

Friends in Mineral King

Published by under Mineral King,Photography

There is something very unique and special about cabin communities. The friendships go on for life and through generations. Instead of yammering on and on, have a look at a very special Mineral King friendship. I’m not close friends with these guys, but they might be close friends with one another. At least they aren’t [...]

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Jul 30 2014

Babies in Mineral King

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What, me work? Nah. The Retiree is in Mineral King, my book The Cabins of Wilsonia is at the printer, drawing lessons are suspended for July and August, and it is too stinking hot to be down the hill. So, let’s look at some photos. July is the month of babies and little critters in Mineral [...]

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