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Old May 9, 2007, 1:03 AM   #1
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Recently we took a mini-vacation, driving up the California coast to Carmel, then on to a small town called Angels Camp.

Many of you have probably never heard of Angels Camp - it's an old mining town from California's Gold Rush days. It's located in Calaveras County, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, with a number of historic buildings in its downtown area (well, historic by California standards).

It does have one claim to fame. A failed miner wrote a short story called "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" that was supposed to have taken place in Angels Camp (he had lived there for a while). The short story was the author's first major published work and was published in the New York Saturday Press on Nov. 18, 1865. The work is fiction, but the town of Angels Camp is proud of its heritage and being mentioned by such an important American author, so they started up a jumping frog competition every year to celebrate the town's history.

As I went back into our room to make sure I didn't leave anything, something dropped to my feet. After jumping back several feet, I cautiously bent down to see what startled me so. I found this little fellow trying to squeeze under the door. He's definitely a resident of Calaveras County and I found him in Angels Camp, though he's probably a toad, not a frog, so figure he qualifies.

You can find the short story on-line in several different places. It's a fun story written by the famous humorist, Samuel Clemens, more commonly known by his pen-name, Mark Twain.
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Old May 9, 2007, 4:54 AM   #2
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I definitely have heard of Angels Camp and have been there many times in my wild young and crazy days. I did bungee cord jumping off the PG&E bridge in the area. Definitely illegal and unauthorized but fun as hell nevertheless. It was quite a drive to get to it and the road there is rocky and narrow.

We used to have lookouts (walkie talkies)for anyone that was coming in the area so we would halt our jumping.

Wow what a jog back to my memory of that time.

Thanks so much.
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Old May 9, 2007, 9:47 AM   #3
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What a surprise you had. Cute little guy.

TOTALLY WACKY roger
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OMG! It's the mexican staring from of southern Sri lanka!


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Old May 9, 2007, 10:56 PM   #5
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Did you really bungie jump off the PG&E bridge?! Isn't that a little crazy (or rather, a lot crazy)? I've never had any desire to do that (though I did once consider taking up jumping out of airplanes as part of my profession in my younger and crazier days). I never got the opportunity when I wanted to, and once I figured out that you could get hurt that way, I actively avoided such things.
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Cute tree frog, I think they must be able to change color to match what ever they are on since my photo of one is grey like the log I found it on.

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Old May 9, 2007, 11:51 PM   #7
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Tom - thanks for doing the identification, I was thinking it might have been a toad. However, a little research showed that he is a Pacific Tree Frog, and they do change colors. They are small frogs, only a couple of inches in length (nice to have a macro lens handy). He's on a cement walk, you can see the bumps under him.

So now we've covered California history, American literature, and a little biology all in the same thread.
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Here is what ours look like on a log.



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Old May 10, 2007, 12:17 AM   #9
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Yours looks much happier than my poor little fellow did!
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Harriet and Tom, both of those are good captures and I like the story that went with yours Harriet.

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