Froggy Bottom Cafe

Winter Sunrise, courtesy of the photography skills of Don Durito’s daughter

56 comments for “Froggy Bottom Cafe

  1. December 20, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Obviously I am late to the party. Given what happened at BT, I’d say it’s time to start migrating here a bit. Now if we can just keep me healthy!

  2. April 2, 2015 at 5:07 am

    A test from Flickr

  3. April 2, 2015 at 5:05 am

    Nice place to see old friends

  4. February 27, 2015 at 3:25 am

    There’s a new addition to the Frog Pond network: Very Very Urban.

  5. February 21, 2015 at 4:35 am

    I’m still sorting out where to post things here, but this’ll do.

    4th graders and their families get a free parks, national monuments, and federal lands pass under Pres. Obamas initiative.
    According to a White House official, the school grade was decided on for “logistical, educational and instructional reasons.”

    “NPS and other land and water agencies already have 4th grade programming in place in many locations,” the official said. “Many states focus on state history during the 4th grade, which aligns well with what NPS and other land managers have to offer.”

    I think this is great.

    Several years ago Andi and I were hiking in the Grand Canyon. We were going down the South Kaibab trail to Phantom Ranch. We kept leapfrogging a pair of late twenties-ish hikers with three 9 or 10 year-old boys. There did not seem to be any familial connection between them.

    At the ranger led campfire at the Ranch that night, the boys to everyone’s delight answered every question the ranger posed. She finally asked then how they knew so much about GCNP. The answer was wonderful to me. The boys, in chorus said, “Our teacher taught us!”

    The ranger said you must have a good teacher. And then asked who is your teacher. Expecting the teacher’s name, I’m sure she was surprised when the boys pointed to the the woman accompanying them and again in chorus said, “She is.”

    On the way back up to the rim the next day on the Bright Angel Trail, I got to talk with the couple with the boys. They were teachers at a private school in San Diego. Francis Parker rings a bell but I wouldn’t swear to it. The school had held a fund raising auction. These two teachers, the other adult turned out to be the boy’s PE teacher, had auctioned off a trip to GCNP. A parent had provided an RV to use for the trip.

    It was a trip, I’m sure, the five of them will never forget. I haven’t.

    What does this have to do with Pres. Obama’s initiative? It’s this. Getting kids and their families into the parks is the best way to preserve and expand the parks. If the national parks, monuments, and wild lands are seen as the preserves of old farts like me, they have a limited audience. But if families and kids engage with nature in the parks, the future is bright – not just for the parks but for nature.

  6. February 18, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    What – no rating system? I’m so shy, it’s better for me to just drop in and give everybody a 4.

    Many thanks to all who are working on the photo thing. I’d be lost without my regular fix of Bebo and the Zen dog. Although, the frogs are nice too.

    • February 21, 2015 at 2:10 am

      I agree I’m going to miss “may the 4s be with you.”

    • February 21, 2015 at 2:13 am

      Maybe we should just leave a comment of “4” on any comment we like.

      Consider this your first 4.

  7. February 17, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Testing another image.

    click for larger

  8. February 17, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    [tap tap tap] Is this thing on?

  9. February 17, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Time for another dog photo — one to match the cold temps we’re having.

    click for larger

    • February 17, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      Did that work as intended?

      • February 17, 2015 at 4:26 pm

        No. There’s an img tag in there that isn’t working.

        • February 17, 2015 at 5:05 pm

          You were missing some key HTML there. You had the href code but not the img src code. I added it and can help you do it right in the future.

          • February 17, 2015 at 10:08 pm

            Not sure how that happened. That code is canned and I just paste it in. I used the exact same code over BT where it worked fine. I’ll try it again with another image and see what happens.

          • February 17, 2015 at 10:13 pm

            I tried another image and made the sure the code was correct and there’s no image showing. So if the img tag isn’t there, then something in the posting process is removing it.

            • February 17, 2015 at 11:50 pm

              Okay. Thanks, Andi.

              We’ll have to figure this out. Can we find the raw code you used at the FBC at BT?

              • February 18, 2015 at 11:02 am

                Here’s the code (remove any line breaks). You can also find the code in a comment I posted this morning in the BT cafe.

                <a href=””><img src=”” width=”500″><br>click for larger </a>

                • April 2, 2015 at 5:18 am

                  When you figure the posting process out, can you tell me how to post Flickr images?

  10. Oui
    February 17, 2015 at 7:11 am

    I’m lost and in awe … what a beautiful place!

    • February 17, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks, Oui.

      Welcome to the Frog Pond.

      Shoot me an email when you get the chance.

  11. February 16, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    As BooMan said, it’s bitter cold here – good for staying indoors and knitting and scoping the inter webs today. We haven’t had a snow day yet, though. Couple of 2-hour delays, but we haven’t had more than an inch of snow at a time…which is supposed to change overnight, despite the 0 for 6 record of the weather forecasters so far this winter.

  12. February 16, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    1/2 in. of snow was enough to cancel schools. Up to 4 in total. Back in my day ….

    I guess they’re more concerned with getting the kids home than getting them to school or the roads are packed down to ice already.

    We’re looking at cold temps all week.
    Looking ahead to spring.

    • February 16, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      It’s about six degrees here right now after going down to -2 or -4 last night.

  13. February 12, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Finally made it here despite a loss of internet service in the midst of negotiations with the proprietor.
    Did you all have to pass a cat quiz to get past the rope? I guess the tribbles drove them away today.

    • February 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      Hi Alice-

      welcome to the new Frog Pond!

    • February 16, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      Hi Alice, I finally made it here today too! Still have to figure out the photo posting thing…

  14. February 10, 2015 at 12:04 am

    Can’t usually post images in comments without a plugin. But not advisable for security reasons. Booman, what about using Buddypress or bbpress (WordPress plugins for social chat and messages board/forum respectively) for the cafe? Same user table, so no additional sign in, if installed for that purpose.

  15. February 9, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    peacearena checking in!

    • February 9, 2015 at 11:37 pm

      Howdy, peacearena. Glad your password worked. Have a look around.

  16. February 9, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    I made it, but I have to work on that photo.

  17. February 9, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Looks as if the transporter is functioning properly. It got me here from the old pond just fine and mostly in one piece.

    • February 9, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      I watched The Trouble With Tribbles last night, and those Tribbles get into everything. I hope they don’t mess up our transporter.

  18. February 9, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Well, looky here…now I need to figure out how to post photos too.

  19. February 8, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Anyone have an extra espresso? BTW, as you type your comment, there is a preview just below that should show you how the comment will look. I gather it doesn’t preview images though..


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  21. February 8, 2015 at 1:24 am

    Finally arrived!

  22. February 7, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Comments are working now.

    Thought this cafe needed a dog but, as there’s no preview, I don’t know if it will work.

    click for larger

    • February 7, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Okay, now I know — images don’t disply.

      • February 8, 2015 at 3:59 am

        This is why we need guinea pigs in our Frog Pond.

        • February 10, 2015 at 12:07 pm

          And I see it now. I’m still having problems with comments. I couldn’t see them today until I removed the cookie and logged in again. I’ll let you know if seeing them “sticks”.

          • February 10, 2015 at 2:58 pm

            so you logged out, removed cookies and logged backed in? And that made it is so the comments showed up?

    • February 10, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      the dog has arrived.

  23. February 7, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Pollywogy doodle all day!

  24. February 5, 2015 at 3:10 pm


  25. February 5, 2015 at 3:54 am

    I gotta get some pollywogs over here to the Cafe.

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