Hidden Age

It seems that some folks will do anything to conceal their age from others.  Some are relatively simple and cheap: hair coloring, for example.  You can step it up a new notches and have all sorts of plastic surgery done (which sometimes gets great results and sometimes, well, not so great results.)  Let’s face it: sometimes it’s hard to guess a person’s age very accurately.

But people pale in comparison to trying to guess the age of other things we observe.  Take trees, for example.  How old is that tree next to  your house?  How old is that redwood tree that is so tall you can’t see the top from the ground?  How old is that canyon, that hill, that mountain?

On a recent trip to Yosemite National Park, we hiked into Mirror Lake where I took today’s shot.  I wondered about this rock.  How old is it?  How long has it been there?  Was it deposited by a glacier that helped carve the valley?  Or did it come cascading down from Half Dome or some other promontory?  I’m sure there are those who could answer that question, but I rather enjoy the mystery of it.  It adds a bit of intrigue to life, don’t you think, to ponder such questions and not really care about the answers?

_MG_2114ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa was reported missing in Detroit, Michigan on this day in 1975. He was last seen alive in a parking lot outside the Machus Red Fox restaurant the previous afternoon. To this day, Hoffa’s fate remains a mystery, although many believe that he was murdered by organized crime figures.  If you missed my Facebook post from yesterday, here’s a seemingly very reasonable solution to the case you may want to read: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/30/eric-shawn-investigates-hit-on-hoffa-38-years-later-mystery-endures/

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: due to earth’s gravity, it is impossible for the world’s tallest mountains to reach a height of over 15,000 meters.

 

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