Thursday, February 7, 2008

Where in the world is Ernie?


I took this photo with my cell phone. It usually takes good photos, but it can't handle too much contrast, that's why it's all fuzzy. I think that the fuzz adds to the mystery. Where was this photo taken? Can you guess?


First hint: That is the South Fork of the Eel River

Second hint: You can click on the photo to enlarge

Third hint: It's less than five minutes off highway 101.

Fourth hint: The white in the middle is a water fall, and the 101 highway is at the bottom edge of the sunshine.

Fifth hint: The highway at the edge of the sunshine is a freeway, and people often get speeding tickets there.

Sixth hint: The picture was taken looking North. To the West of me is a "Big" feature of the river that the old-timers would know, but it now has a Newcomer name.

29 comments:

EkoVox said...

Ummmm...Nope....no, idea.

Eel River Ernie said...

OK,originally I thought maybe looking downstream from around the Treehouse, then I figured out that the white thing in the middle probably wasn't one of the bridge towers or cranes. Then I thought of the old highway loop north of Bridges creek but that doesn't jive either. Now my guess is the old dump site off highway 1 toward the top of the ridge south of Legget. Need more clues for this clueless person.

Nice photo no matter what - ERE

Ernie Branscomb said...

Nope!

Both good guesses! With the exception of Ekovox's.

I added another clue above.

Ernie Branscomb said...

As for the photo, I'm going to take a good camera on a sunny day and get it done right. I always wanted that picture in high resolution. I think that just about anybody would be impressed.

Anonymous said...

Best guess so far. South of the Snake Pit?

Jim

Ernie Branscomb said...

Nope!
And the only Jim that I know that would know where Snake Pit was, is...

robin shelley said...

Yaaaayyyy! Look who's here!

Ernie Branscomb said...

Robin

He sent me that guess as an e-mail. I put it on here so it still doesn't count.

I'll put up a new clue.

robin shelley said...

Ernie,
I think the waterfall is a culvert drain a little south of Leggett. My husband thinks you want us to guess where you were standing when you took the picture. Help!

robin shelley said...

Dang, Jim! Here I thought he was growin' up...

Ernie Branscomb said...

Robin, Yep it's a culvert that goes under the freeway. (a big one!) Have you ever seen it from where I'm standing?

robin shelley said...

I don't know. Were you standing on the ... shoot, what is it?... Cedar Creek Bridge? Dann Creek Bridge? Sure seems familiar!

Ernie Branscomb said...

I'm standing souther of that.

robin shelley said...

Hmmmmmm! I'll have to think on this... been awhile since I've been down that way.

robin shelley said...

Traina's?
Heck, I'm just guessin' now!

Ernie Branscomb said...

Yeah, but you’re getting closer! If you were dropping bombs, I would be hearing them real good. Traina’s is at the left end of the sunny ridge in the photo. But, now I’m going to make it tougher. I want to know the “Old-timers” name of where I’m standing. (or standing close to)

Eel River Ernie should have gotten it, because I’m almost sure that he has taken that road to the River before.

Anonymous said...

Guess #2

When I first saw that picture I thought it was at "Half Bridge" but can't remember the freeway up there above the waterfall.
Jim

(He's still sending me e-mails because he forgot his google password. Ernie)

robin shelley said...

Oh, for pity's sake! Jimmy, what am I gonna do with you?!!

Ernie Branscomb said...

Jim, I think that anybody can leave a comment by clicking on the "anonymous" button at the bottom of the comment box. Does anyone know?????

robin shelley said...

BIG BEND LODGE!!!!!!!!
Am I right, am I right? Huh, huh? Am I, am I?

Ernie Branscomb said...

Yep.
Congratulations!!!!! You’re right!! How did you remember!!

I should make you guess the newcomers name for it but you have been such a good guesser that I’ll just tell you. The new Name is “Rivers Run Lodge.” A very nice woman owns it now, and she rents the cabins out as residences. We put her heating system in a few years ago, and I went down to service it.

The view is pretty dramatic. I never seem to have a good camera when I’m down there.

robin shelley said...

Well, you practically told me... but I would never have gotten the new name, Ernie. I used to deliver newspapers between Garberville & Willits when we printed the Laytonville paper in Arcata every week. Made a lot of stops. Also, I knew a woman who lived there probably 5 or 6 years ago... her name was Beatrice Torres. Did you know her?
(I hope I didn't spoil it for anybody.)

robin shelley said...

Except for Jimmy, of course...

Ernie Branscomb said...

Jim spend too much time in Alaska to make any good guesses anyway.

I used to get a kick out of the pictures that he would send me. He would be standing in a creek with his rifle cradled in his arms, acting like he was sneaking up on a wily critter. The caption on the picture was “This is me, hunting”. If you looked at the bottom of the photo the creek was filled with salmon.

Another photo that he sent me was a picture of the back of his boat filled with halibut and salmon, and the caption read “I hooked these while I was headed to the Mainland to go hunting”.

Another photo that he sent me was him standing on the bank of a river with five or six bears behind him. He was standing there with a fishing pole with his line in the water. The Caption read “This is me and my buddies fishing”.

So don’t feel too sorry for him.

robin shelley said...

Gee, I never got any photos! Just an Alaska sweatshirt... although it was a very nice shirt... very nice!
I won't feel sorry for him anymore, that's for sure! Hee, hee!

EkoVox said...

Is it Big Bend Lodge? Has anyone guessed that?

The real old, old timers called it Crippled Whore Cabins. Does anyone remember that name?

Ernie Branscomb said...

Big Bend Lodge it is, but it was already guessed. How did you know that?

I've never heard it called Crippled Whore Cabins, as I recall. I hope it wasn't an occupational injury.

EkoVox said...

Ernie...just getting your goat. I had read Robin's response and then acted like I somehow knew it.

But, hey Crippled Whore Cabins sounds like something that could be real....at least from our region. Or, at least a creek or ridge named that. Wouldn't you agree?

Ernie Branscomb said...

Yes, The Old-timers had some pretty rough language. I’m afraid that a lot of the “language” still finds my mouth when no other words will work.

When they were outside, or in a mans place, they would say what ever they wanted, but they seemed to respect the “Womans Place” also, and they cleaned up their language. Bar-rooms were a man's place. Sawmills were a man's place, and if a woman worked there, they “By God had to put up with a man's language, or get the hell out of a man's place dammit!”. That was the way they talked. I would never dream of saying anything like that. Nope…