Vicariance

2 March 2010

Friday night found us trapped on Donner Pass in the middle of a blizzard, hoping our reserves of cold tortillas and dried mangoes would sustain us long enough to avoid resorting to the grisly survival tactics of previous parties.  Fortunately the road re-opened and after navigating some sketchy icy roads we finally arrived at to our weekend destination: a rented cabin in Carnelian Bay on the shore of Lake Tahoe, only 5 hours later than planned.  As soon as we made it through the door we were welcomed by this chap, infamous cousin of the European Rasselbock.

Note the differences in coat-thickness, no doubt an adaptation to the cold Eastern Sierra Nevada winters.  Also importantly, this American is obviously more well-endowed than his European relative.  Just sayin’.

And in case you were worried about legalities, the hunting permit was on full display:

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