Sunday, March 10, 2024

Cascade Peak, June 1962

It's SNOOZLE TIME! Prepare to be underwhelmed. Both of today's photos feature Cascade Peak, one of my favorite vintage Disneyland icons, but the pictures leave much to be desired.

Well, OK, this first one isn't so bad, it mostly just suffers from being boring. But it also makes me miss the rocky peak with its multiple waterfalls.

This next one is pretty bad, canted to the right in what might be an attempt at being "arty". 


JB said...

Hmm, like you said, not very exciting. I think it's mainly because of the dull, muted colors. But those two barrels look great!

Yeah, this could be an "arty" shot. But I think maybe the photographer was just leaning out over the edge of the Mark Twain, and this is the best angle he could get, in a hurry.

No water gong fire alarm... no bighorn sheep... no ducks, exploding or otherwise... dull color. But at least the waterfalls are all running. I give these photos a solid "C"; not too bad, but not great.

Everyone enjoy your one less hour of sleep tonight. Except those in Arizona and Hawaii (and U.S. Territories), who don't mess with their clocks.

Thanks, Major.

Chuck said...

The photographer must have been obsessed with Cascade Peak to have taken two photos of it at essentially the same angle, once from the dock and again from the main deck of the Twain. I think we can all sympathize.

JB, the fire gong is visible, but with the muted color, sun angle, and slight blurriness of the images, it doesn’t stand out. It’s about a third of the way up the highest waterfall, halfway between the left edge of the falls and the edge of the mountain, just at the top of a tree.

K. Martinez said...

Cascade Peak had the other "back side of water" element. While riding on the Mine Train, I always enjoyed going around Cascade Peak and its cool waterfalls before heading towards the old trestle on its way to the Living Desert.

These pics have that June gloom feel. I like them. Thanks, Major.

JG said...

Chuck is right, the fire gong is visible in both pics, but it is hard to see, especially in photo 2. Ironic how water damage, not fire, was what eventually destroyed the Peak.

Getting behind a waterfall is hard to do in real life with natural waterfalls, so I wonder if that was a reason it was part of the Disney designs? We could walk behind a waterfall in the old Skull Rock Grotto too.

My eye is drawn to the yellow and red flowers, which stand out on the gray day. These must have been pretty big blossoms to be so visible. Any guesses on what varieties?

Thank you Major, I’m enjoying these.


Melissa said...

I think these are pretty interesting. But then again, I lead a fairly dull life. I love the framing of the first one, with the barrels and stairs and gangplank (or whatever it's called; I learned all my nautical vocabulary from Gilbert and Sullivan), and the second has a very You Are There, Zapruderesque quality.

The word "cascade" is linked so firmly in my mind with dishwasher detergent that I'm smelling chlorine as I type this.

Major Pepperidge said...

JB, yeah, these are BORING. And I don’t really think that photo #2 is supposed to be arty, I think it’s just a bad photograph. The gong is there! Look carefully! Man do I hate springing forward.

Chuck, it does seem a little weird that the photographer took TWO precious frames of Cascade Peak; I’d get it if the Mine Train was passing, or if we could see the Pack Mules. I guess the guy liked waterfalls? And yes, there’s that crazy gong!

K. Martinez, the Jungle Cruise and Nature’s Wonderland have a lot in common - more than people might think! Yes, there are tons of differences too, but I’ve always thought of them as two sides of the same coin. So to speak.

CJG, I’ve never understood why the gong needed to be placed in plain sight (granted, most people probably never noticed it). There must be a reason! Good point about the water damage being the coup de gras, and not fire. My niece just sent me a photo from a hike she did in Oregon where one is able to walk behind a waterfall! But your point is valid. I’ll have to leave the flower IDs to somebody like Nanook, who knows cars, microphones, and flowers. And other stuff too.

Melissa, ha ha, if only your life was as exciting as mine! Why, I had soup for lunch. Can you believe it? So amazing! I learned more from Looney Tunes than Gilbert and Sullivan. Greatest cartoons ever? My mom uses Cascade dishwashing detergent, so I am very familiar with that distinctive aroma.

Major Pepperidge said...

Sorry, JG, my fat fingers typed "CJG" somehow!

Anonymous said... see me and the Mine Train entering under Big Thunder. I can imagine it so. I can hear the falls while I type this. KS

Melissa said...

"Chuck, it does seem a little weird that the photographer took TWO precious frames of Cascade Peak"

Maybe they just had an itchy trigger finger. It's happened to me more than once.

JB said...

Chuck, Ah. I stand corrected (better than sitting corrected). Thanks to your directions, I can see the fire gong now. I was concentrating on the lower falls for some reason. I now give these photos a "C+"!

Melissa, another Cascade dishwasher soap user hear.

Major, I don't like the time changes either. But I'm in the "forever Daylight Time" camp. I like how it stays light outside till 10:00 pm in the summer.
Did your niece hike behind the Silver Falls State Park waterfall (located near Salem, Oregon)? It's rather famous for that attribute.

JB said...

^ "here", not "hear". As far as I know, Cascade dishwasher soap doesn't make much of a sound.

Anonymous said...

JB...I myself have walked behind those falls as well. And another in the Columbia Gorge as well. KS