1995, last modified 16 November 1999
Wilmot at the Deadly Killer Umbrellas Wilmot and the Hoodoos at Yoho Wilmot at the Drive-Thru Tree Wilmot at the Deutsches Eck Wilmot adopted by Coyotes Wilmotssaga
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Once on the way to Los Angeles we stopped to see the famous umbrella sculpture which had been put in place by the same artist who did "Running Fence". I can't remember his name or the name of the umbrellas, but the site was impressive. Unfortunately, these umbrellas were in a pass on the Grapevine, a place that experiences periodic high winds. Just a couple days before these pictures were taken, two of the umbrellas had come loose, killing two people.
The Hoodoos are a famous fixture of Yoho National Park in Canada. Probably as many people say "What are Hoodoos?" as say "What is Wilmot?". Hoodoos are formations when soft soil is beneath harder soil (such as a rock) and the soft soil is eroded away, leaving a tower with a rock on top.
There was a time in California history when entrepreneurs found it irresistable to cut a large hole through the base of a Redwood or Giant Sequioa tree and pave a road through it. The tree continues to live because the cambium (the layer beneath the bark) is intact on either side of the hole.
Wilmot took a trip to Germany. Where the Mosel and the Rhine rivers join is called the Deutsches Eck. Wilmot visited there and looked down from a Castle at the beautiful sight.
One day on our way East across the United States, we lost Wilmot in the desert just on the Arizona-California border on Highway 10. We were halfway to Tucson before we realized Wilmot was missing. We vowed that after we finished our obligations in Tucson that we would return to find Wilmot. In Tucson we discovered Wilmot Road and knew it was a sign that we would find Wilmot again. We returned two days later to the spot where Wilmot was lost and...he was gone! We searched high and low and eventually found him high on a hill 100 yards away. His ears and eyes had been chewed off and the little plastic thing in one eye had been chewed out. The tail was gone and never recovered (a new one was made later). Clearly coyotes had discovered Wilmot and had a grand time in the desert. After this incident we took much better care of Wilmot, and made a "Wilmot repair kit" to help keep Wilmot in prime condition.
The Runestaff is a publication of the Barbarian Freehold in Morro Bay, California. For a time I contributed artwork for this newsletter, including the art for a continuing story by Mark Falke-Graybill told in Viking saga style, called Wilmotssaga. The Runes around this picture start out saying "This is the saga of Wilmot..." Wilmot the "Viking" is shown in a boat with a raccoon on the bow; racoons being New World animals which shows that Wilmot had made it to America. The picture is contained within an outline of a grape leaf - symbolizing Vinland - America. However, there are penguins on an ice floe in the background, showing that Wilmot's navigational skills still needed some work. The articles were not entirely historically accurate.
Created July 1995, last modified 16 November 1999
Wilmot at the Deadly Killer Umbrellas
Wilmot and the Hoodoos at Yoho
Wilmot at the Drive-Thru Tree
Wilmot at the Deutsches Eck
Wilmot adopted by Coyotes