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We had pogonip in Carson Valley this morning after the dense fog lifted. According to various sources, pogonip is a Shoshone word meaning "cloud," but because the cold, moist air of pogonip could be dangerous to people's lungs, the early settlers called it "white death." Amazing how something so enchanting can also be so deadly.

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Tags: Carson, Minden, NV, Shoshone, Valley, death, early, pogonip, settlers, white

Comment by Wolfgang on February 4, 2014 at 7:16am

Very interesting.   Learn somethin' new all the time.  Never here'd that term befur.   :)

Comment by Jim Holden on February 4, 2014 at 11:37am

Wow had almost forgotten that term - heard it a lot when we were living in Sparks back in the 70's....used to love that drive down through the Carson Valley, Gardnerville, Minden and further down 395 to the Walker River Country....thanks for the memories.

Comment by Sue Cauhape on February 4, 2014 at 5:55pm

My pleasure, Jim, this is truly a beautiful place. But let's not talk it up too much. It's just down the hill from Tahoe and there are more than enough of us Californians here already. Just wait til the water taps run dry.

Comment by Neil Waring on February 4, 2014 at 8:38pm

Looks like another great day in the morning to me - beautiful photo

Comment by Sue Cauhape on February 5, 2014 at 2:37pm

Thank you, Neil. Carson Valley is very photogenic, if I do say so myself. 

Comment by Murray A. Gewirtz on February 5, 2014 at 4:19pm

I thought "Pogonip" was the equivalent of catnip for 'possums.

Comment by Sue Cauhape on February 5, 2014 at 5:49pm

That's a good one, Murray. You've been hanging around with Anthony, haven't you!

Comment by Margaret-Anne Moore on February 8, 2014 at 1:46pm

Sue, I have never heard that term before,  But, It goes to show that  SOME THINGS THAT ARE INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL CAN ALSO BE INCREDIBLY DEADLY!!!

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