Murphys, a few miles above Angels Camp, has all the amenities; a lovely park with tree-shaded picnic tables sits astride a stream just right for wading. The library, atop a nearby knoll, has strong wifi.
Exploring, I cruised behind the theater and there, in pre-leap poise, was Aloysius (from the Frankish). I secured ownership with a $30.00 donation, but after 45 minutes of determined struggle I had to accept the fact that I wasn't going to be able to get him on the roof.
Fortunately, help was on the way. For the next ten days he rode serenely, often eliciting inquiries such as: "Do you travel with him always?" This is, after all, Calaveras County.
Jumping Frog History in Middle paragraph...
Above plaque embedded in stone at lower left of photo below
In the end he proudly accepted the job, with a hilltop view o'er a rural idyll, of discouraging deer from perforating the lap-pool cover.