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Jun 24, 2011

Vintage Airstream

Could we park this in our garden ?

Could we turn this into a garden room?

It IS an Airstream after all
Would we be up to the challenge?

What would it cost to do all this work?
How many black widows would we evict?
by the way this is for sale if your interested, it's located in Nevada County, California


Jun 23, 2011

Bears In Our Neighborhood

My neighbors always seem to catch our local bear. On this night he or she was in pursuit of a meal. 

Jun 14, 2011

California Dept. of Fish and Game News Release RE: BEARS

Image from Fish and Game California

California Department of Fish and Game News Release
May 5, 2011

DFG Offers Tips on Staying Safe in Bear Country

The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) reminds campers,
anglers and hikers enjoying the outdoors to take precautions to limit
black bear encounters. A key element to safe camping and recreating in
bear country is to limit food odors that attract bears.

Image from Keep Me Wild

“Bears are constantly in search of easily obtainable food sources,"
said Marc Kenyon, DFG statewide bear program coordinator. "A bear’s
fate is almost always sealed once it associates human activity with
potential food. It’s always unfortunate when a bear has to be killed
because people either haven’t learned how to appropriately store food
and trash, or simply don’t care."

California’s growing black bear population is now estimated at more
than 40,000. Black bears are located in most of the state where suitable
habitat exists and bear/human encounters are not isolated to wilderness
settings. For example, last year black bears stirred up trouble in one
of California’s premier tourist destinations, as DFG staff logged more
than 5,200 hours handling black bear nuisance issues in the Lake Tahoe
region alone.

DFG wardens and biologists also responded to numerous wildlife feeding
issues across the state, and bears obtaining human food is cited in the
majority of public safety incidents involving bears. Access to human
food or garbage, whether it is overflowing from a campground or
residential dumpster or in the form of snacks in a tent, is the primary
culprit in attracting bears. When wild animals are allowed to feed on
human food and garbage, they lose their natural ways - often resulting
in death for the animal.

Feeding wildlife or allowing wildlife access to human food provides
false food sources, habituates animals to humans and can change animal
from foraging for food in the wild to relying on human food
sources in or near urban areas, which can lead to bears breaking into
cars or houses to seek out food. 

DFG’s Keep Me Wild campaign was developed in part to address the
increasing number of conflicts between black bears and people. The
campaign provides important tips for living and recreating safely in
bear habitat, and advice on what to do if you encounter one of these
wild animals. Please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/bear.html for more


Thank you Gena for sending this to me. Always my fellow camper and girlfriend!


Jun 4, 2011

Camping SRPING FEVER - part 2

Getting Ready For Summer Camping
  1. List of Gear you WANT see RETAIL THERAPY for ideas
  2. List of Gear you NEED see list of "Shopping Resources" to right of posts on HOME PAGE OR BLOGGER.
  3. Review your CAMP CHECKLIST and go through your first aid kit to refresh and review what you want to work on till it's time to camp.
  4. Take a look at the cloths you have, if you have changed sizes you may need to start replacing SEE CLOTHS for a list. If you have a kid you will want to consider their size change and needs too. SEE KIDS. For ideas.
  5. Start doing a quick run through of the local thrift stores for the items on your list. Plan on purchasing what you don't find at the thrift and discount stores the month before your first trip. Or try Lands End, Sierra Traders etc... for some GREAT deals.
  6. Play camping in your house to inspire your kids, DOG'S and husbands.
  7. Make a RESERVATIONS for a camp site if you haven't already
  8. Wipe and wash coolers.
  9. Freeze half and full gallons of water to use in cooler with loose ice.
  10. I like to pull wood from our wood piles and place closer to the garage for upcoming trip.
  11. Purchase or check your 3 clear plastic bins.
  • One for KITCHEN GEAR put a note of what you need to add just before you go camping. If your using your  house pans and knives for instance put a piece of paper in the "KITCHEN" bin that has the list of items not to forget. Wipe out bins and make sure what is in there is clean.
  • Second and third clear plastic bins are for dry food and bottles or liquid's  SEE PACKING CAMP FOOD  to read about packing camp food.
  • Label bins with "NO FOOD - KITCHEN COOKING" or " FOOD FOOD FOOD" especially if you plan on camping every year. This helps your kids and your guests know what goes in bear box and how important it is to keep your FOOD in the bear box. 

FEWH now we just have to wait for some good weather and were ready!