Pebble Beach

We have finally found what we were looking for, after cross referencing  maps from 3 books and also a little help from google earth, we found A road going WEST from Palo Verde and the destination was Pebble Terrace.  The books said “desert varnish covers all the rounded agates, shaped by water.”  “Water action has left the area looking like the tide went out and never returned”  It DOES look like some of the Oregon Coast beaches in the winter when the rocks get exposed.

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and there are the tell tale beer bottles (broken)

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The agates here are a bit harder to find, but when you find them, they are already polished. The ones on the beach are shiny when wet, but these are already shiny when dry.img_4034

We have joined the lapidary club in Quartzite, it took awhile to join. We had been in town for a few days, and a week ago thursday, ken went down to see whats what… He got there about 9 am, and was told that you had to do the orientation before you could do anything there. He asked, “when are the Orientations?”, they said “every Thursday morning at 8.”  So we waited all week to go for orientation, and did it Thursday morning at  8. But then we learned that it was only the general orientation, we needed the lapidary orientation, and when is that??? Thursday at 9 AM, and likely booked up… _(&_(*&_^&. SHEESH. Well in the end we did get it and learned all about how to use the machines, a few of which we already have at home. We have not made it back yet because they are closed on weekends.

The area we are in is all about Cotton, among other crops. Very agricultural south and west of here. This really is the healthiest we have ever seen it. We have heard it requires more herbicides etc than almost any crop…. perhaps best not to hang around 🙂

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Well this is Tucker, and we have identified 2 situations where he becomes VELCODOG.

“Velcro dog” is when he sticks to us like GLUE, usually wanting to be in physical contact or close at all times.

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#1 situation: Teddybear cholla. A cactus that sends out little grenades that lie all over the ground. When you step on one of them with your paw it sticks in and then when you instinctively try to remove it with your mouth (if you are a dog) it stabs you in the mouth.   This year we had thought we were going to be ahead of it all and buy the booties that go up the legs. We thought that the best place to get them would be down here. THEN we found out that the best kind actually comes from Canada, and the stores rarely sell them for larger dogs.  So we will likely order then when we get home. We have been doing pretty well this year by avoiding these kinds of places and finding spots for him to hang out that have been cleared of the little “land mines”

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Velcro dog situation #2: YUMA PROVING GROUND.  The Yuma proving ground is where bombs come from all over the country to PROVE themselves. To “prove themselves” they likely need to be able to cause as much destruction that they possibly can in places like Yemen, and Gaza.

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Tourist info on Yuma Proving Grounds

“”In a typical year, over 500,000 artillery, mortar and missile rounds are fired, 36,000 parachute drops take place, 200,000 miles (320,000 km) are driven on military vehicles, and over 4,000 air sorties are flown from the proving ground’s Laguna army airfield.”

So if you can imagine 500,000 rounds a year, translates to ~ 1300 a day?? :^)  This whole proving area lies just south of all the places we have been hanging out. So we can often hear these bombs going off, and we are pretty sure that Tucker hears many more than we do.  So when he gets clingy, we know what he is hearing. This picture is taken just a few hundred yards outside of the proving grounds border. The beautiful Castle dome mountains.img_4053

The drive home for the tired pup……

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Much love to all, thank you for following our obsessions….

Janet

 

All that glitters, is not broken beer bottles

Our rockhounding outings usually follow some sort of a similar script. We go to our rather “extensive” library of rockhounding books.   Find the book/books for the state we are in and find a site near where we are.

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We then have a look at a map that looks something like this:

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I/WE then study the map and say “yup… looks pretty straightforward”  “Just turn onto 4th street in Palo Verde and go 5 miles west.”  At this point we usually leave the book behind because it seemed SOOOO straightforward.  Then you get out there and there ARE no roads heading west, there is one going south west, and so you take that one thinking that perhaps writer was just vague… So you follow THAT road for about 7 miles. Now I should tell you here that the term “road” is also somewhat ambiguous. It can mean many things.  It can look like this:

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Or something like this:

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And you never really know if you are just following the tracks of some crazed ATVer……

And then when you come to something like this you KNOW  you have been following a crazed ATVer….  WHOOPS dead end.

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At the end of a wash. To fully understand the area, you have to take into account that when it rains a lot in a short time the water takes out the roads and leaves you with “washes” which are basically “part time” rivers.  So we hike up to get some sort of an idea of where we are, and at the top of the hill, there is just a bunch of OTHER hills. The glitter is just the sun shining off of the Rhyolite…. no beer bottles.  We have found that when we are searching for a site, and come across broken beer bottles… that we must be close, because at least someone else has found this place.  I can only imagine what broken beer bottles and rockhounding have in common…. but Broken Beer bottles = you are close!

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So when you look out at a landscape like this you have to think how easy it would be to lose the JEEP….

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JEEP, what jeep…?  🙂 Makes me think of Fargo. It was down one of these dips 🤔

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NOTE to self, NEVER forget where you left the jeep.

ON this particular day we did not find the place they were talking about, but on the way back we DID see a road that DID actually go west, that MIGHT be the one we were looking for… I guess another day.

I wish I had better camera skills, or perhaps a better camera (I just use my phone, or iPad) But these mountains are truly breathtaking. These are the mountains within the KOFA wilderness refuge, and with the jeep we were able to drive right up into the centre of this HUGE area, so see these mountains from the other sides.  Having the jeep is definitely worthwhile getting us to places we would never have gotten to without it.  The motorhome just sits in one place for a few weeks, while we take side trips in the jeep.

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The area in the centre of this range was more green than anywhere we have been locally. Apparently there was more rainfall in October than is usual as well

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And as usual we are eating well.  We bought a Paella pan last year thinking it would fit in the small motorhome oven. WE did have to make some minor adjustments to make it fit…. but had our first vegetarian Paella.  I used my roasted tomato sauce instead of the canned tomatoes that the recipes all call for, and I think it was the very best Paella we have ever had.  Peas from our garden as well.img_4007

Today we head off into the Palo Verde wilderness in search of….. broken beer bottles.

MUCH LOVE to those who “travel” along with us.  Janet

 

 

 

 

 

Rockhounding and religion

I see rockhounding as a lot like religion.  We can spend hours out there climbing, hiking, getting lost….. anything.. as long as we BELIEVE there is something out there to be found.img_1944 (even when we find nothing)  🙂   Some days we even lose each other, like yesterday.  We have a loose agreement, and walk some distance from each other, and every now and then if we do not see the other we start loud whistling or calling out. Yesterday the wind was loud, so likely took our whistles and yells into the hills.   Another game we play is to ask Tucker where the other one is. I kept saying to Tucker, “WHERE IS KEN?”… and he kept looking….

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Don’t you love his bandana?  Although it really is his colour, it actually has a useful purpose. That is to cool him off. We keep it wet and it aids in cooling him.  and then FINALLY>>>>>>>THERE IS KEN!img_3947

Granted, this game DOES work better on the beach.

OTHER things one might find in the desert, are ………Gypsy wagons.  Friends/neighbours from Bandon, in Quartzite.  Amber and Elton are heading east, we are heading west, and we met in quartzite.

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Now this wonderful Gypsy wagon, Amber has built over many years and each year she continues to modify.

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She is holding her time machine, a box she has created from odds and ends of little brass bits that once had a totally different use. Inside this tiny wagon, they even have an old stove that they use to burn pine cones to heat them up on cold nights.

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“Celestine” is clearly a work of art.

Great to run into old friends along the way. We spent Thanksgiving just north of Phoenix with friends from Canada.

OTHER THINGS you might run into in Quartzite…..  ONE STOP SHOP for everything you could possibly need to show that you are___________________________  🙂

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But then you get out of town again…

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We have been on the road for almost a month now and FINALLY getting into the groove.

Much love to all, thanks for following our travels.

Janet

 

 

Beatty and Bullets AZ…

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“After a thanksgiving dinner that couldn’t be beat, we didn’t wake up until the next morning ”  to head west.  Well north and then west.   We are in Beatty Az now, and we pulled up to our usual place off in the desert.  There was another rig there, so we gave them LOTs of space and parked a few hundred yards away.  We were just getting out and looking around when there was a series of gun shots.

Well we are kind of used to this having lived for 13 years in Rural Oregon, but not in this situation.  Our dog is petrified of the sound, and I think we are a bit uneasy…. SO we packed up and moved to the location, in these pictures. In retrospect, I was thinking…… what a great way to keep an area to yourself 🙂  Just fire off several rounds of bullets whenever someone else shows up.

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Tucker took all of his toys OUT Of the motorhome, and left them all around, he clearly liked the new “digs” better…..

We actually went to Wickenburg, on Black Friday, shopping for GEODES  🙂 (then we came to Beatty.

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Geodes are…. “a rock containing a cavity lined with crystals or other mineral matter.” this is a wonderful article with great pictures to show how they form    GEODES

What we are finding each year we rock hound is that each year we get better at spotting certain characteristics: You can see in this lower left one a bubbly sort of outside… “Botryoidal”, is the geology term for bubbly. img_3921

Sometimes only a few bubbles…

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SOME BIG bubbles…

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Then PRESTO…..beautiful crystals inside.  Some you crack open and nothing inside. For the most part, we are trying to leave them all intact, so we can cut them properly with a saw when we get to Quartzite… or when we get home.

We are getting back in to Cactus territory, so once again looking for booties for Tucker….. turns out what we are going to need to do is to order them and have them delivered to a USP in a town we are planning on getting to. They are a very specialty item and though stores SAY that they carry them, what they mean is that they can GET THEM IN…. which is not much use to travellers.

Although I failed to get a decent picture, we were recently at a gas station and while wandering around I found a series of bird nests in very prickly cacti… … Could not help but wonder how the little ones learning to fly must be VERY accurate taking off.

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Well expect to get some DAZZLING Pictures this year from Brenda. In previous years we could only get SO far out to find rocks, as the motorhome is NOT a 4×4, and we could only go SO far in the bikes, because Tucker would get TUCKERED OUT.

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Now we just leave the motorhome on one place and go to all the other places with the Jeep.img_3812

Electric cars, accidents and insurance company logic

 

We are now in central Oregon, heading south.  With the snowing in the passes in  BC at the beginning of November, we opted to avoid passes and head directly south, through central Washington down to central Oregon. 

My car, the electric car, is currently traveling around BC without me.  I work in Kamloops, live in scotch creek and have an hours drive to work. On my very last day of driving in to work this year, I hit a deer on the 4 lane, HWY 1. Not sure if the deer survived, but left the scene. The right front end was crunched in, and the car was UN drivable because the wheel well was down wrapped around the right front tire.

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Not having been in an accident I was at a bit of a loss in dealing with ICBC (british columbia’s Govt insurance).  SO the car sat in Kamloops for a few days, due to my inexperience with insurance companies. I was told that  they would only tow the car to the closest town (Kamloops), despite my information that there was no places in Kamloops that work on BMW cars.

So we used our BCAA insurance to have the car towed to Kelowna to a place that IS BMW certified. I made it VERY VERY clear that this was an electric car.  She assured me that YES they work on all BMWs.  So then we are driving along the Columbia river  when we got a message from the car repair place in Kelowna to say that they, turns out, cannot work on an electric car. Apparently there are special tools, AND specially trained technicians to deal with the batteries.

So there we were thinking that we had used up our BCAA free ride and were going to get stuck with a huge bill to get the car to Vancouver. Then we found out a little known thing about auto insurance that I wanted to share with you all.  Auto insurance companies guarantee to fix your car. If for some reason your car cannot be fixed in the closest town, it is their responsibility to tow it to where it can be fixed (for me it is Vancouver)

So the car is sitting in Kelowna, turns out they had taken it apart and not put it back together for the tow, so it will likely not get to vancouver until late next week.  This is good for us, because we have no idea how we will get it back to Scotch Creek when it IS fixed.

So in the meantime, we have gone MINING………

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NOW this is a kind of rockhounding that you can really get IN TO…. THUNDEREGGS. Oregon’s STATE rock.

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They lie just under the surface, so you have to get a bit DIRTY… as you can see, I really get into my work.

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A thunder egg is essentially an agate (or jasper) inside a volcanic rock shell.  We were staying in Prineville, OR, which is the rockhounding centre of central Oregon. Beautiful forests, sadly many of them burned last summer.  It is

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We are managing to get way further in our side trips because we now have a jeep we are towing. We are just leaving the motorhome in one place and driving to other destinations with the jeep. MUCH better on the motorhome, not having to 4×4 anymore 🙂

We are actually today in North eastern California, hoping we can get through MEDOC forest today.

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Bye for now, much love to all.
janet

“..another seasons promise in the ground” SRogers

This gardening year is drawing to a close and this years wandering aimlessly’s season is just opening up. We have about 4500 garlic in the ground.  We had to create new beds this year, as garlic needs a 3 year crop rotation. So we needed to create about 1000 square feet of new bedding. img_3645

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We took out a lot of raspberries to make more room for garlic. We got 4 loads of donkey manure from the Donkey refuge https://turtlevalleydonkeyrefuge.com.  What a great place, check out the pictures.  We decided this year to be extremely generous with our manure, so each bed got nice and thick (3 year aged) manure.  WE WANT BIG GARLIC next year.

We then put KRAFT paper on top of the beds, (the paper is to keep down the weeds),and then put fresh wood chips down on top.  We had to cut down a few Fir trees this year that were too close to our house (fire concerns) and we got all the limbs chipped, hence the fresh wood chips.img_3651

Then we were “gifted” a load of leaves from our neighbour, who usually burns them. We convinced him that we could make MUCH better use out of them by tucking our garlic under them for the winter. (we did NOT tell him that composting leaves is better for the environment as well)img_3650

PRESTO….  covering up all the garlic beds with a thick layer of leaves. NOW the garlic is ready for the winter. Some years we get a hard frost, and the ground freezes, before it snows, which is not good for the garlic. So all of what we have done here is to provide some insulation. The garlic is technically under 8 inches of stuff, much  less likely to freeze down there. In the spring when it starts to warm, we will move a lot of this “mulch” away from the garlic so it will not make them too wet.

Of course I need to keep track of which type of garlic is where…. this is my complex record keeping “program”.img_3662

 

Another new process we have started this year, out of sheer desperation for controlling weeds, is to use the thick landscape fabric on top of the ground with the plans to move it when we want to “rotate crops”  My theory is that the “carcasses” of the  weeds and plants under the fabric, die and then compost in place.  So when we move the fabric the soil will be enriched and weed free. So everything that is not planted is covered.img_3643

We have also been working on Motorhome, “customizing” it.   For the past year, we have been largely camping in places without hookups, essentially going solar. SOOO we have not used the large convection/microwave since we put in the stove/oven.  Sadly I did not get a very good “before” picture, but this is picture of the stove/oven with the convection microwave above it.

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Ken has taken it out, and created a beautiful motorhome “pantry”.  Which holds an amazing about of stuff.  He does such beautiful work 🙂 img_1034

Ken has also been working hard to make sure that nothing goes wrong with the motorhome, here checking the tires…..lubing what needed lubing to keep us on the road.

Of note, check out the beautiful deck he built this summer, then we wanted an awning, so he went to Craigs list and found an awning perfect for our house….50$.  Now we can sit out on our deck, and pretend we are in a French Cafe. 🙂

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Our “other” new feature this year is the jeep wrangler we are now towing.

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Now we are down in Kelowna in the pouring rain, which is always the way we spend the first days of camping each fall.  Fortunate to have Josh, our son, looking after the house for the winter.    Much love to all who choose to follow us, and our obsessive life.  Janet

 

Garlic… what a great time of year.

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Well its beginning to look a bit like garlic….. everywhere you go.  There’s a bit of it out to dry…..

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So last October we planted about 4000 garlic. We have been growing it for about 7 years now, expanding our numbers each year, and here we are.

I thought I would explain the life cycle of a garlic, as it is much more complex than you would think…. or simpler. Garlic clones itself.  Garlic, like potatoes, is multiplied by vegetative reproduction rather than by sexual reproduction (seeds). Individual garlic cloves are planted and they each produce a bulb in which the cloves all have the same genetic makeup as the original clove.

I cannot believe I have not photographed the umbrels before, so I found a picture online. This is the “flower” that the garlic plant sends up. It is called an umbrel and the tiny parts inside are called bulbils. They are essentially teensy garlic cloves.

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Usually you do not see the umbrel of the garlic plant because they usually get cut off earlier before the flower develops, which is what we did a few weeks ago to allow the plant to put all of its energy into make a large garlic bulb instead of bulbils.IMG_3352

THIS is called a scape, and the little pointed thing at the end of the scape develops into the umbrel shown above if left on the plant.  So here is my fridge filled with a few hundred scapes ready for the market tomorrow.  Scapes are an under appreciated part of the garlic plant that only those who shop at farmers markets ever find out about……….. OR if you have a friend (like me) who has an overabundance of scapes, because I have grown so many garlic.IMG_3385

I should add that Scapes are a delicacy that are a cross between an asparagus and a bean and a garlic. They last for weeks in the fridge and you can use them in almost any dish.  Another very unique thing about Garlic Scapes is  that they are not something you will find in warmer climates.Only Hardneck Garlic produces a scape! (FINALLY SOMETHING we can grow that they cannot grow in the tropics)   There are 2 main types of garlic. The type you will find in the stores ( that comes from China) is usually soft neck garlic. It tends to do better in warmer climates. It does not need the really cold winter that the HARDNECK garlic needs to divide into cloves.  Hardneck cultivars tend to have a more complex flavour profile than softnecked ones, being richer, spicier, and generally more ‘garlicky’. Hardneck cultivars also tend to have a larger average clove size, which, due to their plumpness, regular shape, and thicker skin, are easier to peel. SO if you have not already done so …. try hardneck garlic.

We do grow Softnecks,  (a small number of them ) they do not send out a scape, but instead send their bulbils out the side of the stem like shown here.IMG_3354

I am just now thinking what it must be like to be an elementary school teacher tasked with teaching the “facts of life”…….So much to tell ….. I shall continue this story, in a future blog……… growing garlic with bulbils…

So the other thing about garlic is that you can eat it fresh. It has great flavour and it is much easier to peel, but the only time of year you can eat if fresh is about now. Most of the process with garlic is to dry and cure it so it will last over the winter, so you can have garlic year round.  So right now you can buy garlic that has not been cured, tastes wonderful, its not something you would be able to keep until Christmas.  … but then why wait until christmas?

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So the garlic you will find at the markets now is called “fresh garlic” and the only difference between that and what you would find in the stores is that it is not something you will want to keep for months because it has not been cured.

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SCAPES… fresh garlic, Dragons tongue bean seeds.

Next week we shall have black berries and heirloom tomatoes.  IT STARTS

Much Love to all, this IS our most recent obsession.

Janet

 

 

 

 

 

Saying good bye to a cabin, and hello to the road……

Today is the day all of the subject to’s are to be removed from the sale of our cabin, thus semi completing the sale of our cabin. If you have followed this blog, I wrote extensively about the way we essentially rebuilt this  IMG_1857

cabin, from the inside out. We lovingly rebuilt the entire main floor of the cabin, then over last winter, we decided that we could not afford to  be retired, have a house and a cabin. One of those things had to go.  It is a bit like back 31 years ago, I was in medical school, and our son Dylan was born, and we realized that we could not have a child, be in med school and watch TV. SO the TV went… and never came back.

So this time, the cabin has gone. We came to the conclusion that we could not have all three, so one had to go.  Somehow when you look at it that way, it is easier to accept.

But then again, we are essentially nomads, traveling around with our lovely old motor home, looking out over another sensational landscape view every night.IMG_3326

I did go back to work last year, partly to pay for the cabin, but partly because I was just not quite ready to give up my medical  licence, and have been enjoying doing work in long term care, which was what I had done when we lived in Oregon before we moved back to Canada. Early this year one of the doctors came up with an offer that was hard to refuse. He said if I took over a part of his work at one of the facilities to ease HIS workload, he would in turn cover for all of my patients when I wanted to go away for the winter, so this way I can contribute to the caring of elderly over 9 months of the year, and still get my winters away.  I do live an hour away from Kamloops (where I work) so it is not really feasible for me to work in the winter anyways because the roads are very unpredictable in the winter.  So a win win situation.  I also cover for all of his holidays over the 9 months I am in Canada.

Have I mentioned Garlic……..

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Last fall we planted about 4000 garlic, and it being a 9 month gestation plant, it will be ready to harvest soon.  It has been years of learning about garlic and each year expanding the number of cloves planted, so we are really hoping for a great harvest soon.  Could fund next winters travels possibly?  I LOVE growing garlic however I also love harvesting garlic and my excitement for harvesting tends to lead me to harvest too soon, so fast forward to where we are right now…. we are down in Washington travelling in the motor home, hoping if I stay away another week, the garlic will grow bigger without me pulling them all up. I believe it is my struggle with delayed gratification.

So we are down at Larrabee state park.IMG_3327

Along the beautiful Chuckanut drive ( essentially Washington’s attempt to compete with the INFAMOUS HWY 1, in California, which is only for the very brave, or very uninformed (which was the case with us) a very windy, very narrow hwy, coastal California from Big Sur to San Simeon)  The big difference between Chuckanut drive and HWY 1 in Cal, is that the drop off in California is hundreds of feet down, whereas in Washington it is 30-40 feet down. Both Very scenic, and both best driven in a small sports cars and NOT a 35 ft motor home.

Larrabee State park holds a special place in our hearts for another reason. The last time we stayed here was August 9th, which might seem odd that we can remember the date so well, but it was a date that most Canadians can likely recall what they were doing. It was the date that Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. It was a date that even NONsports fans remember (like me), in that he was felt to be a Canadian treasure. A sad day for Canada that day. Oddly that day at this park also stands out in my mind because I spent the day throwing up, having picked up a bug at a family reunion in Williams lake a few days earlier. SO all in all it was a day one could not forget, not the place… It has taken us almost 30 years to make our way back here. Anyone wonder why?IMG_3325

So very happy to be back on the road, even if our trip is short, and next week we will be up to our eyeballs harvesting Garlic.

Much love to all, we are preparing for a great adventure again this November.

 

janet

 

The long ways home…..

On our way home now, in fact I can see Canada from where I am sitting (at the border) We have had a great time in Oregon. Started out with 2 nights at Cape Blanco, one of our favourite spots for looking for beach agates.  We walk down from the Cape Blanco campground and walk the two miles to the Elk River.IMG_2965

We things have changed a LOT. Good news, and Bad news. The Elk River mouth is MUCH closer to cape Blanco than it used to be, an enormous amount of erosion and it appears that much of the bank has disappeared from when we were there last year.

The banks behind Ken in this picture used to extend to where he is in this picture.

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The BAD news is that (our guess) the soil from there high ridges came down and covered up all the agates. We only found a few with 3 days of searching.

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We had great fun and Tucker is looking so nice after his major swim in that river in northern California (mentioned in the last BLOG)

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We ran into a few “fellow” “Canadians” there.  They decided that they would not be heading home QUITE yet.

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NOW as well as bean sprouts we are also growing Pea sprouts. GREAT in tomato sauce on pasta

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We spent a few days in Bandon, where we used to live. We used to have pizza parties at our house when we lived in Bandon, we have a large living room and invited everyone over after political rallies etc. When we moved away, my great friend Gail, has graciously offered her home for these great get togethers.I had intended to go around and take pictures of all the wonderful friends who came out to listen to a few of our songs, hear our rock stories and just visit and share the love.  I miss all of these people so much after we moved away.  There is something very special about people who will take to the streets for a common cause, and I hold my commonality with these folks very dear in my heart. Women in Black, Usual suspects, Bandonistas, Fine Women are just a few of the names we went through back then.  MAN -OH- Man I DO love these folks.

But we are on a bit of a schedule, looking for a window of opportunity to get this motorhome home. British Columbia has had a HUGE dump of snow, and today (Saturday) appears to be the best time to try to get home without any snow…..besides.. we have just ran out of homegrown Raspberry jam.

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It is currently 2 degrees Celsius which is about 29 Fahrenheit. and So I will close from here, for now

Much Love to all

janet

Jade

Ken and I tend to struggle over finding the “green rocks”.

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There are many of them listed in many of the areas we have been, but we never really have found many. We come “home” each day with many green rocks to look at, but usually, green is the only characteristic that the rocks we find have in common with those listed.

Chrysocolla, turquoise, Varacite, jade, serpentine,  and Malachite.

We believe that this can be for one of two reasons. One: that there have been none of the rocks were were looking for in the areas we were. and TWO, that we are not good enough at identifying them.  Likely the problem is ONE but we like to believe it is TWO.

We have actually found tiny bits of Chrysocolla, and Turquoise on other rocks, but nothing substantial.  WE DID buy a large chunk of Malachite at quartzite(from Morocco) just so that we could have a sample to help us find more, and also to work on over the summer, to make something pretty.

 

Chrysocolla tends to be soft and crumbly unless it is mixed in with silica as in this rock. 

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These next two pictures are of malachite, we never actually found any, but bought a chunk from a Moroccan seller at Quartzite

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Well we figure we have finally found a significant green rock, JADE. AND we have also found another gem:The Van Dusen River.

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It is just east and south of  Fortuna, and is an old growth redwood forest that is not on the main roads.  Like a river running through an old growth forest that you have all to yourself.

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We DID have a bit of a scare.

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Tucker decided that he was interested in something on the other side of the river, and just went for it. He went straight into the rapids and they wrapped their arms around him and started pulling him down river.  My heart just sunk. We were both running along large smooth slippery rocks, but Tucker managed to get out of the pull and came up on shore. He then became “Velro Dog” for awhile.  He learned a lot about rapids, rapido   . 🙂

What we learned about Jade is that it has a deep colour, is semi translucent, and does not scratch with a knife. So if you see a rock that seems to have a depth of colour (I believe that the semi translucency gives it this characteristic), and is harder than a knife, then you chip off a piece and hold it up to the sun, if you can see light through it, then you likely have Jade.

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Apparently Jade can be any colour from White to black. I guess we figure that we HAD to learn Jade because it is the official stone for British Columbia.  I found out a bit of history about Jade and BC.  According to legend, early Chinese Placer Miners working in BC between 1860, and 1900 recognized the mineral and shipped large quantities back to China, by filling coffins of their deceased compatriots with the jade.  Back in the 1960s when large Jade boulders were a novelty, a 1.5 ton boulder was found near Lillooet, that sold at the New York exhibition for 30,000.  Apparently another 23 tonne Jade boulder was exhibited outside the British Columbia pavilion at the world fair in Osaka Japan in 1970.

Jade tends to often have many shades within the same boulder, dark green, light green. We have found a few pieces of jade, but sadly it seems to come in very large rocks, and we saw many very beautiful large pieces, sadly they were to large to carry.

We are clearly getting closer to Bandon, where we are going to visit with our friends there, perhaps play some music and have a rock show…perhaps we shall call it a rock concert.

Much love to all

Janet