Our new home SWEET home.

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Well our most recent obsession is a gravel pit we have purchased on the south side of the Shuswap lake.  I should IMMEDIATELY add that it is no longer a gravel pit, but OUR homestead.

However it still LOOKS like a gravel pit.

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We have been looking for a new place to live for a few years, wanting to be a bit closer to “amenities”, like doctors, banks, grocery stores,  and insurance companies. ( you have no idea what a pain it is to have to physically go to another town to renew your automobile insurance.  But also …..now to our new grandson Talon.

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Back to the gravel pit part…..( also called a “mine”)…… We have learned a bit about how it all works.  I guess the fellow who has hauled all the gravel out of here for some time, first of all had to take all of the topsoil and place it in a certain spot, so that when that mine (gravel pit) was decommissioned, … they would then take all of that top soil and put it back onto the property.

We have almost 9 acres of which at least 5 acres is usable land, so we have saved lots of large garlic with the plans to plant them in the fall.

We took ownership today, but it was great to be involved during the final stages of the gravel pit such that instead of spreading the top soil every where, we had them just put the top soil in a designated area where we are going to grow Garlic… and the rest of the place is gravel.  IE no weeds…. or mud.

So there is of course no house here, and we have sold our house as of the end of September…..IMG_4877

So it is great that we have grown so fond of living in our motorhome in the winters, because it seems like we shall be living in it for at least a year now.  At this stage, at least, I am quite excited, as I just love living in the motorhome, live is “simpler” than living in a house.  Who knows how it will feel a year from now   Grinning Face on Messenger 1.0

However THIS is our new adventure, and this is where we begin.

Much love, Janet, Ken and Tucker.

 

 

All the rain promised and more…..

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Sorry to say, but morel season has ended.  We did however have the most fun possible from April 27th until about May 25th.  I stole the title for this blog from a book we have, which is our goto book to figure out which mushrooms are good and which ones are BAD.

We began mushroom hunting while we lived in Oregon, but there we searched for the likes of Chanterelles and Hedgehogs, fall mushrooms, and they always lasted until the first frost.  Here we have morels.  The morels are spring mushrooms, that we have found as early as the end of March or not starting until May, and they seem to keep coming up for a month or so.

If you have followed this blog you will see that we are basically scavengers. We spend the winter hunting for pretty rocks and here we are back home hunting for Morels.img_4596

THEY CAN BE HARD TO SEE AT TIMES…..

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Well there are no mushrooms in this picture above…. just the blister beetle eating my garlic…. 😀   made you look… 

The earlier ones are black on top

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Then the blond coloured ones are later.

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We pick them and place them in mesh bags to to spread the spores for future years. I have found that wherever i have found mushrooms in the past, there are now more and more mushrooms on the right side of my pathway home.  (I am right handed, and so the mesh bag swings on the right side, spreading these wonderful spores)

We usually just eat them with dinner, but when we find a few extra, we dry them…. for later on ……. perhaps for dinner when we are hunting for agates in the winter.

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I put morels in almost everything I make during the season.  Frittata, pizza, stuffed portobello, or pesto and pasta.

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Finding a beauty like this, is SOOO much fun.

and I imagine in a few years we shall be taking this little fellow with us…..

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First we need to teach him agates… ❤️

much love

Janet and Ken  (holding baby Talon)

PS Stay tuned, my CD is finished and I shall be releasing it online soon, the actual CDs will not be done until the end of June.

My new CD cover.

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montreal 10 years after…..

Well I am in Montreal now, doing final mixing for my NEWEST CD…IT IS HERE I LEAVE you Dragon.  It has been almost a year in the making, recording in a means which weighs heavily on modern technology. GROAN. It has been 10 years since I recorded a CD, and 10 years since I as in Montreal (although my last one was not done here)

The musicians/friends whom have worked with me on my previous CDS, all live scattered all over the place, so this has been a process from a distance.  I shall explain further as I blog about this.

Currently I am in Montreal, staying at a HUGE AIRBNB,  for all one of me.

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Yes I have traveled all this way “avec non” Ken.  Not quite sure how I made it because he is the one who always looks after my passport and boarding passes. I guess luck, I got here and have not lost anything yet. Interesting the lady behind me arrived in Calgary and had somehow lost her wallet, all she had was her passport, which got her onto the plane to Montreal, but she was unsure how she would get into the hotel she was booked to stay at. The stewardess was quite helpful with her.

Hate to say I have done this once, drove all the way to Vancouver, parked in a parking lot at VGH, only to realize I had no way to pay for the parking.

SO yes this huge very old upstairs apartment is all mine…?? 4 bedrooms.

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I am sure to all my east coast friends this does not look different, but coming from BC this does look different.

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So first off I went down to Sherbrooke avenue to find dinner. Lovely. restaurant, sat down, everyone around me as couples…. with wine bottles on table. So I was surprised I as given no wine list. So when I ordered dinner I asked if there was a wine list, and she said I had to bring my own, and directed me to a store down the road.

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Well speaking of revolution…. I am quite excited about this new CD, it DOES have a few political songs on it, one song called “what if he gave a speech and no one came?”, a very lively song paying homage to the ….(ahem). …. rather frequent lies the man tells.

I am hoping to share some of the songs from the CD, here, as we get through this week of mixing.

For today…… in just a few hours we have a drummer coming into the studio to add percussion to a few of the songs, then my close friend Bernard (who owns the studio) and I will start the final mixing of the CD.

In OTHER NEWS…..Ken and I became grandparents a month ago, when our son’s partner Sarah, gave birth to the beautiful Talon.

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He IS such a total sweetheart. He is not talking or walking yet, but he clearly has his hand signals sorted out 🙂

 

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Much love to all …..  and stay tuned to this station

Janet

 

 

 

 

 

Sonny Bono Salton Sea Wildlife refuge

So back to the Salton Sea story…… (see previous blog) in 1905, the Colorado River drained into the Salton see area for 2 years before they were able fix the area of the river.  Wintering waterfowl began flocking to the sea almost immediately, and before long, the area proved to be a major stopover destination for migrating birds. “Shown to have a greater diversity of avian species than that of the Florida Everglades, the Salton Sea is a vital habitat for more than 400 species of birds making it a one of North America’s premier birding locations.”  We decided prior to going there to give ourselves a new camera (?? christmas present)  So we took LOTS of pictures.   We “snuck up” on several birds attempting the perfect picture, and then while sorting out something with my camera in the car afterwards a HUGE heron flew within a few feet of our car (no time for a picture)

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“The Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1930 at the southern end of the sea. Less than 1,800 of its original 37,600 acres remain manageable due to shoreline flooding. [1] In 1998, the refuge was renamed the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge to commemorate congressman and former celebrity showman Bono who was an early champion of Salton Sea remediation efforts.”

We went to the information centre, and it was quite interesting. She told us that the bird population that actually comes to the refuge has changed in recent years.  The salinity of the sea increases by about 3% per year, and very few fish can tolerate the concentration of salt. Apparently, though the sea has been a great fishing area for a long time, non one has actually caught fish there in the past 2 years, at least that they knew of.dsc00635

There are tales of boating several years ago, on a  calm day, you could look down into the water at the town that exists, where the salt mine was.  The OTHER really interesting boating story, is that because the lake sits ~260 feet below sea level, and with the increased salinity of the water, boats engines apparently perform much better.  So boats go much faster than they would elsewhere. So they had to initiate boating speed laws. We went down to the boat launch. As you can see there is no water for the first mile out from the launch.  The lake level is dropping all the time, and it sounds like it will eventually disappear again some day.dsc00601

In 1998 the sea was named after Sonny Bono. Part of the Salton Sea was in Bono’s congressional district, and cleaning up the lake became one of the issues he championed during his two terms in Congress. Bono’s death has created bipartisan support for the cleanup project.  It does seem that the area needs a new champion though.

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So we are now almost to Oregon, we DID spend a few days in Ventura visiting with some friends we have not seen in years. Irene and Ken.  Also (not pictured here) Cindy and Paul.  We gave them a little concert of our newer songs. Who says you cannot have a party in a motorhome.:) 🙂 so wonderful to be with friends.

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Much Love

Janet, and Ken and Tucker.

 

The saltine stories of the Salton Sea.

We are currently staying at the Salton Sea, which is a shallow, saline endorheic rift lake that sits right on top of the San Andreas fault.   The lake sits on the lowest part of the Salton sink, which is the result of the actions of the San Andreas fault and the East pacific rise. A larger version of the Salton Sea,  Lake Cahuilla existed from 20,500 years to 3000 years ago. Apparently Indio would have been underwater then. It is felt from high water lines that the basin filled many times over thousands of years, creating a lake 105 miles in length and 300 feet deep.  From this picture  you can see where the salton sea sits in the basin and the faint blue waterway to the very right of the picture is the Colorado river.  The light green part is where the lake once extended to.

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The cycle of filling has been repeated many times, most recently, an accident by the California Development Company. In 1905, in an effort to increase flow of water into the area for farming, irrigation canals were dug from the Colorado river to the valley ( mentioned in the previous blog about the All american  Canal and the Yuma syphon). The colorado river is very high in silt (which is what made the valley so fertile in the first place), and they made a cut in the bank of the Colorado river (dynamite). That action overwhelmed the canal, (the river was very high that year as well) and the river flowed directly into the Salton basin for 2 years, creating the sea which is there now.

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It should be noted that an interesting note from explorers, …….the earliest ones found it and then after 1540 they did not 🤔🤔🤔  “For three centuries or more, from 1540 to 1902, the Salton Sink was a hot, and arid desert. Neither Melchior Diaz, a Spanish explorer in the service of Cortes who visited it in 1540, nor Juan Bautista de Anza, who crossed it in 1774, saw anything like a body of water. The only evidence that the Colorado River ran into the Sink within that fame span was a so called Roque map, now in the British Museum, which was compiled from all sources of information which were in existence in 1762. This map shows a considerable body of water in the Salton Sink, with the Colorado River flowing into it, but no written account accompanies the map.”

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I should also note here that at one time, the salton sea was part of the gulf of California, there are tales of sunken ships found out in this desert. ( which according to my estimates would be under this sea)🤔🤔🤔.

So why is it so salty?  Its salinity is greater than the pacific ocean, and sadly increases by 3% per year because it has inflow from 3 sources, but no outflow, just evaporation.  Beneath the lake is a salt mine… In the late 1800s, 1885 to be exact, the New Liverpool salt company was formed, and “harvested” 700 tons/ day of the “white gold”.   At the time the “crop” sold for between 6 -34 dollars a ton.  So Mr Durbrow the owner, became quite wealthy, (for a time) and there were many buildings and homes at the site of the mine, which all became underwater when the area flooded in 1905-1907.  Interesting side note that Mr Durbrow also lost his home in the fire and earthquake in San Francisco in 1906. The railroad also became underwater.

So the “beach” we are walking on, is ankle deep in what appears to be shells, and old life forms, HOWEVER I found out the real story behind these “barnacles”

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The Salton Sea also has a military history ….OF COURSE…. Starting in 1940, they had an Air force station, where they did sea plane training, and also “Additional activities at the base included experimental testing of solid-fuel plane-launched rockets, jet-assist take-off testing, aeroballistic testing of inert atomic weapon test units at land and marine target areas, training bombing at marine targets, testing of the effects of long-term storage on atomic weapons, testing of the Project Mercury space capsule parachute landing systems, parachute training and testing, and military training exercises.” 🙄🙄  SO BACK TO THE BARNACLES….. How did they get there?  Well the military brought in Ships to the Salton sea, which had barnacles on them, and they thrived in the Salton Sea.  We found that the barnacles were very different from the ones you might find on an ocean beach, much softer with thinner side walls.  SO none of this is sand, it is all barnacles.

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This area is so interesting, I have decided to make it into 2 blogs…… so stay tuned for Salton sea part 2.

It was extremely cold yesterday, cold north wind blowing 25-30 mph, hope it is nicer today

Much love to all, and happy new year.

Love, Janet, Ken and Tucker

 

 

Muggins mountain and the BIG canal

We moved further south a week or so ago. We have this wonderful book called “collecting agates and jaspers of North American”, by Patti Polk. I fell in love with one rock she has a picture of, that she claims, comes from the Muggins mountains. Unfortunately Muggins mountain is not mentioned in any of my rock hounding books. So I took to google to find out more information to find this.

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It took a lot of guess work to FIND THE SPOT….. but we got as close as we could with the jeep, then walked in.

So it was a wild ride in and parts of it Tucker and I got out and walked. He is not buckled in and so he tends to struggle when we rock and roll. The very clever Tucker has figured out that if he sits on the console and faces backwards that he does not get shaken up as much.

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Not sure what a muggin is?   but the landscape looks like it could be on the moon.

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Unusual flora, as well.

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Unusual rock formations.  We did find some rocks that could be like the picture shown in the book, but we need to cut them to show what they look like inside.

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The VERY best part of the day, is that we came across a friend for Tucker.  For the most part, we never run into anyone when we are rock hounding and we never run into hounds either. so what a very special day.  Tucker had a very fun romp with this chocolate lab, named Fury.  Looked just like Stella, a now departed dog of our friends, Irene and Paul.

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The area around Yuma is very flat and with extensive vegetable farming. Scallions above, and ? broccoli below. Looks much healthier than my veggies looked last summer.  We are currently quite near to the Gulf of California, and we have watched some storms developing south and west of us, which never seem to hit Yuma.

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Yuma only gets 3 inches of rain a year, and the incredible agriculture system was only made possible with construction of the first dam on the Colorado and completion of the Yuma Siphon – delivering water through a huge tunnel built under the riverbed – in 1912, the same year Arizona became a state.

“Now, of the 230,000 acres of land utilized for agriculture in Yuma County, 100 per cent are irrigated with Colorado River water delivered by one of the county’s seven irrigation districts. Every single field in the county is also laser-leveled and graded using GPS technology, making Yuma’s irrigation network one of the most efficient in the world.”

We had noticed how incredibly TIDY all the fields were, makes sense that they are all level.

ANOTHER irrigation canal, the All American Canal is a place we went rock hunting at. It is north 30 miles or so from Yuma.

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The All-American Canal is an 80-mile (130 km) long aqueduct, located in southeastern California. It conveys water from the Colorado river into the Imperial valley and to nine cities. It is the Imperial Valley’s only water source, and replaced the Alamo Canal which was located mostly in Mexico. These canal systems irrigate up to 630,000 acres (250,000 ha) of crop land and have made possible a greatly increased crop yield in this area, originally one of the driest on earth. It is the largest irrigation canal in the world.

The OTHER interesting thing about the canal is that “The All American Canal runs parallel to the Mexico California border for several miles. With over 500 people having drowned in the canal since its completion, it has been called “the Most Dangerous Body of Water in the U.S.”

So the areas we were directed (by the book) to find rocks were the large piles of “earth” you can see on either side of the canal, according to the book, these piles were made by the earth they removed 70 years ago to create the canal.  However to look at these piles there was no growth on them …. PLUS we found nothing there….🤔🤔

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I wandered further back and found an area that looked like it could have been there 70 years and we found LOTS Of cool agates and Jasper. So what I figured out, is that they MUST have to dredge the canal to maintain its depth over time. The piles you can see in the forefront of the pictures of the canal, MUST be the silt that they dig out of the canal, much more recently that 70 years ago.  SOOOOO back to google. What I did find was that the water from the colorado river is extremely high in silt, and there is an extremely complex procedure the get rid of the silt (at the imperial dam) . I found this great slideshow to illustrate the process….  slideshow of the imperial dam/all american canal

But apparently even with this whole process, they do still need to dredge the all american  canal about every 7 years, and I am certain that that is what the piles of earth were alongside the canal. In the slideshow (link above) there are some pretty cool pictures of the construction of the canal.

I find that our quest for rocks gets us into some very interesting areas, often much more interesting than the rocks themselves.

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I find that wherever we go we find things that are very interesting. Every place is different and things like the whole water system likely seem pretty HOHUM to the locals, is fascinating to us. I am sure there are some HOHUM things about where I live that would be fascinating to others.

Much love and thanks for following our travels, and happy New Year

Janet…. and Ken and Tucker.

 

 

In search of Palm Canyon…

Yesterday we decided to do a hike to find out where all these lovely stones come from, to a place called Palm Canyon, which is the only place in Arizona that native palm trees exist. The canyon is part of the Kofa mountain range.  To make a long story short, Volcano, volcano, 25 million years, then earthquake…..  then erosion.

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We have come back to this area, over and over, as it is so breathtaking…. but I can never quite capture this in my pictures with my phone, perhaps we shall get a new camera so we can share the beauty of this area with everyone else.  So if you look closely at the picture below you can see the windy road heading into the dark area at the centre of the mountains. It almost seemed to have a fairy tale feel to it, a windy road leading to a craggy rock cliff with a castle on it.  THAT is where we are going..img_1990

This is looking into the canyon from just outside.

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So as you get into the canyon, suddenly everything becomes lush, and there are plenty of plants that we have not seen anywhere else. For instance, HOLLY, which we have never seen down here, and represented a whole new issue for Tucker. (can  you imagine walking on Holly with bare feet)img_2016

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Well we climbed higher and higher up the canyon, in search of palm trees…

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THEN the trail started to look more like this…. It essentially disappeared and we were just trying to find a way upwards.  It started to become more like rock climbing and there were a few places where we COULD have maybe used some rope…

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It was starting to get a little scary… and I was thinking to myself that this hardly seemed the kind of trail that they considered mild to moderate in the brochure, and only suggested bringing water. We had seen NO sign of Palm trees, and the people who HAD been coming behind is never seemed to get any closer, they just went back. 🤔 🤔 🤔img_2034  So I said to Ken, this seems like more than a half a mile. He said that it HAD said a mile in.  So I pulled out the pamphlet and read it AGAIN.img_2033-1

It SAID about half way up the canyon (1/2 of a mile) there is a sign that says palms with an arrow point towards the palms.  WE HAD seen the sign, and thought it was pointing to where the trail led. So we hiked half way DOWN the canyon and found the sign and sure enough it was pointing up a narrow crack between 2 cliffs… to, sure enough, ….the palms….img_2037

So for certain you would have to be standing right there to see them. You go into the canyon from west to east, and this  little crack goes north. I guess it also explains how the trees survive there, they are  sheltered from all sides and they have this canyon pointing directly south.

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So we laughed all the way back to the parking lot.img_2039-1

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I have tried to include more “awake” pictures of Tucker, as so many people commented on how tired he looked. I was just taking a picture of every extremely uncomfortable place he seemed to fall asleep.

Another funny story of the day was the intense echoing you got in the canyon. When we were WAY up the canyon, we felt like we had microphones on.  Then part way down, Tucker barked at something, and we could not stop him from barking, because he kept hearing another dog. img_4181

Much love…. thanks for reading, Janet… and Ken and Tucker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

it is what is on the inside that counts

\We FINALLY GOT into the club!!!    Early in the day, later there are people using many of these machines. Apparently come mid January, they will all be full.  We will be gone then though.  These are all belts, some diamond belts and other non diamond belts.(the diamond ones are more expensive, but cut through into rocks quicker)

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You start with the 80 grit and work up to 600 grit.  What we were told is that the 80 grit you get down to what you want to see, and you use all the other ones to get rid of the scratches that the 80 grit makes.img_4124

You can see the fire inside in the top half, it is still pretty deep at this point.

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sadly a few cracks, but we were really just learning how to use the equipment

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Generally the way it works is that you will get the SAWERS… to cut you a slab from your rock. This is a rock that they have cut a few slabs for me.img_4136

The idea at “THE CLUB” is to make cabachons, like the ones shown here.  You start with a slab, then you draw a shape from a template, like the ones below, were oval shaped. There is another smaller saw that you cut roughly around your template to get a rough (oval in this case) shape.  You then use the belt sanders to gradually shape your stones into cabochons.

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We aren’t totally into making jewellery, so we are just making shapes that we like the looks of,  like this one, perhaps we could make christmas decorations.img_4145

 

Yesterday we went in and just had some big rocks cut on the clubs big saw, they charge per cut, based on size.  These would need to be polished to bring out the beauty. These rocks each have a teensy bit of chrysocolla  in them (the teensy bright green spots)

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and this one though quite ugly  on the outside………..

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quite the beauty…..

We DO have some of these machines at home, nice to learn more about how to use them, it will be a great pastime next spring.

Much love to all

 

 

 

long ways from anywhere…

Ken got the drone working yesterday, and it clearly puts things into perspective.

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This is the rest of the campground. Pretty cool this solar energy, we run the batteries down, just a bit at night, but then in the day time they get charged up again and we are even running our fridge in electricity for an hour or so a day.

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Technically our site is a water front property 🙂  When it rains, because there is a huge wide “wash” in front of the motorhome.(part time river). It is kind of cute, in that someone has put a boat in the wash further ahead….. for effect.

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We are growing sprouts, zesty lentil on the left (lentils, radish, alfalfa, red clover and mustard), and bean mix on the right (peas, lentils and garbanzo). So we can have sprouts on our sandwiches every day, and the bean sprouts in our dinners a couple times a week.

We bought the “sprout master” mixes at peavy mart in Kamloops.

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I just swish them with water twice a day and drain them in this doomahicky thing the rest of the day, it takes about 3 days, and when they are ready, I just put them in the fridge.

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Just to update what happened to my wonderful electric car…. ICBC has written it off after the accident I had with a deer on October 24th. They said that there was 30,000 dollars damage done.  So my car is likely sitting in some pick apart lot, almost completely intact. (someone will so well with this one)

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The good part of the story (at least for us) is that some lady talked me into replacement insurance the day I bought the car… (march 2017)  I was upset with her after finding out how much money it cost.  But today……. I am glad I bought it, so when we get home, we will be getting a brand new I3 BMW 2019. It will be 2 years newer and have 60 + greater range than the lovely one in this picture.  (apparently the newer ones take a bit longer to charge though).

All for now

Much love to all.

Janet   …. and Ken and Tucker

 

 

 

 

 

beds of geodes…

I might be a rockhound…. but me… I would rather be chasing rabbits.

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We have been in the area of Wileys well for about a week, LOVELY place. REMOTE.          It is named after Palo Verde storekeeper and postmaster A.P. Wiley who, in 1907, deepened a shallow well dug in 1876 by a stagecoach company which frequented the nearby Bradshaw Trail. Wiley expanded the well in the hope of attracting business to his remote desert store; it was maintained by local ranchers and cattlemen for years afterward. However, the rapidly falling water table meant a drop of the water’s depth to 60 feet (18 m) within a dozen years. Today, the well’s original depth is only about 20’/6m at best after wet weather and is unfit for drinking.

I guess they dug a proper well here for the campground, in 1985,  but the water is undrinkable, as it contains arsenic and flouride.  The Bradshaw trail is an old gold road that bisected this part of California over the the LA PAS county of Arizona. We got here on the Wileys well road, which just comes down directly from highway 10 just outside Blythe Calfornia.  It was 3 miles of pavement and 6 miles of a very bumpy road, well maintained though.  This road is interesting in that they seem to keep it open much like we keep highways open in the snow. With big rains and winds, the sand begins to start to creep in to cover up the road. So they come through with big machines to plow the sand to the sides. There are big piles of sand on either side of the road.  So we are at the junction of the Bradley Trail and Wileys well road

Interesting aside. Our first night here (we thought we were in the middle of nowhere, when we started to hear loud cars and LOTS OF THEM) Turns out it was the  SoCal Gambler 500  

Which is:::   A huge rally where teams take a 500 dollar car and drives a 500 mile off road rally. Check out the pictures at the link. They came through at night, so I did not get pictures.  Apparently right next to where we are camping is a wide wash that they seemed to get stuff in. Ken went out and pulled out one team, and then several more came through, pulling each other out.  I pulled these pictures off their site.

Next day, back to maybe one car a day going by.

 

 

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SO this area is known for its GEODE beds, and we have been off in search of them. It has been a huge task to find them using GPS, google earth, maps I have downloaded and maps from 3 books, but that has been part of the fun, and I do think we have found them all.  Geode beds seem to be areas that are very dense with geodes, such that by digging in that area you are very likely to find one. That is my interpretation though. I try to imagine how these were found originally, I can only imagine that at one time the geodes were plentiful on top of the ground and someone thought about digging underneath for more. So this is a geode bed area, lots of holes with scattering of bits and pieces of geodes lying around.img_4109

Ken showing us how it is done….

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Me and Tucker showing how it is done…. You basically climb into one of the holes and start digging the edges. I found it most clearly compared to the slot machines in a casino. The last person to dig, leave the area open and the first shovel of dirt I make, I might find a geode, whereas the last person could have made ONE MORE SHOVEL…. and gotten the geode 🙂  We have not really decided if we like digging geodes. too much work.  This hole I was digging in, I thought might be LUCKY… because someone left a beer bottle in it 🙂

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We would rather walk for miles looking for stuff in the open (they call that FLOAT), which is what we usually do. A few days ago, Ken found a very nice pick ax out in the desert, which he is not sure whether it was a good thing or a bad thing, but it moves more dirt. We feel it was karma to make up for all of the pick axes I have left out in the desert. You put your pack down for something and a mile down the road you realize it feels lighter. :^)img_4094

The other problem with Geodes is that they are kind of ugly on the outside and they have a certain appearance that you know it is a geode, however some contain NOTHING, and so the only way to find out what it contains, you have to smash it open, and often when you do, you ruin it.   Sort of catch 22. You do not want to carry home a lot of nothing rocks. 🤔                 SO as you can see Tucker LOVES rockhounding… NOT.!!!! But  he is patient with us.

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Our other issue for the past while is that it WAS a rather difficult road getting in here, not one we want to more than twice with the motorhome, so we have 100 gallons of water to last 2 weeks. It is amazing how little water you need to have a shower….. no picture there 🙂

It is pretty amazing area, the beauty that you get into off on these adventures is really amazing. This area is very scenic.  This is one “geode bed” that we decided to give a miss to…too much climbing at the end of the day.

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Tucker is peculiar in that at home, he is not happy unless he is sleeping on the very best of our furniture, and out here…. well anything goes.

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Much love to all who follow our adventures.