Low Down Adventure

Low Down Adventure

California boasts many National Parks to check off and Southern California puts many of the ones on our list within reach. Paul was especially excited to go to Death Valley because it is the lowest point in the western hemisphere. I was excited because Death Valley is the third largest Dark Sky Park in the world and I love stargazing. Read on to hear about our unlikely, low down adventure

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Snow Birds, Rain Birds, Love Birds

Snow Birds, Rain Birds, Love Birds

This post is mostly to say that there’s no longer a water shortage in California, and you’re welcome. We’re pretty sure the serious dry spell ended just about the same time we arrived. We have parked ourselves safely south west of the Oroville dam, and proven that brisk weather is not the only reason that people get head colds in the winter. Rain and dark days must have a little something to do with it too. Read on for snowy adventures in Yosemite!

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Why is there a bear on the California state flag? It should be a cat.

Why is there a bear on the California state flag? It should be a cat.

Odin and I spend about two hours a day strolling the local streets. Some might be able to get their 10,000 steps in just by doing chores around the house, but we’ll never achieve that level of activity by stomping about our abode. On our walks in California, we commonly encounter upwards of 20 (TWENTY!) cats. It doesn’t matter if we’re on an excursion in the snowy Sierras or wading through the river flood of the Sacramento, there is always a feline infestation.

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An Oregon Food Chain

An Oregon Food Chain

Oregon is an eat or be eaten state. A live off the land state. A nature is a cycle of vicious and unapologetic destruction state. Based on my observations, I’ve created an Oregon specific food chain to help visitors.

Berries, especially Huckleberries<<

Oregon is lush! There are berries everywhere! There are so many berries that they rot on the tree, without people or other woodland creatures bothering to harvest them. Paul and I have made several pies, crisps, and buckles out of Oregon berries.

I had never seen a huckleberry before, so I wasn’t 100% on what I should harvest. 

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Coastal Radio Report

Coastal Radio Report

The weather report for coastal Oregon this morning? Foggy. Every morning is 48* and the visibility is less than a half mile. Driving over the drawbridge to town is eerie and romantic—maybe the rest of the bridge isn’t even there anymore—it’s impossible to know for sure.

One of the new joys of Oregon living is the regular appearance of Downtown Deb, the DJ for “Dead Air,” which has had a regular spot on Oregon Public Radio for over 20 years. Deb takes over airwaves from 7:00 to 9:00 on Saturday evenings. She cannot believe how great it was to hear that jam, just so great, and she really hopes that you’re feeling it too.

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