Day Tripping in Cali

By: calpoppy , 4:04 PM GMT on January 17, 2012

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Since the weather has been more fall like then winter we decided to start enjoying it! Last week we went out to Saddleback Butte which we see out our windows every day. Less then exciting so no more mention of that here. Yesterday we took off to Red Rock Canyon which is a breathtaking desert scene!

Red Rock canyon is north of the town of Mojave. It is on the edge of the El Paso Mountain range. This was a trade route used for thousands of years by Native Americans. This was also the home of the Kawaiisu indians. Gold mining came to the area in the 1860's into the 1890's.

Movies have been made here including parts of Jurassic Park. Also the famous 20 mule teams would come through this area.

The rock formations are made up of layers of red and white sediment and pink and black volcanic rock. These were deposited in an ancient lake and then uplifted by faulting.

There is a huge off road vehicle park located on both sides of the freeway. Thankfully far away from the camping and hiking parts of the park.

The hiking was easy and beautiful, with a great desert vista around every turn! Cool and breezy a great day to be out in the desert!

Here is a picture of Garlock or what is left of this old mining town.

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A little more of Garlock, looks like the owner of the town is trying to do whatever they can to save it! I love the signs!!

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Here is a little history behind the mining town.

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114. WatchinTheSky
12:46 AM GMT on March 12, 2012
Hi calpoppy! I know you can do it!!

Sounds like you are getting some feathered migrants coming in. I've seen my 1st 2 hooded orioles just yesterday as well as an Allen's hummingbird male today. They are about on time compared to last year, thought they may be earlier since the winter was mild.
On the hunt for sun gold tomatoes for the garden!
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113. calpoppy
12:32 AM GMT on March 12, 2012
Hi OGal! Thanks for the info. I am having my son ask around on the good places to stay around denali.

Hi Briar, that is so true!!!

There is a really good possibility I will have a new blog up on Tuesday though I wouldn't hold your breath. But it might happen!
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112. BriarCraft
11:17 PM GMT on March 11, 2012
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111. OGal
4:44 PM GMT on March 10, 2012

Cal the temps are a little on the chilly side but putting up with the Orlando summer heat we love the cooler temps. We also don't like to be gone during hurricane season. June-Nov. We will take off in October (middle) to probably go back out to the west coast somewhere. I think we would like the west coast to live but we are now so settled and our son is moving back to Tampa so I guess we will stay in Central Florida.

Oh there still may be a little snow on the high mountains but that just adds to the beauty. I just hope Illiamna has settled down. I don't want a volcano to explode on my visit. In Kenai you will almost looking directly across Cook Inlet at Redoubt and Illiamna. I love Kenai.
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110. calpoppy
11:58 PM GMT on March 09, 2012
Hi OGal and PSP!!! All this Denali talk makes me want to go now not next year. This year the Kenai! Maybe Homer too!

Hi Ylee!! There is always room for one more tree. At least that is what I tell all my nursery customers! Pecans are great trees, shade and fruit and pretty to boot.

Check out the aurora pics aksnowlver put up, very nice! I got my dil a remote shutter release cable so she could take pics of the aurora. They are going out tonight, I how they aren't to late.

OGal one more questions how has the weather been in Alaska in May? I heard it is pretty nice.
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109. Ylee
9:41 PM GMT on March 08, 2012
Hi, cal! Didn't know about the Coasties until I read your blog. Heroes is right!

Remember when I said I didn't any more trees? My wife and I went to the local nursery and bought a couple of 6' pecan trees! I managed to find places for them, but I don't think I have any more room for trees!

Hope you're having a good day!
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108. OGal
8:00 PM GMT on March 07, 2012

Puget, we love the NW. Almost decided to move to Bellingham. Our lab is from Snohomish. We have hiked Rainier and Mr. St. Helens several times. We came out to hike St Helens after she blew. We hiked all the way up to the cauldera. it was like the landscape of the moon. We hiked on Rainier when you could still go into an ice cave. Amazing. it was kind of a hike at your own risk thing. I think we were to dumb to really know what the risk was.

Love Seattle. We were actually spending time out there when the Green River killer was still active. I remember one day we were just driving around and not too far from the airport we crossed the Green River and I wondered who would be next.
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107. PugetSoundPost
5:26 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Thanks OGal for the update! I guess not everything changes in 25 years! The mountain was partially out the day we were there, so we felt pretty fortunate. We are used to mountains, i.e. Mt. Rainier and others, but the size of Denali is breathtaking. Just the base alone (width) makes all of our mountains just seem as little mole hills in our yards. I think the sheer size as compared to our NW "tall mountains" was what amazed me the most. Would love to go back before too long.
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106. OGal
4:40 PM GMT on March 07, 2012

Puget still an old school bus and you are right. very bumpy. There are a couple of places you just hope no one is coming the other way on that dirt road. The mountain was out the day we were there and when we made that turn and saw it for the first time, "wow".
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105. PugetSoundPost
2:30 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Good morning! A beautiful sunrise about to unfold here, after our little snow yesterday morning. Any snow for you? Your weather sounds like it has been very changeable too - I guess the definition of spring.

Your Alaska plans sound wonderful! Denali is certainly a "must-see", that is if you can "see". The mountain is hidden under clouds some super high percentage of the time, but on those other days, wow! Yes, you must do the bus trip. We did it in the mid '80's, so not sure what it is like now, but the scenery has not changed and it is just spectacular, including all the wildlife. In those old days the bus was an old school bus and the full length trip was something like 80 miles into Wonder Lake, bouncing on a quite rough road, but worth every bump and jostle.

I was saddened by that Coast Guard loss as well. My dad was a Coastie back in the early '50's, mainly at sea in the North Pacific. I'm always fond of them and their work.
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104. OGal
5:54 PM GMT on March 06, 2012

Cal we have been to Denali and of course you will want to go on the bus trip. It is really the only way to get into the heart of the park. We stayed in a lovely lodge that is run by the Natives in that area. It is just outside of Talkeetna. We drove up to Denali at about 2:00am in the morning with the forever daylight. I think our bus left the park around 6:30am to get into Denali. Wow the beauty is unbelievable.

We have been to Kenai and visited one the the little Russian Orthodox churches there. Viewing of wildlife as you cross over the Kenai River is fun too. We saw a herd of caribou.

Hope you do get down to Homer.

I love the idea of the cabins for an extended family. I think you would have a lot of fun. With little guys lots of room to run. I know nothing about the cabins but I am sure anything in that area would have to be great of the wouldn't exist for very long. Keep me posted.
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103. calpoppy
5:45 PM GMT on March 06, 2012
Just a note on the Coast Guard helicopter which crashed outside of Mobile last week. All were killed, they were all heroes to me!!! This was a 65 helicopter the Dolphin my son is in 60's. The Coast Guard is a small service, most of them know each other. So could you remember these four Coasties in your thoughts!!!!
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102. calpoppy
5:39 PM GMT on March 06, 2012
Hi OGal! We will be in Kodiak then the Kenai in August. That is to bad, it would have been super to meet you and Tori and Maxine!!!!! After Kodiak we will be going to Copper Landing which would be close to Tori and then down to Seward. I haven't seen Tori on the blogs for a long time I hope she is doing well with her hatchery.

Question for you, have you been to Denali yet. I am planning a trip for next year which would include my son and his family from Kodiak and my older son from down here. I was thinking of staying in cabins on the Denali Highway, they are pretty rustic but I love the area. If you have been there and you have any suggestions as to where to stay or things to do I would sure appreciate it.

I can't believe I haven't even gone on the vacation in August and I am already planning next years!!!

Not on FB I can barely keep up with this blog! LOL!!!
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101. OGal
4:28 PM GMT on March 06, 2012

Calpoppy, did i read somewhere that you were getting a cabin in Kenai? When are you going to do this? We are headed for Homer on the 23rd of May. We fly into Anchorage on the 22 and then head on down to Homer on the 23rd. If you are around maybe we could have a meet and greet. Do you know who Alaskasnowluvr is?? She lives in Sterling and we are going to try to get together at some point. Maxine Weber (Homerlady) is in Homer and we are going to try to have lunch or dinner at some point. Let me known. Are you by any chance on FB??
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100. calpoppy
3:25 PM GMT on March 06, 2012
Hi GG! We are supposed to get snow tonight I won't hold my breath! Yesterday it was 72 degrees. Brody is crawling backwards now, I am sure he will learn to reverse his actions and go forward :))

We had our first hummingbird yesterday as we were painting the supports for our patio. I made up some food, and sterilized their feeders. We are ready now!

He Briar! I am glad that she hasn't crossed over yet too! She isn't having a very good day today, but like I said I don't expect her to survive this, so one day at a time.

It looks like it is DIY time for a lot of us on WU. We are going to build a new patio table out of Trex decking material. Trex is a plastic composite. We want a no maintenance table for outside and this might fill the bill. We painted the patio supports a nice turquoise color (bright colors for the desert). And we will probably cover the beams with a solid piece of plywood, and insulate between.

Still working on the trailer, got more done yesterday, more to do today.

Now I want to do something with the colors inside the cabin. I am not good at working with colors in a house. Exterior design is what I am good at! I am thinking accent wall colors. I guess I will spend sometime on line to get ideas!

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99. BriarCraft
6:11 AM GMT on March 05, 2012
I'm glad Dre hasn't needed to cross the Rainbow Bridge yet. Every day is precious for you and for pup.
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98. GardenGrrl
11:16 PM GMT on March 04, 2012
Just checking on how the fur babies and grand baby are doing.

Such an odd winter/non-winter. Am trying to resist the urge to plant the yard out with plants that don't tolerate cold. Our last average freeze date is on the 16th.
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97. calpoppy
9:19 PM GMT on March 04, 2012
Wts and SP, HI! I have given up totally on winter and will now hope for spring to come with no freezes to ruin my trees! We shall see how that works out! LOL!

Hi Karen! I don't know about being a saint, but I can't turn my back on a starving animal. Been that way since I was a kid. All nine of these dogs were the best behaved dogs. We have no fence and none of our dogs wear collars nor do they ever walk with a leash except to go to the vets.

Hi Bogon! Nests can be a problem. I have got them in my fan, it certainly makes a noise with all those leaves and sticks spinning. We also have had them makes nests in the inside air filter. What a smell that makes when they die in there! So far our lights under the engine compartment is working. Mr. Poppy hooked up a light sensor so they turn on automatically.

Hi Pros, Beautiful flowers. In fact you are out doing yourself this year with your flower photography. I am so sorry I have not made comments on your blog. My times is so limited lately.

Ylee! Thanks for the bleached bunnies!! So glad you and your family are fine!! I can't imagine what your wife went through trying to get to safety!!!

Update on Dredel or Dre, she goes by many names!! Her tumors are still growing but she is actually doing better. She was trotting on our walk and is in much less pain then last week. I still don't expect a good outcome, those tumors are becoming larger by the day but I am grateful that she is still with us. I told her last night that I wasn't quite ready to see her go on. I believe she replied 'neither was I'.
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96. Ylee
10:21 AM GMT on March 03, 2012
As long as the pup is chowing, it hasn't given up, and that's a good sign, cal! Maybe it's just going through a rough stretch, and once it warms up, will be back on its' feet!
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95. calpoppy
9:02 PM GMT on March 01, 2012
Just a quick note to say hi! Will return later with comments! Pup is still here don't know how long but she us still eating so she is still enjoying her life :)
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94. BriarCraft
7:42 PM GMT on March 01, 2012
I see you've been gone from here for awhile, so I guess things didn't go so well at the vet. No matter how many furpersons share your home, I know every one is special. Here's to happy bunny chasing across the rainbow bridge for your special pup.
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93. Ylee
4:09 PM GMT on March 01, 2012

Triple Bleached Bunnies, cal! Hope you have a great March!
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92. Proserpina
1:55 PM GMT on March 01, 2012
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91. Bogon
2:33 PM GMT on February 29, 2012
Poppy, reading back over your comments about varmints in the car reminds me of a problem I had a couple of years ago.

I traveled to my parents' place to look after Dad while Mom went on vacation. While I was there I exercised the option of parking my car in the barn to keep it out of the weather. When it came time to drive the car back home, I noticed that the ventilation fan (the blower for heat and air conditioning) didn't seem to be working right. It seemed sluggish, and it made a funny noise when it was turned up high.

I lived with the problem for a while, but as the seasons turned and spring brought returning warmth to the world, it became clear that I would have to get this fixed to make the car habitable during summer. There's no substitute for air conditioning in this part of the world.

So I took the vehicle to the shop, described the symptoms and asked the service representative to show me the problem when they found it. About an hour later the guy brings me the disconnected fan assembly and shows me where a rodent had built a nest inside the cylindrical fan. Sort of gives new meaning to the term "squirrel cage"!

The good news is that it was an easy fix: just dump the jumble of grass, leaves and twigs, and the fan was as good as new.
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90. SBKaren
1:02 AM GMT on February 29, 2012
Hi Cal, I can't imagine having 9 dogs! I love animals, but 9 is a lot! You are a saint! The most we've ever had is 3 cats and 2 dogs. We now have 1 dog and 2 cats. And I'm like you, I want to be able to travel without finding someone to stay at the house, or make arrangement. Cats are easy. Have someone stop by every couple of days to clean the liter box, but dogs require attention.

Our dog now, our rescue Border collie mix, Sadie, will travel with us when we go camping or to visit family. But the cats we can easily leave at home :)

I know how hard it is to loose an animal though. We had to put down our 17 1/2 year old Chihuahua last December. I was strong until we pulled away from the vet. Then I just broke down in sobs. I thought about her day and night for at least a couple of weeks. Of course I still think about her, but now I think about her in happy ways, instead of sad ways :)
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89. sp34n119w
7:32 PM GMT on February 28, 2012
Thanks for clarifying on the car-and-critters thing. Something to add to the list when researching a new car!

Sorry about your pup - 600 sq ft must be feeling a little empty with 7 of 9 gone* :(

Echoing WTS, "any snow??"
I have a report from Beaumont of 2 inches! But on the Mt Wilson cam it looks like they got only a dusting.

Cold here last night/this morning - think I heard the wind machines as we were under an advisory - but sunny and warming today.

* not a STNG reference ;)
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88. WatchinTheSky
4:56 PM GMT on February 28, 2012
Any snow?? Should have been cold enough, if the moisture was there. we actually got some rain - woohoo!! And chilly over night, 41.
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87. calpoppy
2:36 PM GMT on February 27, 2012
Hi Ylee! The dogs I call pups are old dogs now. When Mr. Poppy and I got together he had five dogs and I had four. Nine dogs in a 600 sq. ft. cabin! Almost all dogs were either runaways or desert dumps. After Dre goes we will have just Shadow left and she isn't well either. I never regretted having nine dogs they were the best dogs ever!!

I was joking about the saturated ground, I would love to have that problem for once out here!!
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86. Ylee
11:37 AM GMT on February 27, 2012
I'm sorry to hear about the pup, cal. Am I understanding right that this was the last one of a litter of nine? Any new pups in the future?

Saturated ground around here means when it rains, the puddles takes a while to go away. Good for skeeters already(In February!), as I have the itchy bump to prove it!

Take care!
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85. calpoppy
11:54 PM GMT on February 25, 2012
Hi Ylee!! What does rain saturated ground look like????? I would really like that problem. The only good thing about this winter is the lack of weeds in the garden center. Right now I am getting the place ready for the first bedding plants of spring that I will be bringing in. whenever I bring in the first plants it will snow guaranteed , Lol!

Hi Briar! My son bought an enclosed trailer for his trip to Alaska and plans to sell it before he goes to his next station. He should get much more then he paid for it. Plus he bought a quad and will sell that too up there. The Alaskan highway is paved for most of it. Lots of frost heaves in it though and some gravel stretches. I still want to drive it, maybe when I retire. So many places to go and so little money to get there!!!!

Another front coming in on Monday, cool temps for sure but I won't even talk rain at this point in this non rain winter!

We may be losing another pup :(( we will see what the vet says but my feelings are not good that she will make it. The 9 dogs are coming to an end.
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84. BriarCraft
9:00 PM GMT on February 25, 2012
Seems to me if you've got freesia and hyacinth in bloom, there ought to be at least one pic forthcoming, especially if they're nice enough to bring inside to enjoy.

Everything in Alaska is expensive, since it all has to be shipped in. Ylee's idea isn't far-fetched, either. I've known people who bought a car in southern Cal, drove it to Alaska and sold it for a nice profit, making half their travel costs free. Plus, I can tell you from having driven the AlCan in 1974, that the scenery can't be beat. Heck, I understand it's even paved now. Regardless, I know you'll have a fun trip.
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83. Ylee
5:16 AM GMT on February 25, 2012
Hi, Cal! All this warmer weather is having me itching to go out and do something, but the ground here is way too saturated to do anythng with it! Besides, knowing the mistakes I made last year in planting too early, it'll still be April before I set stuff like lettuce,and May for most everything else!

I need to work on the blog, but the guy on the previous shift left a seed catalog! Decisions, lol!

Take care!
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82. calpoppy
9:08 PM GMT on February 23, 2012
On the vehicles cylinders it has to do with an area under the engine that is more accessible to rodents. The six cylinder engines have this area at least on chevy's and our toyota. The chevy 6 cylinder truck having the most rodent damages wires. This is according to the local mechanic.

Warm weather!!! Thinking if bringing flowers in, it feels like flower weather! Plus I want to get back out to the nursery!
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81. sp34n119w
8:57 PM GMT on February 23, 2012
Making choices and plans is not the best part of a vacation ... but it does mean you are going on vacation, and going to see grandbaby, and that's good :) And it's sounding wonderful, so far!

Do you know why the critters like your vehicle? Or, rather, are there really certain types of cars or wires they go for? It seems unlikely that they'd be drawn by number of cylinders - though that does create an interesting imaginary conversation between Mr. and Mrs. Rat, as they peruse the parking lot buffet ;)

Sorry it's so warm - happy it's so warm :)
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80. WatchinTheSky
8:15 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
"Mice and rats seem to love 6 cylinder vehicles!", think I'll have to take exception to that! I have a '70 Buick (big V8) in the garage that I have been fighting mice over. Unfortunately, the mice were winning for a while and now I need to redo the headliner, grrr...
No more rain this month for us, and only .5" so far. Hope next rain season is better. Definitely freesia time, and my blue eyed grass should pop in a day or so.
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79. GardenGrrl
3:49 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
Whoa. A little bird poop on the car is sounding much less troubling. Did not know mountain lions could tear up cars too.
The trip to Alaska sounds fun. Planning, not so much.
Kind of shows how we have aged and gotten responsible.
Used to be just find someone to feed the critters, pack a bag and go. So what if we have to sleep in the car.
These days I want a hotel.
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78. calpoppy
11:57 PM GMT on February 21, 2012
Ylee, LOL!!!!! I like the name 'Rodent magnet'! Course up in Alaska we could have a 'bear magnet' instead, which I think would cause considerably more damage. I saw pictures of a car in Montana that a mountain lion decided to tear apart to get to the people's cat that was hiding underneath. Ripped the tire to shreds and just about took out the bumper. The people's cat is okay!!
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77. Ylee
9:55 PM GMT on February 21, 2012
Here's how you kill two birds with one stone, cal! Drive the "rodent magnet" up the AlCan to the point where you first need the rental; from there, take a flight to Kodiak, and so on, until you get back to the truck. Finish the rest of the vacation using the truck, then when it's time to go home, sell the truck and fly home! :) Of course, the only caveat with this plan is that you have to start a week earlier!! ;-)

I can come up with some ideas sometimes; they may not be good ideas, but I still keep trying, lol!

Take care!

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76. calpoppy
9:28 PM GMT on February 21, 2012
I am glad you are getting rain, Briar! We can only wish and hope. My freesias in the greenhouse are starting to bloom, as is my hyacinths. Found buds on my torch and claret cup cactus, way to early for them.

Well no new blog this week, hopefully next. I have been spending the last two days firming up plans for Alaska this August. A lot of e-mailing and phone calls. Nice places fill up fast!! We did book a 26 mile float trip (actually on a drift boat) down the Kenai river into Skilak lake. We are both really excited about it, because we have the boat to ourselves with a guide. We can ask him to pull over any time we want to see something neat on the shore! It takes about 7 hours. So airplane tickets have been bought, cabins booked and one neat float trip. We are still thinking about a glacier tour on a boat because we are staying in the Seward area for part of trip. So first Kodiak, then Cooper landing, then Seward. Phew! I am already tired! LOL!!! Oh, and the rental car, and they sure want a lot of money in Alaska for a rental car!!!!!

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75. BriarCraft
6:22 PM GMT on February 21, 2012
I'm glad you seem to have found a solution to the vehicle rodent problem. Hope it continues to work.

Spring is coming ready or not? My bulbs are in a holding pattern, with their noses poked out of the ground waiting for the first breath of spring. Right now, they're having to hold their breath as they are surrounded by standing water. We got about 2 inches of rain last week and another inch is expected with the storm that is just arriving. We had such a mild, dry winter in December and January, I think Mother Nature is trying to make up for it in February.
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74. calpoppy
12:17 AM GMT on February 20, 2012
Hi Briar, I have heard many a story like yours! We have moved where we feed the birds to about 140' away from vehicles. We do keep chickens so that will always be a problem but they are at least 75' away. So far the light under the engine seems to be working as we haven't caught anything in the traps. One more time and the vehicle gets sold. We love that truck but there comes a point where it just isn't practical to keep it where we live. Mice and rats seem to love 6 cylinder vehicles!

Cool weather for us and windy! Winter like still. Daffodils have pushed out of the ground and some desert plants are starting to re-leaf, spring is coming ready or not!

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73. BriarCraft
6:40 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
Reading about the rodent problem in your vehicle reminds me of one I had in San Diego. I lived next to an open canyon and my young cat loved to hunt. She was a shelter orphan, so never had a momma to teach her how to kill. Instead, she just caught critters, brought them in through the cat door, and turned them loose. One day, when I turned on the dishwasher, water spewed out across the kitchen floor. So, so glad I didn't just turn it on and leave. Anyway, after a house call from the repairman, it turned out a rat had chewed through the water line when it got thirsty. A few days later, the water line to the ice maker also started leaking. I had to take apart several kitchen cabinets in order to set traps and get that nasty little critter. What an expensive mess and bother!

The ammonia might be a good deterrent and shouldn't hurt the vehicle. Do you keep your birdseed inventory closed up in barrels or garbage cans so rodents can't get at it? Maybe have to move the bird feeders farther from where you park your car, too. Good luck getting rid of those pesky critters. Keep us posted on your progress, too, okay?
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72. calpoppy
6:21 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
Hi Ylee! A peck of worms! Lol! So far so good with the third computer!

Hi SP! The snow was nice, now it is warming up :( Thanks for the idea on the netting. Right now we have been putting a very bright light under the engine to perhaps discourage critters entering the vehicle, plus traps. This vehicle of ours now has rodent proof wiring harness and wires are wrapped and hard insulation was put in. fingers crossed that it works.

Hi Karen, no flip flops here but it is warming up. I might try the amonia idea also, thanks!

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71. SBKaren
1:33 AM GMT on February 17, 2012
calpoppy! I'm so glad you got snow! Now how about today? Yesterday I was freezing, today I was back in flip flops! I'm telling ya!

About the rodents - not sure this would work, but it sure wouldn't hurt. When we camped at the Whitney portal, the guides that stayed there suggested spraying pneumonia around our tent and cars to deter bears. Said they didn't like the smell. We just put some in a spray bottle and marked it "Bear be Gone!"

Don't know if there is any truth to it, but like I said, it wouldn't hurt anything either!
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70. sp34n119w
7:14 PM GMT on February 16, 2012
You got snoooooooow! :) So you said on Karen's blog, anyway. Where are the pictures? ;)
The flower pics are lovely.

Isn't there some kind of mesh stuff that you can wrap around the car to keep rodents out? Seems to me I read about such a product for folks parking at certain trailheads where wire damage was common. Might be too much trouble for daily use, though. Hot sauce? Fox urine? What do I know? Nothin'
Except for the occasional nosey possum, I don't have many critter issues. Good luck!

Hope you enjoyed the snow and cold - and I see it's still cold but the snow's probably melted, huh? Though it looks like it's cloudy up your way. Nice and sunny here :)
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69. Ylee
9:32 PM GMT on February 14, 2012
Cal, I think you've run into a "peck" of trouble with Apples with worms in them! ;-) Sorry to see you go through all the hassle and travel; at least it looks like the people at the Apple store want to get it right!

Anyway, Happy Valentine's Day! Molasses cookies are almost as good as fine chocolate! Almost, lol!
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68. BriarCraft
6:54 PM GMT on February 14, 2012
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67. shoreacres
3:23 PM GMT on February 14, 2012
Well, even if you can't get around to us, we'll get around to you! Hope the day's nice, and much less frustrating - and may your computer be sweet to you on this Valentine's day!

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66. calpoppy
3:09 PM GMT on February 14, 2012
Hi Keywestsun! Welcome!! Karen came to my aid on your question the answer should be in the link.

Hi GG! Ahhhh, Syd looks all snugly in his baby blanket. Cute card, thank you so much!

Pro, beautiful roses!! Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day!

Well my computer saga goes on! Yesterday after posting some pics on shore's blog my brand new laptop's screen went wacky. All kinds of colors and then the blue screen of death appeared. Yep, the new laptop failed! Back down to Apple, which is around 70 miles round trip. The nice guys and girls at Apple were really shocked that the new computer failed. It was a bad graphic card. So another brand new laptop and an hour or or more later we were off to home again. My days off have been less then nice, today (with fingers crossed) will be a quiet day. So to make us feel better I made molasses cookies. Didn't have chocolate in the house or it would have been chocolate chip!

A very Happy Valentine's Day to you all. I may not be able to get around the blogs to wish you all one.

Leaving the mall yesterday there was a wonderful hail storm and lots of rain going up the Cajon pass (that orographic thing again!) but of course not a drop at the cabin. :)
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65. GardenGrrl
5:49 AM GMT on February 14, 2012
I'm sending Syd to help keep Cody warm.
Happy Valentines Day :-)

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64. GardenGrrl
1:32 AM GMT on February 14, 2012
Hi, blogging by phone has to be tough. What's up with the rodents? Sounds like an addiction. Wonder what is in that wire.

Well at least the oriole feeders should be rodent proof. And pretty soon those gorgeous birds will be coming to visit.

We have been having shake-n-bake weather here. From 70f to hard freeze and should be warm again next week.
Hoping for blue skies because the bird migration is on. Plan on making good use of the camera.

How's your son and family? Alaska has been getting some cold. Cody is going to need an Inuit parka.
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