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By: calpoppy , 5:16 PM GMT on July 17, 2012

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Llano is a little known unincorporated area of Los Angeles County that has mostly open land. With only 1200 residents it is a place you can drive or hike for long distances before running into any houses. We are one of those places that its elevation is higher then it’s population. It has quite a large area, 112.90 sq. mi. There is no town center or business district, only a Post Office with the name Llano and the zip code.





Many years ago the Los Angeles county supervisors created a law preventing any building in areas with no water or in cases where there is a water district, water that is agricultural only. Which to my knowledge are all the water districts in Llano. This kept Llano from the building boom, and kept our privacy. Some people have wells but they are far and few between. The higher your elevation here the deeper you have to go for water. For us to drill a well at our age would not be cost effective so we have a truck come in with 3625 gallons of water to fill our 5000 gallon water tank. The water in itself is cheap, the trucking charge is not.

Llano’s elevation goes from 5500’ down to 3200’. We sit at 4200’ with the mountains to the south of us and an amazing view of the desert floor to the north of us.





Llano’s most famous resident was Aldous Huxley (Brave New World author). He also wrote ‘Crows of Pearblossom’ a children’s book, which we have. Mr. Huxley also had a residence in Wrightwood, the mountain town to the south of Llano.

Llano De Rio was a socialist colony that started back in 1915. They were able to obtain water from Big Rock creek and that sustained their colony for a few years. Eventually dissent amongst their ranks and not being able to build a dam to sustain their growth dissolved the colony. But you can still see some remnants of the colony as you head west on the Pearblossom Highway. Many residents of Littlerock and Pearblossom used the stones that built Llano De Rio to build their own houses.



Crystal Air is a glider company that gives lessons and glider rides to many people. It is fun to see the gliders. I was hiking up in the mountains once and was standing on a ridge when a glider suddenly appeared very close to me. It really scared me! I hit the deck and even my dog took off running!



There are other ‘airports’ on the desert floor (the low elevations areas). Ultra light airplanes are popular. Some residents down there have their own runways. You generally see them flying in the fall. They are slow but they certainly have a great view of the area from above.

A golf course is also in Llano, right by Crystal Air Gliders. This is also an area, which I would term almost residential. Mostly populated with retired folk they are very involved in their community and have fought for Llano. In one instance they saved us from a very noisy dirty operation that would have destroyed our creek. A gravel company was going to put in an operation right at the creek. With this very vocal and savvy group of people fighting against it, the gravel company lost and we kept our quiet place.

The worlds ‘Smallest Airshow’ is also in Llano. Always during Memorial Day weekend. It features ultra light aircraft and is down at a u-pick orchard and ultra light facility, Brian’s Ranch.

The residents of Llano are an eclectic bunch. From people who have no electricity or water, to middle class individuals with nice houses. Many of Llano’s houses were old homestead places. Back in the 1920’s people were given a chance to basically get free land out here if they built a structure and did a certain amount of upkeep to that structure every year. Our place was on of those homestead cabins. Originally 400 sq. ft. we increased it by 200 sq. ft. Now a 600 sq. ft. one room cabin, it is actually very comfortable and unique! You see many remains of old homestead cabins out here and in surrounding areas.

Working in a town that is 12 miles from Llano, I am frequently asked where I live. When I reply Llano they in turn ask where is that!!! Part of it is pronunciation; they pronounce it with the l sound where it should be pronounced with the Spanish y sound. So it should be yano not lano. The other people who don’t know the town just have never heard of it!

I love the uniqueness of Llano, the quiet and the privacy. I don’t need curtains on my windows, nor do I need to worry about being seen by my neighbors in the morning, LOL! Llano only has two paved roads, and they aren’t very long! So we have a network of dirt roads not maintained by the country. It does keep the tourists away!

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83. WatchinTheSky
4:43 PM GMT on August 20, 2012
oohh, very nice photos! More please.
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82. sp34n119w
9:08 PM GMT on August 18, 2012
PICTURES! Calpoppy has two sets of beautiful pics up, already! Go see :)
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81. WatchinTheSky
8:59 PM GMT on August 18, 2012
Hope you're knee deep in fun! Can't wait to see the next Alaska blog :)
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80. Proserpina
1:12 AM GMT on August 18, 2012
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79. GardenGrrl
5:13 PM GMT on August 15, 2012
Let the Puffin chase begin!

Be safe, have fun, make great memories.
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78. Ylee
4:52 PM GMT on August 15, 2012
Have a great trip, Cal; take plenty of pics, have fun, and please, do mind the bears, lol!
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77. SBKaren
3:04 PM GMT on August 15, 2012
I know you probably won't see this until you come back, unless you get on the 'puter while there.

When does your school start? The school district out here starts back up the 16th of this month.

We start on the 29th. I believe LA started yesterday, the 14th. Not sure when Long Beach starts, as they are one of the closest districts to us. All I know is that the beach wasn't nearly as crowded yesterday as I've seen in the past.

Have a GREAT time -as if that needs saying!!! LOL

Here's my grands. Getting all grown up and ready to start first grade!!!

It's actually a family photo from their recent camping trip to El Capitan - up near Santa Barbara.

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76. Proserpina
5:33 PM GMT on August 14, 2012
Wishing you a super fun time on your trip.
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75. PugetSoundPost
4:55 PM GMT on August 14, 2012
Maybe I am just in time to give you a very big Good-Bye on your Alaska trip!!! You must be so excited after all the planning and long wait!! I sure hope everything works out wonderfully, and you do all that you have been dreaming of! Wish I was going soon! Take good care...
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74. calpoppy
1:57 PM GMT on August 14, 2012
Hi Karen! Thanks for the vid! We did get more t-storms yesterday! It has been quite the week, another .46 inches of rain. This time it wasn't the gully washer like Sunday's was. When does your school start? The school district out here starts back up the 16th of this month.

Hi GG! A puffinery of puffins would be great! My son sees them all the time when he is fishing in the ocean. He says they won't get out of the way of the boat! I love all the different words they have for flocks of birds. Pelicans are squadrons! I could go on and on about all of them, it is fun!

Hi SP! Stoopid Pacific!! More rain yesterday, it has been a great monsooooon week. It has made up for the disappointing Fabio. I hope to get a pic up today of the scarf. I started a new scarf and then bought more yarn for another. How many scarves can I wear, LOL!

Brody is so adorable right now! His parents are planning an escape while we are there, I hope they come back!! I guess they have had to much adorableness!

Hi OGal! Alaskan is a nice airline! I had more fun on the combi out of Anchorage to Kodiak. The steward and stewardess were so much fun!!

Hi Miss Nadia! Alaskan treated me well when they cancelled my flight out of Portland last year, so I have no complaints. Don't like that luggage charge though!!!!

Lots of rain in the weather forecast for our trip. That's okay, we are ready. Lots of ziplock bags for my camera, LOL!

I decided to make Brody's 1st birthday card. Sounds simple doesn't it!! $32.00 later at Hobby Lobby I had what I needed for a card!!! At least now I can make more and maybe one day break even, LOL!!! It was fun and it came out cute. Between the puffy stickers and those special scissors and the special craft glue and the pretty paper and the special wrapping paper with the really special ribbon and more puffy stickers, I had a card and a pretty package!

We got Brody carhartt overalls and a piggy bank.



Isn't that an adorable pig!

Talk with you all when I come back!!!
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73. MissNadia
11:54 AM GMT on August 14, 2012
Quoting OGal:








Alaskan Airlines is the best in the business. Enjoy. I would chose them over everybody else. They love to fly and it shows.


I will second OGal's thoughts .
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72. OGal
11:50 AM GMT on August 14, 2012








Alaskan Airlines is the best in the business. Enjoy. I would chose them over everybody else. They love to fly and it shows.
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71. sp34n119w
5:12 AM GMT on August 14, 2012
Thanks for the monsooooon update :) Sounds wonderfully scary! Last night Fritz said no more monsoon but it looked like there were a few storms that popped up today.
Here we just saw the clouds over the mountains and to the east. The Pacific won this round, as it usually does.

Can't wait to see the scarf - if you don't get a pic before you go, well, you can always wear it in a pic you share when you get back! Little beanies for Brody would be fun and fast - sweaters, too.

Anything Brody will be fun, I'm thinking - have a great time and stock up on baby giggles :)
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70. SBKaren
11:20 PM GMT on August 13, 2012
The clouds look even bigger today....I wonder if you got more! I wouldn't mind a little rain shower....but only if it cooled things down and didn't make it all muggy!!!


Am I asking too much??? LOL
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69. GardenGrrl
11:52 AM GMT on August 13, 2012
Almost ready to launch. Really am pulling for you to see a puffinery of puffins. Love the sound they make. Was driving the critters and other human crazy walking around doing puffin imitations...aaaur aaaaurrrrr ah aha ah ah ah ahahahah. Kidz got to play. Have a great trip!
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68. SBKaren
3:01 AM GMT on August 13, 2012
Hi Karen! Boogie boarding sounds fun, but I am not a water person so I will leave it up to you!!! Wouldn't it be unusual for Seal Beach to get T-storms?

Yes, it is very unusual for Seal Beach to get t-storms, but we have gotten them. I took a video once and put it on YouTube. I could look it up.

Both hubby and I are water people, which is one reason we live so close to the beach. Other than Seal Beach, we lived in Lake Tahoe, which you probably well know has a very large body of water. Have to be near water!

Have a great trip in Alaska. I know you are going to visit son/baby, but I'm envious. I keep saying one day I'll get there...I just don't know when. Maybe when I retire....who knows.

Here's my vid....about 4 months ago!

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67. calpoppy
11:29 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
First the weather, holy cow what a day. We had a mesocyclone sit on top of us for over an hour. Thunder, lightning and .82 inches of rain. Plus I had went outside and there was a strong smell of smoke, very acrid! Lightning had hit close, luckily the rain came down in buckets, 11.81 inches per hour rain rate! Still smelled the smoke for at least 20 minutes after the rain. We will have to look sometime tomorrow or Tuesday to see what it hit. Another bout with thunder and lightning and rain! Of course I am on my phone looking at the radar, the culprit cell of the day was L3.

When I thought it was over I went outside and just was going to open a door when lightning and thunder at the same time happened. I think I jumped a few feet and scooted back inside. All and all a really great monsoon week!!!!

Hi SP! The rgb loop was cool! I thought I saw a cell east of Ventura, did you get anything?

Hi Karen! Boogie boarding sounds fun, but I am not a water person so I will leave it up to you!!! Wouldn't it be unusual for Seal Beach to get T-storms?

Hi Rob! I have been over at your blog listening to music, you all have great fun!!! Nice to have friends all over!!!

Hi Briar! I'm not a nervous flyer, I thought it was funny that Alaskan airlines was in the news twice this last week! I always like it better when a airline I am not flying on is having problems. I will be good about the predators ( I have Mr. P with me, so I will behave and not get eaten). Before the storms we were packing and I was getting my camera gear ready. I will upload pics when I am there. Evenings and early mornings are nice to browse through the photos and upload if good enough.

A puffin and a wolf, oh and Musk Ox! The Musk Ox for sure we will see, as we are going to a ranch. The puffins should be at the Alaskan Sea Life center. Though wild puffins, wolves and musk oxen would be cooler!
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66. BriarCraft
6:54 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Got to work tomorrow and Monday then off Tues then flying out Wednesday. Why is it the airline that you will be flying in on vacation is the one that is making the news lately???? A hole in the wing? And no cabin pressure!!!! Hope the bugs are out by Wednesday, LOL!!!


Think of probabilities. 1 out of every 100,000 flights (or whatever) has a problem. If the problem happens before you fly, isn't that a good thing? I mean, really, now the probabilities are definitely in your favor.

Good luck on spotting a puffin and/or a wolf. Remember, no up-close-and-personal with predators that are bigger than you!!!

You've got to be counting the hours, rather than the days, at this point. I'm guessing you'll be spending more time in airports than in airplanes, waiting for connecting flights. Here's hoping your luggage makes the same connections you do. Have a great trip, a wonderful visit, take lots of pictures, and post them in WUville when you return.
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65. RobDaHood
12:31 AM GMT on August 12, 2012
Thunder, lighting, rain and power failures, and duct tape!

Take good care my friend!
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64. SBKaren
12:02 AM GMT on August 12, 2012
We went to the beach to go boogie boarding and we could see those thunder head clouds. For a while, I even thought we might get some...but probably not. But you know what? It's hot here too!!!
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63. sp34n119w
11:24 PM GMT on August 11, 2012
Looks awesome on the rgb loop! Some mesocyclones out there so watch out. And have fun geeking out :)
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62. calpoppy
10:49 PM GMT on August 11, 2012
Hi Ylee! We used to have a retired aircraft mechanic work here, her said he only used duct tape to fix the planes, lol!

This is one of those weather days that we weather nerds love. Cells popping all over the place!!! Thunder, lighting, rain and power failures. And it is still going!


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61. Ylee
4:34 AM GMT on August 11, 2012
Cal, I'm sure the airline has patched the holes in that plane before you fly in it! If they didn't, take along a roll of duct tape! :)
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60. calpoppy
2:51 AM GMT on August 11, 2012
Hi GG! The monsooooon did come and left 3/4 of an inch of rain. It finally gave us moisture after all the teasing it has done!!!

Hi SP! I just love that dinosaur!!!!! I am here to update, pretty isolated t-storm, a mile away no rain. thought today was going to be promising but nothing. Even the scientific discussion guy was surprised at the lack of build up today. A beautiful sunset (clouds sure help those along). I am going to take a pic of the scarf sometime before I go, it is going with me on the trip. I really am proud of it, and found out how much I like knitting. Little beanies for Brody would be fun to make!

Hi WTS! All the orioles are gone :((( So sad to see them leave so early, but the bees were just to much. Speaking of bees, we had a hive in the lumber yard at work, it was in one of the containers. The comb was just hanging out of the bottom, pretty cool to see. Well, the had a new lumber guy and had him clean up in that area but failed to tell him about the hive. The next thing was this poor guy running around the lumber yard, tearing his shirt off and headed to the nursery for the hose!! We had to find his hat and his glasses, around his glasses was a single bee just waiting for that guy to come back, LOL! The poor guy had 8 stings!

Hi Ylee! Yes, rain!!!! What makes it so great for us is the fact that we won't have to water the trees before we leave!! That saves us MONEY!

Miss Nadia and OGal! I sure will tell him!!!! Thank you!!!!!

Hi Pros! Having no rain in the desert during the summer is one thing the plants are used to it, but where you live they need that moisture!! Sad to here about the tulip trees, they are such a pretty tree. And being in the poplar family they need their water. Thank you for the roses, I am partial to white roses but that bi-color rose, Double Delight? is beautiful!

Got to work tomorrow and Monday then off Tues then flying out Wednesday. Why is it the airline that you will be flying in on vacation is the one that is making the news lately???? A hole in the wing? And no cabin pressure!!!! Hope the bugs are out by Wednesday, LOL!!!
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59. Proserpina
1:14 AM GMT on August 11, 2012
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58. OGal
7:44 PM GMT on August 10, 2012






Ditto to what Miss Nadia said.
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57. Proserpina
11:15 AM GMT on August 10, 2012
Good morning. That's a lot of rain! We still are waiting for an appreciable amount of rain, sprinkles just do not take away the thirst of the land. My flowers and anything living in the yard are in distress due to the heat. Our lawn is a carpet of dead grass and dead leaves! The leaves on the Tulip Trees have turned brown and the leaves are coming down as if it were Fall.

Happy celebrations of birthday and visits. Did I understand it correctly you are going to Alaska?

Wishing you a good and beautiful day.
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56. MissNadia
11:02 AM GMT on August 10, 2012
Good Morning Mrs. P
When you get to Alaska, please do me a favor and thank your son for his service.
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55. Ylee
10:47 AM GMT on August 10, 2012
Thanks for the cam link, sp! I'll have to check it out when it's daylight there!

Glad you're getting rain, cal!
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54. WatchinTheSky
10:31 PM GMT on August 09, 2012
I was just checking radar and thought maybe you were getting rain! I guess so!! Yay. Sounds like maybe not sp, not here, but I can see clouds to the north - maybe yours..
Hi Ylee - that would be about right, I mix 4 cups/gallon but have not weighed 4 cups yet. My wallet needs to put the birds on a diet :)
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53. sp34n119w
9:50 PM GMT on August 09, 2012
Woohoo! I have the Mt Wilson cam up and just saw the clouds so had to come and check on you and the radar. Looks like the storms are skirting the stoopid mountains, for a change ;)
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52. GardenGrrl
9:16 PM GMT on August 09, 2012
Hooray, the monsoon cometh.
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51. calpoppy
9:05 PM GMT on August 09, 2012
I am at work, but Mr. P just called to tell me the rain rate per hour was 4.124 at the cabin. We have 1/2 an inch now, plus plenty of thunder and lightning.
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50. Ylee
8:54 PM GMT on August 08, 2012
Looks like a hot one for you, cal! It's pretty hot here too, but not quite, even if you factor in the humidity!

Using the formula of 2 lbs. of sugar per gallon of water(let me know if this is wrong), WTS made 75 gallons of nectar in July! :)
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49. calpoppy
8:20 PM GMT on August 08, 2012
Hi OGal! I have to restrain myself from packing now. It has been raining alot, but we will be prepared!

Hi Wts! Wow, 150# of sugar in one month!!!!! I don't think I am quite up to that.

The heat is on, nice breeze and some cloud build up. Those two things should keep us a little cooler. Hard to sleep when it is so hot at night!
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48. WatchinTheSky
3:25 PM GMT on August 07, 2012
Hi cp, looks like our temps are in sync until Friday when you get a bit warmer ;)
Your snowy Llano pics are particularly refreshing now! And it looks like lupine in bloom in the Fossil Beach pic - very nice - jealous again.
Just tallied up sugar, July 150 lbs, so far August 50. Hummers, Orioles, bees. Going to have to cut back.
Stay cool!
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47. OGal
3:18 PM GMT on August 07, 2012





Not long now. I am sooo excited for you.
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46. calpoppy
1:31 PM GMT on August 07, 2012
Hi Ylee! We had a smattering of rain, is smattering a word? Well that is what it sounded like on the roof. Some thunder and lightning and that was it. Suppose to have more this week.

Hi WTS! Glad your desert willows are growing well! I am hoping they are going to be true to the original plant. Temps are on the rise, 106 this week for the high desert. I would think that will be for Palmdale, we should be a bit cooler.

Looks like we can't escape hot weather this summer! I sure hope it cools down when we are gone so Shadow isn't miserable!!!

We want to head to Fossil Beach when we are in Kodiak, my son and dil haven't been there before. Lots of fossils in the cliffs, plus beachcombing. Here is a picture of it.



Fossil Beach is at the end of the road, past the launch complex so it should be an adventure! I am also looking forward to eating at the Java Hut. Best food on the island! There isn't to many good places to eat there.

The big party for Brody's number one birthday will be on the 18th at Jewel Beach. Jewel beach has a lot of sea glass plus other treasures that wash up there. When the Navy left the base they dumped everything in this bay so things like copper spoons appear plus other rusty parts of engines and the like.

Everyone keep cool, I will be trying to but I still need to be outside at work. I am taking lots of water!
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45. WatchinTheSky
5:33 PM GMT on August 05, 2012
Hey cp, doesn't look like the monsoon is up to much lately, certainly not down here. Temps on the rise for the end of the week - summer's here. Not sure all your 'heat training' is going to be needed for your Alaska trip!!
Desert willow seedlings are really growing, 17 inches and counting.
Have a good week.
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44. Ylee
3:24 PM GMT on August 05, 2012
Hi, cal! Did you get any rain?

I could use a treadmill so I can walk off a "few pounds", lol!

Have a nice Sunday!
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43. calpoppy
9:21 PM GMT on August 03, 2012
Thanks OGal! We will keep that in mind. I heard on my trip last year that the Glacier Brewhouse was good too. Of course my son and dil like Humpys, more of a party place.

Pros your butterflies are beautiful, wish we had more out here.

Hi GG! I already told you I got the app, such a good price. Not only does my phone have a Swainsons thrush for a ring tone but now all the rest of the birds can sing with push of a virtual button.

Lots of clouds some potential t storms developing. I am not holding my breath on any real storm activity.
Between the gym and the heat and working in the heat I feel drained.
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42. GardenGrrl
2:55 AM GMT on August 02, 2012
Hey, I downloaded iBirds to my phone. Right now the Pro app is $2.99 vs $19. You will need to have an SD card on your phone with 1GB space for the download.
Don't need to be connected to internet to use this app.
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41. Proserpina
10:34 AM GMT on August 01, 2012
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40. OGal
9:18 PM GMT on July 31, 2012





Cal the Captain Cook has a great restaurant and is only two blocks away.
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39. calpoppy
8:15 PM GMT on July 31, 2012
Hi OGal! thanks for the info, we went ahead and made res at the Marriott. It looks like a nice place and right in the downtown area so we can walk to restaurants and shops. There are times in our traveling that we really like to stay in the cities, just for a day or two. Everything is usually within walking distances and the restaurants are almost always great. We love Boise! There is a B & B that was built in the 1800's that we stay at. A couple of blocks away is the downtown area with restaurants ranging from Basque, French, Thai, Japanese and Irish. Love the french and the basque cuisine. And Boise has the best used bookstore bar none!! It beats that huge one in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Hi 1759! I love Mother Earth! I think our homesteading days are over, LOL! But we love the articles!

Hi Ylee! I agree, but sometimes a girls gotta do what a girl has to do LIKE SHOP! Luckily this mall has a great Southern cooking restaurant! So we are meeting my son and his girlfriend for lunch there. Fried okra and smoked brisket, I am getting hungry!!!!

No rain :(((( Looks like it is all staying to the east of us.

I must be hungry, a lot of food talking by me!

We have been getting ready for hiking in Alaska, Mr. P has been doing 5 miles every day with pretty decent elevation gains. Me, well I get my 2 miles in on the treadmill. If I could get myself going earlier in the morning I could do 4 miles at least. So we went out today and did 3 miles together. We came back through the burn area from the fire that was fairly close to us. Mr. P had already seen the burnt out tractor that was right under a juniper tree. We got a feeling someone started it on fire. We thought it was the quads at first that started it but this sure looks suspicious. And what is a tractor doing in this place?

My son's second camping trip on the island didn't start out to well, shades of the 1st camping trip. He buried his rear wheels 3/4's of the way up in the sand. Had to dig out! The first time they went, their dog's face swelled up so bad he couldn't see. Maybe camping in Kodiak isn't what they should be doing.

Everyone have a great week!!!

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38. Ylee
6:58 PM GMT on July 31, 2012
Malls give me a rash....:))))

How cool is that? You'll have a little Brody to chase around! :) Probably to the relief of his mom and dad, lol!

No rain yet?
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37. 1759
6:55 PM GMT on July 31, 2012
Mother earth News as a great article about homesteaders aug/sept. A good read and a great way to live in my opinion,might be little work to get sarted though.
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36. OGal
12:01 PM GMT on July 31, 2012


You have to pull up right in front of the Marriot to unload. They park your car due to a parking garage. Not the best but you will be tired it might seem really nice for a change. They are around 24/7 so don't worry about needing to get out early am.
I am just so excited for you.
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35. OGal
8:55 AM GMT on July 31, 2012






Cal we always stay at the Marriot. It is not too far from the Airport and the rooms have always been clean and the folks really want you there. We have also found that the rooms being air conditioned can be a plus. Crazy weather in that state. Can get really warm sometimes. The Captain Cook is great too. Just hard to get rooms and no ac . I would advise you to make room reserv soon as this is summer travel time. Just know my heart and spirit are moving along with you on your trip. Yep the weather can get rainy and i guess some would call it gloomy but being from hot, hot Florida I love it. Take in all the beauty. It is one gorgeous state.

PS. You can't give that little one too many hugs.....)
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34. calpoppy
11:32 PM GMT on July 30, 2012
Hi Miss Nadia! Puffins in Washington! Why didn't I get to see them when I was growing up there!! I have a better chance to see them in Alaska, since that seems to be our vacation destination lately.

Hi 1759! I haven't seen you around here before, welcome to WU!

Ylee, you are so right, that dress was terrible!!! LOL! It really was, so now I have to brave the down the hill, in the city mall :((((( The good thing that may come out of this is my niece is getting married in June, I could wear this dress to that one too. One shopping trip, two weddings!!

Hi Ogal! As my friend in Washington just told me, you either love Alaska or hate it! Her one brother loved it and has lived up there for 40 years. Her other brother just went up there for the first time and when asked what it was like he said, it rained and it was green! I guess he wasn't in love with Alaska!

My son and dil would have really loved it if it wasn't the fact that they are on an island. They love the interior. But they make do, my son loves to fish so they are going out again for Halibut. He caught two the last time they were out.

I would love to meet up with AK but our time is so limited. Only 4 days in the Kenai and one day is a raft trip.

We are staying the last night in Alaska in Anchorage, can you recommend a good place to stay??

I can't get enough of the bear, they are amazing!

Grandson update: Brody is walking! He has been trying it for awhile but now it is non-stop! He is playing with Jensen the boxer now to. He grabs one end of Jensen's toy and Jensen drags him around the house. Brody thinks this is great and laughs the whole time.

Clouds are forming, don't think t-storms though. Maybe tomorrow.

Is it August 15th yet!!!!!!!!!
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Hi Cal, just checked in to see when you are leaving for Alaska. Sure wish I were going with you. Lots of daylight. Just crowd as much as you can into every day. I am so homesick for that Alaskan beauty. Keep us updated on all your fun. You know Alaskasnowluvr lives in Sterling. If you want to get in touch with her let me know. She is close to Kenai. Sorry I am not here more often but really enjoy FB.

Your should see the big browns (Grizzlies) along the Kenai. What gorgeous turquoise blue water. Oh the moose brothers should be out too.


Just have tons of fun.
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