For The Love of a Place

By: calpoppy , 1:50 PM GMT on May 07, 2014

For the love of a place, they come out to work on an old dirt road, which leads to an old fort. They bought an old school house built in 1914. They came together and formed a group The Friends of the Mojave Road and The Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association.

For the love of history, they refurbished the old school house that was the school for the miner’s children to be as close to the original as possible. One person did the research to find the people who went to school there. He interviewed them and got a picture of what the schoolhouse looked like when they attended. With a group of skilled volunteers the old Goff’s schoolhouse was recreated. They brought in stamp mills in pieces and put them together. So now two are working! A ten stamp and a two stamp mill.

From the Goff’s school house and the stamp mills came an old railroad car that was turned into a cookhouse. An old caboose turned into a room for people to stay in. A library, the Flywheel café, showers, bathrooms, a house for the caretaker, a wedding chapel that houses the art of the resident artist, old rusty cars, a hoist house, old windmills and places for the people to camp in tents, and to stay in their travel trailers.

The Flywheel Cafe

The 10 Stamp Mill. These mills were used to crush rock into just about dust, so they can pan the gold out of them.

A flattened bug.

Every April they have the spring encampment, it is a working vacation. I have never had so much fun working my tail off as I did there! Thank goodness for showers ☺ we had a potluck dinner at the Flywheel Café and another dinner there put on by the association. Eclectic groups of people from all over the country come out to work not only during the encampment but other times of the year as well. They pick a project, some worked on putting together the American Boy Stamp mill. A mill brought down from Montana. Others do construction, painting, electrical, work in the library and hula hoe, which turned out to be my job, I got close and personal with a lot of burro bush, also known as Bur-Sage, with a shovel and a hoe. Mr. P and our friend trimmed trees and were quite the hit when they were raised up in the loader to reach some high branches!

We took Sunday off and went touring on the famous Mojave Road, a 4-wheel road with our friends who had invited us here. We went to a place that was just full of petroglyphs and then on to the once mining town, Hart. Our friend’s mom grew up there in Hart when it was a mining town. There was another town before Hart called Hitt, which is where the train station was. But nothing exists from Hitt, and the only thing we could see left in Hart was an old stone chimney. Another mine had taken over and dumped all the tailings on what was left of an old stone house ☹ we did some rock hounding (of course) and found some pretty cool rocks, lots of nodules.

TNT and Kootenay ( our friends dog)

The penny cans hang on a Joshua Tree on the Mojave Road. This is a donation to help with the road's restoration each year.

The Mojave Road, takes about 3 days to traverse it. There are some dispersed campgrounds along the road. The only markers for the road are rock cairns.

October comes the 35th annual Mojave Road Rendezvous and the 100th anniversary of the Goff’s Schoolhouse. We will be there and of course during the winter, there are more trees to trim and burro bush to hoe out.

Sunset from atop the American Boy Stamp Mill.

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94. WunderAlertBot
8:00 PM GMT on May 27, 2014
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93. clearlakemike
4:56 PM GMT on May 27, 2014
Ya mean ya don't wan't to shoot wolves from a helicopter with a Uzi? What's wrong with you? lol...

I am a city boy and get excited if I see a raccoon. But the coyote are starting to cross the Golden Gate Bridge now at night and are sneaking into San Francisco. No wolves of course here on the BI. Just a bunch of their descendants that snarl at you when you try to walk the streets.

Sounds like a nice camera (I will google and read about it.) I am sure you will put it to good use and maybe shoot some wolves with it!!
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92. calpoppy
2:08 PM GMT on May 27, 2014
There are certain states that are beautiful to visit but I agree with you about blending in, I would have trouble in Utah (Utah is about as close as you can get to a total religious state in the US, and besides I like my glass of wine, LOL) and my anti killing of wolves would certainly get me in trouble in Idaho!! Though I was surprised when I was there last that I had some nice conversations with people who believed as I did. With the exact same ideas that hunters are a lazy bunch, they don't want to have to work for an animal. Wolves make the deer and elk go up higher in the mountains and hunters don't want to climb those mountains, LOL!!! While I am on my soap box, the people there just dismiss the idea of making a lot of money on photographers wanting to see wolves!!!!!

I ordered my new camera today, will be here Thursday, Hooray!!!!! Panasonic Lumix FZ200 to 600mm F2.8 all the way!!!!!!
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91. clearlakemike
2:31 AM GMT on May 27, 2014
Yes, Idaho is a beautiful state. We drove through it (and Utah(!) ) to get to Yellowstone. When we were driving through Nevada I felt ok...I thought we were going to see Mother Mucca from Tales of the City. Idaho was a stretch for me but I enjoyed it. Utah, especially southern Utah I love. But not sure I would blend there (or Idaho, lol.) Maybe just better for a I should have done here!!
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90. clearlakemike
2:22 AM GMT on May 27, 2014 I have recovered. Yes, your grandson didn't fall far from the
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89. clearlakemike
2:16 AM GMT on May 27, 2014
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88. calpoppy
12:29 AM GMT on May 27, 2014
Mike, LOL!!! No not Idaho!!! I love Idaho, beautiful state, and in Boise they have some wonderful new chefs and more liked minded people! But the mind set in most of the state is kill anything that prevents me from having that record elk that I can shoot from the roadside and not have to hike in and get it, cause my overweight body would prevent me from doing that, LOL! Lazy hunters :((( Which is why I should not be there!!!

I wish I got the Daily Show, I love it, but have to watch it from the computer when my bandwidth lets me:(

Had to share this!! Brody was sleeping in the trailer and woke up to see a black bear in the parking lot! He said bear, grrrrr! My grandson is soooo smart, ;)))
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87. clearlakemike
7:50 PM GMT on May 26, 2014
I could probably even live in Idaho now....:) Enjoyed watching their recent governor's debate on The Daily Show.
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86. calpoppy
5:40 PM GMT on May 26, 2014
HI Sandi! I did indeed enjoy you Chelsea flower show blog! I keep going back and looking at the gardens. When I do a design for a customer it would sure be nice to have it done so quickly!!!!

HI Briar! Thanks on the new wordpress blog! My talk is this Saturday so I thought I would get it up and going now. It will be a wait and see with that blog, if people use it, great if they don't, then it is one more thing I don't have to do, LOL!!

We are VERY happy that TNT are squirrel hunters, and they have become very, very good at it. They work as a team and it is pretty neat to watch. We started them on it last year and this year they are dedicated!! Mr. P would have to use a pellet gun on the squirrels when their population exploded, this way the dogs get their fun and we get rid of ground squirrels. But I am always sad for the babies :( Also the bubonic plague rears it's ugly head at some campgrounds in the mountains behind us every so often. You talked about wolves and their keeping the deer population under control. Idaho's determination to eradicate wolves is so very out of hand, incredibly stupid on their parts. And I tell their fish and game that at every opportunity, LOL! Mr. P wants to go back to Idaho, he had lived there for some time, but I am afraid my big, giant mouth would get me in loads of trouble, LOL!!!

I can deal with opening up a new tab for classic WU, and I did roll my eyes a bit. How did you know, LOL!!!!

HI GG! Always more adventuring to be done, makes life so, so much fun! Coastie son was enjoying the waters of Homer, AK yesterday! My DIL sent a video of him going into the ocean there, he did it for a Wounded Warrior challenge. Someone challenged him to go in with just swim trunks on, and now he challenged 4 other coasties to do the same. The cold water challenge. I heard Brody in the background go, Oh, DADA and started to giggle, LOL!

Hi WW! Glad you had fun at your reunion! My reunion is coming up when my Coastie son and family come down from AK to visit here on their way to NC. The my other son will be here too. My family will all be together!!!

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85. WeatherWise
12:23 PM GMT on May 26, 2014
Hi Calpoppy

Hi Calpoppy. Hope you are having a great Memorial Day Weekend.

Hope you have the day off. The school year for children in Danville ended on Friday so they are out for the summer. So, unoffically, summer has begun. Usually all the pools around here open on Memorial Day. Have been away for a few days for a family reunion! Was quite fun! Hope all is well with you.



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84. GardenGrrl
10:03 AM GMT on May 26, 2014
More adventures! Thought for sure I had commented in here. Well it seems the travel/adventure bug was inherited by your Coastie son. Hope they have a good time on their cross country trek to the new station.
I know you have to be excited for the big family get together. They darn sure better have the Winnie fixed so there is extra room for everyone. Now how many people have a mobile guest house?
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83. BriarCraft
11:57 PM GMT on May 25, 2014

Thanks to WW for making some of your photos clickable. You commented in #63, "I don't care for what WU has done with the photo gallery or not putting up our last 4 photos on a sidebar. I wonder if we can find a way around that??"

I know you rolled up your eyes at all the tech talk when you saw my latest blog, but take a look at comment #13 and comment #26, both of which require you to open a ClassicWU tab in addition to a NUWU blog tab. It is a bother, I know, but after you've done it a few times, it becomes relatively easy, if not exactly quick.

Lots of pregnant ground squirrels :( TNT have been getting them, sad but really necessary or our cabin would be under a burrow right now.

Good for TnT! Encourage them to do more. I always praise my kitties when they get any sort of rodent.

It may seem bad to city folk, but there are not enough predators to keep prey animals under control any more. Without wolves, there are more deer now than 100 years ago. And without cats, dogs, and coyotes, rodents of all sorts would over-run us. Remember the bubonic plague that ravaged Europe in the Dark Ages??? And cute as they are, squirrels are rodents. We need more critters to keep the squirrel and rabbit populations in check.

Great new blog you posted over on WordPress. I really enjoyed reading it. And learned something, too!

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82. sandiquiz
6:42 PM GMT on May 25, 2014
Hi Poppy, I am so glad you enjoyed the blog on Chelsea Flower a gardener, I hoped you would:-)
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81. calpoppy
5:47 PM GMT on May 25, 2014
i Bug! They just left on the ferry about 1/2 hour ago!! On to the lower 48! They went to the annual Kodiak Crab Fest yesterday and had a ball!! Lots of King crab and 2 lb turkey legs, Brody was on a bucking salmon, LOL! Actually it was an inflatable salmon that bucked, he fell off pretty quick :) They then dropped Brody off at a friends and went to visit their favorite brewery! They had to say goodbye to their island, LOL! Wish them luck on their trip, it is quite a distance for them to travel with an almost three year old, a boxer and a cat :))) I told Nate that somewhere along the trip you will want to toss Brody out,not really, but sometimes ;)) I sure hope the Funny River fire near Soldotna is better then it has been, a lot of smoke in Homer, where they are headed on the ferry, and then the wind shifts and it is in Anchorage where they are also going to go!

My poor older son, his best friend is getting married in Santa Barbara the same day that Nate and family get to my house! They have known each other since elementary school so it is a must go for him, plus he is in the wedding! But he will spend the last two days with us all, one big family encampment! I wonder how many times Brody will chase the peacocks, LOL!

Our Minnie is still not fixed, even though they said they fixed everything!! So back to the dealer when we get back from the Sierra. We darned well paid for those sensors to work and work they will!!!! Snarl, growl!! There is an outside sensor which would work much better then these cheapy ones the factory installs, we will wait and talk to them about those.
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80. palmettobug53
3:56 PM GMT on May 25, 2014
OH! I meant to ask: Have Nate and Family started The Great Trek to the East Coast?
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79. palmettobug53
3:50 PM GMT on May 25, 2014
Hi, Cal!

I wish there were places to climb around here - other than the Ravenel Bridge. I'd have to drive for hours to get to anything more than a on/off ramp from the interstate! lol

I haven't been to the Smokies since my early 20's. I'd love to go back but, in a way, I don't. It was so pristine back then. Nothing but trees, mountains, the views and the occasional roadside stand. We HAD to pack a picnic lunch, as there was nothing there.

I've heard it's now wall to wall tourists and tourist traps. I'm afraid I'd be saddened and disillusioned by the changes.

I'm going to have to find out if that Crampton book is available at the library. It sounds like something I'd enjoy. I've jotted it down in my 'To Read' notepad so I won't forget the title and author. My problem then is to remember to carry the notepad to the library with me. Half the time, I wind up leaving it at home.

"Now, what was that book I wanted to look for?" lol
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78. calpoppy
8:57 PM GMT on May 24, 2014
Forgot to tell any locals out there about 'The Worlds Smallest Airshow' going on right now in Llano!!! Now you ask how can there possibly be an airport here??? Well there are several actually and they are for ultralight aircraft. Hence the world's smallest airshow, LOL! This one is at Brian's Ranch U-Pick Orchard and Ultralight airport!! Have I ever gone, no, but it sounds like fun!!!
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77. calpoppy
4:24 PM GMT on May 24, 2014
Hi BFH! Mr. P read the book and now I am about 1/2 way through, you will like it! Mr. P has been to 90% of the places that Mr. Crampton was at mining so just that was very cool for him. The language, terms all that takes you way back to early 1900's, pretty neat.

Ylee, they will chase it! We have deer up here so they have seen their fair share. Just last week while we were hiking we interrupted a doe eating a Yucca bloom stalk, and the chase was on!

HI Bug! I love the mountains!!! I want to climb Mt. Baden-Powell this year, probably by myself as no one I know wants to do it, LOL! It isn't technical, just walking up a bunch of switchbacks, but at the top there are a small grouping of limber pine that are pretty windswept and very old that I really want to see. Plus the view is amazing!! The mountain is only 9,406 feet high, compare to the over 10,000 peak of Mt. Baldy or what the right name is Mt. San Antonio. I WILL do it this year!!!

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76. palmettobug53
3:16 PM GMT on May 24, 2014
Cal, marvelous views in those photos from the PCT. Just amazing.

There's nothing like that around here; it's too flat!

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75. Ylee
1:38 PM GMT on May 24, 2014
Wonder what will TNT will do if they see a deer? :' )
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74. BFH
3:50 AM GMT on May 24, 2014
Quoting 6. bell32ndst:

Thanks for the post, from a lurker, who appreciates all the people who blog here on WU about so many interesting things.

Anyone who wants to explore what it was like to live and work in these places should read the book 'Deep Enough' by Frank Crampton. He was an educated kid from New York who ran away to the West to be a hard rock miner. He had experiences all over the western states during the early 20th century. His book gives a real feel for a bye-gone era.

Based on your recommendation, researched the book. It sounded like my kind of reading. I ordered the book. It came today. I'm looking forward to reading it.
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73. calpoppy
8:02 PM GMT on May 23, 2014
Pics are back!!!
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72. calpoppy
8:01 PM GMT on May 23, 2014
I guess NUWU is still having 'issues'! Since none of my pics are showing, plus I have noted on other blogs no WU pics are showing. Are these birthing pains????

Hi Karen! Looks like you have your marine layer back to keep you on the cool side! May gray!

Hi WW! Sounds like you daughter and family are taking a wonderful trip! They should have a great time, your kids have been traveling!!! Does you daughter still have the Cavaliers? That breed does have problems, but they are just adorable my ex-sister-in-law had one.

You can do a real easy squirrel or critter baffle by using leach line pipe (not perforated) which is just a thin walled PVC pipe. Cut it to about 3' high or higher, then slit it down the side. Put it around the tree or post you don't want the critters up on. It should snap into place. They go up to 4" in diameter. Flashing is used also, but it is not easy to work with.

Hi PSP! I don't know how many thru-hikers there are, we did talk with a few who said they were doing the entire trail. But they had only gone 373 miles, LOL! Others we talked to were just ending their hike where we were, just doing the Mexico to Wrightwood part. I have done some, but I have no desire anymore to do it all, LOL!

I was hoping also to document the hummers growing up without disturbing them :((

Hi Ylee! Come on out!!! I am totally a western lady, been to to the mid-west many times and to Florida and probably soon enough out to NC, but I LOVE my mountains and I LOVE my desert, I need the wide open spaces, LOL!!!

HI WTS! We did get some rain :( .006 of an inch, while everyone around got a deluge!!! Littlerock and Palmdale had a lot of street flooding and so did Acton. Wrightwood, Phelan and Pinon Hills got it too!!! But it was really cool to be up on the ridge and seeing it all around!!!

We will be leaving in a little over a week, Yahoooooo! Can hardly wait for aspens, cool creek water, beavers, deer, wilderness area, hiking, lakes, waterfalls, green grass. Yes I love the desert but I am at heart a mountain gal!!!! Wildflowers should be blooming too. I bet TNT will love the grass!

Lots of pregnant ground squirrels :( TNT have been getting them, sad but really necessary or our cabin would be under a burrow right now, LOL!

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71. WatchinTheSky
4:37 PM GMT on May 23, 2014
You got RAIN! All we got were FF warnings, but they were really for mountains and deserts. Still cool and cloudy though :D
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70. Ylee
3:39 PM GMT on May 23, 2014
Oh, I soooooo want to go out West! (whine, whine) I wouldn't even mind dealing with the snakes! :' )
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69. PugetSoundPost
3:55 AM GMT on May 23, 2014
Nice mountain trip photos. Were the PCT hikers doing the trail in segments - a little at a time until they finally reach the other end, over a period of years, or heading straight through? That is pretty tough to do. That is quite an undertaking, whichever way you do it.

I am sad to hear about the hummer nest disaster. I had been hoping for a documentary about them growing up.

How's the thunderstorm action? We don't get much here. But, we do have rain moving in for the weekend. Since we aren't going camping, or going anywhere, actually, I am okay with the rain coming and actually, our grass could stand some watering. lol!
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68. WeatherWise
1:40 AM GMT on May 23, 2014
Great idea making a baffle for the tree in the greenhouse. Yep, probably fairly easy. Actually mine looks like an old timey stovepipe. They are all over Danville along the different walking trails, parks, and schoolyards, etc.

My news is my younger son is back from his short mission trip to the Congo and I have linked his articles in my blog that he has written since his return. My older son completed his 2 week coast to coast walk across England today and will be returning to the states this weekend. I have posted some links to his photos and need to add some links for Day 14 and maybe Day 13. Can't remember if I posted Day 13.

Next family adventure: My daughter and son-in-law and their two daughters are heading off in June for two week road trip to Yellowstone National Park, the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, Grand Tetons, Cheyene, Laramie and back and of course not in that order and am sure there are some other stops that I left out. HOpe they post photos along the way, too.They invited me to come along but I felt like it was too long a roadtrip for me not even counting about 660 some miles out to their house plus the trip out to Yellowstone and back and then the trip from TN back to VA again. I have been to Yellowstone before - my daughter and her two little Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and I spent a week in Yellowstone staying in a cabin. It is a beautiful place!

Hope you have a great weekend! I have a family reunion this weekend - should be fun!
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67. clearlakemike
11:59 PM GMT on May 22, 2014
We are getting unstable air with thunderstorms and lightning coming up from the southeast. From the radar it seems to be hanging offshore on the southeast side of the island or on the ridges over there. Only clouds and sun so far today on this side. I need a refill on my catchment tank, lol. Hope we get some good downpours before it moves away!!
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66. SBKaren
11:29 PM GMT on May 22, 2014
T-storms! Lucky you!  I heard on the news of the possibility, and wondered if I should ride my bike to work (I did) because the forecast said foothills and mountains. I can see the clouds pushed up against the mountains,but all we have is good 'ol sunshine!
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65. calpoppy
10:18 PM GMT on May 22, 2014
T-storms all over the place!! Where is mine????? We are getting rain and wind and I hear thunder and see lightning but no real good stuff yet, there are 2 cells to the east of us, one to the south of us, two to the north of us, none to the west of us. That is all I can see from atop a ridge I was on just a little while ago. Quite an active afternoon, not even monsoooon times :))

Hi WW! The snakes get the nestlings here way to many times to my liking, Sometimes I see them and get the broom out to get them off the branch where the nest is. But if they didn't have predators then we would be overrun by sparrows, bluebirds, orioles.......... I just felt sad about the little hummers :(

It would be easy to make a baffle for the pole of a birdhouse, I made one for my fig tree in the greenhouse so the rats and mice can't climb up it.
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64. WeatherWise
2:45 PM GMT on May 22, 2014
Sorry about your hummingbird nest. Guess that is nature but I don't like it. My sister-in-law sent me a note last night and said I should watch out that a snake got their neighbor's bluebirds and got their cardnal babies, too. Well, not much way one can watch out or do a thing about it, other than plan in advance if it is your own birdbox. I paid quite a bit extra to get a pole with a baffle setup for my bluebird house. It is supposed to deter predators from reaching the birdbox. So far it has worked but still could happen. Part of Nature. When I can get WU Search to work, I will share a photo of my box with baffle. Seems the search feature no longer works - just sits there as if I have not clicked anything.

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63. calpoppy
2:08 PM GMT on May 22, 2014
Hi WTS! Yes sometimes I don't think a photo is good enough for the gallery and I make it a blog photo. So no comments! This is what you can do for the snake shot you had or for any indoor shot, mark the box that says primary photo, or for use in a blog and it will put it in your photos. That supercell looks like it was from outerspace!

Hi WW! Bad news on the hummer nest we see when we hike. I was all set to take pics of the nestlings, but a predator probably a raven was there before me :(( The nest was so low and stood out that I had a feeling that they would not last! The ravens have been really after nests this year, more so then other years!

I don't care for what WU has done with the photo gallery or not putting up our last 4 photos on a sidebar. I wonder if we can find a way around that??

Hi Mike! It was really neat that is why we are going back up next week when it will be sunny!! You know far more about juicing then I do so I appreciate the tips. I didn't know celery was good for anything but a filler for juices, LOL!

Hoping for some T-storms today, looking good actually. Clear skies with a lot of moisture out there!!

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62. clearlakemike
1:16 AM GMT on May 22, 2014
Your hike looks totally cool, calpoppy. The photos are great. Those mountains look wonderful!! I always just drove by them wondering what was up there, lol. I do a lot of greens in the juice also. And add cinnamon to help metabolize the sugars. Celery I read is also good for that. I only juice every 3 days. My glycemic/sugar levels are well into the normal range these days so I think I have found the right balance with it.
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61. clearlakemike
1:06 AM GMT on May 22, 2014
I agree, Shirley, not seeing the photos is very annoying. I have been using Classic although I do generally like the new format. Also, the blog comment feed is gone, another bummer. But that is not on Classic either. This is sort of like the every other MS op version that is flawed and annoying.
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60. WeatherWise
12:11 AM GMT on May 22, 2014
Love your photos in Comment 57 - Just beautiful! I am not liking that I can't link photos in new WU. Perhaps the purpose is to make a wall between the photo side and the blog side. Who knows what the thinking is. I don't like it.
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59. WatchinTheSky
11:47 PM GMT on May 21, 2014
Nasa liked that super cell video so much they made it an APOD!

I wanted to leave a comment with the lupine photo, but noooo. So I will do it here, Very nice - looks chilly, though :)
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58. calpoppy
4:15 PM GMT on May 21, 2014
Forgot to add this! This is a video of a supercell , amazing!!!


WU is not updating! When was the last time, if ever that Master's blog had a comment that was 4 hours old, LOL!!!
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57. calpoppy
2:08 PM GMT on May 21, 2014
Hi Mike! Mango madness, LOL! I don't put a lot of highly sugared fruit in my juice but I do like a variety, so a little bit of this and a little bit of that and a lot of green stuff ;)

My mountain hike went well, cloudy, windy, cool but so fun!! Beautiful part of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail), at one point we were directly south of my cabin, I could see the butte that we see out on the desert floor. My friend tries hard but she is a little frail so we take our time. she must have enjoyed it though she wants to go again next week. The wildflowers in the mountains are just beginning to bloom, lots of silver lupine, currants both pink and yellow, serviceberries, milkweed, sulphur buckweat and others that I need to find out what they are!

We saw lots of thru-hikers. more then I have ever seen! These are PCT hikers that have started in Mexico and are going all the way to Canada.

A couple of hikers started in Mexico and were ending their trek at this point. One guy said he still had to work, LOL!

Here you can see the vista all the way to the desert floor. I live to the north or behind that ridge!

I got an AC!

Trees are very old up there and many have fallen!

They call this trail the Lightning Ridge trail because of lots and lots of lightning strikes on the trees. It is quite windy there so many trees are a bit mishaped. But when the sun came out so did the light smell of vanilla from the Jeffrey Pines!

I raised my sons up in the mountain town that this was out of, so this is my old stomping grounds.
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56. clearlakemike
5:06 PM GMT on May 20, 2014
Yes, lots of Mexican Mangos out and about these days! Never thought about putting grapes into the juice. Grapes are always available here. Sometimes (at Costco) when the other ships haven't arrived, the Grape Ship seems to always get through, LOL. I am concerned about my sugar intake, even natural sugars, which is why I am careful with the carrots, which I love. Nothing like fresh carrot juice. But maybe some grapes here and there or in reasonable quantities will be ok. I had a close call with diabetes but was able to back well away from it with careful diet and exercise.

Good luck with your trip. Snow doesn't sound good, lol.
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55. calpoppy
3:23 PM GMT on May 20, 2014
Thanks, WW, Skye and Ylee!! Also WTS on your pic comment! They have always been my favorite lizard.

Hi OZ! That is why I don't like Wolf spiders, LOL! Glad H was okay, but I have been bit by a spider before (unknown kind) and had the swelling and blistering for a couple of months, painful the whole time.

Off to the mountains for a very cool hike , suppose to snow above 7000' and that is where I will be, LOL! At the time I planned the hike it was very hot. I will bring my camera in case there are some nice shots.

Enjoy your day!!!
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54. Ylee
2:23 AM GMT on May 20, 2014
Great capture, cal!
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53. Skyepony
12:55 AM GMT on May 20, 2014
Wow calpoppy! What a treat..
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52. ozgalah
10:38 PM GMT on May 19, 2014
Not a spider fan especially big ones.....H got bitten by a wolf spider here a few years ago whilst weeding in the garden. Bite came up about the size of an egg and was painful! Love the lizard photo, love lizards in the garden. Congrats on AC!
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51. WeatherWise
9:39 PM GMT on May 19, 2014
Amazing! Wow! Great capture! 
    Lots of armour
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50. calpoppy
9:34 PM GMT on May 19, 2014
Thanks WW!!!! We have 3 different types of Orioles here, Hooded, Bullock's and Scott's!

Here is what I found this afternoon on my hike, a horned lizard. Or Horny Toad! Glad TNT weren't close by, there aren't that many of these guys anymore and I didn't want TNT to make off with this one.

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49. WeatherWise
8:27 PM GMT on May 19, 2014
Actually, just saw that you have more than four shots and one was chosen as AC! Congratulations!
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48. WeatherWise
8:12 PM GMT on May 19, 2014
Hi Calpoppy, Your Bullock's Oriole capture is so pictuesque like right out of a picture book! Very pretty! Thanks for sharing with us!

We are having a cool spell for a few day after a few days of 90s. I have had to pull out some sleeves and warmer clothes. Truthfully I was really tempted to switch back from air to heat. However, I did not.

WOW! Just realized that you got 4 great shots from looking at your latest four photos!

Fluff dry 4 Fluff dry 3 Fluff Dry 2 Fluff Drying 

Have a great afternoon!
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47. calpoppy
2:05 PM GMT on May 19, 2014
Hi BFH! On Kodiak Island where my son and his family live they have the same problem. Must be an island thing, LOL!

Hi Bug! That is cool that you can handle reptiles, I have no problem either with them. Even though I prefer not to see Rattlesnakes about, I do appreciate how pretty they really are. I do have almost an instinctual reaction to them though, a little fear happens when I encounter them.

We Just saved a coachwhip yesterday. It got caught on some bird netting we have on the chicken pen. We had put wire on the bird netting just for that reason (snakes get caught on it) , but he of course found a place that did not have the wire it took us quite a bit to get him loose, and Mr. P got a couple of bites to boot, LOL!

Hi Mike! Yay for watermelons!!!! I need to get one, it does make really good juice! I have been putting red grapes in the juice lately and that has been good, plus mango (they are cheap right now) and that is excellent!

Hi WTS! Double yay!!! We have had the strangest Oriole year! No one really likes the new feeder we got (except hummers), so next season I will go back to the one that you use. The hooded orioles were here and gone. Mostly just the Bullocks and some Scotts. The goldfinches disappeared a while ago, I guess to go somewhere else to nest. Oh, we saw baby quail!!! First time in two years we have seen them. Course our pups are a big reason for so few quail in the feeding area plus the drought.

Hi Oz! Not spiders!!! I can deal with them, even tarantulas as my boys had one as a pet. Her name was Carmen, LOL! I could let her crawl on me with no problem! But I don't care for sun spiders or wolf spiders!!

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46. ozgalah
11:09 AM GMT on May 19, 2014
Love the oriole what beautiful colours. This year was a bad snake year for us so hope yours isn't too bad! We now have lots of BIG spiders!!!!
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45. WatchinTheSky
3:38 AM GMT on May 19, 2014
Smoke is gone, yay! And the heat as well for a week, anyway. I think I saw a young male bullock's in the birdbath today! The head markings looked like your photo, not as yellow of course but the eye streak was similar. Am looking for similar looking birds.
Snakes everywhere!! Well, two anyway ;)
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44. clearlakemike
11:16 PM GMT on May 18, 2014
Yeah, BFH, there is a lot of that I have been wanting to go hiking on one of the state trail reserves here but you have to park along the highway. A friend told me, might come back to your car and the wheels and battery will be gone LOL. Never mind...I hike in the Federal Parks instead. I told someone in Kona where I lived and they told me, Oh., we were told if you break down in Ocean View don't leave your car!! Or if you get a flat tire keep driving on the wheel until you get out of Ocean View!! I burst out laughing.

Yes, calpoppy, it was a nice off road drive. I think I have photos of it (and the FJ, LOL) somewhere buried on my old external drives. Maybe one day I will dig them up and post them. I tried juicing blueberries in my old juicer and it clogged it up. The blueberry juice glob came ooozing out the sides of the juicer, LOL. What a mess!! I haven't used the strainer yet on the new one as I like the pulpy juice. Oh, the Watermelon ship arrived!!! lol We juiced watermelons yesterday. What an awesome tasting juice!! :)

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