Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Yo Stoners

Since there is a movement of Farm to Fork, getting to know where your food comes from, I propose a Farm to Pipe movement.  Why? well look at this article:
Mother Jones

Since moving to the Emerald Triangle a few weeks ago, I have assisted with a clean-up.  I have also walked through "legal" private grow operations.  One is not the same as the other, yet weed from the Emerald Triangle (Humbolt, Mendocino, Trinity Counties) of California may be for sale in your home state and you would not know how it was grown nor the environmental impacts growing it has caused.

I'm not preaching to not smoke, eat, or rub marijuana products on and into your body.  Just think about what the environmental impact your purchase is supporting.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

California Dreaming

Well, its not a dream but a reality.  We are now living in beautiful Trinity County, true Northern California.  No, not Tahoe or San Francisco, but further north, almost to Oregon.

In June, we purchased a home in a quiet neighborhood.  Our small 2 bedroom home sits in a meadow on a long rectangular 13 acres within a narrow north-south valley with a creek that would flow year round if it were not for the drought. On the east end of the lot, is a steep oak-ponderosa tree covered slope.  The west end of the lot is a moderately steep oak-fir-ponderosa covered slope.  The meadow is a mix of pasture and native grasses, mostly dry and brown.  On the south end of the lot are two gardens.  The first is a neglected French garden of lavender, hazelnuts, and butterfly bush.  The second is an orchard with apple trees originally trained to be espalier but have been neglected so they are wild shrubs.  The entrance and parking area is also landscaped with lavender, butterfly bush, ornamental maples, hazelnuts, and rosemary.

Aerial of the center of the property.  Creek is on the right in the trees.

The house is a cedar sided cottage with a green metal roof.  The main floor is an open floor plan containing kitchen, living, and dining space. Upstairs are the two bedrooms separated by a bathroom.  Both bedrooms have a large window placed on opposite sides of the house, allowing for great cross drafting.  Outside, a covered porch wraps nearly 3/4 the house.

Our water source is from a spring on the west slope and it is nearly a trickle so conservation is huge.  We do have a pump house to get irrigation water from the creek, but with the little water in the creek, we choose not to. 

And that is what we are starting with. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Trinity County bound

Attention all, We are moving Westward to Trinity County, California.  A few weeks ago, we took a quick trip to the area to look for housing.  The main town, Weaverville, is small  and was founded during the gold rush days.  There is a fantastic looking museum that I look forward to visiting to provide some better history on the area.

The Trinity Alps Wilderness is north of town and the southern area is bound by  the Trinity River.  We camped in three different spots, along three different rivers.  The first night, we found a spot along the Trinity River.  Our first exposure to Poison Oak!  Oh the cat and dog were all in it.  We tried to wash them and us off, but no luck.  Within a few days we were an itchy mess.

The second night was redeemed by a camp along Canyon Creek, near the entrance to the Trinity Alps Wilderness.  Such a fantastic spot.  Even the cat was out exploring. Some major erosive event caused this huge boulder field.  The bedrock was exposed in the river, creating fantastic swimming holes.  Henry could not resist, he had to play some fetch.

The third and fourth nights, we camped along the North Fork Trinity River, much more calm of a stream.  We found a Ponderosa Pine shaded flat  up from the river.  Old mining items and tailings were present.  The water was warm enough, but not warm at all, to wash up and try to get atop the Poison Oak with Technu.

We are in the process of purchasing a cottage home.  If it comes through, we will have some acreage and a creek to enjoy, when the area is not burning.