Keep on smiling…


Posted by Shawn & Annette in Opinion, Twain Harte News on June 29, 2011

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The family piled into the ‘Beca yesterday, with an entire laundry list full of stops to make and what an adventure we had. I find it simply amazing just how many things can go wrong in one day and we just keep on smiling — often through gritted teeth.

I’m laughing because I can’t believe it was hailing last night, the fog was so thick I felt like we were swimming in pea soup. I am very thankful that we made it home last night before dark, when I know it got really ugly for motorists traveling highway 108. It was pouring rain and just as we were unloading our vehicle it began to hail – hard.

I was thrilled to be back home, the National Weather Service was predicting up to 5 inches of snow in the upper elevations, I’m all but certain they got it. I feel sorry for the folks who plan to camp near Dardanelle’s Resort over the Fourth of July weekend. There is still hope the weather will clear up before the holiday arrives but it’s a toss of the dice. I know many locals have opted for camping at New Melones or Beardsley both at lower elevations, instead of camping at Brightman Flat or Kennedy Meadows.

If you decide to brave the elements, be prepared for cold, nasty weather, especially during the evening hours. Pack some warm sweats, you will need mosquito repellent and a heavy sleeping bag. It gets down right cold at night and in the morning. I type this as I sit wrapped in my warm snuggie that I almost packed up for the summer — it’s 48 degrees. I still have bins of summer clothes stacked high that should have been taken care of by now but every time I start getting into them the weather turns ugly and I need my winter gear.

It just goes to prove if you want to live in the mountains you must be prepared to keep on smiling. It’s a wonderful adventure. Have a happy July 4th weekend. Fireworks of any kind are illegal in Tuolumne County though with all this rain we are getting it would be a terrific year to have a fireworks display but I don’t really mind the restriction.

Keep it safe this holiday. Don’t drink and drive.


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Triple Digits Expected


Posted by Annie in Outdoors, Twain Harte News on June 20, 2011

Tomorrow is the first day of summer and with it comes the heat. MyMotherlode reports in part…

According to the National Weather Service, the hottest days in the Motherlode will be on Tuesday and Wednesday before a cooling trend begins on Thursday.

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This will be the first significant heat spell of 2011 so residents are urged
to follow these heat tips:

1. Drink plenty of water.

2. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages such as coffee, soda and tea.

3. Limit outdoor activity between noon and 6 p.m.

4. Stay out of the sun.

5. Use sunscreen.

6. If available, go to air conditioned places during maximum heating

7. Dress appropriately with light colored clothes.

8. Use wet cloths or blue cooler packs on the face, wrists or neck for a
quick cool down.

9. Never leave children or pets in the car.

10. Pets need plenty of fresh drinking water and shade to be protected from extreme heat.

11. Check up on an elderly family member or neighbor twice a day.

12. If heat illness occurs, contact your family physician or call 911

These are all good suggestions but I’d like to add to their list…

If you must be out in the heat, try rubbing a little peppermint oil to the back of your neck. When the air hits the peppermint it provides a natural cooling effect and helps to make you feel cooler.

Years ago, I passed by days driving an ice cream truck from neighborhood to neighborhood. I can tell you from first-hand experience, those ice cream trucks can get pretty hot inside. So, I would dampen a couple of hand towels, shape them in the form of a U, then freeze them.

When the temperature went up, I could pull one out and lay it across the back of my neck. It was amazing. Once that towel became warm, I would swap them out, so that I had a nice frozen towel whenever I needed one. Worked like a charm.

Stay cool folks, summer is approaching.

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