Fall deer update; rim fire

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Posted by Annie in Opinion, Organic, Outdoors, Twain Harte News on September 17, 2013

Have you ever had one of those days that is absolutely perfect?  The smoke has cleared tremendously and the weather is cool, just right at 66°F.  The Fire Information truck was making the rounds dropping off maps and an information sheet. While this doesn’t give all the information I would want, there are phone numbers to call for more details.

Red-dyed line of fire retardant stands out cle...

Red-dyed line of fire retardant stands out clearly on this Arizona hill. Drop was against the Alambre Fire.

We are all so thankful to the firefighters for working so hard save our homes and businesses.  However, that doesn’t mean all the residents are happy with the forest service, their policies and the other personnel working the fire.  There were a great number of concerns brought up at the last meeting.  The people running the meeting tried to provide answers, but there were a lot of questions remaining.

I was very happy that one lady brought up the fire retardant.  This is our forest – we live here – and we should know what chemicals are being used, what they are comprised of and any long-term effects of it’s use.  Yes, I realize it’s a trade-off, using chemicals to protect homes and such, but is it worth it to save a few homes if the chemicals used leech into our ground water and poison all of us – even those as far away as the bay area who use our water?  I’d rather be homeless than have our water polluted. At any rate, we should be making informed decisions about it, instead of having this conversation when it’s too late to make a difference.

But how many of us knew there was such a thing as fire retardant that could be used on such a massive scale?  I have never heard of it.

Now is a perfect time to come visit if you’ve been waiting for the smoke to clear. The crowds have gone home. It’s “sweater weather,” that’s for sure.  Bring a jacket to be on the safe side.  Jeans are back in style, unless you’re staying in Sonora.

I’ve been doing some canning, I highly recommend it.  It feels good putting up your own fruits, vegetables, even meat.  I canned some pinto beans which will be used for homemade refried beans, and I canned bread and butter pickles.  They could have been a little thicker, but otherwise they were good.

English: Deer Mtn. Fire

Deer Mtn. Fire

Yesterday, I had a surprise, as I was feeding the chickens some lettuce here comes ten deer into the yard, all at once. It was more than a little unnerving. Did you know deer love lettuce?  I have to plan feeding the chickens around the deer visits.  Deer are smart and they hide, laying in wait for something they want.  Droves will show up as soon as I get the lettuce out.

This morning around three a.m., two huge bucks came by, a 12 point and an 8 point buck.  They were an amazing sight to behold.  They had been scraping their horns and the horns were really rugged and marked up.  I had never seen these deer before.  We have a group of three bucks that come through a couple times a week.  There is a group of young females all with a dark coat, which means they were probably siblings. They are each pretty large.

I’m not seeing a lot of young bucks right now, but it could turn out that some of those “does” are actually bucks.  One never knows.

Please respond with your questions or comments.  What do you think about the fire retardants?  Should they be used?

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Fall is here…

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Posted by Annie in Outdoors, Twain Harte News on October 6, 2012

Fall is here, but it feels like winter.  We went from 100° weather down to the 40’s in nothing flat.  Just Thursday is was 102° in Sonora. I wish we would get a little warning. At least when I lived in Michigan we would have sometimes as much as a month of 60° weather. It sort of gets you used to it. As it is now, I’m freezing. I actually turned on the heat.  Sad…

Fawn

We had 8 deer in our yard last night — all at once — 3 bucks, 3 does and a couple of fawns. They had lost their spots already – you could just make out where they had been. They were so cute. We’ve got kind of a refuge up here for the deer. The houses are spread out but too close together for a hunter to hunt, so the deer tend to hang out. We are just on the outskirts of town (easy to do in a town this small). Sometimes the deer will walk by a dozen at a time.

One of them was an 11-point buck. Shawn is waiting for it to grow another point, so he can post a picture to our website, 12 Point Design. They really are magnificent creatures. I can tell the 3 bucks are related, they have a little mask that runs down their noses. If you look closely at the two larger bucks antlers they appears to be glued on. There must have been some fierce fighting going on.

The fawns have lost their spots, just in time. We had a doe and a fawn camped out in the yard one afternoon. They were within eyesight, maybe 50 yards or so. They were just laying there in the brush. I had seen them earlier in the day, so I knew the fawn was there, but all I could make out was the doe. I got out the binoculars and low and behold, there was the fawn, it blended in so well with it’s surroundings that I just couldn’t see it.  It had been laying down next to it’s mother. It’s amazing how well nature works. Everything has a time and a purpose.

The aspens are changing colors and fall colors will be making drastic changes over the next few weeks. Don’t forget to get outside and enjoy the cool crisp air.

Top Ten Locations for the Best Fall Camping – Yosemite is at the top of the list, of course.

Leaf-peepers get ready for another ‘Awesome Autumn’ – Plumas County claims to have fall colors to see. Join them on Facebook.

If you decide to come to the mountains, bring a coat and your shorts. You never know what you’re going to get. It can go from the high 90’s to the low 40’s every day. The pass is still open, but it could close at any time.

 

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A Review: The Homeplace

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Posted by Annie in Opinion, Restaurants on October 3, 2012

We’ve had the pleasure of eating at The Homeplace a couple of times now and we’ve enjoyed our meal every time.

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Sweet Potato Fries

The sweet potato fries are the best I’ve eaten in Sonora. They are tender, cooked to perfection and they are huge.  I swear a couple of them were two feet long.  That’s unrealistic, but I’d guess maybe 8 inches, anyway. That’s a pretty good size fry.  I’ve eaten at some places around town, where all the fries are 3 inches max.  These sweet potato fries left me dreaming about more, and our next visit.

Their ribeye steak is awesome. Juicy, tender, melt in your mouth – delicious, but you can only get it after 5 pm. Which shouldn’t be a problem, but we always seem to get there about 3:00 – too early for dinner, too late for lunch. So, keep that in mind if you fall in love with this ribeye steak!

My husband just loves their club sandwich and their burgers weren’t bad either. The choice of buns was limited and they lean more towards a deli with their sandwich menu. The sandwich menu is extensive and they do them up right.

The only problem we had was, as their website states: “Our Food is Made to Order.  Your Patience is Appreciated.” They mean it. The part about the patience that is. The staff has one speed – slow. If you are in a hurry, pass The Homeplace by. You’ll only leave frustrated.  However, if you are looking for a place to catch up with friends and have an hour or so to spend. This is the place.

The atmosphere is homey with about three booths and five tables, so don’t bring the whole gang, but it’s nice for a group of four or five to sit, relax, talk about old times and dine on scrumptious food.

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