Mountain Lion Spotted


Posted by Annie in Outdoors on October 31, 2012

A cougar at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. ...

A cougar at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

I was sitting outside about 4:30 this morning, when I heard a noise, it was a big noise. One of those where you stand up and take notice.  So, I sat there and listened, intently.  This was no deer, they wandered through the yard at odd hours.  It was much bigger and much heavier than a deer.

I got out my handy little flashlight and flashed it around the yard, not really expecting to find anything.  I never do.  You can imagine my surprise to see too very large eyes staring back at me.  Now I can’t say for sure that this was a mountain lion, it was no house cat and it was very heavy.  Now I’m afraid to go outside.

I turned off all the lights, inside and out and went back to my room for awhile. After about 20-minutes I went outside and sure enough there were deer outside.  I’ll bet the mountain lion was hunting deer. I hope they don’t have a rumble right here in our backyard. I’m waiting for day light to venture outside again.  I like to watch nature, I’m not so sure I like being watched by nature.

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Power outage


Posted by Annie in Twain Harte News on October 11, 2012

Well its started already. An electrical storm had caused a power outage. No word yet when it will be back on. I’ll keep you posted.

The power was out for about 20-minutes. If this is any idication of what we have to look forward to, it’s going to be an interesting winter.


Fall is here…


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…


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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