Tuesday, August 31, 2010
You may have noticed that we seem to do a lot of hiking, eating, and visiting with friends and family, however, I actually get in some work. In fact, five days a week, I put in four hours each morning from 8-12. My work vehicle is this tractor mower and trailer. With it I go out to do battle with the blackberry vines that threaten to over take the landscaping around ODFW’s office. With loppers I chop up the vines and fill the trailer and haul them off to the refuse pile. I usually am able to fill the trailer five times in the course of a morning. I’ve been at it for a month now, and it looks like there is more work than time left.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Our Elkton friends Michael & Melissa Garguilo and their dog Jesse came to visit us this weekend. We had a good time showing them around our work; Jeanette’s office and my grounds area. One of the high lights was this hike we took on Saturday morning in McDonald Forest. They are shown here on a bridge on the Calloway Creek Trail.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
I got a call Friday mid morning on my cell phone from Jeanette asking if I wanted to watch a falconer hunting for rabbits. I came in a hurry and she grabbed my camera for me so I could take some photos. The falconer was Curtis White who lives in Portland and was here at Adair training a young Harris’s Hawk to hunt for Cottontail Rabbits. The hawk was a beautiful bird, but still a little confused as to what was going on. Eventually he did get a rabbit and got his first taste of rabbit meat. It wasn’t until they had left and I looked up Harris’s Hawk that I discovered that they are not native to the area. I have no idea how he got the bird.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
As volunteers with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife we get called on to do all kinds of things. We have picked up or delivered fish food, fish eggs, and of course fish themselves. But today, we had our most unusual assignment. We drove to Roseburg this afternoon and picked up these two cougar kittens shown in the photo. We don’t know all the details, but we understand they were turned in to an animal rescue shelter. We picked them up from an ODFW wildlife biologist and brought them to our District Office, and tomorrow they will continue on to their new home at the Portland Zoo.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Rudy Thompson and his son Gary, both from California, stopped by for a visit on Monday afternoon. Those who follow my blog closely may remember that last winter, Jeanette and I had lunch with Rudy in his home in Grass Valley. Here is the blog for that visit. Rudy, at 97 years of age is such an inspiration for Jeanette and I. This was the first time I met Gary, but with all the things we discovered we have in common, I’m sure our paths will cross again. Rudy and Gary are part of a parade of visitors we have had this past week. On Saturday, Jeanette’s cousin Larry Agnew and his wife Ginny, and his dad Allan, plus Jeanette’s brother Bill all had breakfast together at the nearby Firehouse 5 Café. At lunch, my sister Rachel and her husband Richard from Olympia stopped by and we had lunch at the Firehouse 5. Yesterday an old time friend of mine Larry Anderson and his wife Peg on a trip from Wichita Kansas joined us for yet another lunch at the Firehouse 5. We are doing our best to schedule our work in between meals and visitors. :)
Friday, August 20, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Adair Pond here at their Southern Willamette Watershed District Office this month, which as you may know is where we are currently volunteering. They need to replace the water control gate, and according to the Warm-water Biologist, they will be making some improvements at the same time. Although we will miss viewing a full pond, it is interesting watching the process.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Jeanette is shown here in her office taking a coffee break. Her volunteer job is to assist the Volunteer Coordinator for the South Willamette Watershed at the ODFW District Office. She is taking a break because she had her first “on the job injury”,-- a paper cut.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I have a lot of handy apps loaded into my i-Pod, one of which is the Audubon Guide to Wildflowers, it may have saved my life today. Let me explain. In my new volunteer position at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s South Willamette Watershed District Office, my main job is grounds maintenance. Which means I’ve been doing a lot of weed pulling. On my first day some Common Saint John’s Wort was misidentified for me as Tansy Ragwort. Now, it’s probably understandable as most of the scientific types wandering around here are biologist rather than botanist, but the lesson I took from this was to be a little more self dependent on plant identification. Thus my decision this morning to make sure I had my i-Pod with me to aid in any identification I might need to make. As my morning wore on I came to a big clump of flowers that I was pretty sure were Spotted Knapweed. I pulled out my handy I-Pod, and checked on Spotted Knapweed. Here is what is said: “WARNING: IF THIS NOXIOUS WEED IS EXTENSIVELY HANDLED, GLOVES ARE ADVISED; THERE IS SOME EVIDENCE THAT IT CAUSES TUMORS ON THE HANDS.” Wow----I’m keeping my gloves on. Plus, I’ll be making sure I have my i-Pod with me everyday!
Monday, August 2, 2010
One year ago today, on August 2, 2009, I wrote my first blog. My son Michael built Cascade Ramblings Blogspot for my birthday last year. I can remember a couple of years earlier asking him, “What’s a blog?” Now, I have been blogging for a whole year. In fact, in that time I’ve posted 200 blogs. I want to say, “Thank You” to everyone who has made the effort to comment, your comments always give me a boost and inspire me to keep blogging.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
We are enjoying every minute of our time here at our RV site at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife District Office. In fact, looking out of the windows of our motor home is like viewing from a wildlife blind. These photos were all taken through our windows---our first night a mother California Quail and her 8 young ones, last night a Blacktail Deer, and this morning a Cottontail Rabbit.