Sunday, December 30, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
The total number of rider was 978 person compared with last years 675 riders
Will, it turn out that there was 207 riders for the 100 milse, 280 rider for the 68.5 miles and 238 riders for the 25 miles and 70 hikers.
This how I looked before the ride, haha. New Army and all.
Friday, December 21, 2007
The story is about 14 old girl named Meg, who's real name is Megatron and a 6 year old brother, Charles Wallaces.
With some help from Mrs. Whatsit, there able to travel through space by using a time travel trick of jumping over time and get there much quicker.
The goal is to find there father and escape from IT the black thing.
This is what happens in book one, A Winkle In Time.
Just started, A Wind In The Door, Charles Wallaces see dragons in the garden, what next ??
1. A Wrinkle In Time
2 A Wind In The Door
3 A Swiftly Tilting Planet
4 Many Waters
5 An Acceptable Time
Thursday, December 20, 2007
This video is of the place at the bottom of Applegate Lake, where the town of Copper was located. This was a old mining town not far from the bigfoot trape.
When Shannon and I walk down the road to the bottom, we came to a place where a bridge had been, and off to the right was a open area where the GPS point to the place of the old town center.
The town was removed when the Applegate Lake Dam was build in 1974.
As you can see there nothing left of the town.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
The 8 factors that do:
The child has highly educated parents.
The child's parents have high socioeconomic status.
The child's mother was 30 or older at the time of her 1st child's birth.
The child had low birth weight.
The child parents speak English in the home.
The child's is adopted.
The child's parents are involved in the PTA.
The child has many books in his home.
The 8 factors that don't:
The child's family is intact.
The child's parents recently moved into a better neighborhood.
The child's mother didn't work between birth and kindergarten.
The child's parents regularly take him to museums.
The child is regularly spanked.
The child frequently watches T.V.
The child's parents read to him nearly every day.
If you look closely at the two list you will find that;
First list is, that parents are.
Second list is, things that parents do.
Funny thing, neither list doesn't brings up how much you love your kid, and if this is a positive or negative effect on there lives ?
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Steven D. Levitt
Stephen J. Dubner
It talks about, cheating Sumo wrestlers and school teacher and how they did it.
How the KKK was broken up, by publicizing there secrets pass words.
Why drug dealer still live at home with there Moms.
What parenting works, to gave your kids better scoring on school test.
Talks about and man who names one son Loser and another Winner and how there life's came out. To show that what you name your kids doesn't make any different.
And the one thing I thought was shocking, was about how crime was lowered, and it all started in the 1970's.
So If you don't have a really good book to read and you like facts and figures here you go.
I rate books from one to five stars.
So this is a 2 star.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
So these weird guys that wrote this book, got together to to make a weird list of name that would be popular by the year 2015.
So I'm only adding the list of boys name, because we are having two grand baby boys and the name have not been pick yet.
Remember this is for 2015.
Aidan, Aldo, Anderson, Ansel, Asher, Beckett, Bennett, Carter, Cooper, Finnegan, Harper, Jackson, Johan, Keyon, Liam, Maximilian, McGregor, Oliver, Regan, Sander, Sumner and Will
The list is interest, but I'm not sure if I would like to be called by any of these, maybe they grow on you if you use them enough.
If a bunch of new born, come out with these name, you will know were it came from.
These name are to be the most popular, not sure if this makes you popular.
By the way, according to the book, your name dose NOT determine if your successful or not. LOL
Saturday, December 08, 2007
I spent about and hour picking these up and shaking more out of the tree so I wouldn't have to pick this tree up again.
We have two more tree to clean-up after, one these will be another barrow full.
I don't think we have every had the trees this load in the 21 years that we're have live here.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Saturday, December 01, 2007
So I add my list here so those people that may have drawn my name, with out coming to my house look at our refrigerator to see the list.
So here it is.
I will be adding to the list when I think of some more stuff.
Christmas list maker
Monday, November 26, 2007
Over the holiday I was able to collect 14 geocaches from and around the Applegate Lake area.
One of these caches took me to a Fire lookout tower, located on Squaw Peak the peak is at 5000 feet.
It was about a mile hike up a road, with a little snow in the shady areas, other wise, it was a nice walk.
Finding the cache was another story, the cache description was done very poorly, I new this going in, so I went prepared to work for this one.
I had the description as will as the logs from other geocahers that had found it, down load into a palm pilot. This type of caching is called paperless caching.
After getting up to the lookout, I ate some roasted cashes nuts to build my strength up, and then I start looking all around the tower.
This tower is different from most, its seat on the ground on top of the hill, most others are on tall legs that can be 30 to 60 feet up into the air.
A side note, the forest service will let you rent these, the lookout towers by the day, this could be and different thing to do for a anniversary, or what ever. Ours is in February, to much snow.
Back to the hunt, I looked and looked and started reading for any details I could get from the other logs and found one that said, that it was not at the lookout.
Where else could it be?
There was the note about don't use the outhouse, I thought that was a odd note, so about 200 feet away was the little house.
Very clean and painted nicely and there seat the cache just inside the door.
I took some video of the surrounding area, turn the sound up you can hear the wind, see Squaw lake down below.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Found a smaller version of a Bigfoot in the trap, but the trap did not spring,so she escaped.
This is a real trap, build to catch the BigFoot, its about half to three quarters of a mile from the main road.
At the time this was build, the Lake was not there, the Town of Copper was about mile or more away. (town of Copper, another blog)
As a kid in summer of 1969, Bigfoot was quite the thing.
My Dad took the hole family to see this expert talk about how important a find this was and that we need to watch for them in our own back yards.
This big to do, was held at the fair grounds in Grants Pass, at the time there was only one building there, that would hold the numbers that showed up to see the wonderful event. Any other building in the fair grounds, that was bigger would house animals only.
They showed the 8mm movie film of the creature walking away from the camera man as he is trying to keep up with the creature, running with the camera going so its pretty bouncy.
Looking back on the event, it was pack wall to wall with only standing room left.
This was a serious thing, a monster in our woods.
The creature was spotted about hour and half from Grants Pass, outside of a little town of Happy Camp, a place about the size of Wimer.
The areas main source of industries was logging and mill work.
So if your going to be in the woods 8 to 12 hours a day, you better know what you dealing with.
It all funny now, but not then.
I pasted and copy, some stuff from Wikipedia, so you could see some of the history of the Big Foot.
(Patterson-Gimlin film was the one shown and one of these person spoke at the showing)
1958: Two construction workers, Leslie Breazale and Ray Kerr, reported seeing a sasquatch
about 45 miles northeast of Eureka, California. Sixteen-inch tracks had previously been spotted in the northern California woods.
1967: On October 20, 1967, Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin captured a purported sasquatch on film in Bluff Creek, California in what would come to be known as the Patterson-Gimlin film
In 1958 bulldozer operator Jerry Crew took to a newspaper office a cast of one of the enormous footprints he and other workers had been seeing at an isolated work site in Bluff Creek, California. The story and photo garnered international attention through being picked up by the Associated Press (Krantz, 5). Crew was overseen by Wilbur L. Wallace, brother of Raymond L. Wallace. Years after the track casts were made, Ray Wallace got involved in Bigfoot "research" and made various outlandish claims. He was poorly regarded by many who took the subject seriously. Napier wrote, "I do not feel impressed with Mr Wallace's story" regarding having over 15,000 feet of film showing Bigfoot (Napier, 89).
Shortly after Wallace's death, his children called him the "father of Bigfoot". They claimed Ray faked the tracks seen by Jerry Crew in 1958. There were some wooden track makers among Ray's inherited belongings which the family said were used to make the 1958 tracks. At the height of the publicity, the Wallace family sold the story rights to a Hollywood filmmaker. The film, set to star actor Judge Reinhold, was never produced.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
WARNING: Must be age thirteen to view this.
The reason for the PG-13.
I burned my right hand about about four week ago.
I have been taking picture of the healing process, and looking pretty good right now.
Just one of those things, if you play with fire long enough you are bound to get burned. In my case I was not playing with fire, I was being paid to play with fire, and work is not suppose to be play, right.
It seems, that no one is willing to set the bus on fire, to cut these bolts, that strip real ease, most of the time its 4 bolts, two on top and two from the bottom.
You use a cutting torch, with heat in the 2500 to 3500 degree range, in a really small area, so most people don't wear a glove on the right hand, so that you can control the knobs and valves.(had a left glove, its closes to the flame)
I cut the top 4 bolts and with much trouble, there made of nickel, very heat resist its bolts.
The bottom 2 bolt, got the one ok, and was moving a light with my right hand and move it right past the torch head, only about .5 sec. exposer.
I had to finish the job, cut the last bolt, and got out were I could see what I had done, not good, got a bucket of water, to cool it down, it was in there about hour before, Dr. looked at it.( the water really makes a different s)
So heres how it looks today, and going back.
This is a third degree burn.
About 3 weeks old.
About 2 weeks old.
About 24 hours.
The day after the burning.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Went diving at Howard Praire lake Saturday and found some treasures.
A Shakespeare pole and reel and and boat anchor.
Water temperature 51 to a high 52 degrees, not to bad, I was really cold after dive 2.
The vize was a good 20 feet at 35 to 40 feet down and than it got real foggy after that, I did get down to 52 feet.
This gives me 50 dives in about 18 months, not every close to Ben's 100+ dives in a year.
The numbers you see below are averages from the 50 dives that I have completed. Like the W/temp stand for the average temperature of 59 degrees or the Minutes with the 37 is the average bottom time I get from a tank of air.
I hoping to see the depth and bottom time numbers go up in time.
|Depth||Minute||top time||air used||W/temp||Vizes|
|56 Ft.||37||2.21||2233 ||59||14|
The spot that I dive at this time was really pretty good spot to get in at, because I could almost back the car into the water, but I did not to this but I only had about a 30 feet walk.
I started withe book 1 in January 07 and had them all read by July, just so I could get read to start book 7 witch I started about mid September. I did this so that I could connect all the stories into one.
I had reach the end of book seven on October 31, I didn't really plan it that way, but thats how it come out.
The series was really fun to read, it sad that it was to end.
There will be no more books to look forward to.
But then if J.K. Rowling was to start another series, I would bet that the story will not be as big of a hit as Harry Potter was.
Of cores that is my opinion.
And now we have Ben doing a death defying leap over the Harry Potter books, will Harry ever find any rest.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
And the cache was call the FireHouse cache.
The first time I came to this fire House, I was about 12 years old and it was 1968.
The front was coved with this really big ivy, the stock at the top of the door was as big as my leg,(I had small legs back then).
We had only live in the area about 2 months and the Grants Pass Parks Department, had this thing, where they would take you on a hike some place for $15 or $20, and it was for 2 days and you get stakes to eat and a ride in a van.
Will, my Mom thought this would be good way for me to meet some people and go on a hike.
What I don't remember, Mom saying were the hike was.
What I quickly learns after Mom drop me off and said I will pick up tomorrow at 5 pm.
I was going climb Mt. McLaughlin.
Everyone in the Parks Office said its an easy hike, we have old people hiking.(like 35 or something)Ha Ha
I had this old steel frame smoke jumpers pack. Didn't weigh to much walking around the yard with a sleeping bag in it.LOL
The guide, one guy, about 25 years old and there was about 8 hikers, I think I was the youngest at 12 and the oldest was about 17 years old. Four boys and four girls, And oh ya, the guide had hike the mountain coupe time,ha ha.We going to get lost?
So now I get a good look at the mountain as we're going over Blackwell hill. And what do I see is there is snow down past chicken point.(this is were all the chicken hikes turn around)
We get to the parking area and load are packs on to are backs and I find out, I have to carries my own food, were is the other guide who's going to carry my back?
The plan was to hike up to the lake and set-up camp and spend the night and go up in the morning.
My pack got really heavy quickly, about 1/4 mile in to it. The pack was way heavy for my 65 pound body, the pack must have weighed 50 pounds.
So the hike to the lake was about 1 1/2 miles but it felt like 5 miles. And the other kids in the group, weren't doing any better.
Got the lake about noon and had some food, and I make sure that food in my back got eaten first, I was not going carrier it back out.
It was about 1pm now and the guide says we have enough time to climb to the top and back down if we leave now.
We vote on it as a group, we'd just eaten and we are all dumb and happy and going leave the pack at the lake, and of coarse, you can not see the mountain at all from the lake, actually can't see the top for about 3 more hours up the trail. What a trick that was.
We started hiking and hiking and hiking.
And now we can see the top from the trail, and there is lots of snow.
So now we are in the snow and here the good part.
Four out of nine of the hikers had hiking boots on. the rest had something less than that, like basketball shoes or deck shoes. Luck for me I had boots.
When we reached the snow we took turns kick holes in the snow for the others that did not have boots.
This took some time, as you may guesses.
We hit chicken point about 8 pm and I got to the top by 10 and the last one of the group get there about 11.
And now it was really to dark to hike down, and our guide thought so to, so we stayed on top at 9,995 feet.
We did not have any thing with us, no food, no wood for fire, no sleeping bags or blanks. I did have a jacket as will as some of the others, but our feet were wet, I had wool socks so that helped, as long as I moved around.
We spent the night in the bottom of the old look out, witch was only just the footing, no top.
It was sometime in July, and it didn't get to cold, I would guesses about 45* degrees.
We huddle together to stay harm, and kept trade place from inside the group to the out side, to harm up.
The sun comes up pretty early 9 thousand feet, so it hit the top about 5am, we were standing out in it and harming are self a soon we could.
By 6am we were move down the mountain and staying in the sun that hole time.
Again we had to fight the snow, and got our feet wet again.
Back at the lake by noon, and the stake never tasted so good. And to be harm was wonderful thing to behold.
Took a nape and back to down the hill to the van and back to Grants Pass by 5 and Mom show up.
And I ate again a big dinner and took another nape.
And thats the first time that I was at the fire house.
PS I think the night on the mountain is why my feet are alway cold ??
Mt. McLaughlin from the top of Pilot Rock, looking NE.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
We have a Mr. Frog living in are bird house by the front door.
I sure he in there to catch bugs that fly around the light at night.
He could be to big to get out of there?
(enlarge to see frog)
And then there the snakes who lay on the road to harm them selfs.
(cold blooded) Taken from inside of my car after Molly run over it.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
On the hunt, the Geo Dog, found DrDan at the trail head as He was getting ready to head up the trail to find, 3 caches in the area.
The Old Shell Game (FTF)
Beary Sweet Junk
Roadside Ambiance (FTF)
TREE WITH 17 TRUNKS
Called the Enchanted Forest Trail, located off of North Applegate road at the end of Slagle Creek road. The trail I believe goes to the top of the hill or mountain and drop over into Foots Creek area and down to Old 99.
The Geo Dog met there and lead me up the trail to help in finding the other caches, the links are listed above.
I started to walk and I thought, I have the mountain bike in the car why am I doing this, so I walked back and got the bike and rode up the trail and found these cache quickly. The dog stayed with me the hole time and followed me to each cache and waited on the trail for me to go on.
Part of the reason for going after these caches, was one had not been found yet, and its really cool to be the First To Find (FTF) on any caches.
The one cache that was missing, is in a really interest container, home made type, and that is why it was had to find, I actually pick it up and put down before finding it.
This was a good cache day, found two FTF's and out of the five I found.
Friday, October 12, 2007
The Dam was constructed by private moneys starting in the 1920's and was dedicated on November 5, 1921 as Savage Rapids Diversion Dam.
And rebuild and repair by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1949-1955.
The purpose of the dam was for irrigation of 10,000 acres of farm lands in and around Grants Pass and Rogue River area.
My Dad worked 1975 to 80's for the irrigation company that kelp the ditch clean and one of his jobs was to look after the dam's fish screens and check pump oil leaves. He would come in every day and clean the trash that floated down stream into the fish screens. The fish screens purpose is the keep the fish from going into the pumps and getting cut up.
This is how the pump system works, the water coming into the screens is not all pumped into the ditches. They use the falling water to turn the pumps so it takes about 16 to 20 gal. to pump 1 gal. into the ditch.
The water from the pumps goes back into the river.
No electric, or other power is needed to pump the water.
The old farts were pretty smart, cheep cheep water supplies.
Side story, one day dad comes home and say a boat went over the dam and was down in front of the dam. One injury, a broken arm.
Dad said there is a hole or tunnel in the bottom of the dam that you can comes out by the boat.
So this very dark and wet, lots of water noise and thousand of leach hanging off the walls and forming and boiling water.
So I walk out there, trying to keep the camera dry, and took some pictures of the boat.
Back to the Dam story.
The Dam is killing thousands of fish every year because of the fish ladder, much safer then jump up water falls ?
The Dam is being removed, and the water will be pump by electrify.
You know, this is not going to cost anything now.
The water went under the Dam in old days, now the new bridge is so the water can be pumped over the river.
The pit at the end of the bridge is the place for the new pumps.
All this because fish are having and easer time swimming up the fish ladder, then up savage rapids, rapid.
Monday, October 08, 2007
Picture L to R and down.
Daniel looking down from top with sun behind him.
Group shot, John, Molly, Ben, and Rochelle.
Top, looking down the trail toward freeway.
John hiking on trail, to base.
We hike or crawl to the top, we meaning Dan, Rochelle, Ben, Daniel, Molly and John.
We went up and back in about 2 hours. Very steep in places, like crawling on your belly.
Found PilotRock register, we left a note and read some of the funny ones.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Pilot Rock can been seen from most place on I-5 when passing through the area.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Molly and my self started out from the park about 8:45 and head out of Rogue River by the mill on N. River road.
We rode about 16 miles to the 1st rest stop, not a bad run, only stayed about 15 minutes and move on before the other 100 or so bikes left.
As we rode into Jacksonville, this guy yelled out from his car "what are you doing on fat tire bike" and than as we turn the corner to start up the Hill With No Top He yell something about what a way tough rider, I did not know what He was talking about till I found the Hill With No Top.
At the 2nd rest stop, at the Applegate store.
At the 1st rest stop on Old Stage Road.
We did find the top of the Hill, it must have come down out of the clouds or something. Molly had to pass me at this point, I saw a 5 dollar bill alone side the road and had to stop to get, (and thats my story and I sticking to it).
We rode into Applegate Cafe at 12 noon, there was a real party going on here. Lots of food and about 200 + riders. We stay about 20 minutes.
We had traveled 36 miles at this time.
At 42 miles my leg seem to have run out of gas, and it was really had to push on, I was sure I could push through it. It took about 7 miles before I come really push again, we we're on New Hope road and a good name, at the time for our hopes was re-newed.
Dan at the begining of the ride in Rogue River.
Molly at the begining of the ride.
At the last rest stop, at the Reinhart Park, we still had about 10 miles to go with on 2 hills to go over and one really good down hill, Molly and I got up to 40 mph and coasted about 1/2 witch was ok.
We got into Rogue River about 3:30pm, at 68.25 miles.
Rochelle met use there and we set in the grass under the tree and had a nice dinner and rested and rested and rested.
At the time I was sure I was never going to do this again.
Its now been about 3 days and I'm thinking, just maybe JUST MAYBE, I can to the 100 miler next year. LOL.
Oh yeah, The fat tire bike made it in, the only fat tire, to ride the 68.
FAT TIRES RULE.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
This area usually is dark and moist, these are the key factors.
They start out as cute little flowers, as most of use are in the beginning. This area is kept dark so that the moister that they receive will be used wisely, to help them grow into healthy adults.
When the time is right the birthing proses begins, and I bet you are wondering when that is, will a good sign of when this is to take place is when you see the top of the head poking out between the,(will I think you know what I'm talking about here, so I will go no farther with any more details).
There is a painful part of the birthing, that is require and that must take place to come out into the bright and shinning world, that is the cutting of the cord, so as to be able to separate the little ones from the birth parent.
This is done by a highly skilled surgeon, who uses the sharpest of tools, so that the lest amount of pain is felt.
The little ones live in a nurser( as seem above) for a short time before moving in with the family.
This pried is a short stay, maybe 24 hours at most, but they are watch over to make sure that the cat dose not play to hard with them or the dog eats them.
Now the tripe home is the most impotent one, you go to the Vat Room and wait for the time to be call down the tube to there new families.
There are in the purest form at this time, being only juice, as we all know, families are the most Godly way to live with others, in the Grape community
The place were there live, is in condos, as can be seen below.
There is about 50 condos in a community.
Then one day there are called up to go to heaven, witch is the greatest thing that could every happen to good Grapes.
The top of the condos are opened and releasing all to inter the great O in the center of the face of the Great Lord Rochelle, who is the greatest and kindest of all the great ones.
With help from the lower being, Dan, who helps in the releasing of the Grape on to the the great O.
This season had 4 nursers and 50 condos.
The Tomato occult, keeps trying to move to the upper class of the Grape Community.
But with the occults, blood sacrifice, the Grapes will never let them move in.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Daniel is the family soccer player.
He had his second game on Tuesday, He played really will, He plays in the forward position.
The team play will together, for not play at all the last season.
The game was play at Rogue River High School, aginst IV School.
Our team won 5 to 0 and Daniel made two of the goals.
One of the goals was very exsiting to watch, Daniel start at about the 40 yards from the goal post.
He was near the side line and the ball started to roll over the line, at about 12 inch from line, Daniel had fallen down on his side and He toe hooked back into him self and got up all at the same time, and made line for the goal, He cut in and out of the other plays and kick the ball between the legs of other player, and at about 20 feet or less He made and goal. This is hard to put into words, but you had to be there.
I hope the rest of the season is as much fun as this game was.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
The return tripe I came down Rogue River highway to Rogue River a than back on East Evans to the house at 11:45AM
Rode 40 mile in 3 1/2 house.
This was a test ride to see if I could do the Ride The Rouge on September 22.
There is a ride that starts in Rogue River and goes out Williams highway to Jacksonvil than to Gold Hill and than back to Rogue River, 60 miles total.
I did the 40 miles in 3 1/2 hours, that is about a mile every 5 1/4 minutes or 11 to 12 mph.
So this 60 miles should be about 5 1/2 to 6 hours to ride, maybe.
Molly said she going to ride with me, I do know if she registered yet ?
Thursday, September 06, 2007
It makes it interesting because it seem to all most change when you move it around.
And the round corners seem to feel different when holding it, verse the square corners.
Molly make these card, as a side business, dose all the art work and makes the order with the printer.
My way cool kids. :)
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
On Monday morning I met my daughter on Roxy Ann at 6:30AM to ride around the loop road, up there and catch the sun rise.
I got there and found that my front tire was really flat, I did have had another tube but I would reath ride so I just pumped it up, and hope it would last the 5 miles around the base.
We started out with our sweat shirt on till we got to the hill by the rock pit, way steep hill, got about 50 feet up it be for stopping, could have rode harder and made it, but I would have had to wait for Molly any ways, so walk up with Molly.
The sun was up when we top the steep hill, a great view from here, this is were we met these really tall people.
There were really nice people, had a great time talking and catching up on things from the last time we were up here.
At this time there was a terrible 2 bike accident with one person involved ?
This is what happens when you try to ride two, will two mountain bikes on a mountain trail.
Now if this had been on two road bikes, this would have never happened, because there build different and this could just never happen, will the only thing that I've heared that happens on road bikes is that you can get your ring finger cut by reaching back to turn on the light or something like that anyway.
We had a great morning ride around the base of the mountain.
Oh yal, we had some close call with one deer and a snake, but the great riders that we are, we slipped by then with out any trouble at all.
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Yep, Gray turns 400 just last week, and he still feels good and moving down the road ok.
He came into are family on May 26, 2007, bright new and shinny.
Gary now has 400 mile on his odeimeter.
Its been 96 days ago.
That is 4.166 miles per day.
And that is .1735 miles per hour.
And that means about.002891 miles per second.
Or at two ride a week that comes out to 14.28 miles a ride.
What we do to have fun.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Rochelle started canning peaches about 4:30pm and by 11:00pm she had finshed 50 jars.
They are fortyniner peach, that were right at peak of ripeness no bad spots or hard green areas.
And Rochelle is real fast, all I did was go find more jars and rings and then get them in the dish washer so that there would be reddy when she started placing them in the jars.
This is way cool to see all these peach. See picture.