I've been up cutting firewood on Mt Emily. Been up there about 5 times and not one of those days I had sunshine. Most of the time it was raining but I love working in the rain. I've brought home about 2 cords of wood so far and i think it's time to get a wood cutting permit. The US Forest Service is now back in operation so I have no excuses if I'm caught cutting wood without a permit. I've been posting images of my wood cutting adventures up on Emily and they can be seen on my new domain. I have pages with those images and also have pages of our vacation in Hawaii, a page of our camping and pages of our back country treks including hunting.
The image on the left was taken off of a video at the Grand Canyon. We were amazed at the size of the canyon. You can view photographs of the Grand Canyon but photographs don't do it justice.
I find is funny how the democrats are going bonkers over Virginia governor supposedly posing in black face during his college years yet not one word from these hypocrites over the laws they are trying to pass to allow murder of newborn babies. Several states have bills proposed to allow newborn babies to be murdered if the doctor and birth mother decide that the baby isn't wanted. According to these proposed new laws, itís okay to murder a newborn baby calling it post-birth abortions. How barbaric is that.
The image on the left was taken on the 4th of Feb. We had almost 2 inches of snow that day.
We had a rare snow storm hit us on the ridge. We had a few hours of snow in the morning then again in the afternoon. It's always pretty when it is happening but then the after freeze where things get messy. The temperature dropped to 29 during the night freezing all the snow on the ground which only keeps the air cold and difficult to work outside. We woke up this morning at 5 am and the sky was full of stars but that changed with clouds moving in from the south. There is no wind. The robins are out in force and the hummingbirds are fighting at the feeder. I can see the liquid in the feeder is partially frozen. Hopefully the rains will come this afternoon to get rid of the snow and we can get back to normal.
The image on the left is a typical Harris Beach Sunset.
The snow has all melted except what we see on top of Mt Emily. A wind is blowing straight off of the mountain making it cold as all hell outside. I've been outside shaving some of the burned bark off of some of the wood I brought home the other day. I really don't have to do that but it saves getting gloves black when bringing the wood into the house.
The image on the left is a scene of hunting Ransom Ridge.
Crazy weather yesterday with sunshine, clouds, sleet, rain then snow. It snowed heavy a few times but wasn't sticking that much. This morning (Sunday) we woke up to over an inch of snow on the ground then the sun came up and it's been melting. We are suppose to have 40-50 mph winds tonight and all through Monday into Tuesday morning. Iím looking forward to it. Love this type of weather. It kind of stops me from heading to the hills to cut wood. I won't take the chance of any falling limbs or trees when the wind in blowing too hard.
The image on the left is one of the stranger things I find metal detecting.
Today we are under a high wind warning with expected winds exceeding 50 mph. I don't mind the wind and rain as it makes is nice a cozy inside writing my stories. I've been watching HLN news lately and not Fox as Fox news is more focused on politics and not much else. HLN is a liberal news outlet but between the hours of 8 am and noon, they focus on news other than politics which suits me just fine. I'd rather watch American Pickers than Fox news. The Alaska series of trappers and homesteaders are also my favorites when I'm watching television. Yesterday during our snow storm, we lost power three times. Seems like the power would go off after resetting all the clocks. I was beginning to believe the power company had it out for me.
The image on the left was taken at West Yellowstone.
13 Feb 2019: We have had lots of rain in the last 24 hours to the tune of a little over 4 inches. It's a warm rain melting most of the snow off of Mt. Emily. That is good as far as going up there to cut wood. I'm hoping to get my wood cutting permit Friday when I travel to Gold Beach. The temperatures have stayed in the mid 40's for that last 24 hours and the main and north forks of the Chetco river are beginning to flood. The weather people are predicting a little bit of snow Saturday evening into early Sunday morning which may stop me from going up in the hills to cut wood. In the meantime, I'm just going to enjoy this winter weather.
The image on the left was taken while hunting Forest Serive Rd 1407 and the Game Lake area.
15 Feb 2019: It's still raining here on the mountain. This morning we had what I would call a violent hail storm with wind gust near 50 mph. Everything was white but it's starting to melt. The temperature has stayed at 41 degrees since daybreak. I'm heading to Gold Beach this morning to get my wood cutting permit finally. I've been cutting wood without a permit due to the Forest Service being closed because of the government shutdown. Now I have no excuse so I'll get legal. New snow is on Mt Emily which will probably stop me from going up to cut wood this weekend. Snow on the trees, unstable ground and wind are good excuses not to go.
Driving to Gold Beach this morning, I was greeted by heavy rain, hail, sleet, snow and wind gusts exceeding 60 mph but I got my wood cutting permit. The weather isn't good to even think about heading to the hills. The power keeps going off so that prevents any sustained writing in the computer. The television keeps going off so that outlet is out of reach to pass the time. This storm is big and itís supposed to stop by Sunday early morning.