Thursday, June 14, 2018

Little Fox, construction supervisor.

I was happily hanging out with Sequoia today and then my roommates pulled up in the car.  Hmm, I wonder what they have gotten themselves into?
Uh oh.  They got back from Home Depot, looks like a home improvement project.  I better get my supervision hat on (if I had one that is).
Looks like an odd assortment of tools.  Ant killer, a hammer, tape measure, saw, a soda the size of Alaska, and a tool box.   
The wood is in good shape and I am intrigued as to what they are making.
I always tell my humans to measure twice, cut once.  Let's see if they listen.  Apparently, they did.  This looks like a table, but I have to admit it's not very stable.  According to my roommates it's supposed to be a garden tool storage caddy.  
Well, as you can see by this mess there is still work to do.  This little fox is signing off for the day.  It's lunch time. 
PS- Happy Early Father's Day everyone.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Little Fox, amateur archeologist

Hello Blog Pals,
Welcome to another episode of Little Fox, amateur archeologist.  Today, I a exploring an old community called Jawbone Flats.  It was a logging operation in the 1930s and logged a few logs in it's day.  The operation stalled when two trucks full of logs fell off the road into a canyon. I wonder if this is where the accident happened?

This looks like an old mine.  I wish I knew, I would have brought a flashlight.  I asked my roommates if I could use the flashlight on their cell phone and they both said "no".  Phooey.
As I wandered around the trail I saw reminders of the old logging operations. 
These gears came off the USS Oregon, which was scrapped for Iron.  I few things got left over for the loggers to use.
This is an old looking railroad track. 
As the hike continued I knew I was supposed to be on the lookout for an Opal pool.  
Nope, but the wild rhodies are blooming.
Long trail ahead.
Aha, this must be it!  Let me make a note in my archeology notebook. 
Well, this is intersting.  I came across an old ghost town.  Looks like a mining town.  
Aha, the name of this old town is Jawbone Flats.  Jawbone Flats was a company mining town for about 140 years.  Mining everything from zinc to gold.  In 1992 mining ceased and it quickly became a ghost town. 
More mining equipment, I wonder which level makes this train run? 
An old stove, I wonder what kind of food was cooked on it.  Probably biscuits and bread.

Some sort of oven built into the ground.  Part of the mining I guess.
I might need a tetanus shot after this trip.
Hmm, I wonder when this truck was last in use?

Well, an interesting chapter for me, Little Fox, amateur archeologist.  Jawbone Flats is now a nature retreat.  A few cabins are available and in the $300 range to rent for a night.  A tad too much for this little fox.
This looks like a good place to update my archeology journal.  I wonder if the museum is interested in having me explore more of the area?

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Cooking contest Update:

Hi Gang,
I have finally started cooking all of the great recipes my friends have shared.  As you can see I have lots of work to do but I am making progress.

Stay tuned viewers.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Mail from Ajdin

Thanks Ajdin.  
Looks like he's getting ready for his first mission as an astrobear.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wildflowers in Bloom

Hello Blog Friends,
I am patiently waiting for my roommates to get their act together so we can start today's adventure.  It's prime wildflower season so I am hoping to see lots of wildflowers on my adventure today. Let's go!
Sequoia came along for the hike today.  You can see some balsamroot to the right.  
This log is perfect for me. 
So many miles to hike. 
The sky is blue, the flowers are at full blast and it's almost lunch time.  What more does a fox need? 
My fur contrasts nicely with the flowers. 
Mt. Hood in the background.
I believe this plant is Indian Paintbrush, probably not the scientific name.  A good spot for lunch for sure. 
On the way down from the hike I saw in the far distance a long train.  Jerry and Ben, do you see it?
That picture is great, I know J and B love trains and if I don't say so myself the engine is "fox orange", a new color I am trying to trademark. 

Here's a professional picture of a similar train (again, note the "fox orange" color of the engine. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

WildFlower Identification.

It's wildflower season and my trusty hiking companion Sequoia is doing his pre-hike sniff he always does before a hike.  Let's go. 
In the background we have Horse thief Butte.  During the last ice age there was a big ice dam and when the dam broke it flooded the river and carved out the Columbia River Gorge.  Horse thief Butte was one of remnants of the ice age flood.
The wildflowers are out and about.  These are California Poppies and they are the state plant of California.  I love California Poppies, they flower when the sun is out and are really easy to care for.
The higher up I got on the trail the better the views of the river I got. 
I was at an old homestead.  The family that homesteaded the land planted an orchard but I think these trees are Oak.  There is a little creek on this hike so every once in a while there are pockets of trees. 
Another great spring time flower, Balsam Root.
Do you see these little flowers? They are white (and they have a purple counterpart).  What are they?  Great question, I need to do some research and find out. 
Some sort of desert parsley? 
A nice meadow of Lupine and Balsam Root.  Perfect spot for a snack. 
The flowers are sure out today. 
Sequoia is getting hungry.  Time for lunch and a break,
Ahhhhh, this is the life!  I just finished lunch, have more hiking to do, and have a comfortable spot to relax for a while. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

A hodgepodge of a museum.

Adventures around a hotel, hiking, and another day in Bend.  What to do? My roommates decided to take me to the High Desert Museum to learn about the area.  My first stop was the bobcat enclosure.  This bobcat looks like a friendly enough guy.  I wish he had more space to walk around.
The museum had all sorts of historical information.  This is a replica camp of fur traders from the Hudson Bay Company.  Their camp looks pretty good but I think a hotel might be more my style. 
Besides the fur traders campground they also had an old general store. Looks like a great place to get a snack but the clerk is not responding to me ringing the bell. 
Additionally, they had a living history of an old ranch.  The ranch had chickens, yes chickens and a sawmill, along with an old homestead house. 
No chickens today (they probably heard I was in town). 
 They had an old forest service fire truck.  They restored it for Smokey The Bear's 50th anniversary and after parading it around the state for a year it ended up at the museum.
Phooey, I don't think I am can reach the pedals - so driving this is out of the question for me. 
So this museum was a hodgepodge of things.  Part zoo, as you can see from these otters below.  Part living history exhibit, and part history of the area.
Sigh, back to reality.  My roommates have explained that it's time to go back home.  
What adventure is next for me?