Friday, December 20, 2019
We made it to our 50th national park., Channel Islands National Park.
We got this park in an unusual way.
We took a National Geographaphic cruise of the islands.
We were able to visited several of the islands from the ship.
Here we are headed to tour the coastline of Anacapa Island.
We saw lots of cool geography, like this pretty arch riding out of the sea.
Foxes are the found here too.
I captured this fox running from us as we hiked on Santa Cruz Island.
We had the island to ourselves, since it requires a special permit to visit here.
It was a unique way to visit the park.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Friday, December 6, 2019
Friday, November 15, 2019
We had a small riding arena and sand lot installed this fall.
Now the horses won't be standing in mud all winter.
This is a before picture.
This area was where I'd keep the horses during the winter.
As you can imagine, it was nothing but mud by the time Spring got here.
First the tree was cut down and the sod removed.
A trench was dug around the perimeter in order to install a drain.
Here comes the large roller that was used to compact the layers.
A permeable fabric was laid down to allow water to drain with out eroding our substrates.
Next, gravel is delivered
The gravel was poured over the fabric and compacted.
At this point, we had torrential rains and the job was held up for a few weeks.
Due to the drop in elevation, the sand lot was higher than the arena
so a wall was built separating the two.
The horses got some good training being led through a construction area every day!
Finally, here comes the sand!
Lots of triple washed sand was spread.
The wall between the sand lot and arena.
Finished dry lot.
Just in time!
Monday, November 11, 2019
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Monday, October 21, 2019
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
While driving up my drive, I spotted a big turtle walking up it.
This guy was pretty large and seemed to have more tortoise characteristics than turtle.
When picked up, he wasn't afraid of me.
Look at those scaly legs!
I knew he had to be an exotic, and had probably escaped or been dumped.
I placed him in my dog wash room and made a few calls.
Come to find out, he's a she and is an African Sulcata tortoise.
She had escaped about 4 weeks ago from her owner
who lives down the road from me about a mile.
Squirtel is now reunited with her grateful owner and is safe at home.