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Yurt + Autumn and Winter = More Adventures Outdoors

Picture this, the Mountain Loop Highway known for its scenic vistas and drives, hiking trails and campgrounds.  Many attractions abound, including ice caves, old railroad tunnels, alpine lakes, mountain meadows, old mining ghost town of Monte Cristo, waterfalls, canyons, caves, … Continue reading

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Taking what the wind blows our way

Definitely feeling it…It’s that Springtime feeling creeping up into the mountains, cherry trees in the lower elevations are pink pompoms, my spring bulbs are peeking out of the dirt, and lots of stuff being planted in the ground here at … Continue reading

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Spring or Winter, Spring or Winter…

I wish the weather would hurry up and decide!  One minute it is bright and sunny outside, the next a snow flurry swoops on in.  Early in the morning for the past two days we’ve had a light snow only … Continue reading

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A Special Aerial Photo Treat!

Before…and After…views of the ranch from the sky. The Snohomish County website just recently updated its aerial imagery and we can now see the changes from 2005 to 2007. Shaped like a trapezoid (you can see the yellow property lines … Continue reading

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Revving Up The Ranch Engine

There is a full lunar eclipse this evening and, from an astrological perspective, its ripe with symbolism suited towards the shifting perceptions here at the ranch.  Lunar eclipses generally illuminate truth, and with this eclipse arriving in Virgo, it most … Continue reading

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My Winter Mountain Rescues are tallying

So what’s life in the rural mountains during winter like?  Well you’ve had a taste of it when the news has been reporting all the avalanche rescues that have been occurring this past winter season.  However, to drive this point … Continue reading

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Winter’s been bright, but now let a garden grow!

Winter has been a bit on the bright side lately, lots of white on the ground, stars in the skies, everything all standing flocked out. However, with the waxing of the moon, we’re seeing a bit of a break; rain … Continue reading

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“Out of the Wilderness” from Newsweek

There is a very interesting article in the February 18th edition of Newsweek which you can find here: http://www.newsweek.com/id/109613  Title:  Out of the Wilderness Subtitle:  A new study says we’re not getting out into nature as much as we used … Continue reading

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Caucus in Washington!

Yesterday was our first experience attending a caucus outside the actual city of Seattle.  I was really curious to see how turnout would compare to my experience four years ago in the city.  Boy, was I ever amazed at the … Continue reading

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Firmly Ensconced

That’s right I am firmly ensconced into this, the first Mercury Retrograde period of 2008.  At first I was a bit leery as we entered it on January 28th, but as I’ve come to see this retrograde brings a "re-freshing" … Continue reading

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SNOW and Marriage, and lots of scenic pictures

S.N.O.W…SNOW…Snow… "Sleep Not On Wrath".  When my partner and I held our reception in celebration of our commitment to one another’s life together, one of the gifts received was a simple little teddy bear name the Snow Bear. It serves … Continue reading

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An icy crusty sunny winter day

The sun came out bright and early this morning which meant we were bound to see some melting of the snow.  However as I walked down to the llamas, I realized that all this clear weather makes for very chilly … Continue reading

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Manifesting our Reality

This week saw an interesting leap forward in the development of our project.  We met with the county regarding our rezone and permit process to get it kicked into action.  I walked in with one set of assumptions, remaining flexible, … Continue reading

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Deep in snow!

These last two days have seen a lot of weather and has ended with a nice sunny reprieve.  Enjoy the tour around the ranch as we trudge through a record 3 feet of snow to capture the magic.  And don’t … Continue reading

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Mondo Snow!

Yes, that’s right we’ve reached that lovely level of snow fall that separates the mice from the men; or at least the city dwellers from the mountain folk.  Over a foot and a half of snow on the ground up … Continue reading

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Entering the end of year lull

Though it is only just past mid-December,  so far we’ve had a seemingly mild winter in my experience.  Any snow that has fallen disappears with the next rain and we are back to lush green scenery.  The days are at … Continue reading

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Paca Pride’s first advertisement in the Seattle Men’s Chorus Holiday Program

Glenn has kicked off the busiest time of the year for himself as the first of many concerts he performs with the Seattle Men’s Chorus occurs in Everett.  Of course, our deep affiliation with the Seattle Men’s Chorus goes back … Continue reading

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Progress ever forward!

I’m sitting here in the conference room for the Snohomish County Planning and Development Department awaiting my first county meeting regarding our project.  You have to admit, when it comes to "process" governmental agencies have everyone beat, hands down. Prior … Continue reading

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Pack Rat Wars and the Flying Spaghetti Monster makes an Appearance

November is creeping forth. In its teasing manner it flaunts some beautiful uplifting crisp sun filled days then sneaks in some dreary rain squalls and dismal hail pelting. This is the time of year where you feel the ethereal distance between … Continue reading

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Fall’s activities, depending on the weather

  Above: Mt. Pilchuck from our front porch. Below right: the house at 7pm! Lot’s of projects are sprouting forth in the clear patches this early November.  We are taking advantage of ever bit of daylight we have left.  It’s … Continue reading

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Highlights … way up high, and slightly off to the right, no back a bit, there!

So, as fellow bloggers know in the Windows Live Spaces Community, it is very fun to dip your toes in the proverbial Blog Ocean and see what others are blogging about.  This inevitably leads to surfing sessions that take you … Continue reading

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This just in! The loop will loop again

According to the Seattle P-I, the Mountain Loop Scenic Highway, is set to loop again!  Here’s a link to their story.  Essentially, back in 2003 we had some really severe flooding up at Barlow Pass.  It washed out the entire … Continue reading

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Yours Truly Gets Opinionated

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorialsopinion/2003970763_snomtnloop24.html Looks like I’ve got one for the scrapbook as yours truly gets published in the Seattle Times today as the opinion piece under the Snohomish County Opinion section.  I even get a mugshot thrown in there too! For those … Continue reading

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A festive time at the HRC dinner

During this blustery Fall October, we are making progress on several fronts at the ranch.  Mostly, the focus has been on the Large Yurt Meeting Facility project.  This past week we had electricians spend a good portion of the time running … Continue reading

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Fall is a flurry of activity so far!

It has been quite a busy October at the ranch.  So many things to catch you up on! Here we go… First we’ll start with a pleasant little discovery as I looked outside on a brisk Fall day. A family … Continue reading

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Fall fell…no mistaking it…

It’s a full moon tomorrow and there is a moist chill around in the mornings.  The summer says goodbye as the vine maples bring some color. Out to the garden we go to harvest what we can, pot what we … Continue reading

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It’s Zucchini Madness at Paca Pride

I’ve uploaded a clip from today’s project: zucchini relish…it’s bubbling right now on the stove.  Check out the gigantic zucchinis! We harvested 11 of these beasts from our garden of llama poo compost. Seems that we’ll be getting even more … Continue reading

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September at the Ranch

It’s September and during this nice patch of weather, many outdoor activities are afoot.  Helpers are welcome!  Come work the land with me. I’ll be bucking logs, chain sawing firewood, clearing brush, falling trees, pulling weeds, stacking more wood, moving … Continue reading

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Today is David’s B-Day…let magical things occur

Let’s see what my favorite astrologer, Susan Miller, has to say about my astrological forecast! Apparently, a lot about the eclipses being back in MY sign, Virgo.  I’ve been particularly attuned to these eclipses because they happened previously in March … Continue reading

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The Labor Day Weekend Wrap-up

It’s amazing the variety of events and experiences that can happen within the span of a few days. As I looked back over my mostly on-the-go pictures from my camera I found it difficult to sort into their proper files.  … Continue reading

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