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  • The Short, Footloose Life of Bear 839

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    Friday July 25th, 2014 at 04:11 PM

    Square_140_lombardyA neighborhood in Aguilar (Google Maps).A prequel. I do not know where Bear 839 (her ear-tag number) was born or whenmaybe in 2011but on August 24, 2013, she entered a open residential garage in the tiny town of Aguilar, in southern Colorado. Culvert trap for bears There she found a chest freezer and another and helped herself to their contents. As the local district wildlife manager's (game warden) original report read, Bear(s) came to freezers in open garage, no doors. Destroyed two chest...
  • How Do You "Prep" for a Solar Storm?

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    Thursday July 24th, 2014 at 03:49 PM

    There would have been no more arguments about global warming, etc., after 2012 if this had happened a little differently mainly because there would have been no electric grid, hence no Internet. Analysts believe that a direct hit could cause widespread power blackouts, disabling everything that plugs into a wall socket. Most people wouldnt even be able to flush their toilet because urban water supplies largely rely on electric pumps. No more cat pictures either.
  • A Rant about Shoes

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    Sunday July 20th, 2014 at 05:00 AM

    I have always owned sneakers, but they become more and more expensive yet don't last any longer. M. usually blows out a pair of sneakers in a year, "blow out" meaning cracks so large you can see the wearer's feet inside, just by walking vigorously on dirt roads and forest trails. I get maybe two years that was the case with my last pair of Teva sneakers because I rotate more pairs of shoes. (Check the prices: something comparable is $66 on sale.) H. S. Trask: Bison leather and a softer kind...
  • All My Flycatchers, Season 10: Fly or Die!

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Saturday July 19th, 2014 at 01:39 PM

    Square_140_cordCordilleran flycatcher (Cornell Ornithology Lab). Previous episode: "The 'Plop Plop' of Falling Birds" As I mentioned in the previous episode, there was a built-in design problem. Four fledglings, but only comfortable nest space for three. One, probably the last-hatched by several days, always seemed to be the runt, the usual story. Were its siblings shoving it out of the nest by the first week of July? Despite our efforts putting a metal sheet between the nest and the top of the porch light...
  • The Cycles of Sand

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    Thursday July 17th, 2014 at 01:43 PM

    I wlll look at the sandstone boulders behind the house in a new way after reading this: Most of us are used to the idea that sand is created from rock by weathering, but less familiar is the idea that it can be turned back into rock again. "Sand grains originally born from granite long ago", Welland explains, may accumulate, be buried, and become naturally glued together, lithified (from the Greek for stone or rock) into . . . a sandstone. When this, in its turn, is exposed at the surface, it...
  • The Vanished Corn Farmers and a Cooler, Drier Future?

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Friday July 11th, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    There is a lot of Apocalypse Porn going around, like in the closing of this article on the flooded shopping mall in Bangkok. Coastal inhabitants will be living in shacks on the roofs of flooded office buildings, etc. etc. We have been telling the story of the Great Flood for at least 4,000 years, after all. On the other hand, some researchers of solar-output cycles still see a better chance of a coming period that is cooler and drier. Let's start with the story of some corn-growing...
  • Changes in the Neighborhood, 1887 to Now

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    Tuesday July 8th, 2014 at 06:04 PM

    Square_140_shooting_match__greenwood_colo_2_miles_south_of_westmore_p_o_taken_about_the_year_1886_or_1887A. C. (or A. Q.) Monroe's Cash Store, 1887 (Denver Public Library) I found this photo while researching the Squirrel Creek Lodge series. It was taken not far from where I live. My first thought was that that is more people than live on that road now. My second thought was, "Maybe not, but the population skewed a lot younger in 1887. The school bus does not even come halfway up the road today." Here is another photo dated 1887, with the store in the center. Click for a bigger image, and you...
  • Looking for Squirrel Creek Lodge - Part 4

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    Monday July 7th, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Square_140_mopaccover96Missouri-Pacific Railroad tourism brochure, 1927 Part 1: Looking for Colorado 76 Part 2: Davenport, the "Retro" Campground Part 3: Erasing Arthur Carhart's Vision Selling the San Isabel to Out-of-State Visitors The first post in this series described Arthur Carhart's vision for scenic roads connecting campgrounds, picnic grounds, and private resorts in the Wet Mountains, the "cradle of car camping." But what about out-of-state visitors? From the designation of Yellowstone National Park in...
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