Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mammoth Mountain

The Dude is flying down to Mammoth Lakes to meet up with old college friends and do some serious skiing.  I've skied a few places in the western U.S. and Mammoth ranks up among the best.  It's huge!  I remember when a lift ticket there cost $13, now it's $85.  Oh well.

Saturday, March 6, 2010


Crocus mean the dark cold wet days of winter are over.


We don't often see chipmunks but every once in awhile one shows up at the platform feeder.  I think it's a Townsend's chipmunk (Tamias townsendii).  In back of our house is 120 acres of park land composed of typical western Washington lowland forest - western hemlock, western red cedar, douglas fir, bigleaf maple (some huge), and a few alder that are past their prime.

Squirrel Trap Fail

My son Geoff found a design for a squirrel trap on the web.  A paper towel roller slathered in peanut butter suspended over a 5-gallon bucket.  The next morning we had three drowned mice.  Fortunately, mice are not an endangered species.