Frivolous Friday! Wolf Pup Adventure #9 (Part Three: Wild Horses & Wildfires!)
It’s Frivolous Friday!
Thought I would share some of the fun I squeezed in this week (in between all my portrait sessions and retouching work.)
Yep, this happened #1:
If you tuned-in last week, you already know I’m on a 23 day, 3123 mile RV adventure- this week I’m going to share the third week of our trip. Just in case you missed the first part of the story:
One of my official Vacation Mottos is to “See everything” – so OF COURSE we stopped to say ‘Hi’ to Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe and pose for a pic!
(Paul stands proud at 49’ high and weighs in at a petite 30,000 lbs!)
I love fun and quirky little roadside stops!
And of course we had to stroll through his gift shop and buy a piece of homemade fudge, right?
I also fell in love with the adorable lumberjack baby onesie and
chuckled because nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like bringing someone home a redwood seedling that will grow to 300 feet high in their backyard…lol
(Just be glad I didn’t foist that on you…)
Something else we love while traveling in the Wolf Pup is to have a picnic lunch with us – turns out it’s not easy to whip into a drive through for a burger when you are towing a trailer!
Our favorite lunch is a charcuterie platter – made easy with these little plastic bento boxes with snap on lids!
And here’s the view that awaited us when we arrived at our beautiful campground!
How long has it been since San Diego had lush greenery and wildflowers…..? Too long for sure!
Here are some other beautiful flowers we saw on our journey!!!! (The bottom right is Poison Oak which was EVERYWHERE!)
In addition to wildflowers, our campground had…GET THIS: Wild Horses!
Did you know that was even a thing in California?
The wild horses spent all their time eating the grass of the campground – so it was mowed nicely. Ha ha!
How beautiful are they?
They knew they were safe and had no fears around people….
The poodle wasn’t quite sure what to think of horses….but I made sure he enjoyed the visitors only from my lap!
The campground owner said they’ve always had a herd of wild horses, but three years ago there was a major wildfire in the area and some
domesticated horses left their home stables and joined the herd….
While all this was going on we were keeping close watch on a bunch of wildfires that were burning in Northern California – the smoke made the scenery interesting but scary!
The campground owner gave us a couple ideas to keep track of the nearby fires and I want to pass them along because it was helpful AND I suspect we will have some wildfires again….
Tip #1 –
Search Facebook with the name of the fire because there’s a good chance there will be a community fire page – join that and you can easily keep track of community updates.
Tip #2 –
Set up an account on Twitter now. (I have a twitter account but have never used it because I didn’t want the hassle – but it was very helpful to keep track of the fire.) Just search for the wildfire name and then keep refreshing that page – Cal Fire, Police, Community services and neighbors will all post in that one place in an easy to follow format. The most recent posts will be at the top of the page so it’s easy to stay informed. The local news was also posting on twitter so we could see their broadcasts, maps, warnings, etc
Tip #3 –
Open Google maps to your neighborhood area and then search “WILDFIRES.” Google will then give you a satellite view of evacuation areas, etc…
(see the bottom right of this collage for the google view –the red part is evacuation zone.)
Tip #4 –
Specifically for San Diego:
Make sure you have the “SD Emergency App” and fyi KOGO am 600 is our city’s emergency station.
Thankfully the fires were stopped and we didn’t have to worry about evacuating!
But here’s WHY there are so many fires – look how dry our state is…
This is Lake Shasta – the current lake level is 133′ feet down from normal! YIKES!
And can I just mention as we’re talking Climate Change that it was 115 degrees while we drove down from Northern California….that just ain’t right, folks!!!
But back to some fun – remember my Vacation Motto about “See Everything?” Well of course I had to visit with the world’s largest OLIVE!
It was right next to, surprise, surprise, an olive orchard!
And what do you know, they had a gift shop….lol
And I have to show you the first recipe I made with the Garlic Stuffed Olives that we bought from the gift shop-
Sicilian Swordfish! It was as delicious as it was yummy – served it with butternut squash and a fruit salad made with my handpicked wild blackberries — YUM!
Recipe HERE if you want to give it a try.
Last up – two collections of memories – this one is all about the fun and unique road signs we passed….
And this is just a few of the unique bridges we crossed (Oregon has over 8 THOUSAND bridges!)
And as we enjoyed our final days of our big vacation we started planning next year’s trip (A Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier and Olympic National Park loop!)
because life is happier when you have happiness on the calendar!
Let me know if you have any tips for us!
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