Klamath Nat’l Forest: Thoughts

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1. Nothing keeps deer away. Every morning and afternoon, even if I’m making noise brewing coffee or making noise shaving with an electric razor, the deer come close by.

The sound of a car running—or even starting up—doesn’t scare them away.

However, saying “Well, hello there” does!

2. You can be in the middle of nowhere and a Bud Light truck will drive by! That really shouldn’t surprise anyone because the American penchant for consuming beer goes back a long time.

A historical side note…

As a young explorer, my grandmother once showed me the hand written logs of a family member who was on board a famous ship. He wrote that “the primary reason” the Mayflower landed at Cape Cod is because they had run out of beer!

Oh no!

Oh yes! They needed to search the land for a supply of something floral—anything floral—to brew more beer! I’ll bet you learned a different version of that voyage.

We need beer!

Don’t let anyone tell you this country was founded by puritans who didn’t drink alcohol. The new world was founded because of—and couldn’t live without—beer!

I know it is unexpected to hear stories of this importance on my lowly blog but, consider this: we find knowledge, sometimes, in the most unlikely places!

Big Questions!

3. Dear Campbell’s… just what happened to the pork in a can of your “Pork and Beans?” The “pork” part isn’t included in the packaging! I think the can should just say “Beans and Sauce.”

That would be closer to the truth!

Certain trees.

4. Do bears and humans have something in common while in the woods? You bet your asteroids they do! ‘Nuff said.

Flannel sheets.

5. If only I could tell you why it took me so long to get some flannel sheets, I might be able to cure cancer!

But no, I had to freeze at Yosemite one night of 19° and on Mount Shasta at 17° on another night before I came to the realization that flannel is the cure for the uncommon cold!

It’s a very good thing that I have discovered this—because the overnight temperature drops into the mid-teens tonight!

One dollar!

6. Likewise, it took me a while to learn about 99 Cent and Dollar Tree stores (the “Where Everything’s A Dollar” store). At these stores you can find things for a single dollar that Walmart sells for four or five dollars!

It’s the cellular signal!

7. Police officers want to know if you are “alive and well” – and when you are, they smile. As I sit—completely off the road—at cellular corner, just about every California Highway Patrol and County Sheriff cruiser that passes by stops to ask me if I’m “alive and well.”

I have been appreciative of their concern—and I hope to always be able to answer in the affirmative.

Maybe it’s just old age!

8. You definitely feel colder as you age. Today, I take pills to control blood pressure and blood sugar.

The BP pills make me very sensitive to the cold so, although they may be helpful to my heart, they’re not very helpful to the way I feel!

9. I can remember when Coca Cola was made with sugar and not high fructose corn syrup. It’s a typical corporate decision to keep the less expensive sweetener—even after they corrected their huge mistake of changing the flavor and calling it “New Coke.”

But, Mexico’s Coca-Cola bottler never released “New Coke”—and, today, Coca Mexicana is still made just like it has always been (it’s even sold in the traditional curvy green bottle)!

Muchas gracias Señor Fox!

9B. Remember when Nissan was called Datsun? I can. I also remember a time when there were no seat belts in cars—and a small collision would invariably result in serious injuries.

The moral of our story?

So, despite all of the questions one may ask about progress, many things are just getting better with age!

Just not yours truly!

10. Yes, it’s amazing what crosses your mind in the deafening silence of the forest! But, honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Happy trails my friend!

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