Jamul Sunset
Jamul Sunset

Winter 2016-17


Thanksgiving, 2016
I spent Thanksgiving in Austin with Lisa and Jorge, Mom, Marie, Kate, and Roy. It was a great family reunion. In a few hikes I noted very clear water and fish, turtles, frogs, and birds. One open comb bee hive was high on a cliff. We rode the Glass Bottom Boats at Texas State / San Marcos Springs. I walked the Barton Creek Greenway between Zilker and Twin Falls, as well as the Violet Crown Trail to US290.

Dorothy, Mom, Marie, Kate, Dan, and Tim
Dorothy, Mom, Marie, Kate, Dan, and Tim

Florida Canoeing
There were 2 trips to Canoe in the Florida Everglades, which have separate reports.
December - January Florida Canoe Trip
March Florida Canoe Trip

Wood Grain
Wood Grain

Electric Panel
I rebuilt this Electric Panel last year.

Jamul, Gene
This winter and last I stayed with Gene in Deerhorn Valley. A trailer there was a great, quiet place to read, write, and plan. Ranch work was fun too. Last year we repaired many things and mowed grass, while the focus this year was on lopping / thinning brush and trees.

Gene on Brush Hog
I trimmed many Sumac Bushes, Oak Trees, etcetera with loppers and Chain Saws. Here, Gene mulches stacks of cut branches with a Brush Hog. 5' wide x 3' high debris piles totaled several hundred feet long.

Mom, Marie
I often visited mom in Vista, who was recovering from a back problem / fall. On the same trips, I visited Marie, Kate, and Roy in Carlsbad.

Barb Wire
Barb Wire

Travelling to and from Vista, I often stopped to walk at Batiquitos Lagoon, or the San Dieguito River Park by the coast or Lake Hodges.

Sunset at Batiquitos Lagoon
Sunset at Batiquitos Lagoon

Winter Reading
Potomac Heritage Trail, C&O Canal, Great Allegheny Passage
The C&O Canal Companion Mike High 2015
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Parks 2015
Home on the Canal Elizabeth Kytle 1983
Common Labor Peter Way 1993
Great Allegheny Passage Trail Edward Muller 2009
Canal Boat Children Ethel Springer 1923
The Composite Locks National Parks 1968
Geology, Engineering Structures, C&O William Davies 1989
Double Boat Report E. Mulvany 1879
Flood Repair History Donald Shaffer 1997
Tracks along the Ditch Patrick Stakem 1998
Geology of the C&O USGS 1691 2008
Historic Resource Study: C&O Harlan Unrau 2007
Raccoon Prints
Raccoon Prints

General Outdoors Reading
Many Books Borrowed from John / Mother Nature's Son
Black Elk Lives DeSersa, Pourier 2000
Crazy Horse Mari Sandoz 1942
William Bartram on the Southeastern Indians Gregory A. Waselkov 2002
Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation John Ehle 1997
Native Americans Of The Old West Henry Anatole Grunwald 1995
Man in the Everglades: 2000 Years of Human History Charlton W. Tebeau 1968
Hugh Glass Bruce Bradley 2015
The Journals of Patrick Gass: Member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Carol Lynn Macgregor 1997
Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America Edwin Tappan Adney 1964
An Illustrated history of Quetico Provincial Park Shirley F Peruniak 2000
Suwannee River: Strange Green Land Cecile Hulse Matschat 1938
Dangerous River Nahanni NWT RM Patterson 1990
Young Men and Fire Norman MacLean 1992
Everett Ruess: A Vagabond for Beauty W.L Rusho 1973
Ice Bound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle For Survival at the South Pole Jerri Nielsen 2002
Between a Rock and a Hard Place Aron Ralston 2005
Travels with Charley in Search of America John Steinbeck 1980
Walking Softly in the Wilderness: The Sierra Club Guide to Backpacking John Hart 1977
Tales of an Empty Cabin Grey Owl 1936
Ducks, Geese, and Swans of North America Frank C Bellrose 1976
Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian Paul F. Knitter 2013
A History of the Amish Steven M. Nolt 1992


Oak Fungus
Oak Fungus