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lithicbeads

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Geezer hiker blog
« on: February 24, 2013, 06:40:25 PM »
 This gentleman is of what you might call a certain age yet he gets out in the mountains frequently checking out the trails , the views and the rocks. These travels are recorded here with fine pictures as well. His area of focus is extreme northwest Washington state  , the area around Bellimgham. If you don't  like snow stay away from this site.

http://geezerhiker.wordpress.com/2012/05/

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Re: Geezer hiker blog
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2013, 02:44:07 AM »
His graphs tell of more snow than usual - wish he'd send some my way!

When I was a kid goat child we had lots of snow every year here. Deep stuff - snow angels, snowmen, snowball fights, inner-tubing, and even cross country skiing to work (across town). Now? Well, we have a mediocre decent one out there right at the moment but in general I think any goat born here since 1996 would argue for hours with anyone born 20 years earlier about what state we're in based on the weather. Rains used to be the same - last really good rainy season we has was 2009 and that was a freak in the midst of a still going multi-year/decade drought.

This is a whine tasting forum yes? dunno28
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Re: Geezer hiker blog
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2013, 07:20:52 AM »
Our precip may seem stable but below 3,000 feet it has been low for over a decade also. This has been really bad for our major important commercial low land tree the western hemlock. Inland things are bad as the pines on the high interior ridges no longer get adequate water and as a result the bears can't get enough nuts for winter food. In Yellowstone the alternate bear food has become Canadian thistle which used to be considered a weed. It has very nutritious roots and the leaves are addictive for many animals. You should see my mule grimace as he chokes down their gristly leaves. Lots of changes.

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Re: Geezer hiker blog
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2013, 07:30:48 AM »
Sure!!! blame everything on the Canadians :<)
It actually came over as a weed in the seed farmers got from europe that was hardy enough to grow in america; which includes Canada and Mexico:<)
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2013, 01:07:58 PM »
The so called Canadian thistle was a major pest here in the mid-west in wheat fields and took careful cultivation and mowing before it blossomed to aid in it's control. Today it has made many chemical companies rich that manufacture herbicides that help to control it.

If you disc or till under this plant and it's root system is cut into many pieces you can wind up with hundreds where you started with only one plant. I can still recall my grandfather cussing about this pest.
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