Sunday, July 8, 2012

Finally an Update for Summer 2012!

   As you may or may not know, I have been having a huge problem with my (Vista-using!) laptop. I found a way to update this blog for now (phew!). We've had a busy summer thus far, beginning with an awesome cub scout camp-out & Bridging Over at Wind Wolves Preserve. This is the visitors' center, with an incredible archway made out of Tule elk antlers that were found on the preserve (antlered animals shed them every year).
   This preserve is one of several owned by the Wildlands Conservancy. Wind Wolves is located off the 166, west of the 5 fwy. Incredibly, camping here is FREE. There is a long stream that runs through the property (man made, or at least enhanced), with a series of ponds, inhabited by cool frogs.

   The campgrounds are spacious, with lots of pretty rockwork, and clean rock restrooms with a nice dish washing area, with potable water (no showers, or you'd never leave!).
   The Wind Wolves people are so wonderful, and gave us a fantastic presentation on the wildlife that calls the area home. It varies in elevation from 640 to 6005 feet. You can go for the day on a whim, or camp on weekends, with a reservation.
   You may wonder, why is there a photo of this trash can? Some of my friends have had to endure this story several times, but I think it is too funny to not share. I went to throw some trash away, & couldn't figure out how to open the lids (I have seen many trash bins, & you open it from the angled side). Now look at the next photo. I enlisted the aid of my friend and fellow cub scout (now webelo) den leader. All she did was go to what I perceived as the back, and look what she discovered!
   Yup, clearly labeled openings, with directions (wildlife-proof). I used this as a lesson to explain to the monkey, that you should always look at a problem from ALL SIDES. LOL...
   The Wednesday after camping, I took the written portion of the C-PACE (California Preliminary Administrative Credential Examination). The week after that, I interviewed for the principal (part-time, but of course I'd be there full time) position at the monkey's charter school. I find out if I passed the C-PACE Thursday evening, and anticipate hearing about the job by Friday. Send me all your positive energy & prayers for both!! :)

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