Saturday, October 24, 2015

16 Years a VIP

October 2016 was my last month as a Interpretive VIP (Volunteers In the Park) for the National Park Service at Cheesboro Canyon in Agoura Hills, CA. Time to get ready to move from Agoura Hills to the Central Coast.

I've spent nearly every Saturday morning for the last 16 years welcoming visitors and sending them  on their way into the Canyon. I've enjoyed same of the greatest, craziest and funny people. It was a  little slice life passing before my eyes on those Saturdays mornings topped off with an occasional rescue. I administered a lot of Bactine (technically against Park rules for volunteers) on scraped knees and elbows. 

My view on Saturday mornings. My beautiful Valley Oak tree that was my companion while I drank my tea early on Saturday mornings before visitors started showing up.

The visitor trailer, a rusting old steel can but my home on Saturday mornings.

A better view of old steel box

Early Saturday morning 

A little later on Saturday morning

A little quieter in the back country

During Byron's High School years he would occasionally join me as a VIP along with Betzi.

Vanesa , one of my regular visitors looking for her horse cookie

Last day, the crowd is gone and the old steel is closed for the last time my yours truly. I leave it to new VIPs take care of.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cleveland Sage

Cleveland Sage (salvia clevelandii) in full bloom. It doesn't take much rain to bring out the spring colors of one my favorite plants. No irrigation necessary.

Lower left corner is Ashyleaf Buckwheat (eriogonum cinereum) that was easily transplanted a few years ago from the hill above my home.

Some picks of Cleveland Sage in the morning sun.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

White Sage

Salvia Apiana (White Sage or Sacred Sage) in full bloom. The little bit of rain received this season was enough to bring about this full bloom. No irrigation used.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Old Table

This an old beaten up table beyond repair that we found at a garage sale. We brought it home and it now has a new life as outdoor furniture.