Up early this morning to put a pork butt on the smoker. It will take about 11 hours to cook and an hour to rest so it should be done by dinner time. It is difficult to predict exactly how long it will take, but there is a good chance we will be eating pulled pork for dinner.
It's a great day! Finally there is vaccine available where I live, and I get my first shot tomorrow at 1:00pm. with an automatic appointment for the second dose. Very happy about that! We are in the fifties with wind and the foot of snow we had is only a memory. Stay safe and enjoy the onset of spring!
I have hit the 12 hour point on my pork butt. I skipped the Texas crush which helps get through the stall. The thing is, I didn't get a real stall in the 160 deg range. The slope of the temperature curve changed, but it did not stall. This is a bit unusual from what I normally see. I am not sure how much longer this will take.
The burn area in Chino Hills State Park has gone from scorched earth to a major bloom area with a fair amount of California Golden Poppies. It turns out that many of these wild flowers take advantage of burn areas and disturbed ground. The fire has turned out to be a big positive for the area, burning off the massive overgrowth from the super bloom a couple of years ago. That said, the non native mustard, thistle and wild radish is on the way back. It is getting noticeably taller every day. The wild flowers have a difficult time competing with the non native invaders. While the burned east side of the park is exploding in color, the unburned west side is dead weeds waiting for new growth this spring. Clearing the weeds accelerated regrowth since the plants do not have to wait for the previous years weeds to dry out and clear space for new growth. Below are pictures of the famous California Golden Poppy, and California Blue Bells.
we had 60s for a few days, 50s now today I THINK, rainy tonight later & tomorrow, predicted......we poured a slab & made a dog run for LIBBY (she doesn't use it) last fall.
THink I'll lightly scratch/rake in some grass seed today.
We just finished having a bit of rain. I just got back from a hike in the burn area with my wife. We took pictures of several different wild flower varieties that we found. I will post some later. I forgot my phone and took them on my wife's phone. My wife is writing an article on the recovery. She has discovered that most of the flowers we are finding are "fire followers". The bloom still have not occurred on the unburned side of the park. I will be hiking in that side of the park tomorrow.
Here are some shots from today. This is nothing like the super bloom, but still pretty impressive. I have not seen anything like this in the non burn areas. You can see the yellow invasive mustard in the back of the last picture, which is a mixture of gold and purple.
thanks HDT nice hillside shots!! we're getting some rain off & on today, most of the day "they say".....
I've read the wild mustard stuff is real bad if you get it on you (bad itchey) & in your lungs too? we have it here too, but I've been lucky I guess.
More xc- skiing today. Were visiting some older relatives (already vaccinated) who live by a lake. So went out on a Tour de ice with the crew. Perfect conditions, just a couple of inches snow on top, sunny and warm.
Nikko, I really miss cross country skiing. We had a long period of drought where we were not getting sufficient snow. Over time, we just stopped doing it.
I still have my Atomic CCS Leader metal edge mountaineering skis and my Rossignol Trail skis along with my Asolo three pin double boots.
My feet have gotten bigger with age but fortunately, I still fit in the double boots if I wear one pair of socks. I fitted them for mountaineering which I probably will not do any longer, at least no overnight trips.
They are great for trail though since they are very still and provide a lot of control.
Maybe I will get back to cross country skiing post pandemic now that I have retired and have more time. I need to find a ski partner. I don't think my wife can ski any longer after two knee replacements.
It looks like the big difference in our skiing is that we don't have flat areas with snow. Everything is mountains unless we are skiing across a meadow or a frozen lake.
Is that a lake you are on? Those tree areas look like islands.
Chino Hills is now the California super bloom hot spot. Thanks to the fire, it is probably the only place getting large quantities of California Golden Poppies. We got caught in a traffic jam trying to get out. There is a one way road carved out of the side of the canyon where the uphill and downhill traffic caused a stopped that the rangers had to take control of. There are still a few flowers other places but not a super bloom. You can find them if you look. These are from a recent 21 mile hike up a couple of local mountains. These were on a ridge leading up to the main crest of the range. My wife and I were going to hike today but we are in a short heat wave that is going to last until about Thursday of next week. I may go out close to home later today just to get some exercise.