The dog days of the virus are here, everyone is tired of the whole thing and want their old lives back, ‘old’ is relative given that one month ago we were sailing along with our ‘old’ lives. It is somewhat sobering that so many projects that were on the to-do list still remain untouched. A reassessment is in order, perhaps that pile of wood in the backyard, waiting to become a shed, should become a “for sale” item on Craigslist. Those boxes of old stuff, your once expensive camera equipment, should be put on the auction block. Crates of grown-out-of clothes will never get sorted out, mark them ‘Goodwill’ and set them aside, you will feel better. Any clutter that you planned on organizing, when you have a spare day, that still sits untouched after a month of shelter- in-place should be looked at like a chicken spotting a June Bug, ‘The end is near!’
Trees were still dripping from the last rains while bushwhacking for mushrooms two days before Christmas. It was fun slipping and sliding in the mud. Stepping around branches often created a sideways shower when a branch snapped back into position. Some of the coastal range can be very steep and you have to get back to the truck. The hike uphill can work up a lather making a fun-guy wet on the inside and outside. A slug of hot tea and a few chuggs of water help recovery efforts. A clean towel, dry shirt, socks and jeans makes the ride home comfortable after all that exercise. Now if only the mushrooms would show up!
The Sacramento International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) is California’s largest annual gathering for anglers, hunters, boaters, off-roaders and others seeking outdoor adventures, nearby or truly around the world. More than 630 exhibiting companies spotlight gear, destinations and services. Five buildings and acres of outside space also feature nearly a dozen theaters and demo areas—all free for the show-goer (an entry fee is required), who can try products, learn from local and regional experts and even take a test drive. Plus, there’s a giant, free Youth Fair on the weekend at Cal Expo’s Center.