Tuesday the 23rd I and the rest of the Douglas County Museum's Umpqua Explorer program (it used to be called the Junior Explorer program) visited the home of a couple whose purpose in life is to be completely self sufficient and right now estimate themselves to be 80-90%.
In the picture above he's in their garden.
Their house is actualy just a large metal barn but is very nice inside. It's powered completely by their own solar, wind, and hydro power and heated completely by their woodstove!
They used to live in New Mexico but wanted to move to a place where she could cut her own Christmas tree(and where they could be self sufficient more easily).
Their farm is about the same size as Maggie but in the more mountainous terrain east of Roseburg (we live northwest of Roseburg)
They make a living selling goat meat and their excess eggs, mushrooms, and dairy products. also she sells Navajo style rugs for about $100 a piece (she learned to make them from a Navajo rugmaster whose rugs sell for $10,000 a piece).
They pick wild plants such as Plantain which treats bug bites and Oxalis which is great in salads.
Me and Mom couldn't decide whether they're doing this because their hippies or because their conservative and wish they lived in the 1800's (I know people of both those ways). their house seemed very hippie-ish with a mix of casual and fancy, Asian and European with a Budihst shrine. but he dressed like a cowboy.
Every once in a while he would say: maaaa! He sounded just like a human toddler.
Me and my family are already getting our own meat, raising chickens for eggs and gardening but we're also interested in doing some of the other things they're doing: raising goats for meat and milk, having a hydro electric genorator (his fits in a doghouse) utelizing wild plants and mushrooms, and drying our herbs.
We recently went on our first long hike in months around Maggie.
First we went to the base of the promontory.
From bellow the promontory we hiked along through the woods for a little while. We started seeing what looked like a field past the trees when we got through the wood we found ourselves:
in front one of the most beautiful views I've ever seen!
It was then that we realized that we were very close to Wildcat Canyon.
We had thought that Wildcat canyon and The Promontory were on completely different parts of Maggie.
We hiked up a fairly steep incline to get to the canyon.
We reached one side of the canyon.
We went down and found another promontory with several micro-caves in it.
Each cave at it's mouth was about 13 cm in diameter. A bit small for a human but comfy for a Raccoon small Bobcat or feral cat(we saw some very small bird reptle amphibian or rodent bones in the cave below.
It was then that we realized that the "new promontory" that we'd found was directly across from THE Promontory and we were basically right back where we started!
One week later we were about to drive up the hill to retrieve the motion activated camera when we saw an SUV parked by the side of the road. We went to investigate and found someone taking measurements of an exposed rock face. He said he was a geology student from the University of Texas working on his thesis (which was to prove a theory of his about the geology of this region. we told him about the promontory we discovered the week before and asked if he wanted to come see it he said yes so we took him up there!