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Ecology Cooking Tip for Tea Drinkers

January 23, 2011 by  
Filed under Ecology Cooking

Do you pre-heat your teapot?  Then do you pour that hot water down the drain?  Or do you have boiling water left over in your kettle after making your tea?

If so, here’s something you can do with that very hot water.  Pour it over your sponges in the sink.  Or put your good knives (the ones you do not put in your dishwasher) in the sink and pour that hot water over them.    Be careful not to pick up hot sponges or knives.  Do not leave knives in the sink where they can become cluttered and then cut you.

Washing and/or sanitizing sponges is important.  You can do it many ways.  You can put them in your dishwasher when you run it.  You can soak them in a solution of bleach and water.   This hot water rinse is an interim way to clean your sponges.

If you have lots of hot water left over, you can pour it down your bathroom sink or tub.  This can help clear your drains.

Shorebirds in Northern CA

January 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Nature

From our bird buddy:  Len Blumin (click on picture to enlarge):

Let’s face it, some shorebirds are more attractive than others, and the tall elegant Greater Yellowlegs is near the top of the list of “lookers”, even in the dull winter plumage seen here. They are common, usually present in small numbers, and spend the winter not only along all U.S. coastlines but also inland a bit and then south throughout Central and South America. They breed in central Canada and southern Alaska. We usually see the Greater Yellowlegs foraging actively in shallow water, but this day it was kicking back on the rocks at Las Gallinas, exposing its handsome yellow legs and semipalmated toes, which I never noticed before.

We hear the Greater Yellowlegs at it flies (a pleasant but loud “Tu Tu Tu”), sometimes causing other shorebirds to alarm. Easy to identify, with unmistakeable long yellow legs and a fine bill that is longer than the length of its head (here about 1.2 x). The bill usually has some gray color at the base, and is thicker at the base than the shorter all black bill of the Lesser Yellowlegs. the Lesser also has a softer cry, with fewer (lesser!) notes, i.e. “tu tu”.
Interesting to learn that Greater Yellowlegs is more closely related to another tringa, the Spotted Redshank, than it is to the Lesser Yellowlegs. The strong resemblance between Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs may be due in part to mimicry or convergent evolution.

Yaktrax Sizing: Improve performance on snow and ice

January 3, 2011 by  
Filed under Gear

At the risk of being redundant, Yaktrax are fantastic for walking on snow and ice.  To answer your questions about sizing, here is the information on the Yaktrax package:

  • Men:        Small  5-8.8,    Med  9-11,    Lg 11.5-13.5,    XL 14+
  • Women:  Small 6.5-10,  Med 10.5-12.5,  Lg 13 – 15,  XL  15.5+

However, I am size 9.5 and wear Med Yaktrax.  Bob wears size 10 hiking shoes and is comfortable with Large.   Since the Pro have straps, ease of use is a factor.  If you’re on the upper edge of sizing, I would opt for the next size up.

Please remember to order from this blog or websites as it helps AdventureBuddies (and costs you nothing extra).  You’ll see REI, Amazon, even Sierra Trading Post on the side bar to the Right.  Speaking of traction, here’s one of our local birds of prey (click on any photo on this blog to enlarge):

American Kestrel

Bird Photos by Len Blumin