Monthly Archives: September 2015

Settling Down

Waiting to board the MV Skansonia for Russ and Marc's reception.

Waiting to board the MV Skansonia for Russ and Marc’s reception.

On Sunday night Trent and I got home from a weekend in Seattle. We made the journey for a friend’s wedding, as we’ve done for many friends on many other occasions, but this wedding left a mark on the both of us. We’re still talking about it, and I expect it will stay with us for a long time.  Continue reading

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Yard Update: September

It’s been a while since we made a good old update on the yard at 3675, but don’t worry – we haven’t forgotten our first born and our favorite labor of love. We’ve been a little busy with 2381 lately (which doesn’t even have a yard, really – just a lot of really big trees), but 3675’s landscape continues to evolve, in spite of our record-breaking drought, even (thank you, rain barrel system!).

And this week, we began our front-yard transformation to native, drought-tolerant plantings!

BONUS: we dug out a ton of mulch that had been layered up over the years and was basically serving as a red carpet for termites, should the rain ever decide to return…

BEFORE: The front of our house was ringed with multiple levels of planter beds, FULL of a foot+ of mulch apiece. Buh-bye!

BEFORE: The front of our house was ringed with multiple levels of planter beds, FULL of a foot+ of mulch apiece. Buh-bye!

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2381 did not burn down.

Actually, the Butte Fire is STILL burning, but it’s now 74% contained and all evacuation orders have been lifted. The danger has passed.

Trent and I had to see for ourselves though, so after talking to our neighbor, Nick, we drove up this past Friday night after work. Skies were blue, there was nary a plume of smoke on the horizon, and the only evidence of a 70,000+ acre wildfire still smoldering a dozen miles away over the mountains were the hordes of fire trucks jammed into every lodge parking lot along Highway 4. Continue reading

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Baptism by Fire

If Labor Day was 2381’s house “warming,” this past week has been its baptism by fire.

The Butte Fire is currently raging too close to our beloved Ebbetts Pass corridor and, though the heroes of Cal Fire have done an amazing job holding it at bay, we’re having a hard time unplugging from the devastating coverage:

Please don't come any closer, mkay?

Please don’t come any closer, mkay?

The weather has turned damp, though, making the outlook sunny, and we’re hopeful our home and our new community (including the majestic giant sequoias of Calaveras Big Trees State Park just down the road from us) are going to make it.

Still can’t help but sweat when you look at a photo like that though, huh?

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Warm + Toasty

2381 is officially christened.

Cheers to our new special place.

Cheers to our new special place.

Broken-in as our most special of all special places.

Warmed-up as a hideaway for the people (and animals) we love, to laugh, overeat, drink too much, sleep in, be loud or be quiet, and enjoy some of our beautiful, dwindling, pristine places in this country.  Continue reading

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