What a great time this new-to Rideout Hideout crew had this weekend!
It's always a great time seeing new-comers expressions throughout the weekend. With the repeated, "I can't believe this", "It's so peaceful", "we're in the middle of nowhere", and so on. It's truly a magical, tranquil place we're so fortunate to have access to.
Byron, Robyn, Kail, Lori, Erik (Sophie) and Jon - I had a wonderful time with you all and hope to repeat this weekend again in the near future!
Jon, have you thawed out yet? Meanwhile (as Jon's freezing on Friday night) Byrons loaded Campo Sprinter van is humming away with state of the art heating all through the night. If you haven't had the pleasure to see one of the Campo outfitted Sprinter vans, check them out - campovans.com.
Erik, the well seasoned eagle-scout, great fires and great times, sir. I expect to see photos of you and your Westfalia the next time we get out there!
Some freinds were visiting this past weekend and lost their dog...
Color: Black & White
Breed: Boston Terrier
Size: Small, weighs 20 lbs or less
Last seen: Saturday 10/15/16 @ 10:00am
Last Location Seen: On your property by the water guzzler area
Distinguishing marks: Wearing a dark pink harness (not shown in pictures), has a red heart tattoo on her belly.
Any information, please contact Todd
firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-450-9194
This little oasis in the Carrizo Plain National Monument is quite the happening place!
I hated to do it, but this weekend we finally placed NO HUNTING/TRESPASSING signs around the property, explaining that this is a wildlife preserve. Cameras are welcome, but that is all the "shooting" that will be allowed on our 30 acres.
So exciting to see the Badger, Golden Eagle and Owl for the first time at the pond.
In July 2016,I discovered that the '51 Spartan Royal Mansion at the RideoutHideout.com had been broken into by miscreants unknown. They helped themselves to some of the meager possessions cached there, and even stole one of the several Browning Trail Cameras that was mounted by the wildlife pond to record wildlife activity.
The perps (a 74 yr old uncle and his nephew) were not aware that we have the 30 acre property "peppered" with motion-activated cameras, originally intended to capture the Carrizo Plain National Monument native wildlife to share with many fans of this amazing 250K acre sacred land.
These donated still picture and video cameras (thanks Browning!) were equally effective at documenting big game, capturing these two "opportunists" committing this crime. Their identity was revealed, and after the SLO Sheriff spoke with them, almost all the stolen property was returned to our wildlife refuge in short order, with our agreement to not press formal charges against them.
The SLO Deputy that I worked with deserves accolades for the time he and his department spent in pursuit of justice. Thank you Deputy McKenney and the SLO Sheriffs.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) needs your help out there! Visitors can be eyes alert for signs of misuse of the land, a special place that deserves our gentle stewardship to remain preserved as a vital and unique ecosystem.
As well as sharing these pics from the Hideout, I was curious about Coyote lore and found this great Chumash tale...The Swordfish Race. Hope you enjoy it.
I ran up to Carrizo early yesterday morning to meet with the SLO County Sheriff regarding the theft at the Hideout and had a few minutes to check out all the farm equipment at the Traver Ranch.
This old tractor is a work of art sitting out in the field.
Click on this link for the BLM Brochure which details the "bat house" Traver Ranch.
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