Roaming the Back Roads

In order to not confuse our travel adventures with my posts on Labeling and Good Manufacturing Practices (and in order to give Jere a place to post about our travels), we have started a new blog just covering our travel adventures. Come join us at Roaming the Back Roads (www.roamingthebackroads.com). You can find maps, summaries of our trip, pictures of … Read More

Our Trip So Far (October 2015)

Update April 2016: See our blog, Roaming the Back Roads, for further stories of our travel adventures. Yes, I realize that it is already May 2016, but I promised that I would post updates on our trip and so I shall. October started out with us leaving Pahrump, NV on October 2nd and heading off to Las Vegas (just about … Read More

Our Trip So Far (September 2015)

Update April 2016: See our blog, Roaming the Back Roads, for further stories of our travel adventures. From Bend we worked our way (slowly) down to Pahrump, Nevada, where we had reservations in an RV park for 3 weeks.  Once we got a ways east, we were in what seemed like endless desert. Flat, hot, and going on and on … Read More

Book Availability

As you may have heard, I announced that Jere and I are planning to “run away from home” in our new (to us) RV.  It’s actually happening! All goes well, we’ll be heading out next Monday, August 10th. Obviously, I can’t be stocking and shipping books while we’re on the road (not enough storage space, for one thing!).  So, I’ve made arrangements … Read More

Bittersweet Weekend Trip

As a sort of pre-Memorial Day Weekend trip, Jere and I, accompanied by dogs Duke and Xena, went on a short jaunt north and then back down the coast.  It was a trial run with the dogs in the RV, to see if they (and we) would be able to do it.

It’s harder than you think

Running away from home in our new RV is turning out to be a little more complicated than one would think. So many things to consider and take care of. The biggest issue is getting rid of all our STUFF, since it won’t fit in the RV!  The good news is that we’re making progress.  The bad news … lots … Read More

Running Away From Home in an RV

Last month, Jere and I announced to family our intention to get an RV and “run away from home,” living and working on the road as we travel around the US seeing the sights and visiting friends and family. Yesterday it became a lot more REAL.  I actually drove our new (to us) RV. Actually, it wasn’t as hard as I thought … Read More

Wildlife Society Award to Chandler Family Ranch

I was just informed that our ranch, of which I have been the Operations Manager for 12 years, has been awarded the Private Landowner Stewardship Award by the Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society!  The award is one of two civic recognitions they give out annually.  From their website: “Private Landowner Stewardship Award “This civic award recognizes private landowners for implementing … Read More

Quest for the Perfect Pickle and GMP

This last week has been shaped by the bounty from our garden. When the tomatoes, peas, beans, zucchini and cucumbers are ripe, they get picked NOW … it’s not something that can be put off for a day or two. Of course, having the picked vegetables means that you have to do something with them before they go bad – … Read More

Getting Back in the Groove

They say that when you fall off a horse, the best thing is to get right back on. The rationale is that the longer you delay, the harder it is to overcome any fear you have from falling off in the first place. In other words, you lose your groove. Well, I can tell you from recent personal experience, the … Read More

Garden Therapy

Life isn’t ALL about regulations and legislation and good manufacturing practices (or preparing for presentations at the HSCG Annual Conference).  Sometimes you have to step back and take time to smell the roses — or in my case, plant the garden. We’ve been gradually working on it for years, and this spring – especially in the last few weeks – … Read More

Road Trip!

Just got back from a road trip – 2160 miles in 6 days. Believe it or not, it was really fun and we had a relaxing time. Spent a lot of time driving back roads and through State and Federal forests and parks. So beautiful!

Master Woodlands Manager Class (Part 3)

This weekend marked the half-way point for my Master Woodlands Manager training.  We covered, on Friday afternoon and Saturday, business, taxes, planning, marketing, logging and roads. About half the time was spent in the field, making a plot in a forest stand, calculating board feet, looking at options (log? thin?) and then bucking a tree. As one of the instructors … Read More

Laying Concrete Slab for Campsite

Over the last couple of years we’ve been cleaning up and building a campsite for family to use when they come to visit.  Last year we completed the “structure” (we still haven’t decided to what to call it), which is a 34′ x 18′ roof, giving us a large covered area.  As of now it has a beautiful concrete slab … Read More

Master Woodlands Manager Class (Part 2)

This week we covered all things having to do with water (hydrology), including climate and weather and the effects they have on the soil, and trees, watersheds, the flow of water in and under the ground, and managing forests along creeks, streams and rivers to protect the water quality and fish.  Water is SO important – not just to the … Read More