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SCV Outdoor Report

    SCV Outdoor Report: Debris Flow

    outdoorBy Wendy Langhans

    The news this week has been full of warnings about debris flows, especially in and around the area that was burned last year in the Station Fire.  But for someone like me, who came to California from the flatlands of the midwest, the danger may be difficult to grasp.

    I understand the damage done by tornados - I've seen tornados.  But debris flow?  Just what are they talking about?

    SCV Outdoor Report: Keeping My Feet Warm


    By Wendy Langham

    Last week, we took a road trip to visit family, driving north along the eastern side of the Sierra's.  I debated whether or not to pack my warm (and ratty-looking) cardigan sweater.

    Later that night I was glad I did: our hotel room in Lone Pine was cold and my feet were freezing.

    SCV Outdoor Report: Joy to the World


    By Wendy Langhans

    Warning!  Today's story is NOT your ordinary "SCV Outdoor Report".  Because today is Christmas, I am shifting my point of view from a biological observer of nature to theological observer of nature.

    SCV Outdoor Report: Putting Food By


    By Wendy Langhans

    Some people collect coins or stamps, my mother collected empty Maxwell House Instant Coffee jars.  These were just the right size for a family-size meal of vegetable stew, part of her summertime ritual of "putting food by" for the winter.

    SCV Outdoor Report: Smooth As A Baby's Bottom


    By Wendy Langhans

    A few weeks ago I was leading a hike in East/Rice Canyon.  Then it happened - an event guaranteed to strike terror into the heart of every hike leader - I was asked a question I couldn't answer.  A young girl asked, "Why is the inside of this acorn cap smooth?"

    SCV Outdoor Report: Cottonwood...

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    By Wendy Langhans

    "Let me be by myself in the evenin' breeze

    And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees"

    "Don't Fence Me In" by Robert Fletcher and Cole Porter.

    SCV Outdoor Report: Scattered Near And Far...


    Who has not stopped to observed wind-bourn seeds? As a child growing up in Wisconsin, I watched my father carefully break open dry milkweed pods.