Archive for May, 2012

May 29, 2012

Squirrel

This squirrel is the third road-killed animal we’ve skinned and tanned.  We’ve tried a different tanning technique for each animal: we put Fox I in a chemical bath that didn’t work too well; we brain-tanned Fox II, which was gross and kind of sketchy but worked really well; and we used a strong black tea + raw egg for the squirrel, which also worked well (and was way less gross than brains).  Struggle Mountain has a lot of oak trees, so I’d like to try a boiled acorn broth next.

~Rachel

May 21, 2012

Solar eclipse!

Struggle Mountain‘s three young kids went up the mountain with their families to observe the eclipse, so the rest of us were left to our own devices here on the property.  Three eclipse-watching tools were procured: a very thick, dark piece of glass; a plastic cup-style pin-hole projector; and a cardboard box-style pin-hole projector.  The results were impressive!

This last picture shows the weird shadows cast by the sun at the peak of the eclipse — the edges of our shadows are very strange (check out Max’s hand!).

~Rachel

May 18, 2012

Struggle Mountain, Los Altos Hills

We are currently searching (somewhat casually, which is how we generally do things) for a place to park permanently in the East Bay.  In the meantime, we’ve settled quite comfortably at a beautiful community in the Los Altos Hills (10 miles from Palo Alto) called Struggle Mountain.  We visited this community back in December ’10 — it was one of the first communities we visited on our travels.  We loved it so much, we decided to come back for a little while.  Here are some pics for your viewing pleasure.

~Rachel

May 14, 2012

Dumpster Score #Don’t worry, we haven’t stopped dumpstering

We stopped posting our dumpster scores because there’s just too much food to keep track of.  It takes a long time to sort, and even longer to record everything.  Here are some of our latest pics: