Paddling for Shore

caroline paddling on Big Bear Lake

Above: Caroline on Paddleboard

So, Fawnskin Folks are holding out on GG!

Imagine my surprise when I learned of the shore clean up that took place on Wednesday afternoon.

About a half a dozen Fawnskin residents worked to clean up debris visitors left behind.

Here in Fawnskin we all tend to pick up trash, volunteer for road or shore clean up, sweep up cinders, and get those public gardens spruced up.

Some do it in organized groups while others just get out and take action.

Thanks to all the volunteers who take the time to do their part.

For a while my project was the poop patrol down at Miller Park.

There are also many locals who take a bag to pick up trash when they hike.

But some of the organized events around here seem to have become “top secret” activities.

Personally, I found it funny when one person informed me that they didn’t want too many people showing up and so were not advertising many volunteer opportunities.

I mean really, when I think how many people actually live here full-time, GG doesn’t think it is likely that you are going to have an over abundance of help!

Okay, on to other non-news…

Truth be told, I actually have a couple of kinda newsy things.

Don’t faint.

Paddling for Shore
Paddling for shore took a whole new meaning for our Hope who took 6th place in the 5k race during last week’s PaddleFest.

She also wrote to say that, of the Conquer the Cub kayakers, she placed 4th.

Congratulations Hope and good luck on the next race–you can do it.

Hmm, maybe we need to cart her around the down town area on our shoulders in celebration next time she shows up in town.

buddy dog of fawnskin

Buddy: Dog of Fawnskin

Library Limits Hours
GG was not happy to hear about cuts in the library hours here in the mountains but on Saturday, July 30th mountain community libraries will have new hours of operation:

  • Monday-Wednesday: 11am-7pm
  • Thursdays: 10am-6pm
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 9am-5pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Wilderness First Aid Course
If you are interested in Wilderness First Aid, the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and REI are holding a two day workshop at the Discovery Center here in Fawnskin.

The course instructs participants vital first aid skills specifically targeted for hikers, mountain bikers, off roaders, climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Participants completing the course will receive a Wilderness First Aid certificate from NOLS but previous students may also enroll for re-certification.

The class beings at 9:00am on both Saturday and Sunday (16 hours total). Registration for non-members is $220 and you can get directions and enroll here.

Solar Observatory
Another Fawnskin landmark was featured in the news this week.

Yep, big news around these parts. Read more at the Griz.

In case you were wondering, the Big Bear Solar Observatory is operated by the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the US Air Force, the Korean National Science Foundation and other sources.

Contrary to local belief, there are many other solar telescopes but the new solar telescope housed here in Fawnskin happens to be the largest aperture solar telescope in the world.

Part of the Global Oscillation Network Group (GONG), our Fawnskin observatory contains one of a network of six telescopes that study the internal oscillations of the sun around the globe.

What you might not know is that there are two other telescopes on site (the hydrogen-alpha solar flare patrol telescope and the earth shine telescope).

Usually the observatory is open to tours on Saturdays during the summer but due to the NST installation no public tours/visits are scheduled for 2011.

High Altitude Gardening Xeriscape
If you are into high altitude gardening and xeriscaping you’ll be happy to know that it is time for the 9th Annual Garden Tour on Saturday, July 16th.

Stop by Eminger’s Mountain Nursery in Big Bear Lake to get the guide anytime between 9am-Noon to take part in the self-guided tour (8 total examples) until 4:00pm.

Be sure to take advantage of specials on native plants and other items during the day. For additional information contact Christie Walker at (909)866-5006.

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