Grout Creek Trout | GG’s TOT

Grout Creek No Fishing

GG’s been up the creek.

NO! Not that type of creek, the real creek that I walk almost daily on my way to the Post Office.

Wouldn’t you know it, the day I didn’t walk up it, the trout showed up.

However, when I walked it to confirm–nada.

But then, I saw the breaking news video Post Master Mike showed me of the Grout Creek Trout and I was convinced.

He was going to send it to me–but you know, GG doesn’t rate…so I took my own!

You can see it over on the Fawnskin Flyer Facebook page, so go over and explore.

Each year, the trout make their way up Grout Creek.

This year, the sediment build up from last year, combined with the odd winter, are making things a bit more treacherous for the fish.

Dead Trout

Nature has an odd way of making sure that the strongest animals reproduce, so those fish that do make it, would normally be the ones that get to pass their genes on.

This year Mother Nature, who I think has been reading all the news about Jack (the Bald Eagle juvenile) here on the Fawnskin Flyer, intentionally changed things up so Jack’s family don’t have to work so hard to feed.

You see, Bald Eagles are hunters but also great scavengers, which means that all those dead trout are easy meals.

Which means predators get to conserve energy in their never ending quest for food.

Out on the creek yesterday were a Great Blue Heron, a few Ravens and assorted other critters.

It was hard not to want to help the trout making bad decisions–but I know it is nature’s way, so I let them be.

The creek is changing rapidly each day and, without more rain soon, it might dry up down below the bridge a bit earlier than last year.

Fawnskin Road Work

Down the road, the crew working on the drain make GG’s list for being the worst public representatives that I’ve met around these parts.

In fact, they are at the top of the list for the most unsociable, scowling peeps two days in a row!

Public road and service personnel should at least be cordial to locals.

GG figures they know I took a photo of one guy working while the rest were standing around watching.

Eagles Nest!

Snoop Sister Deb’s family thought they would take advantage of her interest in eaglet Jack by sending her a picture of her grand-daughter Violet in an eagle’s nest!

Truth be told, Gramma Deb is a very good grandma whose family has a great sense of humor.

Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve

If you love the local environment, you’ll love to learn that on Saturday, April 7, 2012 (10:00am to 3:00pm) you can explore and learn about pebble plain environments–unique to our San Bernardino National Forest.

The diversity of the pebble plains is comparable to coral reefs with as many as 20 species in a square meter. Throughout the lush meadows and springs these open plains are covered by small quartz rocks (“pebbles”).

There are many low growing, tufted plants rooted in the crevices. Formed over thousands of years,the combination of unique soils, harsh growing conditions and isolation from other similar areas has created a plant community found nowhere else in the world.

The flowers of these cushion-like plants create a panorama of blooms of springtime color that cycle through the season. April and early May tend to be when wildflowers are blooming in force.

Located on Highway 18 along the north shore of Baldwin Lake, don’t miss opening day since you’ll be able to enjoy a wildflower hike with botany host, Tommy Stoughton.

The hike starts at 11:30am and attendees should bring water, lunch and wear hiking boots. Parking and restrooms are available.

The Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve will be open from 10am to 2pm on Saturdays through June 30, 2012.

Fawnkin Monthly Potluck

Monday, April 9, 2012 means that it is once again time for the monthly North Shore Improvement Association’s potluck.

During the winter months, residents and members meet at the old Miller Park School House located at 1178 Chickasaw (at Mohawk) in Fawnskin.

The NSIA wants you to show up at 5:30pm for socializing but the potluck starts at 6:00pm.

Bring a dish to share and grab a friend, neighbor, relative or guest to join the fun.

The guest speaker for the evening will be Jim Hoeltgen of Citizens on Patrol.

For more information or questions please call Chris at (310) 880-3645.

The NSIA monthly potlucks are always held on the second Monday of each month.

  • October- May at Miller School
  • June-September at Captain John’s Marina

BTW Fawnskin T- Shirts and Sweatshirts are now available in all sizes and six colors at the Fawnskin Market.

Identity Theft Big Bear

GG read something about Identity Theft yesterday at her financial institution and then the sheriff’s station alerted me to the fact that this has been on the increase locally.

So, on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 6:00pm, the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station will host a free seminar on Identity Theft and Common Fraud Scams.

The seminar will be held in Big Bear Lake at Hofert Hall (39707 Big Bear Blvd).

All Valley residents are invited to learn about how identity theft is committed, common Internet scams, techniques to avoid becoming a victim, and information on what to do if you are victimized.

Attendees will also have the opportunity for a question and answer session with a deputy.

To attend this free and informative seminar, contact Tiffany Swantek at the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station at (909) 866-0103. Seating is limited to 100 attendees.

Channel 6 Changes

So, lots of rumors about one of the local television channels have been flying around for ages.

However, locals were alerted this week that Charter finally made the decision to discontinue carrying Channel 6.

Unconfirmed report is that Charter is working with the city to develop Channel 97.

Even so, K06MU (Channel 6) plans to be available through simulcast on FM radio 87.7 and on the Channel 6 website.

One of the requested changes from Charter is for the local station to upgrade to high quality fiber optic connection.

Instead, Channel 6 is exploring other broadcasting options.

In the meantime, Charter Communications will continue to offer local programming on Channel 97.

Okay, that’s all for now ‘cuz GG is plum tuckered out.. and still has more to share!

So be sure to check back on Tuesday for more exciting, breath-taking and unbelievable tidbits.



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