Saturday, May 10, 2008

Desert Life

Pine Mountain

Hello again from Pine Mountain. It has been a typical May gray week on the mountain. We have hazy sunshine and temperatures in the mid 60’s Fahrenheit which is about 18 C Here at the ranch we have our own power. It is furnished by our 2 wind turbines and our water turbine. We also have a few solar panels that charge up a battery bank. Our horizontal turbine looks like a small wingless airplane on top of it’s 80 foot tower. We purchased that one from Our vertical turbine we purchased from, and our water turbine in the dam of our pond came from an Alaskan alternative energy company
This week our adventure is about a trip to the desert to help my cousin do the spring preventative maintenance on his 20 irrigation pumps that are on his desert ranch. Without irrigation nothing but cactus and sagebrush grows on his ranch . First we have our usual sections, Alternative energy, Health and Wellness, Niche Marketing, Traveling for Less, and Adventure and Treasure Hunting. We also have a new section that is a short film clip about recent International news stories.

Alternative Energy

Do you like to assemble mechanical things? Energy costs are going through the roof. More and more people are trying to supplement there energy and reduce costs. A good place to start is the book called the alternative energy bible. This book shows and tells you how to can produce your own energy in easy inexpensive projects. Go to and get your copy while they are still available.

Fuel costs are going up on a weekly and sometimes daily basis. If you can increase your miles per gallon of your vehicle even a little it helps your fuel budget in a big way. There is a way to improve your mileage, increase your horsepower, and reduce your emissions all at the same time. You will be able to turn your vehicle into a fuel efficient one with only a few readily available items from your local hardware. The instructions are easy to follow and there are many diagrams so you can see how to do it too. It does not matter if you have a gasoline or diesel engine vehicle it will work with either one. Go to to learn more while supplies last.

Do you want to increase your fuel economy? A product called Ethos helps by reformulating your gasoline and spreading out the gas molecules so more air can combine with them for more total combustion. All you have to do is add a couple ounces per tank of gasoline or diesel fuel.

Nutrition and Health

These days everyone is concerned about nutrition and health. Most of our food is over processed and has very little nutrient value. Our food looks great but not much more. If we want to stay healthy in today’s world we are forced to take supplements. The question is: What supplements will provide what you need for the least amount of time and money? I believe one of the best supplements out there is called acaiplus. It is a blend of vitamins and minerals plus acai to promote health and long life. They also have vitamins to help improve your long term and short term memory. They also have an energy drink that gives you steady long term energy. To learn more about these products go to
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Travel for Less

In these days of rising prices, how would you like to travel and save money too? Learn how you can save enough money to take that once in a lifetime vacation. Go to and find out.

There are ways to travel for free. These ways are easy to learn. Go to to find out. You will be glad you did.

Have you ever longed to travel on your own schedule and enjoy your vacation? Would you like to travel for a living and see new and interesting places every day? Do you like to write letters to your relatives telling them about your recent vacation? You have what it takes to become a travel writer. All you need is a little instruction and you can have a dream job too. Go to and learn how you to can become a travel writer.

Adventure and Treasure Hunting

Do you watch movies like Indiana Jones and wish you could do that in real life? Do you like a good mystery? Would you like to use modern methods and tools to find long lost treasure?
All this is possible if you learn from the best. Stan Grist world renown adventurer and treasure hunter has written a course complete with step by step instruction on how to become successful. Go to
And check out his course “Creating Wealth Through Adventure”

And now for our feature story

Desert Life

This week our adventure is about a trip to my cousin's ranch in the desert to fix and do preventative maintenance on his 20 irrigation pumps.

Every Spring and fall the pumps are inspected and repaired or replaced. The pumps are the only thing that keeps the ranch from returning to cactus and sagebrush.
Some of the pumps are in remote locations and you have to have 4 wheel drive to get to them.

The first thing that goes on a pump is the seals. The pump then starts to leak and does not move the water that it should. These are big pumps from 60 to 120 horsepower. They have vertical motors and need a boom and winch or a tripod and winch to lift the motors so that they can be repaired. Most of the motors are outdoors but a few of them are in pump sheds.

The pumps in the sheds are even harder to work on than the pumps in the open. They also pose the additional danger of rattlesnakes and scorpions that hide in the sheds to escape the desert heat.
The last 4 days in the desert have been anything but nice. The weather has been cold and windy. It is more like March or February weather instead of May weather.
At least with the cold weather we did not see the usual snakes or scorpions. We saw lots of long eared jack rabbits and saw a few mountain lion tracks. We heard the coyotes howling once.Finally the pumps were done and I headed home to Pine Mountain.

Pine Mountain Evening

I returned home from the desert and took a shower. I am now seated in my recliner by the fire and feel warm and clean for the first time in 4 days. Squeekers my African Grey parrot is seated on his perch munching peanuts.I am enjoying my sample coffee from Tonight I am having fools house American. It is just the right campfire coffee and after the last 4 days it tastes just right. Well it is getting late so I put Squeekers in his cage turned off the fireplace and head for bed. Good night all see you next week.