Friday, June 6, 2008

Surviving the Wild Forces of Nature

Pine Mountain

Hello again from Pine Mountain. The weather is finally about normal for this time of year. The temperature is in the high 10 C s at night and mid 20 C s in the daytime. Here at the ranch power is supplied by 2 wind turbines and a water turbine. We also have a few solar panels that charge up a battery bank. This week we have a story about tornado survival. First we have our normal sections on alternative energy, travel for less, and treasure hunting.

Alternative Energy

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, it spins away on a 30 foot or 10 meter pole out by the barn. Our water turbine in the dam of our pond came from an Alaskan alternative energy company There have been more windy days than calm days this week. Even on a calm day we have been able to produce more energy with our wind turbines than we use.

Gasoline is at an all time high of $4.48 a gallon. A gallon is just under 4 liters for those of you on the metric system. Our other ranch out in the desert had an old mule named Pete. They were going to sell him so I bought him and his 2 wheeled cart and brought him to Pine Mountain. Now when I go into the back pasture to fix fences I take Pete and his cart instead of the tractor and wagon. While I fix fence I unhitch Pete and he roams down by the pond. I here frogs jumping into the pond as Pete walks around the pond scaring the frogs. Every once in a while Pete will start to bray for no apparent reason. Once in a while even Squeekers my African grey parrot comes along. He gets impatient with my fence mending and is always saying, “ Hurry up, Hurry up.” I am getting quite a strange collection of animals here on the ranch. I have 2 horses and a mule, A parrot and a dog, a milk cow and some chickens, a dozen beef cattle and an old goat named Annabelle.

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The price of fuel keeps going up in price. Everyone is looking for anything that will increase fuel economy even a little. 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.

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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 Check out Acaiplus, Feed My Brain, and White Lightning.

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Adventure and Treasure Hunting

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And now our feature story.

Surviving the Wild Forces of Nature.

It was mid summer on the western plains several years ago. A huge cold weather front was colliding with another warmer weather front. The clouds were swirling and the sky was getting blacker and blacker. The wind had picked up and I could see lightning flashes in the distance. I was driving an old 75 chevy pickup. I knew this was going to be a very bad storm as I crossed into Oklahoma. I was in the middle of an area that stretches from Texas to the middle of Ohio better known as tornado alley.

Several of the darker clouds began to rotate. They rotated slowly at first then faster and faster. A funnel began to form. At first it was high in the air about 5 miles to the west of me. Slowly it crept closer and close to the ground. Finally it touched the ground and I could see debris being sucked into its dark swirling mass. I knew that I could not out run this monster so I looked for a place to hide from the storm’s fury. Luckily an interstate overpass was coming up so I pulled under the bridge and stopped. I got out of the truck and crawled back into a depression under a large sewer pipe at the point where the bridge met the bank. I had a heavy coat that I took from the truck. I put this on and faced into the opening away from the entrance. The noise was deafening. It sounded like a freight train was going to run me over. Luckily the tornado tracked right by the bridge and did not cross over or under the bridge. Finally the noise stopped and I came out of my hole to see what was left.

My truck was still there but it had sustained some damage. A piece of metal pipe had gone through the windshield. Numerous other dings and scratches were visible. The truck still ran so I drove to the next town and had the windshield replaced. People say an overpass is not a very safe place to escape a tornado. If there is no other shelter and you can wedge yourself into a crack or hole where the bridge meets the bank, you may survive. If you are in a house go to the interior room that does not have any windows. Better yet climb into a bathtub and cover your head with your hands. If you have a basement go there and huddle against a sturdy interior wall. During tornado season always listen for weather reports and heed tornado watches and warnings. That was my narrow escape from a tornado.

Pine Mountain Evening

It is evening again. I am back from my fence mending and have put Pete the donkey and his cart away for the night. Squeekers the parrot is sitting on his perch munching peanuts. I am enjoying my coffee of the week from This weeks coffee is Mexican Altura Pluma. It is a medium bodied coffee with a sudden bright flavor that lingers and lets you enjoy it even after you have swallowed it. I have finished my coffee now. I turn off my gas fireplace and put Squeekers in his cage. I am ready to end this day. Good night all see you next week.