Saturday, November 8, 2008

Lake Powell

Hello again from Pine Mountain. Glad you could join us. It the first week of November.
This week it was just the usual ranch chores here at the ranch. I turned some more wood into wood chips with the chipper. This week some friends took a trip to Lake Powell. Lake Powell is this week’s story. If you are new to this site, here is how things are arranged. First we have this section where we tell you about things on the ranch and the surrounding area. Next we have sections on Alternative energy, Easy cash, Nutrition and Health, Travel for less, and Adventure and Treasure hunting. Then we have a weekly travel adventure with pictures from somewhere in the world. Each one of the sections has links to websites and products. Finally we have coffee by the roaring fire in the fireplace and wish you a good night and a good week ahead. I hope you enjoy our newsletter and return at least once a week for a new adventure and new products and programs to improve your life.

Alternative Energy Store

Looking for ways to save money on alternative energy? Go to the Alternative Energy Store at Visit the Alternative Energy Store for great prices on solar and wind energy equipment! They have thousands of useful products at reasonable prices. They have solar panels, wind turbines, water turbines, and all the control circuits that are needed to hook everything up. Not sure what you need or how to hook it up? They have books and video courses that take you through everything in easy to understand steps.

Wind and Water turbine companies

First for those of you that have just joined us, 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. 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 The wind has been normal for this time of year. Every day there is an almost constant 7 or 8 mph wind. In the late afternoon and early evening the wind picks up to about 10 to 15 mph.

Alternative Energy Handbook

Is your electric bill going through the roof? Are you paying $200 or even more per month for electricity? Do you want to cut costs or even learn how you can sell electricity back to the power company so they pay you instead of you paying them? Learn how you can supplement you electricity and reduce your electric bill for only a small investment of less than $200 in alternative energy. Go to Alternative energy and learn easy ways you can cut your electric bill.

Hydrogen Fuel

The price of fuel keeps going up in price. Gasoline is now over $3.00 a gallon. Everyone is looking for anything that will increase fuel economy even a little. Most Alternative energy fuels are still years away but 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.

Ethos Fuel Additive

Do you want to increase your fuel economy and create 30% less pollution? How about increase your gas mileage and increase your power too. An environmentally safe non toxic product called Ethos will do just that. It improves gas economy by reformulating your gasoline to allow more air to be mixed with the fuel vapor. This causes cleaner combustion and increases power. Your fuel burns more completely and thus produces less emissions. All you have to do is add a couple ounces per tank of gasoline or diesel. Go to and learn more about this alternative energy supplement.

Easy Cash

Easy Program

Are you looking for a way to earn extra money in these hard economic times? Have you tried other programs that are all hype and in the end you are just poorer for the experience? Are you looking for a down to earth way to make money on the internet? I have found a program that will teach you step by step in simple easy to understand videos how you can prosper on the internet. Once you set things up the program runs almost on autopilot. All you do is monitor things answer a few emails from paying customers and collect and cash your checks. You spend less than 2 hours a day working the business. Go to to find out more.

Web Domains with Residual Commissions

Is the cost of living getting you down? Do you need to make some quick money to cover expenses? Go to , put in the access code mountain1, watch a free short movie and start making the money that you have dreamed about.

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.

Travel for Less

Discounts, Incentives, Rebates, and Promotions

Are you tired of paying high airfares only to be crammed into a tight seat when you travel? Find out how you can save hundreds of dollars on your next flight. You may even be able to fly first class for the cost of coach if you know the secret. Learn how you can save enough money to take that once in a lifetime vacation. Go to and find out now while supplies last.

Travel Secrets

Discover how you can fly around the world on a shoestring budget. There are ways to travel for free. These ways are easy to learn if you know the secrets.. Go to to find out. You will be glad you did.

Travel Writing

Have you ever wished that you could travel for a living. Does the call of far off places thrill you? Would you like to travel the world on your own schedule and see the places that you want to see? Would you like to enjoy your vacation and get paid for it too? Long 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? Would you like to be pampered like a VIP and enjoy life all for just writing about your travel adventures? Do you like to write letters to your relatives telling them about your recent vacation? Then 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

Proper Research is the Key

Do you watch movies like Indiana Jones and wish you could do that in real life? Do you like a good mystery and a good adventure? 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 our feature story.

Lake Powell

On the Colorado River at the Utah Arizona border is a large lake called Lake Powell. The lake was formed when the Glen Canyon dam was built. Today it is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.


Glen canyon was the second choice after Echo park was deemed to important to submerge. Construction began in October 1956 when President Dwight Eisenhowser pressed the button that set off the charges for the bypass tunnels. The last concrete was poured in September 1963. The turbines and generators were finished in September 1966. On September 22, 1966 the dam was dedicated by Lady Bird Johnson. It took until June 1980 for the lake to reach capacity. Today the Glen canyon and over 80 side canyons form Lake Powell. Each Canyon is an adventure all it’s own.

Our adventure

We drove in from Los Angeles on interstate 40. At

Flagstaff we turned north and went to Page Arizona. We left Page and drove to Wahweap Marina where our friends were waiting for us in a 54 foot houseboat called an Escape. We also had a 19 foot runabout and a kayak.

We left the marina and began exploring Lake Powell. The Lake is about 75 feet below the full level. This leaves a white ring on the read sandstone. Our houseboat is an adventure all it’s own. It is fully equipped with all the comforts of home and even has a hot tub. We have two 115 horsepower engines that propel the boat and a 10 k generator and inverter system for power. We watch our depthfinder so that we do not go too shallow and get stuck.

It was sunset on our first night on the Lake. It is mid September so the water temperature is still warm about 74 degrees F. Daytime temperatures are in the mid 80’s F and nighttime temperatures are in the lower 60’s F. The sun set with a red glow behind the red sandstone cliffs to the west. The stars came out. It is desert out here so in the clear night air there are more stars visible than you can ever imagine.

There are 4 of us on this big 54 foot boat. You can see other boats here and there on the lake but with over 1900 miles of coastline there is plenty of room for everyone. My friend Jim is our captain and his wife Jane is our chief meal planner and hostess. My friend Katy and I are on the upper deck talking and looking at all the stars.

Dinner was served. We have steak, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy. We had dinner rolls and a merlot wine to wash it down. We have ice cream and apple pie for desert. Jim anchors the boat for the night and he and his wife retire to their stateroom. Katy and I talked and watch the stars a little longer marveling at the quiet solitude of the lake. Finally we turned in and went to sleep in our stateroom.

The sun comes up early the next morning. We have breakfast and then Katy and I decide to do some side canyon exploring in the runabout. Jim and his wife are going to cruise down the lake and he showed me on the map where he will be when Katy and I return from our side canyon trip.

Our side trip up a small canyon is amazing so many colors and so many wind and water formed rock formations. There was even a small waterfall. Katy and I spent an adventurous day in the canyons of Lake Powell then we returned to the houseboat. Jim had the houseboat right where he said he would be.

We spent 5 more days and nights on the lake but we could have spent a year on the lake and still not have seen everything. Finally we went back to the marina and turned in the boat. We said good bye to Jim and Jane then headed home to Los Angeles and that was our Lake Powell adventure.

Pine Mountain Evening

It is evening and I am relaxing in my easy chair in front of the fireplace. A cheery gas fire takes the chill off the mountain evening. Squeekers my African Grey parrot is sitting on his perch munching peanuts. I am relaxing with my coffee from Tonight I am trying chocolate Mint. This coffee has a distinct taste of chocolate mint taste mixed with roast coffee. It goes well with almost all deserts. It is just the right drink for a cold evening.Squeekers and I have been watching the latest episode of the Sci fi series Stargate Atlantis. Both my coffee and my TV show are over now. It has been a long day. I put Squeekers in his cage, turn off the gas fireplace, and head upstairs to bed. Good night all. See you next week.