The adventures of Pioneer Girl travelling with enthusiastic Camper Barn Owl Guy

Started as a blog about my trip from Pittsburgh to California in a Ford Pickup, hauling a 30' refurbed trailer/camper. Ah, California Dreaming, 'n all that. Found that adventures can be long distance or in your own neighborhood... I look for my own twist on local sites, don't take the known for granted...and always find something new. It's easy, just open your eyes..

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Barn Owls and Butcher Birds

Good Morning, Pioneer Spirits...  Saturday, October 30, 2010, GPS coordinates track us in Elk Grove, California at It's a Grind Coffee Shop, where we have finally found free WIFI.  yayyy!

Got the trailer into the vineyard down dirt roads and creek crossings, next to a huge old barn that has barn owls galore.  We are situated next to a plot of merlot grapes and the vineyard manager took us on a tour of the entire vineyard where there are patches of chardonnay, patches of pinot, and others.  This vineyard in the Lodi wine growing area grows various types of grapes and sells them to major wineries, such as Mondavi and other wineries. 

Butcher Bird
The area where we are parked is very remote. We enter through a gate that is locked both before and after we pass through. Last night was so quite except for barn owl screeches in the middle of the night.  We had the windows and curtains open to soak in the atmosphere as we slept.  We are anxious to hear the coyotes at night, and we understand there are bobcats and also a mountain lion.  There are signs of butcher birds along the barbed wire fences.  The butcher bird is a loggerhead shrike, and they impale their victims (little birds or insects, like grasshoppers) on thorns and barbed wire. They leave them there as a cache to save for eating later, now and thens.  I thought this was pretty fascinating.

For Barn Owl Camper Guy and myself , life is good, and so is merlot.  I have two remaining nights here, until Pioneer Girl becomes Airline Girl for 7 hours on my return we intend to make the most of it.  Will post another update as to what is happening.  Will be seeing my little bro, Jeff, and bee-utiful Bee today or tomorrow.  Can't wait!

Thank you to all my friends who came with me along this trip.  Ciao.. PG, xoxo

1 comment:

  1. So is the camper now where it will stay put for six months? I thought you were staying longer! What a great trip.