Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Our Friends Who Moved to Los Barriles

Our friends Larry and Cheri have finally retired and moved into their house in Buena Vista. We dove up and accompanied them down the highway since it was their first time. They are thrilled to be here and have wasted no time getting involved in the community. Larry sings at the open mic at Roadrunner and has landed a part in the upcoming Shakespeare play.

Cheri is an artist and an art therapist. She quickly found willing art subjects in our cute little burros. I love her art and here are a few drawings she shared with me. 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Rescuing Deer from the Icy Waters of Alaska

This is a great story.  It has nothing at all to do with our little Pueblito except that Los Barriles is full of kind people who would have done the same thing as Tom Satre did in this story:

Tom Satre told the Sitka Gazette that he was out with a charter group on his 62-foot fishing vessel when four juvenile black-tailed deer swam directly toward his boat.

"Once the deer reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat, looking directly at us. We could tell right away that the young bucks were distressed.

I opened up my back gate and we helped the typically skittish and absolutely wild animals onto the boat. In all my years fishing, I've never seen anything quite like it!

Once onboard, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering."

“This is a picture I took of the rescued bucks on the back of my boat, the Alaska Quest. We headed for Taku Harbour.
Once we reached the dock, the first buck that we had been pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back as if to say 'thank you' and disappeared into the forest.

After a bit of prodding and assistance, two more followed, but the smallest deer needed a little more help.

My daughter, Anna, and son, Tim, helped the last buck to its feet. We didn't know how long they had been in the icy waters or if there had been others who did not survive. 

My daughter later told me that the experience was something that she would never forget, and I suspect the deer felt the same way as well!"

I told you! Awesome... Huh?

"Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear."
- Mark Twain -

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


These little guys are about ready to fly. The nest is near my wife's restaurant, Roadrunner Cafe. Lots of car and foot traffic but neither mom nor kids seem upset by it.Our groundskeeper/maintenance man all-around-guy, Goyo, realized that the branch where the nest is built was dead.  So he carefully tied the bad branch up so that it wouldn't fall before the babies take flight.