With the solstice this week, June 20th, came a particularly special moon phase. For the first time since 1948, the Moon was full on the first day of summer.
Referred to as the Strawberry Moon, it comes when strawberry-picking season is at its height. In Europe it is known as the Rose Moon for the same reason. Other nicknames include “Honey Moon,” based on the pagan tradition of drinking honey liquor at June weddings. And yes, that is the origin of the term “Honeymoon.”
The summer solstice falls on June 20, or 21, except in rare occurrences when it falls on June 22. In 1975 the solstice fell on June 22; the next time will be in 2203. The summer solstice has more daylight hours than any other day of the year, north of the equator, and happens worldwide at the same time.
While the longest day of the year, the solstice is rarely associated with the highest temperatures of the year. The National Weather Service reports an average 6-week lag exists between the longest day of the year and the hottest average daily temperatures.
Monday, June 20th was presented an anomaly in that the western states experienced dangerously high temperatures. Records from as long ago as the late 1800s were met and broken. In Wrightwood the high was 91˚F; Phelan/Pinon Hills reported 102˚F. Palm Springs set a record for that day at 122˚ and the inland city of Riverside reached a sweltering 114˚F, compared to 2008’s record 110˚.
The Tri-Community can look forward to some respite, as temperatures are expected to cool considerably through this weekend.
Tons of potential fire fuels repurposed
By Terri Hill
Tons of material was collected at this year’s Pine Needle and Green Waste Drop-Off event. Organized by the Wrightwood Fire Safe Council, the event serves multiple purposes. Residents can make several trips to the County Yard site as they clear brush and pine needles from their properties. The location is convenient and saves time and dump card punches. Offering this free service encourages residents and property owners to observe defensible space clearing codes, which benefits the entire community. Mountain High resort benefits as well, when the containers of needles and chipped material are delivered to the slopes for use as erosion control.
This year, 28 bins (containers) were filled with 1,120 cubic yards, or 170 tons, of reusable green waste and needles. The average daily count was 99 incoming loads for disposal. Mt. High received 26 of the bins and the other two are at the CR&R Land Fill yard where Brent Speers will determine their final destination.
Cumulatively, 17,210 cubic yards of material have been collected at this event in the 10 years since its inception. That amounts to more than three million pounds of fire fuels that have been removed from properties in one decade.
Speers supplies the containers and their transport to the ski slopes every year. The bulk of the chipping and unloading of needles is handled by the inmate crews and firefighters of San Bernardino County Fire. Volunteers from the Fire Safe Council, and CERT serve as guides, keep count of the incoming loads, distribute cold drinks to volunteers, and help with unloading when the crew gets called out to fire.
Mountain Hardware made a generous donation this year, Jensen’s provided ice for the ice chests, the Grizzly sent 23 hamburger and chip meals for lunch for the entire crew one day, and countless community members brought pizza, cases of drinks, put money in the donation jar, and offered assistance where needed. The event owes its success to the hard work and generosity of the community.
Banner year for the PCT
By Terri Hill
It’s been an exceptional year for Pacific Crest Trail hikers’ annual respite and supply stops in Wrightwood.
As of June 4th, Wrightwood had hosted 1334 hikers looking for a shower, laundry facilities, and a bed for a night or two. Last year 769 hikers came through, in 2014 the total was 523, and in 2013 just of 296 hikers signed the logs kept at Mountain Hardware.
Mike Troeger and his staff at Mt. Hardware work tirelessly to accommodate the hikers’ needs. Along with keeping the registration forms in the store, Mike carries supplies and keeps a “hikers’ box” for trading odds and ends. Melissa Davis, store employee, said, “Mike orders things from other vendors, even Walmart and Amazon.com,” when the items are sought after and not available through Do It Best. Examples are long-handled spoons for use with bags of dehydrated food, and popular Sawyer water bottles.
Hikers have supplies sent to General Delivery at the post offices in host towns along the 2600-mile trail from Mexico to Canada. Resupplies of food, clothing, device chargers, etc. can be waiting for pick up when the travelers reach each town. On the PCTA website, Mountain Hardware’s PO Box number is listed as an alternate package destination for pick up at the store. Mike offered the store’s service to make it possible for hikers to collect their shipments seven days a week, rather than being restricted by the Post Office weekday schedule.
From Mountain Hardware’s hospitality to rides to and from the trail blaze at Inspiration Point, and accommodations in homes, hostels, and camps, Wrightwood is known as one of the friendliest host communities on the trail. Hikers comment that as they walk into or out of town, there is always a driver who will stop and offer a ride or a meal and a place to sleep. The registration table at the hardware store also has a list of host accommodations. Weary hikers choose from a list of single-family homes, camps, motels, and hostels that have committed to taking in strangers and making them feel at home for a night or two. The Village welcomes hikers with friendly service and the occasional live concert by local bands is always popular with the visitors. Restaurants and cafes become meeting places between locals and people who have traveled from around the world to hike the infamous PCT.
I gave a ride to a gentleman, Steve, from Colorado one day. He was getting back to the trail after a two rest days. Steve had hiked the PCT in 1981 and remembered his stay in Wrightwood as one of his favorite stops. He also commented on how different the journey is, 35 years later. On my way back to town, I gave a ride to a family from Great Britain. The grist family, Mom, Dad and two adolescent siblings were hiking, “Until it’s time to stop,” Anne (Mom) said. On their second day in town, the Grist family needed a place to stay an additional night, to wait out a storm. Within 10 minutes of my post on social media, they had a home to stay in. Willem van den Heever, a young man from South Africa, was enjoying the concert featuring John Burcher and Friends when I met him. He stayed with my husband I and taught us some simple Afrikaans words and phrases, told us of his home in South Africa and his love of films. Once back on the trail, Willem kept in touch with us, as did his family.
As a community and as individuals, we enjoy a unique opportunity to share brief encounters with people from across the globe as a result of Wrightwood’s geographical relationship to the PCT.
While Mike Troeger and the Post Office still have some packages waiting for pick-up by hikers, the official PCT season in Wrightwood is drawing to a close. That is at least, until a few show up in the fall, while traveling the north to south route from Canada to Mexico.
New Store emphasizing antiques and vintage opens in Wrightwood.
By Vicky Rinek
Wrightwood has a new shop that’s perfect for antiques lovers searching for unique treasures. From furniture to one-of-a-kind décor, Hwy 2 Antiques’ inventory not only covers nearly all needs, it suits any taste.
While the store is among several in the Village that specialize in venerable merchandise, they don’t view that as a negative. Antiques shoppers like to visit locations where they can browse in lots of shops, not just one or two. “We’re not competition. We benefit each other,” the owner said.
The proprietor of Highway 2 Antiques, at 1415 Hwy 2 in Wrightwood, has stocked their shop with interesting items including a lovely antique wooden wagon that sits out front. The business features a variety of antiques, vintage and some rare collectable items. There are beautiful handmade quilts, a wonderful collection of kitchen and art items, and Western and American Indian artifacts.
The owners intend to also use the backyard space to display more rustic antique items. Among the items that will be available at Hwy 2 Antiques are décor, glassware, pottery and artwork, furniture, western wear, wagon carts and buggies. In other words, “odd and exotic” items or “things I hope will grab people’s attention,” the owner said. The business has been a 2-year undertaking for them who hunt down all the store’s items themselves, mostly at auctions and swap-meets.
The owners hopes the store will bring a unique flavor to the Village, “I think if you just bought a house or you’re looking to change the look of a room, we’re gonna have a great collection,” the owner said. “We have a bit of this and bit of that at the store,” the owner said, adding that one would be hard pressed not to be able to find something to like.
They have lived in Wrightwood for 12 years. Moving from down the hill to this mountain community was the best move for them. “I wanted to get away from the congestions of Long Beach and raise my children in a small community, that was important to us.” the owner said.
The community is invited to just come in and look around, and the owner added that if you are looking for something in particular and can’t find it, they will get it for you.
The hours of Hwy 2 Antiques are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To reach the store, call c. 310.918.5490
Food for Thought
By Terri Hill
My friend Pat Krig asked, “Where are the recipes?” I realized that with the end–of-the-school-year activities to cover, I’d neglected my column for two months.
Pat asked for a summer-y recipe, and I’m happy to oblige. With this week’s temperatures soaring, maybe you feel as I do; it is too hot to turn on the oven. For that reason, I prepare many salads for supper in the summer months. To add protein, and make them more filling, I toss in shredded meat. We barbeque three times a week or so, and the leftover chicken or pork is a great addition to the salad. Grilled tofu is good in salad too. For dessert, fruit and/or ice cream are refreshing. This Pampered Chef® recipe is a favorite of my family. Change it up, use your favorite sherbet and berries. And if you need a trifle bowl, check out my website: www.pamperedchef.biz/terrimcchill
• Slice two limes thinly, a mandolin works best, set aside. Zest remaining limes to measure about 1 tablespoon zest; juice limes to measure ½ cup juice.
• Whisk together cream cheese, condensed milk, lime juice and zest. Set aside ½ cup whipped topping. Gently fold in remaining whipped topping until smooth. Slice strawberries with egg slicer. Place berries in small batter bowl.
• Cut pound cake into 1-inch cubes with bread knife. To assemble trifle, place half of the pound cake cubes into bottom of trifle bowl. Top with half of the sherbet, spread evenly. Top sherbet with half of the berries and half of the cream cheese mixture. Arrange lime slices in a circular pattern against inside of bowl to garnish. Repeat layers one time with remaining pound cake cubes, sherbet, berries and cream cheese mixture.
• Pipe reserved whipped topping in rosettes around rim of trifle using decorator (or plastic bag with the corner snipped off to create a decorating tip). Coarsely chop almonds; sprinkle over top of trifle before serving. Garnish with additional berries, if desired.
Coat additional lime slices with sugar for a pretty garnish.
Building a community of health and wellness, one class at a time.
By Michelle Basta Speers
Want to feel and look better and have fun doing it? In need of some helpful advice on how to eat well and improve your health? Then join me at the Community Building two mornings a week for workouts that fit every body.
Starting June 7, we meet at 7:45a on Tuesdays for Piyo™, a yoga-inspired workout done at a challenging pace and designed to improve strength, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility. A great class for all fitness levels, Interval Circuit on Thursdays at 8:15a uses bodyweight and resistance bands for a total-body high-energy workout that alternates between strength and cardio exercises to get your heart pumping and your muscles burning. Also on Thursdays at 9:30a is Movement Improvement, a class designed to improve posture, balance, mobility and flexibility and ease aches and pains due to muscular imbalances, overuse, injury and aging.
As a health and fitness professional, I have been teaching exercise classes and working with clients for more than 20 years. I hold certifications from the American Council on Exercise as a Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Health Coach; from the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Personal Trainer; and from the International Sports Sciences Association as a Specialist in Sports Nutrition. My goal is to create a fitness community in Wrightwood where we can come together to support each other in our collective journey to be healthy, happy and strong, inside and out.
Classes cost $6 each, 10-class punch cards are available. Bring a mat and water to all classes. For regular updates, information and inspiration, find and “like” the Wrightwood Fitness Facebook page. Got questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle Basta Speers left her position as Healthy Lifestyles Director at the South-Pasadena San Marino YMCA to move to Wrightwood with her family earlier this year. She founded and led the SPSM YMCA Running Club for several years and has completed more than 100 marathons, ultra-marathons and triathlons to date. In addition to teaching fitness classes, Michelle coaches and trains clients, helping them reach their exercise, nutrition and health goals. Michelle is also the former exercise editor of Muscle & Fitness HERS magazine and currently freelances for a variety of fitness magazines.
Lions welcome new members
By Vicky Rinek
Timberline Lion Club members congratulate newest members Gail and Ed Dykstra after being inducted into the club on June 16, 2016. District 4L-5 Second Vice Governor Bill Hannon and new member sponsor Lion Scotty Barclay assists.
Reciting the oath, new members promised to the best of their ability to abide by the Lions Code of Ethics, attend meetings as often as possible and contribute their share to the programs of the club, District and Lions Club International.
The Timberline Lions Club is always looking for local women and men of all ages who are willing and anxious to give their time, energy and resources in service to their community and the world.
They meet on the third Thursday of each month at the Wrightwood Community building at 6:00 PM for a dinner and guest speaker. The next meeting will be July 21.
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