How to Make Acorns into Food (Part 3)

  We conclude our “Acorn Trilogy” by learning to use water and gravity to transform the bitter nutmeats into nutritious and filling food. In Part 1, we reviewed the steps … Continue Reading →

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How to Make Acorns into Food (Part 2)

    When we gather, process, and cook acorns, we connect with nature in a way that is absent from our modern lives.  It allows us to revive the ancient … Continue Reading →


People Rescue Bear Cubs (Video)

  After discussing the recent mountain lion attack, I thought I’d share a more heartening human/animal interaction. This video has been on the Internet for several years.  I like it … Continue Reading →

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Mountain Lion Attacks Six Year Old Boy

    Sunday afternoon, a six-year old boy was attacked by a mountain lion.  The boy and his family were hiking a popular trail in nearby Picchetti Open Space Preserve … Continue Reading →


How to Make Acorns into Food (Part 1)

  For me, the end of summer is signaled by the start of the acorn harvest.  True oaks (Quercus) and Tanoaks (Lithocarpus) in my area produce a bountiful crop of acorns. … Continue Reading →

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Death and the Grey Fox

     WARNING: This article contains pictures of a dead animal.         It was a beautiful creature; what a shame it had to die. But death is … Continue Reading →

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September is Acorn Month!

    September is Acorn Month at NatureOutside! Each season brings its own special joys.  Fall heralds the acorn harvest.  I love acorns, and you should too! Acorns remind us … Continue Reading →

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The High Sierra Loop – Merced Lake to Vogelsang

    Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. – John Muir   This post is part of a series about my hike on Yosemite’s High Sierra Loop.   Merced … Continue Reading →

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The High Sierra Loop – Sunrise Camp to Merced Lake

    This post is part of a series about my hike on Yosemite’s High Sierra Loop. Sunrise to Merced Lake Starting Elevation: 9400 ft. (2865 m) Ending Elevation: 7150 ft. … Continue Reading →


Simple Leather Project – Coyote and Night

    Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. – Franklin D. Roosevelt   When you start working with leather, you need simple projects … Continue Reading →