Summer’s Rise; Check out the Fall

With the temperatures getting close to the triple digits this weekend, I was thinking about how to get out of the heat. One suggestion that does not involve going to the mall or spending a small fortune is taking a gorgeous hike and seeing the amazingly scenic view that is Multnomah Falls. Multnomah Falls is a full 611 feet tall; making it the fourth largest waterfall in all of the United States. This dual-drop beauty is definitely a sight to behold with a bridge holding you right above the second drop of the waterfall measuring at 69 feet and directly before the first fall at 542 feet. This beautiful attraction is only thirty miles outside Portland and has a restaurant and gift-shop for memorable food and gifts. Multnomah Falls is also featured in nearly every World Book and Almanac as one of the tallest waterfalls.

Multnomah Falls offers a nice little hike up and down; about 2.6 miles round-trip. The area is beautiful and available all year round. There is no admission fee and no regulations other than stay on the trail. The natural beauty of the place is absolutely something you want to see in person. There are a few other falls you can see along the way; also the beautiful Vista House is en route to the falls if you’d like to walk in and look around; all free of charge.

Interested, yet? What if we told you the drive up there is also an incredible site along I-84 and was very easy to follow? Local farms from Corbett offer many “You-pick” or “You-dig” fresh fruits and vegetables that you and the family can stop by before the invigorating hike all the way to the top of Multnomah Falls.

These falls are very popular; especially Multnomah Falls. People bring their families for get-togethers, family outings, weddings, dates, the list could go on. We at More Bees are not trying to only inform you of bees and our products; we also want to teach you about the local market and help you learn about and love local attractions. So, go inform your friends of this beautiful location if you are in the Portland area and are considering on going for a hike. Multnomah Falls will be a hike you won’t soon forget.

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A Wolf in… Bee Clothing?

At this time of the year everyone starts talking about bees; just not in the good way like how important they are in pollinating the food we all eat or for the honey they make. No, it’s for getting after them at picnics ad other outdoor activities. Well this is a common mistake; for the culprit is an impostor; and more often than not it’s not a bee at all. It is probably a wasp; commonly called the “Yellow Jacket” this wasp looks a lot like a bee. The yellow jacket is just slightly bigger and thinner than a bee and is black and yellow – a brighter yellow than a honey bee. The honey bee is fuzzy where the wasp has sporatic feeler hairs. If it is a honey bee it is most likely looking for flowers with nectar not for you and if it is not provoked it will most likely go away. The wasp is not nearly as nice and can be unpredictable in its behavior. They can attack with out warning, can bite, or sting not just once but repeatedly. These guys can ruin a picnic or a great game in the sun. So; next time you see people having a problem with some a black and yellow flying insect with a stinger thinking it is a bee. Look closely and is; is it a bee that you can leave alone to it’s own devices? Or is it a wasp that may just be out and about to be a jerk?

 

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Pokémon Go Update.

There have been some learning curve challenges for me with Pokémon Go.  I said I would put out lures at our events and I have. One of the challenges I have run into is location of our booth to a Poké Stop.  At the Clinton street fair I was just barely in range of a Poké Stop but I was not able to drop a lure. I tried to a few different times during the event. At first there was a lure in place and as everyone know (well everyone but me at the time) you can’t stack lures, so you have to wait for the lure to run out and then you can put in the next lure. The other issue was a technical issue; it was the steps to actually add the lure. I had a friend walk me through that process at the Camas Farmers market and I was able to put out a lure. Needless to say there is a Poké Stop within distance of our booth and we have a permanent location at Camas farmers market. This is not always the case for other events we are at. I will update you whether or not we can drop lures at our other events as we go. I wish that Niantic would make a mobile or temporary Poké Stop that businesses could buy for just this kind event. Things like farmers markets or street fairs where you will be in a location for a short time. This would allow business that want to bring this extra value to their customers to bring it.
The other news is about gyms and the challenge that my Team (Valor) faces. Most of the gyms I have seen in the Portland Vancouver area are owned by Team Mystic. The next I have seen a smattering of Team Instinct and only a few Team Valor. So on Wednesdays, I invite everyone that is on Team Valor to come to the Camas Farmers Market and help us claim the Camas Library gym. So, come on and let us take this gym for Team Valor!575528_1
See you all there and until the next time!
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Soulful Giving of 2016

It’s time again for our favorite event of the summer; Soulful Giving Blanket concert. This is the 6th occurrence of this annual event and all the proceeds from this concert benefit Randall Children’s Hospital and Providence Cancer Research Center. Every year I meet some of the most awesome and nicest people there. This will be More Bees ® third year of being at Soulful Giving. We encourage all of our friends and loyal customers to come and enjoy this even it is an opportunity to hear some good music, eat some amazing food, and relax at the Yoshida estate with your choice of adult or non adult beverages. While you are having fun; remember, good things are happening for two great organizations, Providence Cancer Research Center and Randall Children’s Hospital. So; come support local vendors and those who suffer from cancer each and every year. We hope to see you there; until next time, we bid you adieu.

Pokémon Go! Have You Been Watching?

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Is it really a cultural phenomenon? Is it a health hazard? Is it a break through in phone games?
How many people do you see walking down the street flicking their phones in attepmt to catch the new Pokémon they find?
Well, I have thought on these questions and finally decided in devuldge into the trend known as Pokémon Go. I was going to write about some of the negative aspects; like people running in to stuff or getting stuck in a tree, people trespassing, and of course the auto accidents. But before I wrote anything I wanted to check it out, so I would be somewhat knowledgeable. All I have to say is -Wow!- Pokémon Go is pretty awesome. I am sure as I get better it will even be more epic. One of the things I did hear was safety concerns for people playing the game. Lures placed where people can be taken advantage of, robed, being the cause of accidents on the road ways, stumbling into places a person shouldn’t be, or abducted. That’s crazy scary, right?
 Well, you can at least count on being safe with us here at More Bees, we will be having lures at the events like; farmers market, saturday market, and street fairs. So come by enjoy these events, check out our products and catch some Pokémon. 🙂
But remember this -or tell your kids-; you all NEED to stay vigilant while you play Pokémon Go. You can cause serious harm to not only yourself but to others around you. You are not safe while you look at your phone to catch Eevee or getting new supplies for the next battle. You need to listen to your surrounds and look for hazards. It is sad for us to think of young people losing their lives to something as simple as a mobile game; but it is happening. So; remember the basics when crossing roads or going somewhere you are unfamilar with. Also, don’t drive and use your phone. It is already bad enough people text and drive, don’t play a game and drive. You’re life matters; to your family and to us.

Beekeeping Isn’t Just For The Little Guys

Yesterday I was talking to one of our customers about bees; I was telling them about how I started keeping bees because I heard about CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder -This is mentioned in an older post) and knew that we needed to help the local bees be able to survive the new threats that they faced. I knew they would need to either evolve or change their behavior to deal with all the mites, infections, pesticides, and environmental challenges. This friend (customer) told me about a soul mate -a fellow who was also in search of possibilities to help the local bees.  He is a bit more famous than I am but he has a big heart and I have included a link to more information about him. I do want to thank all of you for the information you give me. I want to share information about local events, local places to go, what you think of our products, and -of course- bees. You can always e-mail me at beekeeper@morebees.com The soul mate; that I mentioned earlier, is none other than THE Morgan Freeman. He has converted his 124 acre ranch into a bee sanctuary. This is a great thing -as is anyone that wants to raise bees and focus on the health of the bees. Things like going foundation-less in your hives,  not using treatment for the bees, accepting that it means less honey, but healthier bees that can survive in the local environment. Over time they will be better able to live with the new threats that face them.
For a little humor; since we mentioned the great Morgan Freeman check out this video for a good laugh.
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Hurray For Freedom of Speech (and Song)!

Happy Birthday to you America, another year or liberty and freedom! But –before we get too patriotic- there is a phrase that should have been free to use; not permitted for free use only a few months ago. The song “Happy Birthday To You”, was actually not free to use until just last month. It was still owned and people were expected to pay royalties for its use. Can you believe that? We are taught this song as wee ones, yet were never truly meant to use if freely. Since 1893 this song was copy-righted to the Hill sisters. Since then, the song was not permitted for public use without the fine contribution to Warner. Only private performances were legal, but if a business or company tried to use the lyrics, they had to pay. In 2008 Warner was collecting $5,000 USD a day –a DAY-; incredible right? One little song you learn as a child made that bid of an impact on businesses and companies world-wide. Ruling for the case began in September 2015 and the settlement in February 2016; thus making the song “Happy Birthday To You” is public domain. That means that when you go out on your birthday they no longer will sing some lame birthday song to you; they will be able to sing “Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you.” -and not have to pay a royalty.  This is especially satisfying as America celebrates another birthday on July 4th in the best way we know how; by setting of beguiling and gorgeous fireworks. You can feel proud of your country and of our justice system this year after all these years we can finally sing a song we all know and have sung for years (even when we could have been charged a fee just for celebrating someone’s birthday). Justice is slow; but it finally reached the correct decision Happy Birthday To You is an American classic folk song and should belong to everyone.   Enjoy your freedom this coming week; sing your happy birthdays and watch those fireworks. Happy Independence Day to you all, and happy birthday America.186aae59e66d62ee9b71ef1c98e75861

Stay Cool and Active This Summer!

Are you looking for a fun way to spend time outside as well as get a nice work out without roasting in the sun? If so, I think I know the place for you; the Ape Caves of Cougar, Washington! It’s a great way to cool down as well as be active; you –and your family- can scale the caves and explore the caves. But I do suggest for people who have never done this before to be smart and pack some stuff and dress appropriately first. This is a great place for beginner and experienced cave go-ers. Not to mention, the drive over is gorgeous! So, if you are gonna go, let me give you a bit of advice before you hop in your cars and drive over. First, dress in good strong pants that will protect your knees, good hiking boots, and a jacket that won’t make you too warm but keep you from freezing while you are in the caves. Also, standard first aid would be wise to in case of scrapes and or other injuries. Don’t forget water and protein rich food to keep you hydrated and energized! Some people think that just because you are in a cooler environment means you won’t get dehydrated. So, always remember to have plenty of water. For those who are more experienced in climbing should consider some rope and other rock scaling supplies. Other than that, all I can say is stay safe and be smart; don’t wear yourself out as you explore because you want to spare some energy for leaving as you did in entering these amazing lava tubes. So, please, keep everything we said in mind and I hope you all enjoy checking this cool place out.

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The Bees Are Busy to a T- as in T-Shirts!

See what I did there? If not; I’ll elaborate, I want to tell you about our newest thing- t-shirts! We all love t-shirts, right? Just like our soaps, lotions and lip balms our t-shirts over-deliver. Just so you all know; I didn’t do the designs, I have no clue who would like seeing my crayon doodles of bees flying all around. We got Ninette to create our design, she has the artistic touch, and it looks awesome. I got to do the hard work of printing them. This was my first time using a screen press- well I can’t take all the credit for how good they all turned out- we had some help form Nick at Bridge city Sessions. He has been making t-shirts for years and has even had some of his designs appear on the covers of some major magazines.  He walked us through the process of producing an elegant but technically complicated design. As he put it “You’re jumping into the deep end with this design”. The good news is it turned out amazing and I know they will be sold out before too long and it may take us a little bit to restock them so I suggest that you check them out soon.

4th of July – Is Nigh!

The fourth of July is approaching and you know what that means! Time to set off fireworks! But what about the ones that go into the air? The cool fireworks, the ones that EVERYONE loves to see at night on Independence Day? Well, you can buy these kind and set them off just over the river in Washington; but you need to know the laws for fireworks use have been changing, so I just wanted to inform everyone about the changes. The first thing is they have split Clark county into two sections north of 219th street  they still let you set off fireworks starting at 9 A.M. on June 28th until 11 P.M. each day until July 4th; when you can set them off from 9 A.M. until midnight.  South of 219th you are only allowed to set fireworks off on the 4th of July from 9 A.M. to midnight. See the map below. The cities then each have their own rules.  In  Vancouver you can set fireworks off form 9 A.M. to midnight on the 4th of July.

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But with all that said, enjoy this wonderful day don’t forget what this day means! So stay safe, read the instructions, and use these fireworks safely.

By the way, if you still hunger for some information you can check out the website we found this on:

http://www.cityofvancouver.us/fire/page/learn-about-legal-use-fireworks-vancouver