THE U-Pick GARDEN will be closing August 20th. This will be the last year the garden will be open to the public. Next year I'll be operating as a CSA, supplying about 20 regular customers with weekly boxes. Thank you for your support over the last 8 years, but it's time to try something new.

To get a copy of my book, "How To Grow Vegetables In Sitka, Alaska" just give me a call....The books are $20 plus tax. If you live out of town and want me to mail you a copy, you can mail a check for $25.60 to:

Lori Adams
P O Box 6021
Sitka, Alaska

Down To Earth U-Pick Garden is located at 2103 Sawmill Creek Road in Sitka, Alaska. It is open usually from mid-June through late August. Hours are Monday-Saturday 12:00 to 6:30. On Farmer's Market Saturdays I am not open until 2:00. Children are welcome but may not run through the garden or chase the ducks. If you have any questions you can contact me, Lori Adams, at 907-747-6108 or 907-738-2241. My email address is

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Bear Protection

A couple of weeks ago I bought my first gun, a .45 caliber Ruger Vaquero....

I've been wanting something to carry with me when I pick berries and to have in my night stand when Dale is away.  There have always been guns in the house with plenty of ammo, but I am not familiar with any of them and wouldn't know what to grab.  I decided I needed one of my own.  Today Mr. Adams and I headed out to the shooting range with our good friends, Kelly and Kelly Jean Warren to try it out.

There have been a lot of bullets shot here over the years.....

First Mr. Adams showed us how it's done...

Then he gave me few pointers....

I was a little nervous, but we were shooting some fairly light loads so the kick wasn't too bad.

I found out that I move, or "flinch" when I squeeze the trigger.

The guys say it just takes a lot of practice.  That can be expensive...have you checked the price of bullets lately?   Sheesh!

Next it was Kelly Jeans' turn...

She looked much cooler shooting then I did!

Thanks for taking us to the range today, Mr. Adams!


  1. I know how you feel, when I am in the woods alone, I carry my husband's pistol. It kicks a little but I'm sure if I'm up against a bear, I won't notice the kick at all. I'll probably never have to use it, but it is nice to feel like I'm not quite so far down the food chain just in case!

  2. Oh boy, armed and dangerous!!

  3. Armed and dangerous that's me-Evonne