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Eclipse at Shasta Star Ranch B & B

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Solar Eclipse Aug 21, 2017
Mt Shasta is going to have an almost 90% solar eclipse. Although the Oregon coast will be 100% sun blockage the total eclipse lasts only 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
Mt Shasta has 229 sunny days which means you may have a better chance of seeing the eclipse from Mt. Shasta than the coast which has only 156 sunny days.
The partial phase before and after the total eclipse is 2 to 3 hours. The event is only happening in North America where about 12 million lucky folks will be able to see it.
Do not look at it with sunglasses or unfiltered binoculars or telescopes. Direct viewing could cause permanent damage to your eyes. Solar eclipse glasses are available on line. Whether you chose to see it from our perfect view on the veranda of Shasta Starr Ranch B & B or the Oregon coast it should be quite a spectacle.

Ahab the Parrot

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Guests of the B & B who have been staying for years often ask about Ahab the parrot, a long time resident at the B & B. Bill Larson the previous owner of the B & B wanted to move her to their new real estate office but Marsha, his secretary refused. Every time Marsh would take a phone call Ahab would start yelling just like a kid. Marsha was not one of Ahab’s favorite people and once chased her all over the B & B when she got out of her cage.

When the new B & B owners took over they seriously considered taking her but were concerned
with her bad habit of biting if guests got too close to her cage. When a previous inn keeping couple offered to take her they were relieved as they know parrots like familiar people and often don’t survive changes.

Ahab was doing just fine until the previous innkeepers separated. She stopped talking for weeks and finally started pitifully repeating Bill, Bill, Bill. The innkeepers called Bill, explained the situation and Bill picked her up. The new B & B owners happened to be outside when he drove by with Ahab in the back seat. She was happily talking away for the first time in weeks. She now lives with Bill and his wife Mary. Ahab doesn’t really like blond women which describes Mary but they are cohabiting and at least Ahab is very happy.

Ahab is about 50 years old and a beautiful parrot. We miss her hellos but not her biting! We do have some of her pretty green feathers in a rather strange arrangement with a road runner that came with the B & B. It’s in our TV room. Take a look next time you stay with us.

 

Ahab