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Life and Times of Sarah Schartz

Sarah S HeadshotHello to all you GRIT-ers out there. My name’s Sarah, and I’m new to the GRIT Blog Community. I’ve been thinking for four days about some way to dazzle you all with my fascinating life, so that you’ll be dying to read what I have to write each week. Four days and I’ve come up with zilch, nada, nothing. Of course in the four-day period I’ve been building trail (and got stung twice for my efforts), bid some more jobs, started packing tools for another trail job, received what I like to call a “you are the winner – you crazy fool” phone call, and, of course, completed all of the mundane daily tasks like laundry, feeding the chickens, and family planning for the sheep . . . oh yeah and watering the flowers. I keep forgetting that.

North Umpqua Trail 

I live with Hubby and Little Man in a rural town in Southern Oregon. For those of you that know nothing about Oregon, it’s south of Portland. If you’ve heard of Eugene, it’s south of that too. We live on the wet side of the state, (No, not all of Oregon is wet. In fact, only about a third of it is. The rest is desert.) in the hundred valleys of the Umpqua (pronounced ump-kwa). Hubby and I both grew up on farms, he raised cows, I raised sheep, and yet we manage to temper the differences and prevent another range war.

I went to Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) and have a degree in Forest Recreation Resources – basically I learned how to help people have fun in the woods. After working for the Feds for a few years I decided enough was enough. Now, Hubby and I build trails in the woods and do other dirt work. We travel around the state a lot and we homeschool Little Man.

We live right across the street from the library, city hall and Central Park. So when we have bummers we get a lot of visitors. Sometimes I think if we put up a sign and charged an entrance fee to the city petting zoo we could break even on milk replacer.

So there it is in a nutshell, “The Life and Times of Sarah Schartz.” Except I forgot about the mushrooms and the meat chickens. . .oh yeah there’s the dirt bikes, the sad excuse for a garden and my home improvement fetish. Well, that will all have to wait for another time. Unless of course you fell asleep already, in which case I’m sorry.

Happy Trails!

Sarah’s Vitals
Favorite TV show: Oregon Field Guide
Favorite author: Nevada Barr
Favorite tree: Pacific dogwood
Favorite dessert: cherry crisp
Favorite river: North Umpqua

sarah schartz
9/9/2011 11:27:35 PM

PA Gardner - I'm going to guess it's Umpqua Feather Merchants. They started in my home town which is big into fly fishing. Wasn't sure where they moved to.


vicky
9/6/2011 3:55:56 PM

Hi Sarah, Welcome. I want to hear about the 'trail blazing job' too. You get paid for that? Is this a business you and your husband do? How did you get started doing it by yourselves? Favorite tv show: CSI anything Favorite Author: Corrie Tenboom Favorite Tree: anything evergreen Favorite Dessert: Cherry pie Favorite River: the White, in Southern Indiana, I learned to water ski on the front of my dad's skis and when I was five I floated about a mile on an inner tube before anyone knew I was missing. Ah, to be five again.


pa gardner
9/6/2011 3:33:15 PM

Welcome, Sarah! Enjoyed your intro. You have a very interesting job, it seems. Looking forward to reading more. I was intrigued by your reference to "Umpqua" as we have a business locally by that used to go by that name, here in Central PA, that raises special chickens for their feathers used in making fishing lures, "ties", sold nationally, and if I remember correctly from years ago article, (didn't Google this to check) I believe they may have been sold for use even further afield. I've lived in lots of states and traveled to more but never came upon this word in use anywhere else until your blog. Wishing you well.


sarah schartz
8/29/2011 11:56:32 AM

Thanks for the welcome Cindy and Nebraska Dave. I look forward to writing for Grit.


cindy murphy
8/28/2011 7:27:33 AM

Hi, Sarah. I'd say building trails is quite dazzling; it sounds like quite the exciting work! I'm looking forward to reading more. Welcome to the GRIT blogging community. Cindy ~ A Lakeside View


nebraska dave
8/26/2011 6:16:57 PM

Sarah, welcome to the GRIT community. No one expects you to dazzle us with spectacular things that happen in life. I for one like to hear about the ordinary living that comes from real life. I've never met a real trailer blazer before. It's kind like a pioneering thing. Don't you think? Favorite TV show = Anything Science Fiction. The best are end of the world disasters. Favorite Author = Any author that writes about home steading, gardening, or pioneering. Favorite Tree = Any fallen tree that allows me to use my chainsaw. Favorite Desert = Apple Pie Favorite River = Niobrara River especially when the water is good for canoeing Have a great day browsing the GRIT blogs.