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    We Put Panels Where the Sun Shines

    We Put Panels Where the Sun Shines

     

    Check out Little Bay Root's energy production

    Solar farms may not be a common sight around Oregon, but look close and you’ll spot those sun-gathering panels shining on roofs in Portland, Salem, all over the state.

    I finally saw the light when I noticed that our partner, Oregon Screen Impressions, transformed its huge, flat roof into a sea of solar panels. What a smart way to offset a big chunk of their energy costs!

    The process was easy.

    Energy Trust of Oregon helped us get multiple bids and presentations from a few companies. Each group offered different options, including financing, battery back-ups, and arrays of panels that physically look or behave differently. It gets pretty technical with words like "micro inverters" being thrown around a lot.

    In the end, we selected Elemental Energy of Portland (keeping it local, as usual). They had all their ducks in a row and their response time to questions and concerns was almost immediate. They offered the same customer service LBR gives its customers, so the choice was obvious.

    The installers arrived (right on time!) during "Snowmageddon 2017" here in Portland. They were troopers and climbed our roof even on the coldest days to ensure that we would qualify for all 2016 rebates.

    The results are great.

    Unlike Oregon Screen Impression’s ample roof space, LBR could fit just 18 panels on our multi-level roof. But here's the amazing part: they've been in action for six weeks, and our electric bill already has been cut by a third! (And those were some dark, wet weeks, if you recall.)

    As a designer, I love monitoring these little graphics that change with your production level. For example, on the sunniest day in February, this is how we did:

    This infographic depicts just one day's production. Feb 13, 2017.
    You can see all of our stats on our energy production here.

    Installing solar panels is definitely a long-term investment. We opted to buy our system outright to start seeing returns immediately, but there are lots of financing options available.

    In addition, we have cut our natural gas usage and are heating more and more with electric heat. Who ever thought we'd go back to that? Overall, the benefits of solar power are giving this Oregon-loving company a very sunny attitude.

     

    The Top 5 Coolest Sights to See in Oregon

    The Top 5 Coolest Sights to See in Oregon

    Independent, intriguing, and so damn green—Oregon inspires us everywhere we look. Whether you’re hitting the road solo or showing off for out-of-town friends, here are a handful of the Beaver State’s must-see sights.

    1. Powell’s Books
    Make this book-lover’s mecca your starting point. Dubbed the “City of Books,” Powell’s SW 10th & Burnside headquarters calls itself the largest new and used bookstore in the world. It takes up an entire Portland city block and houses about one million books. Be sure to pick up the color-coded, room-by-room map. The in-house coffee shop let’s you browse through the books you find.

    2. Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
    One of Oregon’s natural wonders is just a 40-minute drive east of Portland. Meandering through the Cascade Mountains, the Columbia Gorge features a chorus line of 75 photo-worthy waterfalls. Multnomah Falls is the big mama at 620 feet high—also the most crowded with tourist. Trust us: a day hiking or biking in this Pacific Wonderland is a welcome break from the Portland bustle.

    3. Oregon Coast
    There are lots of beach towns along the Oregon Coast. But for the best scenery, history and seaside splashery, we suggest these two "shore" things:
    Cannon Beach. Browse the small shops on the town’s cute main street then stroll the beach to get up close and personal with historic Hay Stack Rock. Spy the massive rock’s nesting seabirds and explore its tide pools. Cool Instagram images lurk here.
    City of Astoria. Just 20 miles north of Cannon Beach lays historic Astoria. Perched on the mouth of the Columbia River, this famous rest stop of Lewis & Clark has undergone a huge urban revival of late. Hit one of the town’s great new brewpubs for lunch. Take the Riverwalk Trail for a car-free view of the city’s waterfront. Visit film locations from “The Goonies” and “Kindergarten Cop” movies for quality selfies.

      4. Crater Lake National Park
      Seeking more jaw-dropping views of nature? Head to Oregon’s (and America’s) deepest lake. An ancient mountain exploded like the Death Star to create this perfectly round, sapphire-blue body of water. Hike, camp and look for signs of Bigfoot, who is often sighted here in South-Central Oregon. You can stay in an historic lodge, too. May the camera be with you.

      5. Ashland
      All artsy with no fartsy, Ashland is an active little southern Oregon city that hosts festivals all year long. The big draw is the Oregon Shakespeare Festival held every winter. You can also catch film festivals in the spring, a classical music festival in summer and much more. There’s no better way to add instant drama to your Oregon travels.

          Visit any one of these hot spots and you’ll see why Oregon fuels so many creative minds. Welcome to our unique corner of the country!

             

            The Main Misconceptions About Bigfoot

            The Main Misconceptions About Bigfoot

            Bigfoot is a species that’s world-renown. Many people have at least heard of bigfoot, and if you haven’t, we aren’t sure what planet you’re from. With that being said, do you really believe in bigfoot? Here at Little Bay Root, we do! Bigfoot is a way of life out here in Oregon, which is why we sell unbeatable and fashionably fun bigfoot t-shirts many fanatics love. If you haven't purchased yours, shop online with us today. But back to why we’re here today... did you know that there are many misconceptions about bigfoot?

            That’s right, bigfoot has had some misconceptions started about him that may not be as elusive as you know. Here are the main myths about bigfoot that you should be aware of:

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            Bigfoot can read your mind.

            Ok, this is a misconception that’s just silly. There is no species in their right mind that can read the mind of another living creature. The myths were developed by individuals who have reported seeing bigfoot and ultimately making a connection with the animal. They have reported feeling that the animal could see into their “soul.”

            Bigfoot only exists in Oregon and other Northwestern parts of the United States

            Did you know that there is a main misconception that claims bigfoot only resides in the Northwestern part of the United States? This simply isn’t true. Bigfoot lives all around the United States, but is more popularly seen in the Northwestern part of the States. There are also other species of bigfoot, including the the yeti.

            Bigfoot is a vegetarian.

            As far as research is concerned, a bigfoot does not do well on a purely vegetarian diet. While their diet may consist of 30 percent of plant life, their main source of nutrition comes from animals. Researchers have reason to believe that bigfoot does the majority of their hunting during moonlit hours and that they may have extraordinary night vision in comparison to humans.

            Bigfoot is a peaceful creature.

            Although there have been many stories told that include bigfoot not doing much harm to anyone he sees, the creature is known to be violent. There have been multiple stories told that describe the beast as dangerous. People who have seen bigfoot have described him throwing rocks, growling, howling and doing anything in his right mind to intimidate them when all they were doing was harmlessly hiking through the woods. There have also been numerous attacks reported on cats and dogs.

            Do you want to hear and learn more stories about bigfoot? We love bigfoot just as much as you! If you keep following our blog posts, we’ll be sure to tell you more interesting facts and stories all about bigfoot. In the meantime, go ahead and purchase a bigfoot t-shirt online with Little Bay Root today. We’re the #1 online store for Oregon and bigfoot apparel. Shop online with us today!

            A Globetrotter’s Guide to Bigfoot

            A Globetrotter’s Guide to Bigfoot

            One of the coolest shirts we have in our online store is a new Bigfoot T-shirt that showcases the elusive creature’s aliases (or cousins?) from around the globe. This awesome shirt may be a novelty to some or a savvy guide to others. In either case, we felt inspired to share a little lore behind each of the shirt’s mugshots - because why not?

            Identifying The International Sasquatch

            While the concept of a tall, large-footed creature roaming the Oregon hills may seem silly to some (okay, most) people, we fortunate few know that the creature isn’t new or exclusive to Oregon—or the United States, for that matter. So, the next time you’re in the Australian Outback, the tundras of Nepal, or the island shores of Sumatra, you’ll know the proper (politically correct) name to address any Sasquatch you encounter.

            Orang Pendek, Indonesia

            The name Orang Pendek roughly means short or little person in Indonesian. Quite different from the hulking Bigfoot of Northwestern America, this creature only stands 5 feet tall, though most are said to be even smaller. In fact, the largest connection it shares to our elusive furry friend is just that - a thick, ape-like fur and highly skittish nature.

            While native to Sumatra in Indonesia, you are unlikely to encounter it largely due to the difficult terrain and general inaccessibility of its native region. There is a large amount of credence given to the Orang Pendek, however, as long-standing native tribes resolutely claim general cohabitation with the creatures deep within the island’s forests. Other accounts come from Dutch colonialists that wrote (to some large extent) about meeting the creatures.

            Yeti/Abominable Snowman, Himalayas

            The Yeti is an interesting legend and considered something akin to the polar bear version of our Sasquatch. The Yeti is actually so well documented, that it is known by upwards of a dozen different names meaning everything from “snow man” to “man-bear.” 

            Because the Yeti hails from one of the least populated, yet oldest, areas of civilization in the world - the Himalayan Mountains - it has documented accounts, encounters, and oral mythology that date back hundreds of years. While skeptics site bears and monkeys and the low visibility of the mountains as potential explanations, there have been numerous physical specimens that could indicate there is a close relation to an ancient, bipedal bear living deep in these mountains.

            Wendigo, Northeastern United States

            The Wendigo, unlike many of the alleged Sasquatch relatives, is not a friendly creature. In fact, the Wendigo’s is typically perceived as evil. The Algonquian Tribe claimed it had cannibalistic instincts, insatiable greed, and murderous intent. With this in mind, we recommend that if you encounter a Wendigo, you should hightail it out of there.

            To make matters all the more terrifying, the Wendigo is differentiated from its North American cousin by large antlers or horns and a pointed yellow tongue. Yet two more reasons to avoid this creature.

            Yowie

            This eerily similar Bigfoot cousin is said to dwell in the Northeastern United States and as far away as the Australian Outback. Standing between 7- and 12-feet tall, the Yowie also boasts far larger-than-human feet and is notoriously evasive. Yowie accounts number in the hundreds, some modern sightings and feature video, add credence to both the Yowie and its Sasquatchian cousin across the ocean. Mirroring the fascination and discovery attempts we see here in Oregon regularly, there are numerous dedicated Yowie hunters that attempt to find the creatures once and for all.

            Get Your Bigfoot Gear

            Nothing sparks the imagination or spirit of discovery like a dive into the Sasquatch culture. That is exactly why you need to pick up this awesome Bigfoot T-Shirt. After all, those of us that believe in Bigfoot are known for our acceptance of all Sasquatch-kind, regardless of where they hang their (probably enormous) hats.

            Puzzle over Sasquatch hats while checking out our Bigfoot T-Shirts today!

            Who Spotted Bigfoot First?

            Who Spotted Bigfoot First?

            Bigfoot. Sasquatch. Yeti. Skunk Ape. They’re all the same! We're talking about that reclusive ape-like creature that is said to roam the forests of the Pacific Northwest, not to mention many other parts of the world.

            Our obsession with Bigfoot has lead us to do a lot of studying and wondering. Here's one of our favorite bits of trivia on the beloved, bipedal man beast. Read this and you’ll be ready to identify your fave Bigfoot T-shirt in no time. Happy hunting.

            Fact: the oldest account of Bigfoot was recorded in 986 AD by Leif Ericson and his army

            Leif Ericson was an Icelandic explorer said to have discovered North America before Christopher Columbus. According to ancient sagas of his people, Ericson established a settlement in Vinland which later became the country we know today as Canada.

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            Leif Sees the Squatch

            Leif and his men were on their very first expedition in the New World when he recorded this description: “Horrible ugly, hairy, swarthy and with great black eyes.” It is believed that this segment from his records describes a terrifying encounter with Bigfoot. But that was just the first sighting! Leif later recorded “seeing huge hairy men who towered over my men and me.” Also stated in his journal: “ the beast lived in the woods and had a rank odor and a deafening shriek.”

            Skellring aka Bigfoot

            Back in 986 AD, Leif and his men called the creature Skellring. Today, the creature is most commonly known as Bigfoot, Sasquatch or Yeti. According to Sasquatch Chronicles, “the Norse word Skellring is a term of contempt and means, roughly, a ‘barbarian.’” History has shown that the Norsemen had particularly hairy beards and matted hair. Did they call Bigfoot Skellring because the strange creatures were hairier than the Norsemen? Hipsters and their facial hair!

            Open to Interpretation

            Do you think Bigfoot exists? If so, we’d love to hear about it! Let’s start a conversation. Purchase a Bigfoot t-shirt, show your support and do some research. The mythical creature offers plenty of stories and sightings. In the meantime, stay tuned for future blog posts and catch up about the most popular Bigfoot sightings while you’re here. Questions? Call 503.719.6302.

            Revealed: Popular Bigfoot T-Shirts

            Squatch Out Oregon

            The adult Bigfoot t-shirt is available for $24.95 and is the perfect option for anyone who is looking to let the world know they believe. It comes in a variety of sizes and is navy blue with a bright-yellow image of Bigfoot.

            Squatch Out Oregon Onesie

            Do you believe? Does your baby believe? Start your baby off early on by giving them a onesie that shows their support for Bigfoot. This comes in a variety of sizes and is available in navy blue and yellow. Plus, it’s only $22.95.SaveSaveSaveSave