Wolf Canyon Ranch and O trilogy

View of Cascades. Courtesy Windermere Realty. Wolf Canyon Ranch is a real place and was a real ranch. I say was, since it was sold to the Washington State Department of Wildlife and since been consumed by fire. In the book trilogy, the O trilogy; Off the Edge, Over the Line, Out of Time, Wolf Canyon Ranch (WCR) is the home and ranch of Jim Johnson and Heather Asplund. Before the three books were written, for twenty years starting in 1980, it was home to the books author, RS Perry. It is a beautiful area. On the east side of the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. Three mountain passes...
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Jim Johnson Novels Planes Helicopters

Jim Johnson novels cont. - Off The Edge, Over The Line and Out of Time. Continued from previous post ... The mountains between  Jim and Heather's llama ranch and the west coast (Seattle) were notorious for bad weather, especially high winds and icing conditions. He quickly realized that he need a plane that could fly over the weather, carry more people and cargo, including the occasional llama, have instruments capable of getting the plane through treacherous weather and ways to shed ice. The Piper Seneca PA-34 is a twin turbo charged plane with known icing capabilities. Heated...
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Flying injured llamas and alpacas

Llamas, planes and helicopters play an important role in the Jim Johnson novel book series by RS Perry - the Jim Johnson trilogy - Off The Edge, Over The Line and Out Of Time. James L. Johnson lives on a llama ranch in north central Washington. Planes are important for many reasons in the novels but one that stands out is flying injured llamas and alpacas. Colonel Johnson works at the "secret" Biological Warfare Center (BWC) south of Seattle/Tacoma, Washington. His job as an agent specializing in biological threats is not a typical daily nine to five. Still, he makes the 140 mile flight on ave...
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Pasayten Wilderness

Pasayten Wilderness
My first llama hiking trip into the Pasayten Wilderness in north central Washington State was on a sunny September day. Not an unusual day for one of the largest wild areas in the lower US, which is shielded by mountain ranges to the west, effectively blocking the low lying Pacific rain clouds making their way eastward. The flowers were gone but the grasses and sedges were still green against blue sky. The llamas rarely lifted their heads as they gorged. It was peaceful and idyllic. Especially since there were no bugs. Why not? Well it seems the disappear when the flowers do. Not when it gets ...
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Space Competition Winners UK 2015

Congratulations to Vulture Company for winning this year's UK Space Design Competition with a stunning design for Benevectorus, a settlement cycling between Earth and Mars. And well done to the lucky 12 students chosen to represent the UK at the International Finals in Kennedy Space Center this summer. A close-run race !
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Off The Edge by RS Perry – Pasayten Wilderness Llama travel

Pasayten Wilderness
Llama Packing in the Pasayten Wilderness area in north central Washington State on the Canadian Border provides a way to see this wonderful wild area and take some of the comforts of home, such as a bottle of wine, a large tent, a queen-size sleeping bag and even frozen food. Llamas are great company and allow you to leave that 55 pound back pack at home. Llamas have soft padded feet and are gentle on the delicate mountain meadows. Of course they try to eat that meadow but they are grazers and pick at many of the sedges and grasses doing little harm to the environment if they are moved on a re...
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Over The Line from Fort Huachuca to Nogales with Jim Johnson and the Mexico drug cartels

Spring is just around the corner but the long evenings are still with us. Time to snuggle up with your favorite RS Perry novel and dream of a trip to some of the locations featured in them. It may be a little cold for a hike in the Pasayten, but how about a trip to Arizona, making a short hop Over The Line into Mexico. If it’s a touch of the old Wild West you’re after, you can’t go wrong in Tombstone. You can shoot it out in a gunfight at the OK Corral like Heather’s friends Kristina and Nicola or visit any number of saloons and Music Halls. And for those of you like Ralphy who are more kee...
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Happy New Year

A Very Happy New Year to all our readers! May you enjoy long hours of pleasure with RS Perry's Jim Johnson novels and may Najma never get you. Thank you for all your comments and photos. Keep them coming. Outside your windows some of you will be seeing a warm, sunny day, others will see the snow sparkling or blowing in a cold East wind. Some won't be able to see anything at all for fog or mist or darkness. Whatever you see , you can be sure that there will be people out there like Jim and Brush, General Crystal and Nielly, fighting against crime and injustice, using their skill and their br...
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Philosophy of Jim Johnson, Life and Special Forces

Our hero Jim Johnson is definitely a complex character. Who would have expected that a rancher and Biological Warfare Agent would have an interest in Philosophy? But Jim Johnson does and there are several clues that make this not as unexpected as it first appears. Jim is, after all, a scientist, interested in how and why things are as they are and what proof or evidence there is that we actually have the facts of the matter. Several of the other characters share this trait e.g. Sheilla and Bertrand. Jim is also extremely intelligent, a thinker and someone who reflects on his experiences to lea...
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Killer bacteria – Off The Edge- and Nusbug

  With the Ebola epidemic recently spreading outside the African continent, we have a terrible real life example of what can happen when an engineered and untreatable bug, like the one by produced by Nusmen,in the book, Off The Edge, (see image, Staphylococcus aureus on blood agar), gets loose. Throughout history, millions of people have died of diseases such as bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death, which is caused by Yersinia pestis bacteria, and smallpox, which is caused by the variola virus. In more recent times viral infections have been responsible for two ...
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