Blast From the Past

Blast From the Past

Mike and Amy and I did a short wander in the Gifford Pinchot, hoping to find some boletes or some late season morels. Aside from a nice flush of Amanita, we got skunked.             We swung by South Prairie, but Disappearing Lake has...

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Lost Creek Longhouse Chapter 2: Setting Up

Lost Creek Longhouse Chapter 2: Setting Up

  (click here to go to Chapter One)   Our longhouse was essentially two tipis married with a ridgepole spanning the distance between them. Panels of canvas covered the center. This was the first time (and maybe the last) I attempted it. I brought thirty-two...

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Lost Creek Longhouse  Chapter 1: Getting There

Lost Creek Longhouse Chapter 1: Getting There

            Ultra-light camping is all well and good, but I had a somewhat different approach in mind for the expedition to Lost Creek. I wanted to build a longhouse. I wasn’t exactly sure how to put one together; I did know it would take all the canvas I had and a...

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A Quick Overnight

A Quick Overnight

 This piece first appeared  June 2018 as Meine Freiheit in Nr.38  of International Sidecar Traveller.         By Monday afternoon I knew something had to be done. Work was beginning to take its toll, and I still had the rest of the week to go....

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Brittle Bright

Brittle Bright

Very early morning, the sky like back lit plate glass. If a bird hit it just right it might shatter into glittering shards of yellow, orange, blue and pink, revealing the infinite beyond.   Brittle Bright  was originally published in vol 1, issue 2 of the Syzygy...

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D

D

Everybody dies Do not rush towards oblivion Pause here with me Let us keep each other company, linger just a while. Tomorrow or the next day, or even some time after that is soon enough.

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Improbable

Improbable

This is the most improbable anniversary since this time last year. My darlin' wife has put up with me for nineteen years! I always love you, Amy, even when it seems like I am thinking only of myself. I am looking forward to the next couple of decades.  ...

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Missed

His glossy flanks glisten in the morning sun. Sleek and shiny, well fed on corn, he runs along the fence line, moving faster than my finger on the trigger. I will see you again after work, Mr. Rat.

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TMI

TMI

If you don’t want to read a slightly vulgar complaint about the discomfiting realization that I am becoming an old man, stop right now. You are under no obligation. 

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Robert’s Cast Iron Bread

Robert’s Cast Iron Bread

Robert disappeared into the longhouse and emerged a little later with a beautiful loaf of fresh bread. It seemed so simple, and according to Rob, it pretty much was. I asked him for his recipe and this is what he gave me.Ingredients  about 2 1/2 cups flour more or...

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Taco Things

Taco Things

Taco-things are made from left overs, salsa, and cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla folded closed and fried in oil with a little picante sauce splashed over them. Sounds like a burrito, right? Well, when I worked at La Clinica years ago, my co-workers told me it...

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Pork Roast with Morel Gravy

Pork Roast with Morel Gravy

This was a slow cooker recipe I adapted to the Dutch Oven. You can use any mushrooms and any large hunk of pork.  Ingredients   3-4 pound pork roast 4 large cloves of garlic, minced  1 large white onion peeled and cubed  3-4 cups morels, if you can get them ...

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Peep In a Puddle

Peep In a Puddle

1 slightly stale peep 3 tbs. cocoa 1/4 cup peppermint schnapps 1/4 cup Irish cream boiling water In a mug combine 3 tbs. cocoa, 1/4 cup peppermint schnapps, and 1/4 cup Irish cream. Fill with boiling water and stir well. Top with a peep. 

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Rusty Nail – Praise & Treats

Rusty Nail – Praise & Treats

It has been an unseasonably dry winter. Up until Friday, when it started to snow. It has been snowing all weekend. Sunday morning it cleared, revealing a sparkling winter wonderland. With no pressing need to go anywhere, most people elected to stay home, off the...

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