Trying Out the Halti Laavu Pro

Trying Out the Halti Laavu Pro

I bought a new tent! As Amy is quick to point out, the last thing I need is another tent. But I wanted it. I have been intrigued by Baker and Whelan tents for years. Basically, half of a small wall tent, they are designed for expedition camping. Open down the length,...

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Summer Solstice Cookout

Summer Solstice Cookout

  My wife was having her book club over to our house for dinner. It seemed prudent to retreat to the woods for the evening. My brother’s wife is a member of the book club, leaving Andy unsupervised. It didn’t take much coaxing to get him to join me.We packed a...

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Lost Creek Longhouse Chapter 3: Settling In

Lost Creek Longhouse Chapter 3: Settling In

(click here for Chapter 2) It had been a warm, clear day when we started Saturday, but by mid afternoon the sky had gone slate-gray and opened up on us. We made camp in a torrential downpour. Mike had to leave before we were done setting up; Jason, Robert, and I...

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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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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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