Where getting lost is part of the adventure… and finding your way home a pleasant surprise.

Pandemic Furlough Campout

Pandemic Furlough Campout

  With fears of the contagion, business was slow. My employers decided to save some money by furloughing me Tuesday through Wednesday morning, so Walter and I took advantage of the relaxed travel restrictions to go camping. The Triumph loaded with gear, we headed...

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Socially Distant Mother’s Day

Socially Distant Mother’s Day

The Contagion has made the consequences of my procrastination and disorganization so much worse. Last minute saves are just about impossible to pull off. I realized Mother’s Day was just around the corner, and I hadn’t a clue what to do for Mom. I’ve been keeping my...

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Saturday Morning Soak

Saturday Morning Soak

Good morning Saturday. Hot tea and a sunrise soak at Bunny Hump Ranch. As the sun climbs the ridge behind me, a line of brilliance falls across the trees and tipi in front of me.                     I can actually see...

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Throwback Thursday – Taxi Ride

Throwback Thursday – Taxi Ride

Rick Murray takes me for a "taxi ride" around PIR Saturday, July25,2009 I don't remember screaming but I seem to have lost my voice This was the most excitement I've ever experienced on a motorcycle, let alone on a sidecar. These things are crazy! There is nothing...

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A Little Progress is Still Progress

A Little Progress is Still Progress

      I started chopping out the charred wood from yesterday's burn. It went pretty well, but I decided I wanted it to look more like a canoe, so I rolled it over and used a string to measure where I needed to cut.           I...

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Bob Verpa

Bob Verpa

A morelity play starring Amy Wheeler. Featuring morels by Andy Wade. https://vimeo.com/416343095  

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Impermanence

Impermanence

My morning walk takes me past landmarks no longer there:   Coe Primary, where I attended first and second grade, now offices.   Down the street, third and fourth grade gone. Only a park remains   Last year, May Street School razed, replaced by a brick...

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Troubled Sleep

Troubled Sleep

I lie perfectly still, refusing to open my eyes, refusing to roll over struggling with my own thoughts desperate for just another thirty minutes of repose   Outside a bird calls from high in a tree striving to make its song heard above the incessant noise of...

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Systems Check

Systems Check

I walk out under a dark blue, faintly luminescent sky The moon, one day past full, shines down on the hot tub My morning routine has become an anti-viral struggle against the pandemic     Systems check: Water clear, thin islands of bubbles, 103 degrees,...

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Pterodactyl

Pterodactyl

just above me, huge, silent, missing one secondary feather from the left wing, a heron glides across the pale blue plate-glass dawn

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Camp Rice & Mushrooms

Camp Rice & Mushrooms

https://vimeo.com/421069177     I cooked this on my Biolite Campstove2, using pellets for fuel. Any campstove will work. The trick is to fashion a double boiler. I broke up several small branches and tossed them in my large camp pot to form a trivet. I put...

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Take & Bake Pizza with Wild Mushrooms

Take & Bake Pizza with Wild Mushrooms

https://vimeo.com/419668102 Of course, take and bake pizza is a cheat but this is, after all, Cooking For Guys. Besides, this post is as much a brag about a successful mushroom hunt as it is about pizza.    Amy, Andy and I took the sidecars up the ridge to...

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Crab-Stuffed Morels

Crab-Stuffed Morels

I returned to a favorite patch of morels for a third picking the other day. Holy Smokes! They weren't just plentiful, they were giant! These were some of the biggest morels I've ever found, several of them were 7" tall with caps hovering between 4" and 4.5", one of...

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Mushrooms on Toast

Mushrooms on Toast

            For a simple, quick breakfast it is hard to beat mushrooms on toast. In the spring I use morels, in the fall, chanterelles. Other mushrooms can be substituted. Ingredients  toast fresh mushrooms - whatever is in season onion or shallots minced garlic...

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