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

Up the Creek

Up the Creek

Wrayal and I took the dogs on a short detour along a seasonal stream on our way to The Big Lava Bed.   https://vimeo.com/395965751

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Lunch At The Big Lava Bed

Lunch At The Big Lava Bed

It's been an odd winter; cold weather and heavy dumps of snow have alternated with prolonged warm spells and clear blue skies. At the beginning of January Andy and I were able to ride all the way up to South Prairie, about fourteen miles into the Gifford Pinchot...

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Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

This story first appeared in  International Sidecar Traveller #43 April, 2019   Winter had been a long, dreary affair, with a succession of snow, cold rain, ice and more snow. Come February, I was done with it, but it did not appear to be done with me. Out of...

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Sunrise, January First, 2020

Sunrise, January First, 2020

The rain has paused, but the gusty wind continues to blow water from the naked trees. Two maple seeds helicopter down to a hard splash-landing in the hot tub. Aside from the wind, it is quiet. Even the dogs and the rooster are sleeping in.  

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Walking Through My Memories

Walking Through My Memories

At lunch, I usually take a walk, just to get away, out of the office. I often walk along the old pipeline above Indian Creek.   It's a little different now than when I was a kid. The water is gone and the pipe has fallen into disrepair, but most of it is still there....

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Fall

Fall

plunging from the sky into the tall oaks, a star rattles to the ground    

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Stew is one of the easiest, most comforting foods to make. With slightly more attention this slow cooker recipe would work just as well in a Dutch oven or even in a kettle on the stove-top or over a fire. You hardly need a recipe, but the dredging the meat in flour...

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Dutch Oven Shepherd’s Pie

Dutch Oven Shepherd’s Pie

I love Shepherd's Pie. The thick filling of meat and vegetables, topped with mounds of mashed potatoes, makes the perfect comfort food. The sound of it bubbling, the tantalizing aroma, mixing with the smoke from the coals as it leaks out from under the heavy lid of a...

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Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

There’s not much to making mashed potatoes. They are tasty, filling and inexpensive. If you don’t finish them at dinner, you can fry them in butter for breakfast. Ingredients   1/3rd cup of buttermilk, more or less 4-6 baking potatoes, peeled and cut up  2 cloves...

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Sparassis Lasagna

Sparassis Lasagna

Essentially, I just substituted the Sparassis for lasagna noodles. I actually did half cauliflower mushroom and half noodles in the same casserole-my wife doesn't like mushrooms. I had some of each, and the Sparrasis half compared favorably in texture and presentation...

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Borscht

Borscht

When my wife and I were first going out, I had her over for dinner. I made this recipe. Almost everything in it came from my garden. Amy was so impressed. I hardly garden at all anymore, and I haven't made this more than once or twice since. I don't know why. It's...

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