Fire & Adze

Fire & Adze

  https://vimeo.com/402266036 More work on the canoe. Using fire and an adze to hollow out the cottonwood log. Visit adventuresidecar.com for other adventures, poetry and even recipes. more information about the dugout canoe project can be found at:...

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Throwback Thursday – Big Red

Throwback Thursday – Big Red

I got a phone call the other night from Ike, the fellow who ended up with my big bore KLR rig. He had some questions about the tail-light wiring. Unfortunately, I couldn't help him; the tail-light was something Larryboy installed before I swapped bikes with him. It...

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Dugout Project Update

Dugout Project Update

             A long period of neglect followed Robert’s visit last August to help me start the canoe project. Mushrooms sprouted from the ends of the log (Pholiota populnea, pretty, but unfortunately inedible). I feared the log would turn out to be rotten.            ...

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Leap Year Campout in the Lava Bed

Leap Year Campout in the Lava Bed

  The forecast Friday was for passably fair weather. 50 degree Fahrenheit temps, 3 mph winds, maybe a little rain and lower temperatures with a little snow or hail late Saturday afternoon. It didn't work out that way.           Russ...

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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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Fall

Fall

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

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Friday the 13th

Clouds hide the full moon, soaking up the light like a sponge In the corner, in the darkness, behind a low wall Two black cats fight, tooth and nail I cannot see them to throw a rock My shouts add to the clamor of their screeching In the early hours of this country...

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Dreaming Me

Dreaming Me

I wish I knew Dreaming Me a little better. He seems like an amusing fellow. All night long, he tells me jokes and spins out dramas, sometimes comedies, sometimes parables. I can never remember all the details and I can’t tell you Dreaming Me’s stories as well as he...

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Blackberries

Blackberries

  I am at the side of the trail, eating blackberries just as fast as I can pick them. They stain my fingers red and dissolve in my mouth, this one sweet, that one tart. Thorns tear at my forearms as I reach inside the briars to twist free another berry. The trick...

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Cheering the Storm

Cheering the Storm

The evening sky goes gray, the smell of a summer storm hanging in the air the trees ripple in a wind pregnant with humidity night overwhelms evening, wrapping us in a blanket of darkness and the smell of ozone scorching ragged rips of lighting tear apart the black...

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Potato Stuffed Morels

Potato Stuffed Morels

  Several years ago, my brothers and I went out in the woods to camp. It had been raining, but that weekend the weather was fair.  It being springtime, we determined to hunt for morels. We were successful enough to enjoy the delectable mushroom with every meal,...

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Rabbit Roulade

Rabbit Roulade

We've hosted the Easter Bunny BBQ the day before Easter for decades. Friends and family show up at Bunny Hump Ranch to listen to music, drink beer and eat rabbit. Some times the bonfire burns all night long. The party was canceled this year due to The Contagion. ...

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Social Distance Monday

Social Distance Monday

They didn't need me at work Monday, so I did the responsible thing and stayed home and messed with my dugout canoe project. I am just at the beginning stages of burning out the cottonwood log. Using birch bark, pine pitch, dried grass and a ferro rod, I got a fire...

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Barley Camp Stew

Barley Camp Stew

Barley makes a hearty, thick base for a stew. It scorches easily, so stir frequently and cook over moderate heat. At camp, we hung the stew pot from a tripod and raised it high above the flames. If you use a Dutch oven, put more coals on top, fewer underneath. Rotate...

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Potato Chowder

Potato Chowder

This recipe was a staple for me during my college years. It was cheap, easy and filling. A big pot of it could feed me for a week. I would gather and dry quantities of fairy ring mushrooms (Marasmius oreades) from the little park down the street from my apartment, and...

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