Thunder Creek to McAllister Creek, June 9 2012 Our hiking group had turned to this creekside forest trail on a drippy Saturday, discouraged from the high country by late spring snows and poor weather. As we drove through the foothills, the clouds blowing … Continue reading →
Though June’s weather has been typically drippy and cool, with the help of remay and lots of positive thinking the Talbert garden is progressing very nicely! I thought that all of you who followed my early posts (“A Hopeful Time”) might … Continue reading →
I had a remote canister stove (Camping Gaz) for years but lost a key part. This stove is just the ticket! I love extended high-alpine trekking and want a stove that is stable and can be protected from wind with … Continue reading →
OK, many of you might consider potatoes to be a mundane, cheap staple food, russets in a bag from the grocery store – why waste precious garden space growing the humble spud? It’s because a home-grown potato is not only … Continue reading →
It’s very difficult to forget that we live in one of the world’s great rainforest ecosystems here in western Washington – the Northern Temperate Rainforest. After all, with very little coaxing (just a few decades), the trees grow tall and … Continue reading →
Ananas Noire: 80 days, indeterminate. “A.K.A. Black Pineapple tomato. The name of this Belgian tomato, introduced by Pascal Moreau in 2005, is French for black pineapple. Large, sprawling, regular leaf plant that yields heavy crop of 1 to 1 1/2 lb., round, … Continue reading →
Gardening is one of the most profound expressions of faith in the universe! You toil to break the clods, you lovingly nurture your starter plants and tuck in your little seeds, then you wait and hope! Plus, around here, all … Continue reading →
I’m so excited to share my world, ideas, odd musings and learnings with all of you! This blog will explore a number of directions, from reports on hikes and backpacks in the high country of Washington and the world, to stories from my international travels, to explorations of the science behind the natural world, to the latest and greatest science fiction and adventure books I’ve read, to insights from my experience and teaching of backpack planning and lightweight trail food prep. And those are just the beginning – come along and let’s see where we can take this together!