Friday, October 29, 2010

Pepper City

Even in a greenhouse the cool & cloudy 2010 wasn't a good year for hot peppers! Our Bhut Jolokia (Hottest Pepper in the World) rotted when they were about an inch tall. Our Tabasco & Habanero peppers grew but have yet to produce any ripe fruit. We did get a few peppers to ripen though including our first attempt with Fushimi, Shishito & Kung Pao.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Columbia Gorge Marathon

All done! 
Rainbows, Sun, Rain, Torrential rain, More rain & More rain, oh, & Wind :^)
26.2 miles, 2531' of hills!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A trip to Eden (Park)..

Sunday we set out for the Mt. Hood high country again knowing that it wont be long now before snow closes off the upper slopes to hiking. We decided to tick the Mazama (formerly Cathedral Ridge) trail off the list. Then do a loop around Cairn Basin & Eden Park. It was a beautifully Sunny day though morning temps were cold, the creeks were laden with ice that survived the day where the Sun didn't reach. 

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Post Mushroom Picking..........

In search of Chanterelles

So today we set out with friends in search for Chanterelles.

While we didn't find the bumper crop we were hoping for, we did scrape together a couple of pounds! Chiyoko worked her magic & turned them into a delicious cream sauce with pasta.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Search for the Mooney on Hood.

This trip was supposed to be a 7 hour 12 mile round trip to find the remains of an old Mooney airplane that crashed on Mt. Hood in 1975. We did eventually find the plane but it took us over 10 hours, 16 miles and a fair bit of off trail travel! Our plan was to begin at the Vista Ridge trail head then head up to the Timberline trail were we would then head East, cross Coe creek then leave the trail and head up a ridge to a set of GPS coordinates that we had. Unfortunately we left the trail one ridge too early & found ourselves only 2 tenths of a mile away from our goal but with a gaping chasm between us & our goal. We decided to keep climbing up the ridge we were on then cut across the mountain on half a mile of loose rock & snow before descending from above to our goal. We finally returned to the trail head in darkness, a long but great day on the mountain.

50 lbs of tomatoes

So what can you do with 50lbs of home grown tomatoes?

 Well you can blend them all up with onions, garlic, oregano, basil, parsley, fennel, to get about 5 gallons of sauce!

Add heat

And in about 6 hours you will have 2.5 gallons of Spaghetti sauce :^)....