Archive for September 10th, 2012

10
Sep
12

COWBOY BEANS @ Heritage & Trail Cooking

As the season starts to change, it reminds me that one of  my favorite Fall/Winter foods is a pot of beans. I came across this great how-to recipe on making beans at Heritage & Trail Cooking...an awesome site.  Explore the interesting info re recipes and cooking in general.

10
Sep
12

Tended Desert Scape & Bleary Eyes

Tended Desert Scape, Bleary Eyes (SwittersB)

Living in the Pacific NW, I feel fortunate to live with defined seasons that are rarely too harsh. It creates a sense of yearning though and that creates wanderlust to satisfy the needs. When the gloom of too much Winter grey closes in around late February (or sooner) then the warmth and sun of the desert beckons.  But, there is also a pull to that Winter river and swinging the rod for Steelhead. Soon enough, I will be wishing the dog days of Summer were near.

Summer Sky by SwittersB

10
Sep
12

Camping’s Legacy Seems Positive

The Boys, S. Fk. Malheur River, 1986

The Boys, S. Fk. Malheur River, 1986 Doesn’t that water look inviting back there?

My dad took me, my mom and a slew of kids camping each Summer. It was the once a year camping trip to a couple different places that centered around fishing and were there enough other campers to increase the likelihood of girls?

My dad didn’t fish. He built a camp and because it usually rained at some point he brought lots of old canvas tarps, rope and duct tape. We had great camps. The kids were free to head out to fish and look for those girls. We were guaranteed breakfast, lunch and dinner often cooked not on the Coleman stove but over an open fire. 

I never listened to my Dad discuss how to camp. I just watched him do all these different things and it computed.

In later years, I did the same thing and had so much fun in providing my kids and their friends with what I believe were great camping/backpacking experiences in far flung places. Today, all my kids are capable of creating their own camping experiences. My oldest son is headed out this week to camp with his family. Perhaps time around those campfires, or sitting out the storm in the old tent trailer or under a tarp really did have an impact?

The Boys, Minam River, 1987 (SwittersB)

Yes, to be sure there were upset stomachs, falls, stings, cuts, heat stroke, sunburns and the like, but they weathered it all well.

With day hikes, fly fishing, back packing and camping my kids and their friends all benefited from the outdoor experience and learned how to prepare and manage their own gear and ultimately how to share that with others.

The old rig in the Steens Mountains, 1990 (SwittersB)




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