I seem to be alluding to the Beartooth mountains of my youth a lot lately, this time via the subtle and incredibly beautiful film Sweetgrass, which documents a dying practice of shepherding into the mountains for summer pasture. I am not sure how I feel about the age-old practice, as grazing throughout the West has resulting in a manifold of ecological problems, from erosion to wildlife habitat loss. But I can’t help lamenting the loss of a lifestyle that so many of my friends and neighbors lived growing up in Wyoming.
Month: November 2011 (page 1 of 2)
I love a good rucksack, and thankfully I have two military surplus packs that go pretty much everywhere with me…depending on the season. I have had the “summer” pack since my college days, and it’s traveled throughout the western U.S. with me in that time (shortly after 9/11 this pack was the subject of some airline delays, presumably on account of residual munitions dust – nothing says “authentic” like a 30 minute TSA delay). Last year I picked up the “winter” pack to handle the Oregon rain, and the waterproof material has definitely been imperative on bike commutes to downtown Portland for work.
I have been looking at modern rucksacks lately, mostly those from Archival Clothing in Eugene. I like the fusion of modern and classic styling with the inclusion of leather, waxed twill, and brass hardware. Good stuff. I would probably go with the “Ranger Tan”.
Joel over at deadbait ran a post today about Virginia hunter Jackson Landers, who is conducting a hunting class in conjunction with releasing a new book titled, in very straightforward manner, The Beginners Guide to Hunting Deer for Food.
I wanted to share this because, like Joel, I would like to expand my wild food collection from fishing and foraging to hunting. Our cabin is surrounding by dense woods, so a garden is out of the question (other than a few shade tolerant herbs, which we’ve grown in the past), so it seems like hunting would be the way to get some additional local food on the table.
I tend to get excited about good ketchup. Ketchup in general, actually. I know, it is so common as to be overlooked, and sometimes it seems like there isn’t much that can be done to improve on a condiment that most of us completely take for granted.
I was surprised and happy to see that the (kind of) local restaurant and pub chain (empire) McMenamins recently switched to a local ketchup company. Portland Ketchup did not disappoint. They’ve “got your buns covered.” Nice one McMenamins!
I have little confidence in my skills in mycological identification. In fact, the only mushroom I consistently seek for eating purposes is the chanterelle, leaving the others behind on account of ignorance.
I would like to change that at some point, but in the meantime I still find virtually all mushrooms beautiful, or at least intriguing. Below is a sample of some of the fungus around forest glen road. Do you know what they are (especially that incredible white one)?