Archive | April, 2010

Devils Hole Pupfish

The Devils Hole Pupfish’s only natural habitat is in the 93 degree waters of Devils Hole, located within the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Nye County, Nevada, a detached unit of Death Valley National Park. Although the cavern is over 400 feet deep, the pupfish, a 22-thousand-year-old species, is believed to spawn exclusively on a shallow rock shelf just under the waters surface. By the fall of 2006, an estimated 38 fish remained in the wild. Since 2007, the population estimates have started to swing upward. The fall 2008 count was estimated at 127 fish; the first time triple digits have been estimated since 2004, and the first three year upward trend since 1996.

Watch: PBS’ Life In Death Valley

April 19, 2010 | Flora/Fauna | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Rebecca Bailey

April 16, 2010 | Quotes/Poetry | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

NOLS, Alaska Program, 1998

MP3: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Teach Me To Bear You (thx AD)

April 15, 2010 | Long Hairs, Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

“Ed”

“Ed” by Gordon Talley

April 15, 2010 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

100 Mile Wilderness

The Hundred-Mile Wilderness is the section of the Appalachian Trail that runs between Monsoon, ME and Abol Bridge, just south of Baxter State Park. It is generally considered the wildest section of the trail, and as you can see from the sign above, has no roads for 100 miles, so stock up on oatmeal and sardines.

The AMC is working to protect this land through their Maine Woods Initiative that you can read more about here.

MP3: Ted Lucas – It Is So Nice To Get Stoned

April 15, 2010 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Sardines

Sardines are great for camping. High(ish) protein, canned, CHEAP, extremely aromatic (great for attracting bears!), compact and low in mercury. I don’t eat a beef salami, so these are even better for little ol’ me. Not a lot of people enjoy these fishy little fish, so when you find someone else that indulges in sardines and toast, you feel an automatic kinship. You’re part of a club.

Maine used to be home to a hell of a lot of sardine canneries, but as of April 18th, that will be all but a memory. The last American sardine cannery, located in Prospect Harbor, ME, will be closing down. The cannery is owned by Bumble Bee, but is still known as the Stinson plant, after the founding family. Read more about it at the NYT.

April 13, 2010 | The World Is On Fire! | Continue Reading | Comments { 5 }

John McPhee: Coming Into The Country


April 13, 2010 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

The Whip

I love me an old Wagoneer. I’d have killed for a first generation, two door Montero. A 60 series Land Cruiser is just about the most beautiful car ever made. As I looked for these cars and started test driving a few, I realized I wanted something smaller. Better on gas. More reliable. Just as handsome. And I made a damn fine choice.

Above is my “new” 2000 Impreza Outback, complete with “SPORT” on its side and a GOOD OL’ COLD SPLINTERS sticker on its butt, sitting in front of the Appalachian Trail. Mother nature’s quite a lady, but you’re the one I need. (To get to Mother Nature.)

MP3: Bruce Springsteen – The E Street Shuffle

April 12, 2010 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

Granola

If you spend any time in the cereal aisle of the supermarket, I’m sure you’ve noticed that the granola section has expanded exponentially in the past couple of years. And as the options have soared, so have the prices. Those Bear Naked bags are a joke. Living up to a stereotype is always a good idea, so if you’ve got a few minutes to make your own, you should. It’s easy and cheap, and as you all know, packs real well in the top of whatever you got strapped to your back.

The beauty of making your own granola (holy shit, what a sentence starter!) is that you can put whatever the hell you want into it, just like Good Old Raisins and Peanuts. I’m a little boring, so I keep the recipe pretty simple and void of too much sweet. I don’t know real measurements, which means it comes out a little different each time, but below is some sort of framework (as you can see above, shredded unsweetened coconut is pretty standard in granola, and if I have it around, I’ll use it. If not, it doesn’t really matter.) that you can use if you don’t do this already. I’m sure a lot of you have way better recipes and tricks, so let a brother know what you got.

A few cups of rolled oats (Not the instant kind)
Agave Nectar
Pepitas
Flax Seeds
Sliced Almonds (in the baking aisle)
Cinnamon
Vanilla Extract
Raisins/Craisins

You should only use enough oats to make a thin layer on a baking sheet, so put that amount in a bowl and pour on enough agave nectar to get the oats wet. Maple Syrup and/or honey works too. Throw in as many pepitas and flax seeds as your heart desires. Almonds too. Shake some cinnamon in there (can never have too much) and a teaspoon or two of vanilla. Mix it up, throw it on a cookie sheet and put it in the oven at 350 until it gets a little crispy. Take it out, let it cool, throw in some raisins, and put it in that pretty little Ball jar you never get to use.

April 12, 2010 | Food | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

Have a Good Weekend

Excuse the lack of posts this week. I was busy buying a car and editing national park guides. Have a damn good weekend, y’all, and let me know if you’re going on any camping trips. T’is the season.

Talk soon.

MP3: Lowell George – Honest Man

MP3: Goose Creek Symphony – A Satisfied Mind

April 9, 2010 | Have A Good Weekend | Continue Reading | Comments { 6 }