Monday, May 15, 2017

Remarkably cool, and windy in Coachella Valley; it will last for a few days, then the heat arrives. Went hiking with a group of people on the hills on the eastern side of Palm Springs. Great vistas as the sun set. The clouds, not fog like I'm use to in San Francisco, drifted and clung to the hills. Made me nostalgic for the SF Bay area.

Relocated from the rain-drenched shores of the Oregon coast, to the sunny, warm and very dry climes of the Coachella Valley.  Temperatures double what I experienced in the Pacific Northwest, yet still pleasant. And, I'm adjusting. Lots of wonderful areas to explore; I have not been here in fifteen or more years.  Lots of changes...

Tucked into small canyon setting with hills, rocks and palm trees behind me.

Sunset from my bedroom window
Overlooked photos from a hike at the most northwestern point of the State of Washington...Cape Flaherty. Remote, rugged and unbelievably beautiful. And, not crowded!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Moving on...

After nearly ten months traveling in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington and British Columbia), and enduring 170 inches of rain in six of those ten months, I'm headed south to Palm Springs. Kinda, sort of...counter to the normal snowbird rotation. But, I'm anything but normal. Had some major truck engine upgrades, and it performs perfectly. If you ever need a mechanic in the Florence, Oregon, area, I have a great recommendation.

Currently, I'm in Santa Rosa, California, visiting family and friends; I depart tomorrow on my journey southward. I'll stop on Interstate 5 near the Grapevine, and the following day head on to Palm Springs. I'll have the wonderful pleasure of skirting the Los Angeles metropolitan basin using Interstate 210 to Interstate 10.  The traffic will be highly congested, with, I'm sure white knuckle moments. 

I'm scheduled to stay in Palm Springs until early December; if I make it that long. I may pull up stakes and head east to Tucson, Arizona, or Santa Fe, New Mexico. Regardless, I'm looking forward to the heat and drying out my tiny home on wheels.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Updated interior photos:

Japanese Tonsu stairs leading to an elevated queen size bed. Stairs can be slid entirely beneath bed to add space in the living room.  Additional storage beneath bed accessed to the right of the stairs.

Entry way into living room with floor-to-ceiling multi-level storage cabinet. Floors are reclaimed bamboo throughout home.

Living room with large window giving glimpse into kitchen.  

Hanging entertainment center / workspace / dining table with marine propane heater to the left. Clerestory window above provides additional light.

Full kitchen with 9.2 cu ft refrigerator / freezer, stove / oven, farmers sink, and open and closed storage throughout. All LED lighting throughout home.  Bath, with sink, composting toilet and shower to right of sink.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Went wildcraft plant foraging along the Sweet Creek Falls trail, just outside of Mapleton, Oregon, with Jen Nelson, from Homegrown, a local vegetarian and vegan restaurant and deli in Florence, Oregon. Found, tasted and collected wood sorrel, Siberian miner's lettuce, lady fern, salmonberry, stinging nettle, sitka spruce, and others.  Here are some photos of the trail that paralleled the creek.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Although this does not qualify as a fermented food, it's the waste products from previous ferments I've posted here earlier. Essentially, it's bits and pieces of asparagus, carrots, leeks, cabbage, sweet potatoes, radishes, beets, onions, shallots and garlic slow simmered for 4-6 hours to create a rich, flavorable vegetable broth. Some cracked pepper, a few ounces of sea salt brine, and fresh sage and thyme from my garden are added. I'll strain the broth twice, and refrigerate. The vegetable pulp either goes into the compost pile or I blend it into a medium paste for use in soups and sauces. I'll post follow on photos of the final products later today. And, BTW, my home smells so good right now as the soon to be broth gently simmers.