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July 20, 2007

CSA goodness

Summer is in full swing in Portland and as such the vegetables are local and fresh. Along with a few good friends I joined a CSA (community supported agriculture) this season. For an upfront fee you get a basket of produce every week from May-December. Early in the season there was a lot of lettuce but it was otherwise fairly thin. The share is cooking now though with all sorts of goodies. Featured here are broccoli, summer squash, candy stripe beets, zucchini and carrots. Also on the grill tonight were a potato and an onion, both right on the coals. The onion had to win for sweetest veggie. The skin burned nicely and fell off revealing an amazing center. Also incredible were the summer squash and zucchini followed by the carrots. The broccoli was most surprising as I've never grilled it before. It was perfect with each little floret a bit crispy and the stalk tender but not mushy. The beets were the only ok veggie and I'm not sure why as I normally love them. Maybe they needed more time on the grill. We should be able to look forward to several more weeks of this bounty of vegetables. If you are interested in local produce and food production in general I cannot recommend more highly Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma. It really affected me and my thinking about food in a way books and articles on similar topics have not.

Posted by Dave at 08:52 PM |

July 08, 2007

Going around the mountain

Scott and I have long talked about circumnavigating some of the local peaks in one day. On Saturday we got out to adventure trail run around Mt. St. Helens on the Loowit trail. more...
See the photos...

Posted by Dave at 06:07 PM |

July 05, 2007

Fourth festivities

Enjoyed a full day on yesterday's holiday. Woke up early and headed out to Hood River for the Joe Kollas Memorial Run, a 7.4 mile event from the small town of Odell to Jackson Park in Hood River. Nate shuttled Jennie and I so we could leave our cars at the finish. It was a fun event, especially finishing along the parade route just before the parade started in Hood River (or were we the start of the parade?). Watched a little bit of the parade then made my way back to Portland for the 1st annual Soulfly bike party, alternatively known as Patriots Gone Wild. This is the brain child of Mark and Jess and they made it all happen yesterday. Things started off mildly enough at my place around 2 o'clock with margaritas, bike decorating, darts and balance board. Actually, the last two were combined successfully, see photo. Then we flew through the streets strutting our stuff to five more houses with fun games and drinks at all of them. Games included beer pong (my partner and I were champs), bobbing for eggs, bocce ball, foosball, croquet. You kind of had to be there and I already can't wait for next year.

Posted by Dave at 08:29 AM

July 01, 2007

Sam's pack

Last week when my parents were visiting my mom and I went to REI and I bought Sam a pack to wear on our longer hikes when I needed to bring food and water for him. Today I got a chance to try it out on a 16-mile loop on the Salmon River trail connecting to the Hunchback Ridge trail. At first Sam wasn't quite used to the pack and would hit things on the side because he stuck out more. However it didn't take long before he was running all over the place as usual and even jumping logs with aplomb. It was a gorgeous hike with views of Hood and Jefferson on top of the ridge.

Posted by Dave at 09:42 PM