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In the Green Spirit….again

Green. Everywhere.

Things are sure looking green in the foothills. And they should be after being drenched with over 12 inches of rain during five days and then a foot of snow! It’s been a wet one to say the least. I thought it may have just been a tease when the sun said hi this last Saturday morning. I decided to go for a hike and hoped that the rain/snow would withstand for a few hours. Fortunately, the morning was gorgeous and the hike was a very green one indeed. Mountain Bounty Farm is located about 2 miles from the Wild and Scenic Yuba River. Last Saturday, I hiked from the farm down the hills a bit and along the river. There was never a dull moment. Check out some photos.

timber! Purdon road was out of commission for a bit

Purdon crossing bridge over the Yuba


Spring has sprung...maybe....

not green, but Liana the neighbor's horse - she's 32!

That’s Liana, the neighbor’s horse – she’s 32!

In the spirit of greenness, I couldn’t resist rewinding a few weeks to post some of the last pictures from the last farm. In the last couple days that we were there numerous lettuce varieties were ready to harvest. They were soo delicious! The red butterhead [Sophia variety] had a great texture, color, and crunch.

delicious and about 3 pounds

Sophia red butterhead, delectable!

that's some serious sauerkraut material!

From the trees, shrubs, and mosses to lettuce, cabbage, and fennel – greens are back!

UNTIL…….last Saturday night when this arrived:

The Intern Kitchen

Our cabin and the pathway down to the other cabins and fields

some deer came through...

the calm after the storms

And now almost all the snow has melted. Hopefully spring is truly here now! We’ve got lots of potatoes, strawberries, peas, broccoli, kale, and many other crops to get into the ground next week, let the season begin!

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mushroom wild rice, hubbard squash puree, mustard green salad, mushroom tarte, roasted potatoes, cranberries, and duck!


Looking at that picture makes my mouth water! We had a lovely Thanksgiving up in Portland and I thought I’d post some pictures from the trip. Driving up 101 on the coast on the way up was eventful, from scenic overlooks to standing a couple hundred feet from 2,000 seals to crazy fast winds & closed sections of highways. Portland is a terrific city, filled with unique stores and restaurants, parks, Farmers Markets, and much more. And the city is super pedestrian and bike friendly. I’d highly recommend anyone to visit if they can. Here’s a little slideshow from the trip:

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Thanksgiving in Portland was awesome, but we can’t wait to come back to the Midwest for Christmas in a few weeks 🙂

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off the beaten path


Thanks for checking out this blog. After graduating in May and finishing up a researching job in Iowa City this August, Jake and I headed west. First, we were fortunate to be apart of a private rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The National Park Service is very selective of how many people can go down the river each year, so it took 15 years to get a permit to go on the trip! It was sure worth the wait, the 16 days were unreal and filled with unforgettable scenery and memories. Words simply do not give it justice. Take a look at some of the pictures…..

rigging up the boats for the launch

paddle time

paddle time

dwarfed by the canyon walls

dwarfed by the canyon walls

we were the dairy cooler and kitchen supplies boat (plus Jake)

approaching Redwall Cavern

Jake and I inside Redwall Cavern

Redwall Cavern

Silver Grotto hike

hiking up to the 3 granaries where Indians stored food

panoramic of 3 granaries

the ducky, so FUN!

lots of hikes 🙂

Jon and Sam fly fishing

time to take a pee!

scouting a rapid

scouting a rapid

the start of a sunset

parked for the night

parked for the night

a spring on the side of the canyon

a spring on the side of the canyon

jumping off of waterfalls on side hikes, so refreshing!

jumping off of waterfalls on a side hike at Ell's Chasam, so refreshing!

cooling off in fresh springs

the 3 brothers

the 3 brothers

those little red ant bites packed a punch!

those little red ant bites packed a punch!

winding pathways at Matkat

scrambling hiking at Matkat

crystal clear water

the groover...we had some pretty awesome views from the bathroom

one of our kitchen set-ups, doing dishes using the 5 bucket method

Havasu creek...the water looked like cool blue gatorade!

bighorn sheep right on the trail

jumping into a waterfall pool at Havasu

silly brothers!

Deer Creek Falls

mid hike cool off

scouting Hance Rapid....dun.dun..dun...

trying to flip Jon's boat after the Hance rapid take out

wow what a rock

tons of horseshoes 🙂 this was the night after we successfully made it through Lava Rapid, which means everyone wears their party outfit...nice skirts Jake and Joe!

Ledges Campsite and Sam's birthday night, cheers!

There’s just a brief overview of canyon pictures…there are hundreds more fantastic pictures. More to come in the future!

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