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Hikin' for Lichen

Still busy here.  Mike has started his new job and that means he's gone four days this week, really gone.  This will be our new normal, most of the time.  Four days away, three at home.  Mike's new job?  Well, he's probably doing what could have been my job--working for a company that helps dispose of chemical wastes, mostly for academic laboratories.

Laurel Bed Mike

Here he was, twelve hours before loading up.  We went to Laurel Bed Lake to take in Fall and make ourselves cold.  Success on all accounts.  We ate freeze-dried food and drank hot chocolate.  I think this is how our weekends will look from here on out--family adventures.

Hiking with Carrie

The remainder of us spent yesterday hiking with Carrie and looking for lichen.  The weather was cool when we got there, became sunny and warmer for our picnic lunch, and it started to rain just as we were leaving the park.  Perfection.  The children walked and walked and walked.  My new goal has been to get them on two walks a day to manage energy.

Berry picking

There were more partridge berries than we have ever seen.  Big ones, too!  We didn't make much progress at the start for all the berry picking the children had to do.  It gave Carrie and I a chance to talk.  Her husband spent several years working away from home.  She said she thinks we'll really like it.  I am trying to see the good in it, for sure.  Carrie said it will make our lives more centered on family.

Treasure box

Here's our box of treasures.  So many good things we found!  Lichen, hickory nuts, mushrooms, moss, leaves, rocks, sticks for the stick collection.  Carrie told me about a senior citizen group that used to make hickory nut pies and how she greedily bought them all up.  Gives me ideas about collecting and cracking enough hickory nuts to make a pie next year.  For now, I'll settle with a pecan maple pie to celebrate Mike's homecoming later in the week.


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Oct. 8th, 2014 10:46 am (UTC)
Yes, very true. We are hopeful and trying to trust that this is a step forward.
Oct. 8th, 2014 12:25 am (UTC)
Oof, that sounds like a rough schedule, but if anyone can do it, it's you!
Oct. 8th, 2014 10:42 am (UTC)
I think getting Roan over the hump will be the hardest part. I'm hoping it won't be like this every week.
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Oct. 8th, 2014 10:44 am (UTC)
Laurel got to it shortly after this picture, but yes, it was a nice box. I think the pie is like a pecan one. Hickory nuts are the hardest to crack and smallest amount of meat, but have the most calories. They are preferred by squirrels. There are some trees nearby. I think I'll check them out. Acorn jelly sounds bitter, but I'm sure they take care of that. It's been a bumper crop here this year.
( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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