Monday, October 25, 2010

Heavy Laden

Our Sweet Little Peach Tree...
Mid May I forced Rick to thin the almond sized peaches to 1 or 2 every 5 inches.
1/2 Home Depot orange bucket full.
It was almost shaken to death on June 1st from extreme winds....
Another 3/4 Home Depot orange bucket full of walnut sized peaches.
Normal mid-June natural 'drop' = 1/4 Home Depot orange bucket full.
I cried.  We didn't think we would have any peaches at all!
Well, we were wrong.
Our little tree was so full the branches were laying on the ground!
One large branch even broke.
I was able to put up about 3 dozen quarts of peaches, plus share
with family and friends.

After harvest, with Rick saying "are you sure?"....
We trimmed our little tree. Hopefully, no broken branches next year.
With a nice trim.
 This is our Monster 'Early Girl' Tomato Plant.
Not many 'early' tomatoes, but an abundant fall crop. 
Enough to be able to put up 10 jars of Salsa
and 5 jars of Chili base.

Our gorgeous Rosemary plant.
I dried some rosemary last year and used it all winter. 
I really do feel like Martha Stewart!

Thursday, October 7, 2010


On Labor Day Rick and I went 'Geocaching'.
Never heard of it? Well, this from the official website:

"Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment."

We heard about it from Kathy and Tony and it has become
a very fun family activity for all of us.
One of the most beautiful Labor Days I can remember took us to
Adam's Canyon Trail in Kaysville, UT.  There are several 'caches' up the canyon.
The trail was unbelievably busy and crowded, but some of our
expeditions took us off trail and we enjoyed some quiet moments.

The GPS coordinates took us to this cache. You can see it buried in the rocks.

This is how you find them.  We also used our smartphones with an awsome geocaching app.

One of the 'caches' led us to this tree.  The heart was carved a LONG time ago.
This cache was down below the trail and we had the place all to ourselves.

Caches have log books that you sign when you find it.  Some of the caches contain
things that you can take if you want...but if you take you must give...
We usually just sign our geo-name with the initials TNLN/SL
Which translated is 'took nothing, left nothing/signed log'.

The canyon was spectacular!  At the top there is supposed to be a 40' waterfall.
We did not make it there.  We were pooped.  The online trail information
said that the trail was 3 miles roundtrip...but we think that it was incorrect.
It should be 3 miles 'one way'! 
We did spend alot of our 'hiking' waiting for people to pass.

The geocaching made the hike so fun and enjoyable.
Some of the caches are very difficult to find, or are very difficult to get to.
We enjoy the 'easy' ones.

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