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PostFri Oct 28, 2022 9:51 am 
More Adventures in Paradise (47 N 124 W) 10/12/22 - 10/17/22 .... picking up where we left off in our last episode... Wednesday I arrived later than I had originally planned and had just enough time to put some dinner together.
sturgeon steak with roasted beet and parsnip, cranberry-ginger chutney, and salad 10/12/22
sturgeon steak with roasted beet and parsnip, cranberry-ginger chutney, and salad 10/12/22
Thursday morning I had a little breakfast to start the day before my adventures.
breakfast 10/13/22
breakfast 10/13/22
Every time I drive over the Hwy 101 bridge at Queets I slow down and look upstream and downstream to see how high the water is. This is what it looks like when it's running at 344 cfs at low tide. I've never seen this much gravel bar on the downstream side. The guys in that boat said they weren't having any luck at all. Considering how low the water was, I'm surprised they even bothered.
Queets River 10/13/22
Queets River 10/13/22
Queets River 10/13/22
Queets River 10/13/22
Queets River 10/13/22
Queets River 10/13/22
In my last report, I noted that there was a five-yard pile of crushed rock on the side of the road at the Cedar Grove Trail. The rock was used to construct a fancy-schmantzy little footbridge over the roadside ditch and resurface the entire length of the trail. They also cut a couple short dead-end spurs leading off the trail. One leads off into the northwest part of the grove, the other two appear to be pads for porta-potties. (If they are not going to install porta-potties those two spots will become toilet paper blossom gardens in short order.)
Cedar Grove Trail 10/13/22
Cedar Grove Trail 10/13/22
Cedar Grove Trail 10/13/22
Cedar Grove Trail 10/13/22
Cedar Grove Trail 10/13/22
Cedar Grove Trail 10/13/22
Cedar Grove Trail 10/13/22
Cedar Grove Trail 10/13/22
bk Cedar Grove Trail 10/13/22
bk Cedar Grove Trail 10/13/22
After visiting the cedars, I headed south to one of my favorite beaches.
Kalaloch Beach 5 10/13/22
Kalaloch Beach 5 10/13/22
I did not see another person on the beach all day.
Kalaloch Beach 5 10/13/22
Kalaloch Beach 5 10/13/22
Kalaloch Beach 5 10/13/22
Kalaloch Beach 5 10/13/22
Kalaloch Beach 6 10/13/22
Kalaloch Beach 6 10/13/22
Kalaloch Beach 7 10/13/22
Kalaloch Beach 7 10/13/22
Kalaloch Beach 6 10/13/22
Kalaloch Beach 6 10/13/22
Kalaloch Beach 5 10/13/22
Kalaloch Beach 5 10/13/22
Kalaloch Beach 5 10/13/22
Kalaloch Beach 5 10/13/22
After such a fabulous day, it was only fitting that I fix up a fabulous dinner.
broiled swordfish with cranberry-ginger chutney, roasted fennel, and salad 10/13/22
broiled swordfish with cranberry-ginger chutney, roasted fennel, and salad 10/13/22
I started the day Friday with a nice little breakfast.
breakfast 10/14/22
breakfast 10/14/22
After breakfast I wandered along a river for a bit.
Clearwater River 10/14/22
Clearwater River 10/14/22
Clearwater River 10/14/22
Clearwater River 10/14/22
Clearwater River 10/14/22
Clearwater River 10/14/22
Clearwater River 10/14/22
Clearwater River 10/14/22
Clearwater River 10/14/22
Clearwater River 10/14/22
Clearwater River 10/14/22
Clearwater River 10/14/22
After packing up all the garbage out of that campsite, I wandered around a bit more and was rewarded for my efforts.
chanterelles 10/14/22
chanterelles 10/14/22
I ventured farther north in search of more edible treasures, but found few. I did find quite a bit of evidence that not all of the Olympic Peninsula is used just for tree farms. I really have to question those who think Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest are in need of expansion when so many other efforts are being made by different organizations. I think maybe some people just need to get out more.
Hoh River Trust Conservation and Recreation Area 10/14/22
Hoh River Trust Conservation and Recreation Area 10/14/22
Some of these units are immediately adjacent to commercial timber lands. Hard to tell one from the other without the signs.
Rayonier boundary sign 10/14/22
Rayonier boundary sign 10/14/22
This sign is less than three feet from that one above:
Hoh River Trust Conservation and Recreation Area 10/14/22
Hoh River Trust Conservation and Recreation Area 10/14/22
By the time I headed back south, the fog had rolled in all along the coast.
bk Kalaloch Beach 7 10/14/22
bk Kalaloch Beach 7 10/14/22
Later I whipped up a little dinner using some of the delightful treats I'd found earlier.
wild coho filet, tortellini with chanterelles, and salad 10/14/22
wild coho filet, tortellini with chanterelles, and salad 10/14/22
Saturday morning I had a little breakfast before venturing out.
breakfast 10/15/22
breakfast 10/15/22
I did a bit of wandering about but the results of my searching were less than hoped for.
chanterelles 10/15/22
chanterelles 10/15/22
I spent the rest of the day at the beach. All alone. Fabulous.
Kalaloch Beach 5 10/15/22
Kalaloch Beach 5 10/15/22
Kalaloch Beach 5 10/15/22
Kalaloch Beach 5 10/15/22
Kalaloch Beach 5 10/15/22
Kalaloch Beach 5 10/15/22
Saturday night I tried a different twist on the chutney.
wild coho filet, tortellini with chanterelles, mango-ginger-lemon chutney, and salad 10/15/22
wild coho filet, tortellini with chanterelles, mango-ginger-lemon chutney, and salad 10/15/22
Sunday looked to be a fabulous day when I got up and had some breakfast.
breakfast 10/16/22
breakfast 10/16/22
I had my lunch all packed, my boots laced up, and my pocket knife all ready for an all-day-long mushroom hunt when I went out and got into the truck to head out. When I hit the key, the starter solenoid shorted out, causing the starter motor to run continuously but not engaging the Bendix drive into the ring gear. The starter, pulling all 675 cold cranking amps out of that brand-new battery I just had installed, sounded like it was going to explode. I didn't have my stopwatch running, but I'm estimating it took me no more than 70 or 80 seconds to break out my tool kit, find a 13mm open end, get the hood opened, and get the battery disconnected. I considered my options at this point, and decided the best option was hope I could get it push-started and limp it home. I packed up everything, cleaned up my "campsite", and discovered that I am simply too old to try to push start my own truck. I wandered over next door, where a party of elk hunters was camped. Two very friendly, very large and burly guys - Brian and Chase - were kind enough to come over and give it a push. It fired right up and I got home a few hours later. Took me two hours to R&R the starter Tuesday, but that was only because three-fourths of that time was spent walking back and forth between the truck and the garage, fetching the tool I'd forgotten on the previous trip.

"I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach. I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each."

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PostSat Oct 29, 2022 11:50 am 
Pickles for breakfast? Hardcore!

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PostSat Oct 29, 2022 12:16 pm 
cornichons. somewhere in between sweet and sour. they served them on board the cruise ship with the gravlox and I kind of acquired an affinity for them - they help with that yin-yang-sweet-sour-hot-cold thing. ref:
food is not just about eating. wink.gif

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PostSat Oct 29, 2022 1:27 pm 
Ski wrote:
cornichons.
Dissimilitude? If it looks like a pickle, and tastes like a pickle, it is a pickle!

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PostSat Oct 29, 2022 2:22 pm 
everything you ever wanted to know about cornichons

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PostSat Nov 05, 2022 7:15 am 
Ski, you always have the best food!

Passing rocks and trees like they were standing still
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PostSat Nov 05, 2022 9:30 am 
^ Eating is the second-best thing in the galaxy. May as well try to get it right. up.gif

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