If you live in the Northwest and have grown tired of the cold and wet of winter, you may have already packed up your RV and headed for the sunny Southwest. But if you are staying in the Northwest, you can still bring some sunshine into your life with the citrus fruits that are in such abundance these days. Those tangy grapefruit, juicy oranges and tangerines are winter gifts of nature that take some of the chill out of the weather and add a taste of sunshine to winter meals with their fresh flavors and happy colors.
Archives for January 2004
Ouch! Sharp salmon teeth cut into my fingers as I tried to thread a line through the jaws of the long dead fish. He was getting his revenge after a few months plotting in the freezer; we had eaten the rest of him for dinner a dozen weeks before and were using his carcass for crab bait.
My 1,200-plus miles from Washington to Arizona in October took two weeks. I drove Forest Roads 25 and 99 to Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in Washington. I had visited in 1986, six years after the eruption. Huge pine tree forests have since grown. The blast zone still exposes acres of blackened, denuded trees. Surrounded by colorful October groundcover, they were stark reminders of the mountain’s devastation.