Sunday, September 30, 2012

Maybe I should play a D9 chord on the intro? What the heck is a dry cataract? OK, then maybe I should plant a lily next to the deck stairs. No, did he say 14,000 years ago or 12,000?

Yesterday, we went on a field trip with the Coeur du De'luge Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute.  Our trip leader was Dr.Roy Breckenridge, Geologist and Director of the Idaho Geological Survey.  We started out west of Hope with our last stop scheduled to be at the Cabinet Gorge Dam viewpoint, which it turns out, was closed for maintenance.

Glacial Lake Missoula was up to 2000 feet deep and covered 3000 square miles of western Montana.  Catastrophic failure of the Clark Fork ice dam released 500 cubic miles of water at a rate 10 time the combined flow of all the present-day rivers on earth.

The Cordilleran Ice Sheet extended from Canada down the Purcell Trench and covered Lake Pend Oreille.  It formed the ice dam that created Glacial Lake Missoula and the Lake Missoula Floods.

The Ice Dam was here at the mouth of the Clark Fork River.  View toward the Green Monarch Mountains where five or more spillways pass through ridge.
View of the Green Monarchs from the Drift Yard. Pole Creek spillway is a little to the left in this photo.

Pole Creek Spillway in the center, just above the trees.

Closeup of Johnson Creek.  It was covered with ice.  You can see a scoured rock.

On the bridge at Clark Fork

Then we drove to Castle Rock.  We drove over what is the remains of gigantic ripple marks to stop here.  Castle Rock is part of a dry cataract.  You can see glacial polish and striations in the rock.

Next, we drove to the Dry Creek Gravel Pit.  There is evidence here that the glacier moved east towards Thompson falls and deposited the rocks as it moved. (See below)   The aggregate here is cemented and the pit walls must be ripped before it can be excavated.  This gravel probably was deposited in the latest glacial time from the ice margin into Lake Missoula.

The late glacial ice advanced upstream almost to Thompson Falls, Montana.  The late phases of Lake Missoula drained slowly enough to leave these deposits preserved.

I am not much of a geologist so when the conversation includes topics such as the Wallace Formation, the Prichard formation and granitic magmas, my mind wanders.  I start thinking about where to transplant the new lily in my garden, what notes and chords I should play when the band plays Georgia, or I take strange photos that have nothing to do with the field trip.

Yes, I learned something new.  It was pounded into my brain something like a glacier slowly rolling over the top of me and depositing little bits of information here and there.

Dang.  I've got to get back to my garden and my music.  I'm starting to lose it.

Friday, September 28, 2012

The guy with "skills" returns.

I have been busy pulling out garden crops that are finished for the year and canning the first batch of salsa and the last batch of green beans.  I am down to the final stages of the garden with only the sweet corn, carrots and tomatoes left to harvest.

Yesterday I had one small crisis in the middle of making my salsa, my food processor stopped working.  I have had the same problem before and actually bought a new attachment bowl thinking that the old one was defective.  Retired Mountain Man saved the day and solved the problem.

It turns out that when the handle on the bowl is attached, it would not connect far enough into the base to start the motor.  He solved the problem by inserting a very small wooden "dowel"  into the base.  It now works perfectly!

Remember, he is one of those "guy guys"!  One of those guys who if you are lost in the forest can build you a shopping mall with a matchstick and a knife.  One of those guys with "skills".  Yes indeed.

The results at the end of the day.  Ten pints of salsa and ten pints of green beans.

Back to the garden today.  

Sunday, September 23, 2012

It's time for those tomato favorites.

BLT's, fresh salsa and roasted tomatoes are three of my favorites.

Last spring Travis built two raised beds for my tomatoes and I would say that it has been a huge success.  The tomatoes have done very well even with the cold wet June.  The sweet corn is ripe so we are enjoying the last vegetables from the garden.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Autumn Equinox, September 22, 2012

Today is the last day of summer.  It's time to celebrate the harvest and enjoy the beautiful harvest moon which will be in it's full glory this coming week.

After enduring one of the coldest and soggiest springs on record, we are now headed into a very beautiful fall.   I took some time off from pulling out my vegetable garden to take some photos of the all the flowers before the frost hits and they are all gone.

Ball Dahlia

April Dawn

A flower that blooms for three months!

Dainty Cosmos

Show-off zinnia

I am reminded of a song that my grandparents used to sing, "Shine on Harvest Moon".
Do you know it?

So shine on 
Shine on harvest moon 
Up in the sky 
I ain't had no lovin' since January, February, June or July 
Snow time ain't no time to stay outdoors and spoon 
So shine on 
Shine on harvest moon for me and my gal 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Yes, I have more peppers......

To give away.....Free peppers to good home.  You haul.

Pickled Peppers for winter 2012.  I am done with peppers except for the ones that go in my salsa.  Hooray!

Julie and Ben are here for a couple of days. Ben and I spent the afternoon baking and decorating a birthday cake for Julie.

The cake required Frosted Animal Cracker Cookies for decoration.

Blow out those candles! Huff and Puff and Blow your house in!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Jalapeno, Chili, Sweet Banana, Hot Yellow Wax, Serrano.......Arizona 59, Oklahoma State 38? What kind of score is that?

Pepper harvest.  I am watching football and harvesting garden veggies.  That's what I do in the fall.
 Day One.

 On Day Two I was more ambitious.

I made some Cowboy Candy.  Yikes!  In my taste test my Jalapenos were hot!

RTM's dahlias are in their glory.

Some of the other flowers are showing off their best color.

On another note, I took a long shot with my football picks and it turns out Arizona beat Oklahoma State.  It puts me in the lead in the football pool today.  I should have bought a lottery ticket the day I made my picks.  I don't expect my lucky streak to hold out during the NFL games today, but winning is sweet even if it's only temporary.

I just wish I could have watched the game.  It must have been very interesting with a score of  59 to 38.  That's what is wrong with the TV industry.  They make you pay a lot of money and give you 200 channels of garbage programming along with a million commercials to poison our minds.

I'd better get back to my garden. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Yes, we are boomers having fun. What else is there to do?

Every Tuesday I drive to Sandpoint for my guitar lesson.  The Mandolin Gals and Fiddle Gal and and I love our lesson with our teacher, Doug Bond.  We take our lessons very seriously but we also have a lot of fun.  This week Doug drove to Hope so that we could have a lesson using our PA system. 

Thanks to Neil (Recorder Man), for taking a couple of photos of our session.

Once again, we had a great time.    After our two hour lesson, it was back to the garden chores.  Yesterday was beet day.  Pickled Beets and canned beets.  Tomorrow will be pepper day.  It's time to start getting the garden harvested and all those veggies preserved.  Then I get to play my guitar again.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

I'm "on a tear".

At least that is what Retired Mountain Man says.  He is staying out of my way.  In between harvesting veggies and berries, I am on a mission to get rid of anything in the house that has been here for five years or more and not been used.  We have been in this house for 32 years.  We have a LOT of stuff! 

After four Outback loads to the dumpsters and one load to Goodwill I am almost done.  How long should you keep a soil test kit from 1970?  The manager at the dumpsters wanted to know if there was anything radioactive in it?  Hmm.  I don't think so.  I am guessing that most of the chemicals in the kit were too old to be of any use, but I don't know. 

There are now a few empty spots on shelves but not enough.  I think I may have to do Round Two, but not until next year.   The guy at the dumpsters is getting really tired of seeing me.

The garden is finally producing and it's time to concentrate on bringing in the produce and canning or freezing all that tasty stuff for the winter.

It's also time to get back to my piano and guitar and play some tunes. 

Where is the Cougar Creek Band anyway?  They all seem to be off on their own tears.  I am hoping they will all decide that they miss playing together and SOON!

Meanwhile, Retired Mountain Man, Neil and Travis are working hard at getting in the firewood for winter.  They are also almost done.   It takes a lot of cords of wood to heat this house from October to May.

We are also "getting ready for some football" and the Cougar Creek Football Pool.  There are certain people in the pool that need to lose this year.  You know who I'm talking about.  They (Jon, Neil and GrizEileen) are always in the winner's circle.  It's time for new champions in 2012.  Go Will!  Go Dave!  Go JP!  Ann?  Linda?  Julie?  Me?  

Go Big Red!