sarah’s photos

August 31, 2009

Sarah took some awesome photos while she was here. I thought I’d show them off. She used real film, not digital. I can understand why many photographers prefer it. Nothing captures light like real film. Yoshiko also has mad photography skills, and I’ll post some of hers soon. This is Erica, by the way… Tyler’s off in parts unknown.

super farm woman

1909 or 2009?

for all of you who love simon forever

never has toilet paper looked so lovely

our tomatoes, before they got big and ugly


our forest looking creepy

barn barn barn


alaska bound

August 27, 2009

Im sure it will look just like this

I leave today for fishing in Alaska (here),  Erica will keep posting occasionally.  I will be back in two weeks with hundreds of pounds of halibut.

my parents visit

August 25, 2009

the rents

My parents came and visited for an entire week, it was really wonderful to see them and was over much to quickly.  We worked on a multitude of projects including but not limited to; my mother helping us with farmers market and my father doing the bulk of the work to get the chicken plucker finished.  We went on hikes, fished, and generally did wholesome family stuff.

what we have here is your common northern red fish, ya see

the deal is struck

my friends are married now

We went back for a quick weekend to see my friends get hitched. There was a bike parade, a short ceremony and I even danced a little (shudder).

breakfast BBQ bonanza

We made breakfast on the bbq, it was deliciously decadent as only Cari can do.

his name changes alot first it was garfunkel now it's napoleon

Roosters are not allowed in Portland, so we gave this little guy (with a really long french name I can’t pronounce) a new home in the country.

ahoy ahoy, potatoes

August 19, 2009

fingerlings, german butterballs and purple vikings

We have begun digging some of our potatoes.  Last years haul was 600 pounds, this year is anybody’s guess.  We are taking bets through an Irish bookie who promises to put our potato harvest bet right underneath the Papal bet in order of importance (my money is on Cardinal Dario Castrillio Hoyo).

they came from the under the ground

then she danced the potato dance

giant zucchini

August 11, 2009

look what I found

We found this zucchini in the green house, it had gotten away from us until it was to late,  It was stuffed and eaten in due order.

look out for that monkey

four friends from Portland made the pilgrimage to the promised farm.  We spent a day fishing on the lake (tony caught the only fish) and took them on the prerequisite tram ride.  We sent them home with buckets of vegetables and hopefully a warm fuzzy feeling.

wild area bridge

dripping with calculations

While Zack was here we put him to work on building a bridge.  Bruce and I stood back as mathematics flew fast and furious in the design and building of a very nice foot bridge into the wild area.

#5 hike; Legore Lake

August 6, 2009

camping spot with a view

I had been reading in the guide book about the hike to this lake for awhile now, it seemed to have all the elements to make a fantastic experience.  Legore lake the highest true lake in Oregon at 8,957 ft is situated less than 8 miles from the farm and only 4 miles from the trail head.  Low traffic on the trail is aided by the fact that in those 4 miles you gain over 4,000 ft of elevation, numbers like that seem to make most people think twice (the less people I have to see the better).

There is an abandoned copper mine about half way up and a collapsed cabin to go along with it.   From the cabin a compass was helpful to guide us over the two passes to the lake where the thousands of brook trout feeding and cavorting in the crystal clear water refused to take our bait for the entirety of the trip.

After we set up camp and started in on the first our of what would be 12 hours of unfruitful fishing.  A herd of bighorn sheep moved in from off the ridge and fed through a grassy area near camp with Erica taking pictures like crazy.

sheep on ridge

sheep 2 for 1

babyyyyyyyy!!!!!! (photo by erica)

While taking a break from not catching fish we climbed Sawtooth mountain and got to within 20ft  of twin peaks summit before I made an executive decision to chicken out and try an easier peak a mile down the ridge.

twin peaks north tower 9,673ft

Another reason for choosing this particular hike was to take Erica’s cousin who was visiting from Chicago on a memorable outing.  Going from 600 ft in Chicago to 9,600 ft on the side of a mountain in the Wallowas seemed to make quite an impression on him.  Torturing flatlanders by taking them up treacherous trails is one of my favorite hobbies, but Zack took it all in stride with a smile.  He said he was tired once or twice but you couldn’t tell it by the way he marched up the trail with his thirty pound pack and a “souvenir” rock the size of his head.

chicken house upgrade

August 4, 2009

a palace of chicken decadance

we made a roost and nest boxes for the chickens continued happiness