Rabbits this year

So for the last two years we have had a bumper crop of rabbits. I was told no coyotes equals more rabbit population. This little one thinks I can not see it but even if it does see us it does not run away. It gets along with the ducks, Blue Jays and Scrub Jays but tolerates the squirrels. With a pasture next door there is plenty of grass and food to support them.

Baby rabbit

Trip to Mount Rushmore and the Tetons!

So we traveled 3123 miles from home going to mount Rushmore via Walla Walla WA then through Lolo Pass and the Clear Water river to Montana. Our goal was to see mount Rushmore and the badlands and we also went to Deadwood and Bear Country USA.

Before reaching Walla Walla WA we came upon this view point where the Walla Walla River joined the Columbia river.

Leaving Walla Wall WA we entered Idaho and Lolo Pass where we had the Clear Water river along side of the road for most of the trip.

Here is the first stop in South Dakota the Iconic Mount Rushmore exhibit.

Next stop was the Badlands Still in South Dakota.

And last but not least one of the Tetons Peaks leaving Wyoming on the way home

New door pockets to replace sagging net style pockets

Replaced the net style door pockets (why Jeep used them is beyond me) with custom made hard pockets. Only did the front passenger and driver side door pockets as the others are not ready to throw away yet. Makes a real difference in appearance and holds things safely in place. About a twenty minute project using a sharp knife and small sharp scissors to remove the netting, no tools required to install the new pockets  except patience.

Today’s Project

Today I finished the 7 day process of making Canadian style bacon. Out of the Traeger Pellet smoker at 150 degrees and now on the cooling rack, then into the refrigerator and tomorrow I will break it down into three chunks for future use. Sliced like thick bacon fried or just heated up in the microwave it is ready to eat.

Cooling before a night in the refriferator

Bryce Canyon Utah update

We went to Utah to visit my fathers small farm after not having been there for many years and on that trip we included an excursion to Bryce Canyon national park. Below are some of the pictures from with in the park that I really like. In a few short miles the landscape just keeps changing.

Panoramic view across the canyon looking towards the ever poplar Moab Utah area!

Defiant trees cling to life

Amazing how this one pinnacle stood the test of time

A group of Hoodoos

Notice the vegetation on top

Entire rim of this part of the canyon is made up of Hoodoos.

This lone dead tree is on the edge of the canyon standing in defiance to the weather

Hoodoos on a ridge

A fine Balancing act

GPX Mapping A Future Route

A friend of mine and a co worker for many years is a motor cycle enthusiast both off road and on road and he was wanting to create a GPS record around the  perimeter of Capital Forest. Since I had the jeep we decided to travel the route together in the jeep and record our route which came close to 90 miles of forest roads and took most of a day, but we now both have our own route usable with our GPS devices. We traveled from roughly 200 feet elevation on up to 2600 hundred feet. I learned a lot about a new software and had a great time.

Steve on our first stop and where we had lunch

Log landing with Steve

First break and lunch time at a Landing turned into a primitive camp site with a view

Lunch break in Capital Forest

From the landing across a valley you can see a logging tower where they drag the trees to load on trucks for the trip out!

Logging/ Tree Farming

A bonus view while working our way across a ridge. A view of Summit Lake through the trees.

Summit Lake

Another view of Summit lake, clear cuts and homes.

Another View of Summit Lake

And the result is a GPX route for our future use.

End of the day results

First Canadian Bacon in the smoker

So as I did a few slabs of regular bacon I decided to do some Canadian bacon one to see if we liked it and two we think with the less fat it has it might be better for us in the long run. Time will tell but it sure does taste good to me!!!!

Ready to slice

Ready to slice


Canadian Bacon Sandwich

First BLT Canadian style