Filed under: Listen | Tags: Appalachia, Daniel Bachman, drone, fingerpicking, guitar, Jack Rose, John Fahey, Thompson Square, virginia
In the spirit of John Fahey and carrying the recently dimmed torch of Jack Rose comes Daniel Bachman, an acoustic guitar player from the from our home state (the great commonwealth of Virginia). Bachman plays a style of fingerpicking – drone that weaves together deep mountain melodies and complex rhythms that can honestly be called “Pyschedelic Appalachia.” Perfect for a fall afternoon, his most recent album “Seven Pines” just came out on Thompson Square Label.
Filed under: Angling, Fly Fishing | Tags: autumn, brook trout, brookies, fall, fly fishing, Rapidan River, virginia
Got out this past weekend to do a little early autumn brook trout fishing. Nice weather however not yet cool enough that one doesn’t work up a sweat trekking around in waders. But that’s OK I just moved a little bit slower up through the stream and over the rocks. There wasn’t much of any hatch on the water or a whole lot of activity in general, most of the brookies were more concerned with getting their gravel beds ready for spawning. A few fish were willing to bite and entertain me, and I want to thank them for their kindness because otherwise I would have been standing in that stream waving a stick simply for the pleasing view.
Filed under: Angling, Fly Fishing | Tags: fly fishing, Raymond Carver, The Current
These fish have no eyes
these silver fish that come to me in dreams,
scattering their roe and milt
in the pockets of my brain.
But there’s one that comes–
heavy, scarred, silent like the rest,
that simply holds against the current,
closing its dark mouth against
the current, closing and opening
as it holds to the current.
There are still some days of summer light left… make sure you get out and fish.
Filed under: Wearables | Tags: Grateful Dead, parking lot, t shirts, vintage
Filed under: Books, Outdoors | Tags: Dennis Bleything, guidebook, Life Support Technology, Ron Dawson, wilderness, Wilderness Pcket n' Pak Library
The Wilderness Pocket n’ Pak Library is a set of 5 small books containing essential wilderness survival skills created by Dennis Bleything and Ron Dawson. The collection of books was first published in 1972 by what was then the authors’ company Life Support Technology. The set of books comes in a fold-up plastic sleeve that protects them while stuffed in a backpack or back pocket while out in the woods.
If you want a set of these excellent books you could probably find them used online or something, or instead you could try to order them from this 1974 issue of Backpacker. Its your choice but either way you should probably have these pocket sized lifesavers with you next time you hit the trail.
Filed under: Eats | Tags: brining, canning, corning, cucumbers, homemade, jar, pickles, pickling
This past weekend my brother and I did a little pickling with the bumper crop of cucumbers we have grown in our garden this year. We like to keep our pickles pretty simple both in the ingredients and in the process. We skip the whole canning thing and instead opt for refrigerator pickles since we would prefer to eat them in a weeks time not sometime next year. The end result is a crisp half-sour style pickle.
The recipe is pretty simple. Layer in dill and crushed garlic cloves followed by several cucumbers. Build up several layers of the ingredients until you get to the top of the jar and then add a bunch of whole pepper corns, a few table spoons of salt, and then fill the jar up with boiling water. Of course you can also add other spices, with this batch I threw in a few dried cayenne peppers we grew in last summer’s garden for some extra spice. Close the top of the jar and give it a good couple shakes and turns to make sure the salt dissolves well. Then the tough part comes, stick them in the fridge and wait a few days. Start tasting them over the next few days until the reach the desired flavor. You’ll find the longer they sit in the brine the stronger the flavor gets…however chances are they wont be sitting in the brine for that long.
Hope you all are having a good 4th of July, drinking plenty of beer and eating grilled meats. Happy 4th from Cape Cod!