Huckleberries.

I went up to Freezeout Saddle with some photo club people to pick huckleberries. As I expected, they were still ripe, and very plentiful. But the problem with huckleberries is that you can pick for an hour and still not get very much. I think I came home with maybe a pint of berries. I brought my camera up as…

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Perseoids

Every summer at early-mid August, we enter a portion of the solar system rife with meteors, and ever year around this time, many of those chunks of rock and debris hit our atmosphere and burn up, giving us the Perseoid meteor shower. This year, the shower did not occur during a full moon, and so the skies were dark and…

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Fishing on the North Fork

I went fishing along the North Fork of the Clearwater with Tyler and Dan, two graduate students in the department. Unfortunately, it was a short trip, leaving Thursday morning and returning late Friday afternoon, but that's just how the timing worked, and it was a much needed getaway for all of us. We camped at Kelly Forks campground, luckily snagging…

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Garden Update

For the past month, we've been able to enjoy some of the produce coming out of the garden. The lettuce has been producing beautiful and tasty leaves. There's nothing like a freshly-picked salad. One of the lettuces has flowered and will soon go to seed. I think we will let it mature in an attempt to collect seeds to plant…

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Float Trip 2012

View Float Trip 2012 in a larger mapEvery year, the graduate students from the University of Idaho's biology department embarks on a float trip on the Snake River. It's an annual tradion that carrys on well before my time. Actually, I'm not sure when the tradition began. In 2010, the float trip was held shortly after I arrived in Idaho.…

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East Peak

There are many peaks in the Wallowas that top 9000 feet, so East Peak might go unnoticed if it weren't so easily accessible. It turns out that I'm not the only one who thought to use the Wallowa Lake Tramway to cover the first 3700 feet of elevation, reducing the climb to the peak to 1300 feet. This hike is…

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Lookout Mountain

Everytime I'm up on Grandmother Mountain, I look to the east and see the bald dome of Lookout Mountain rising over the Marble Creek drainage and I long to stand on top and look down from the other side. Finally, with my parents and sister visiting, I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to try out this trail. There…

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