Christmas Shopping in September!!??

 Posted by on September 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm  Family  No Responses »
Sep 222014
Christmas display at a supermarket in September

Christmas display at a supermarket in September

I was shopping for groceries at the local supermarket the other day and was surprised, but not shocked, that Christmas lights and ornaments were already on full display. I remember seeing Christmas products for sale as early as October but I don’t recall ever seeing them for sale in September. In the Seattle area, we’re just approaching autumn this week. The rains are on the horizon, the days are shorter, and there’s a chill in the air at night. But with the leaves still clinging to the trees and the lack of fall colors, Christmas seems like a very distant holiday. I’m certainly not in the mood for Christmas shopping; I’m still clinging to warm summer we’ve enjoyed this year.


Sep 112014
Steamed English Sole with soy sauce and ginger

Steamed English Sole with soy sauce and ginger

During the summer, a friend invited me to help drop pots for Dungeness crabs in Puget Sound. While waiting to check on the pots, we jigged for flatfish. The fishing was almost nonstop–we hooked an English sole every few minutes. Most were fairly small but a few were “dinner size” so they were destined for the steamer.

Here’s my super easy recipe for steamed English sole with soy sauce and ginger:

1) Gut, remove head, and scale the fish.

2) Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.

3) Slice about one inch of  fresh ginger and add to fish.

4) Steam the fish on a plate for about 15 minutes or until the flesh separates easily from the backbone.

5) Add about 5 tablespoons of soy sauce to the fish.

6) Mince 2 cloves of garlic and fry until slightly brown in 3 tablespoons of canola oil.

7) Drizzle the hot oil/ garlic mixture onto the fish and serve.




Backpacking the Middle Fork Teanaway River Trail

 Posted by on September 8, 2014 at 4:19 pm  Outdoors  No Responses »
Sep 082014
Middle Fork Teanaway River Trail

Middle Fork Teanaway River Trail

A few weeks ago, I backpacked the Middle Fork Teanaway River Trail with my son and another father/son duo. The trail was an easy and flat hike through forested terrain. Most of the trail is an easy walk but you’ll need to cross the stream, full of slippery rocks, quite a few times. If you go, wear river sandals rather than hiking boots because there’s no way you will keep your feet dry on this wet and often muddy trail.

Camping on Middle Teanaway River Camping on Middle Teanaway River Camping on Middle Teanaway River

Camping on Middle Fork Teanaway River

Flat areas for camping were limited so we settled for a rocky clearing next to the water. We only saw a couple of other groups the entire trip. At night, the only sounds we heard were the comforting gurgling of cascading water over the rocks. That’s what backpacking is all about. Unfortunately, while most of Western Washington was enjoying warm and sunny weather, we experienced thunderstorms each day we were there.

Middle Teanaway River trout taking a dry fly

Middle Fork Teanaway River trout taking a dry fly

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the trip was small creek fly fishing with my 3wt rod. I only brought along a few flies but they were all I needed to catch numerous fish, mostly small cutthroats and some rainbows. Being a small creek, most fish were 6 inches or less; only one was of any size, around 8 inches. Nevertheless, it was great fun to wet wade and find pools of hungry fish. The water was so clear that I could see the fish rising to my dry fly. What else could a fly fisherman want?