Author: wt8p

Bullitt Fireplace

The first official CHS hike was the Bullitt Fireplace Loop on Squak Mountain. It’s east of my prior two hikes: The route is similar to a reverse of this loop: Cougar-Squak corridor to the Fireplace, direct to the microwave towers, then Old Griz to Eastside Traverse and back down. Although this hike was labeled “easy,” the last 0.4 miles up […]

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CHS Pacing Hike, Margaret’s Way

To help remotivate myself to get outdoors again and, hopefully, lose some of the “Covid 19”, I’ve signed up for the Conditioning Hiking Series with the Mountaineers. This involves two hikes from April to August, a “graduation” hike of >15 miles in September, and a stewardship project. There are two tracks: CHS 1 — pace of less than 2mph CHS […]

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Furnace Repair ][

To honor the fifth month since putting down a deposit on a new furnace and A/C add-on, our existing furnace started acting up this weekend by sleeping in. (This is how it should behave.) I, of course, did not notice the house was 61F, but my spouse certainly did. Having more than casual familiarity with the innards from my Thanksgiving […]

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Gnocchi Mushroom

This is a nice, easy meal for when I’m craving mushrooms and don’t have a lot of time to make something complicated. Recipe is from the Mixed Mushroom Gnocchi from Sheela Prakash. Ingredients: 1 package shelf-stable potato gnocchi 2 medium shallots, chopped 1 1/4 pounds mushrooms*, chopped or sliced 4T olive oil Kosher salt and pepper to taste Preheat oven […]

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Tarryall / Pike’s Peak

The second half of my geocation was in Colorado. With some potentially dicey weather en route (midwest Thunderstorms), my plan was to drive from Mt Sunflower all the way to Tarryall (GC18), the oldest cache in Colorado, then pick up caches (as weather permitted) on the way back to my motel. This part of Western Kansas/Eastern Colorado feels endless with […]

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