Upland Island Wilderness

I’ve been planning to visit the Upland Island Wilderness for awhile.  I ordered a map from MyTopo for this area last summer and I’ve been trying to get out here since.  On the 4th, with the wife out of town, I figured I’d go hike in the Upland Island Wilderness. I wanted to see the longleaf pine savannas and the spring-fed bogs at the exposures of the Catahoula Formation and photograph some of the carnivorous plants.

The trip didn’t work out how I had hoped. The trailhead area was pretty dilapidated. Something public isn’t available, but I don’t know what.

Hunting: A New Hobby

In the past few years, I’ve been thinking about eating healthier. Partially, as a result of battling cancer, but my thought processes on healthy eating began before that. You see, getting good vegetables in my diet hasn’t been difficult. A lot of people, in an effort to eat healthier or for ethical reasons, switch to vegetarian or vegan diets. Not me.

Camping at Ratcliff Lake

I did another camping trip at Ratcliff Lake. The place really makes sense as a destination with it so close to the house. Just have to wait for the weather to be agreeable before I’ll go. I’d have a hard time camping when it gets 100+ in midsummer.

I had a big test earlier this week and I needed some R&R. The plan was to leave the house on Saturday morning, set up camp and then go hike a little in the afternoon searching for a geocache or two along the way. My wife lacks a hammock, so she opted to sleep in our big car camping tent with Biner. I wanted to sleep in the hammock because I haven’t used it all summer.

A Rare Food Post – Smoked Pork Ribs (in the oven)

oven smoked pork ribsI’ve been wanting to smoke some meat for quite a long time.  But, I’m waiting for my grill to die before I buy a grill I can use as a smoker (preferably one that has a side firebox so I can burn actual wood for smoke).  I found out recently, however, that I can use my electric oven as a smoker in a pinch.  I thank the foureyed(beer)geek for the tip.

Here are the steps I took:

  1. First, I had to choose my supplies.  I chose pork ribs because I just prefer the texture and flavor over beef ribs.  I needed an aluminum baking tray and some woodchips.  I chose hickory chips this time around for a mild smokiness.

It’s fruit season in Texas

The plums began to ripen a couple weeks ago. My wife and I have been gorging ourselves on fresh plums from the Nacogdoches Farmer’s Market since we first saw them there. Tasty. This week, the peaches started to show up, too. I first saw them at the Texas Blueberry Festival over the weekend, but I wasn’t quite satisfied with their ripeness. Today, they’re beautifully ripe. Here’s our haul for this week.

Fruit season in TX