Last weekend I went chasing after Sandhill cranes–my girlfriend and I have done this for a second year in a row now and we have deemed it an annual event now. We mounted our cameras on tripods and set off through the willows, looking for these beautiful birds. We found some, but they are skittish creatures, so we were never able to get very close for good photos. We scurried from shrub to shrub like ninjas, with our tripods and packs, and I’m sure it was quite a site to see. This pair was hard to spot–we actually heard them give away their location.
And even if we didn’t capture any award-winning crane photos, we had a great time anyway. The scenery was spectacular!
We stayed in a Forest Service cabin and I cooked dinner. We had a grilled pork shoulder steak marinated in Osaka Sauce, rice noodles with Asian garlic scape pesto, and peach-huckleberry cobbler with cranberry whiskey and vanilla Greek yogurt. This dinner did not disappoint! I made a video of our cabin cooking adventure, and though it is very unstructured, it does capture the essence of our dinner party in the mountains pretty well, I think. The recipe for the Asian garlic scape pesto is here. We’ll make this pesto (in a more structured kitchen setting) when the garlic scapes arrive in the CSA shares next month! So stay tuned!