Hot days means hiking earlier. I needed to get 14 miles in today so I left at 5:00. It's exciting to watch the world wake up. . . . #desertsunrise #deserthiking #newmexicoskies #exerciseformentalhealth #latetilla
TBT: 2009. I miss the Oregon forest and the abundance of mushrooms right in my back yard. Thanks, @emerald_0ri0n, for reminding me of those moist and happy times.
Who has seen The Man Who Fell To Earth, starring David Bowie in his first leading film role? Well, I often hike where the iconic landing scene took place and today the light was pretty interesting. Folks who are familiar with this strange town will understand just how perfect it is to have filmed that scene here. . . . #madridnewmexico #davidbowie #newmexicofilm #manwhofelltoearth
Garden update: planning ahead. It seems far away right now, but soon we'll need to store the excess vegetables coming from that oversized garden. Properly canned food doesn't require electricity like frozen food does. . PS: I odered these delivered to the local hardware store instead of a) depleting the shelves or b) paying a ridiculous amount for shipping. . . . #victorygarden #homecanning #foodpreservation #whosaprepper
Digger bees. I had never noticed these circular holes in the ground before and stumbled into a whole cluster of them. Pollinators of tomatoes according to NMSU. Welcome, friends! The garden is just a few miles that way!
Sturdy trellis from ancient parts. Way out on a hike I spotted a few pieces of old steel mesh abandoned near an old mine. I had been wondering how I would build a trellis that could withstand many pounds of squash hanging from it. All I had to do was walk it the three miles home. And do it again the next day with the other piece. . . . #victorygarden #deserthiking #objettrouvé #reducereuserecycle
As the garden grows, fresh greens are becoming a much larger part of my diet. Maybe one day I'll have the patience to get a few of them into a hot pan! . . . #victorygarden #freshgreens #livefood
Rainstorm over The Jemez, Tent Rocks, Cochiti Pueblo. (Swipe to see tiled closeups.) As I stood watching this beautiful storm move across the landscape it dawned on me that it was moving TOWARD me, less than 40 miles away, and that I was miles from cover. The second half of this hike went much more quickly! . . . #deserthiking #beautifulstorm #rainclouds #desertlandscape
Hiking burns calories! Today's breakfast is whole wheat pancakes fried in lard and topped with homemade apricot jam. (Thanks, Curtis!) . A while back I had a few days of extreme malaise and realized that my mental health regimen has burned off all of my excess body fat. If I'm going to keep hiking every day (and I am!) I need to add 1,000 calories on top of my healthy diet. Voilá! Now I eat breakfast like my hardworking farmer ancestors, just without the dishes. I carry in my water and don't need to waste it on fripperies.
A selection of wild cactus blooms from recent hikes. That green one in the lower left might be very rare. I've only seen it in one very small, extremely well-protected area. . . . . #desertlife #madridnewmexico #deserthiking #wildcactus #cactusflower
Remember the tire garden in front of my shop? Well, it's humming along! I eat half a serving of kale every day now. The squash is a monster, and the gilroy garlic that broke ground 3 weeks ago is waving in the wind, over a foot and a half high. . . . #victorygarden #tinygarden #tiregarden #growfoodinsmallspaces
Cactus flower in context. Yeah, these flowers are gorgeous on their own. To me they're even more spectacular when I can see the rest of the scene, including the dry grey-green of the rest of the plants out here. . . . #desertflowers #cactusflowers #deserthiking #exerciseformentalhealth
Creatures from the hike. . . . #deserthiking #wildlife #desertlife #greenanimals
Cactus Snapshot. . . . #deserthiking #desertflowers #cactusflower #exerciseformentalhealth
Little beneficial friend was welcome news after losing so many plants to cutworms and a mouse. . . . #goodbugs #victorygarden #foodsustainability
Yesterday I planted these gift beans. They didn't come with the name attached but they're delicious and that's the important part! Thanks, @victoria_carlsonnm . . . . #victorygarden #limabeans
Local wisdom says to hold off on planting tomatoes and peppers until May 15th so that was the date that we wanted all 16 raised beds in. Ta-dah! Last bed just got done. Time to plant the hothouse babies! . . . #victorygarden #foodsustainability #feedthecommunity
It's starting to look like food! . . . . #victorygarden #foodsustainability #feedthecommunity