Sunday, July 22, 2012

Best Hush Puppies

JC and I love fried catfish and hush puppies.  The best place to get these culinary delights without cooking them yourself is at The Shack in Jessieville, AR.  But the absolute best catfish and hush puppies are those we cook ourselves.  I've experimented with hush puppies recipes for years and I've finally hit on the perfect one.  Buttermilk Hush Puppies (click to go to the site) from is the best.  I can't leave well enough alone so I did substitute diced jalapeƱos for the green onion.  Bet you could add other stuff like corn and bacon!!  Yummy, yummy, yummy!!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Jeepn - Again!!

For the second time since we've been in Colorado this summer, we rented a jeep and went exploring areas where we are not willing to take our 4WD truck.  I think we may just have to break down and get one of these useful toys!!

Some times you don't realize how high in elevation you are and there are such peaceful, lovely meadows.

Then reality sets in.  Many of the trails we did were classified as "4's" which are somewhat intimidating. Fortunately, I'm married to a man with nerves of steel and I can just shut my eyes if I want!!  ; )  You can see the road we had just climbed in the foreground in this picture.

Yep -the air is a little thin up here!

We saw old mining ghost towns - this is in the ghost town of Animas forks and below is the famous Walsh house.  Famous, I think, because it had a bay window.

This is just one of many mining mill remnants.

The vistas and scenery are incredible and pictures just can't capture how amazing they are.

Of course, there are always interesting creatures to see.

Can you find the little darlin' here?

Looks like we may have found a new hobby/obsession!!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

It's been several months since I've blogged and a lot has happened.  Some very good things and some not so good, but time marches on and we should make every moment count!!  : )
JC and I headed for Colorado in June and spent a couple of weeks at Garden of the Gods Campground but left early due to the tragic Waldo Canyon Fire.  Then we spent a couple of weeks in Buena Vista at the KOA there.  Great campground with a million dollar view of the valley and several 14ers (14,000+ peaks).
We are now in Montrose, CO and yesterday we explored the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.  We were last here in 1976 and I had forgotten how stunningly beautiful this area is.

 Pictures really just don't do it justice!!

We stopped at the visitor's center, gathered some information and took a short hike to the lookout there, then we decided to go to the East Portal of the Gunnison River which entails a steep drive down into the canyon.

Oh my!!

Not as bad a drive as it might seem especially since we have a four wheel drive truck, but we had it in low for most of the way down.

This area of the Gunnison is very tranquil because it is between the Crystal Dam and the Diversion Tunnel that supplies water to the Uncompahgre Valley.  We saw several people fly fishing and we could see large trout swimming against the current near the tunnel area.  Nice place for a quiet picnic!!

What retirees carry when they think there might not be a suitable diner near by:  boiled eggs, sliced beef summer sausage, Jarlsberg cheese, crackers, dried fruit, chocolate covered pomegranate seeds and assorted other "junk food" - quite a feast!!