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Wood Has a Comforting Embrace

Wood Has a Comforting Embrace

If you want to connect with a cozy, gorgeous athletic venue, take a gander at the University of Idaho’s Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU) Arena. Beautiful and practical it is a joy to tour and take in events.

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Fire In the Forest and Smoke Everywhere

Fire In the Forest and Smoke Everywhere

Smoke Gets In Our Eyes We sat on our deck on a June 2024 evening and breathed air carrying the season’s first waves of smoke wafting from Canadian fires. Last summer the smoke was so thick visibility shrank to less than a mile. We don’t remember such thick smoke in...

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Dangerous Animals

Dangerous Animals

Gosh, the media have people scared to get outside thinking there are snakes hanging from trees, bears ready to attack and mountain lions luring about. Really?

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Raccoon Kerfluffle

Raccoon Kerfluffle

A raccoon kerfluffle with loud growling and snarling startled us to nearly jump from our chairs one May evening.  It came from an oak tree 20 feet away from the house and close to our bird feeder. A flashlight beam on that pitch-black night revealed the culprits -...

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Delicious Sockeye Salmon

Delicious Sockeye Salmon

On an April morning, we discovered three fish that had spent their lives circling the North Pacific Ocean on our porch in Iowa. Three delicious sockeye salmon landed on our porch. We quickly converted them to delicious meals. How’s that possible? Back In Time The...

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Legacy Fishing Reel

Legacy Fishing Reel

Legacy Fishing Reel Our son-in-law, Brian Ohlen, shared a photo of a delightful legacy. He is grinning as he works his reel hauling in a fish from Alaskan waters. It wasn’t just an ordinary reel.  He is using a legacy fishing reel. Rich’s father, Henry Patterson, was...

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Morel Surprise

Morel Surprise

Serendipity A surprise morel mushroom sighting was a serendipitous find for Marion. It happened on May Day 2024, in an area of Winding Pathways we’re rewilding. While seeking blooming bluebells and emerging May Apples she spotted the delicious fungus poking through...

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Field Pussytoes – A Delightful Lawn Surprise

Field Pussytoes – A Delightful Lawn Surprise

Field Pussytoes delight us! (And, we plan to encourage them) Early this spring a lawn care company dropped by and offered to spray our lawn. “We’ll keep the weeds out,” said the enthusiastic young man. He knocked at the wrong door. We take joy in our lawn’s diversity,...

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Whiterock Conservancy

Whiterock Conservancy

The steep climb got us huffing and puffing until we crested the hill and looked around.  Beneath us was a spacious pond and on the far hillside cattle grazed in the evening's dwindling light. Oncoming darkness, combined with tired leg muscles, encouraged us to circle...

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No-till Gardening – An Easy Way to Soil Health

No-till Gardening – An Easy Way to Soil Health

Spring Ritual After this weird winter, most of us in North America are simply ready for spring and want to get outside. Some folks take initiative and start garden and flower seeds indoors then transfer them outside when the weather moderates. Are you ready to work...

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Handy Tools

Handy Tools

A rarely used handy tool made our lives easier after we found a box on our porch.  It contained a remote weather station our two grown children chipped in to buy it for us. Many parts needed to be assembled. That would have been difficult had we not been "tool...

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Lyme Disease Update

Lyme Disease Update

Easy Peasy Life for Ticks The recent warm winter was easy on heating bills and back muscles used to shovel snow, but it may mark an early return of Lyme Disease and the ticks that spread it. At Winding Pathways we take a multi-pronged approach to reducing the odds of...

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