Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pecos River....The Full Story

Some rapids weren't as forgiving as others. Dan shows us how to navigate a rapid from behind the kayak. lol. We all got a chance to learn how to do that.
 My good friend Bert Rodriguez has finished his write up of our ill-fated Pecos River trip from June. He definitely is a great story teller and it is wonderfully written. I wish it was not all true, and this could be filed in the fiction department, but no, this is our story. He has it in a 3 part section with I have provided links from his blog, Lone Star Chronicles. It was quite an adventure and i'm finally coming to terms of what all was lost and what all was saved. Thanks for the write up Bert!

Thanks for coming along,

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pic of the Day - The Portage

The Portage  

Day one started rough with two big fails on two different rapids. 90 degree rapids at that. It was a slow going grind. We got to mile 4 shortly after the last problem, and came upon an extremely tricky set of rapids. The book says Class II+, but because of the water level it might have gone up a bit. We chose to portage the 40 yards around it. First all the gear in numerous trips, then the 4 boats, one at a time. This took an hour and a half to move that 40 yards.

June 17, 2014

Bert contemplating the best way to get this portage party started.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Fly Box Distaster

I have been using the Orvis Double sided waterproof Small fly box for a year now with great results. It fits great in my Chinook pfd pockets. Other than a few drops getting on it, it has stayed clear of submersion. Well on a recent river trip, I found myself submerged quite a few times during that trip. I didn't get a chance to break out the fly rod, so I never opened up my fly boxes. After getting home and having lost nearly everything to the river, I hung my PFD in the closet and left it. Fast forward 2 weeks to yesterday. Bro in law wants to fly fish. Get my rod fixed up and go get my fly boxes from my pfd. I opened it up and immediately got hit in the face with a nasty smell. Both sides were wet inside! Wow. It wasn't waterproof enough to keep the water out, but waterproof enough to keep the water in. The other fly box I had in the other pocket was fine, but this one turned sour bad. The dye's in some of the materials were coming off on my fingers as I moved them around. I tried to salvage what I could of the flies, and left it to dry under a fan. I've never had this happen to any of my boxes before. So now I can add a fly box to my list of things lost. I think it may have been the river's last..."screw you and the fly box you rode in with."  :(

It was preceded in death by a brand new TFO 10wt rod, Pflueger Trion 1990, new backing, new line, new leader, and a separate box of freshly tied poppers.

I promised myself I...wouldn't....cry.... 

A buddy wrote part 1 of the trip here. He's a great storyteller.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Stuffed Bell Peppers and Roasted Red Potaoes...Dutch Oven Style

 Everything has been a bit crazy since we got back from our ill fated Pecos River trip. I've spent a bit of time moping, a little bit of grumbling , and just overall a poor outlook on things thanks to the constant reminders of all that was lost. So I decided to forget all the kayak/canoe/fishing stuff for a few days and get back to my black pots.
 It's been a really long time since i've cooked anything in the dutch ovens. Over the past 12-24 months, I have for some reason quit most of the cooking I had done for so long. I used to enjoy it, but it started to become a chore thanks to work. I wasn't getting out of work early enough to do much, and if I did, we wouldn't eat until after 9pm. Try telling that to the kids. Yeah, not gonna work. So it slowly started to become farther and farther between heating the coals until it had been months between cook outs.
 Well, I finally did the other night. And let me tell you, it felt great. The smell of charcoal, hot iron, and then the ever intoxicating aroma of the best food in the world being cooked right under those heavy lids.

On the menu tonight was a somewhat healthy rendition of Stuffed Bell Peppers. And as a side, the not quite as healthy Roasted Red Potatoes with Bacon and Cheese. What a couple of easy and tasty recipes to get me moving back toward the cast iron way of cooking things.

Both recipes came from Everyday Dutch Oven. She has some of the best recipes and is my "goto" site when I need something quick. Here are the recipes....

 Sisters on the Fly Stuffed Bell Peppers  
14 soda crackers (Saltines), crushed into fine pieces
1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef  (***I used ground turkey***)
1 large onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 14 oz. can tomato sauce
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 large red, green, orange, or yellow bell peppers
2 cups water
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated ( I use shredded Mozzarella) 

 Lightly oil or spray a 14 inch dutch oven. (***I used my 12 inch with no problems***)
     In a large bowl, mix together the soda crackers, ground beef, onion, celery, and half the tomato sauce.  Add the eggs and garlic and mix well. 
     Cut off the top of the peppers and clean out the insides.  Stuff the peppers with the meat mixture and place them in your dutch oven.  Add 2 cups of water to the bottom of the oven and steam the peppers for an hour using approximately 12 charcoal briquettes on the bottom and 15-20 on the lid.
     When the peppers are tender and cooked, pour the remaining tomato sauce over the peppers and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Cook for a few more minutes or until cheese is melted.

Roasted Red Potatoes with Bacon and Cheese
1/2 cup bottled Ranch OR Bacon Ranch Dressing
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan OR Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup Real Bacon Bits
2 lb. small red potatoes, quartered
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1 Tblsp chopped fresh parsley

Lightly oil or spray dutch oven. (***I used a 12 inch***)
Mix dressing, cheese, scallions and Bacon Bits in medium bowl.
Add potatoes; toss lightly.
 Spoon potatoes in single layer in prepared oven.
 Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until tender and browned.
 Makes 4-6 servings.

As you can see, we broke out the fine china.

 This was an amazing meal. The taters were absolutely perfect as well as the peppers. This will get put down in the "repeat" recipe file. Quick, easy, tasted awesome! The whole family loved them.

Thanks for coming along,