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OK, I don't care who, but somebody owes me a keyboard! I have been treed by a boar, layed my bow down to light a smoke and he charged me from behind. All I could do was jump straight up and catch a limb. Kept me up there for over an hour.
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General Outings / Re: Skyline to the Sea!
« Last post by woodsorrel on Today at 09:23:22 AM »
When I was healthy I knocked out some on my bucket list.  Na Pali coast on Kauai.  The AT through The Great Smoky mountains. Etc.  I guess two that I didn't get to would be the trek into Everest base camp and the one up to Machu Picchu.

I've hiked only a few miles from one end of the Na Pali coast.  It was gorgeous!  Color me jealous.  :)

madmax, Machu Picchu has been on my list forever.  I've procrastinated to the point where there's probably a McDonald's on the corner of Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail.  :)

If I ever get my act together, I'd like to hike the Inca Trail (or at least the last few miles) into Machu Picchu.

- Woodsorrel
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General Outings / Re: Skyline to the Sea!
« Last post by woodsorrel on Today at 09:20:16 AM »

... Regarding the Brome seeds, what do you do to them to eat them? 


wsdstan, the article contains a full description and pictures of every step for processing and eating Brome seeds.  It was challenging to take the pictures, because we processed the seeds after dark.

Much of the wild grass you see in California is actually an invasive.  Avena fatua (wild oat) was introduced by Europeans as a forage species for their cattle.  It replaced the native grasses which were wonderful-to-eat for people!  As someone who loves wild edibles, it makes me a little sad.

It is also important to make sure that the seeds you collect do not have any type of fungal infection, like ergot.  That would be bad news if you tried to consume it!

Check out the process described in the article and let me know if you have any questions.

- Woodsorrel
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General Outings / Re: Skyline to the Sea!
« Last post by wsdstan on Today at 08:22:50 AM »
Nice trip WoodSorrel.  I have always lived inland and, while we have visited the coastal areas, I have never hiked in that kind of environment.  Looks like a great trip.

Regarding the Brome seeds, what do you do to them to eat them?  Soaking, cooking, or what?  Out grasses are headed out right now and you can get a coffee can full of seeds in about ten minutes.

Thanks for posting it. 
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General Outings / Re: Skyline to the Sea!
« Last post by madmax on Yesterday at 11:41:26 PM »
When I was healthy I knocked out some on my bucket list.  Na Pali coast on Kauai.  The AT through The Great Smoky mountains. Etc.  I guess two that I didn't get to would be the trek into Everest base camp and the one up to Machu Picchu.
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General Outings / Skyline to the Sea!
« Last post by woodsorrel on Yesterday at 10:57:59 PM »
Hi Everyone!

I've noticed that most bushcraft forums I read have seen fewer posts lately.  I enjoy reading everyone's posts but don't post often myself.  So I thought I'd share a trip I did this summer.

Skyline to the Sea is one of the most exciting hikes in the Santa Cruz Mountains, in California.  The trail stretches 33 miles, descending nearly 3,000 feet from the mountain tops to the Pacific Ocean.

I've wanted to do this hike for years.  And I finally spent four days making the journey.  Below are pictures from the hike.

I'm at the top of "Goat Rock" about 3,000 feet above sea level.  The Pacific Ocean is beyond the last ridge.  We need to hike through everything in between.



Here's a quick look at my gear.  My goal was to keep my dry pack weight to 20 lbs. Hahahaha....!  :) 
Actually, I wasn't that far off.





We saw plenty of wildlife, including reptiles and amphibians.



The coast redwoods are spectacular - with plenty of waterfalls!



I also got to practice some "traditional skills!"  On the second day we processed and cooked California Brome grass seed (Bromus carinatus).  I've eaten it before, and it's yummy!

Here's a link to an article that chronicles my entire journey.  It has many more pictures and details than I can provide here.  It shows how we processed the Brome grass, and has pictures of more wildlife, coast redwoods, and waterfalls.  I also describe what it's like to hike solo in old growth forest.

https://www.natureoutside.com/skyline-sea-backpacking-santa-cruz-mountains/

My question for the group: Do you have an "epic hike" you would like to do?

- Woodsorrel
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Food and Cooking / Re: New Smoker
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Yesterday at 09:30:03 PM »
Alder has been the wood of choice of the Puget Sound N.A. tribes for a few hundred years when it comes to salmon. I always differ to the experts.
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Food and Cooking / Re: New Smoker
« Last post by imnukensc on Yesterday at 08:24:52 PM »
I'll give that a shot!
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Help Desk / Re: spindle sander problems
« Last post by Spyder1958 on Yesterday at 06:18:16 PM »
Don't get Tony started, LOL
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Food and Cooking / Re: New Smoker
« Last post by NoseWarmer on Yesterday at 06:16:24 PM »
Now, any of you fellas got a good smoker recipe for salmon?

As a matter of fact I do... I make a simple brine to begin with;

Mix up 1-and-1/2 cups salt and 1-and-3/4 cups brown sugar into one gallon of cold water.

I soak the fillets in the refrigerator anywhere from 12-18 hours, rinse in cold water, let them air dry until they are tacky(2-3 hours), sprinkle a little black pepper or red pepper flake on them and smoke at 220 for 4-6 hours, depending on how you like the flesh.

I use Alder wood, seems to be more subtle for the fish flavor.
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