Got a lot of blackberries? Then check out this recipe for Blackberry Mojito Fruit Leather.

I'm not a huge fan of fruit leathers, but this turned out super good! And, really, you can't go wrong with blackberries, mint and rum.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Saving gas - one tank trip

We took a short trip up to the Crystal Mountain area in the Cascades for Labor Day weekend. It was a last hurrah before the kids went back to school. Since we were going to be in a fairly remote area (well, not too close to any grocery stores), we packed up the car with clothes, food, kids and dog and headed out.

We had a great weekend hiking, playing in the heated pool, hot tub, playing horseshoes, badminton and disc golf. It turns out that being in a cellphone free and (mostly) Internet free zone is quite relaxing and we also got a lot of reading done. Well, mostly sleeping.

Here are some pictures from our trip. Which used less than 3/4 of a tank of gas.


Robj98168 said...

That area is nice for a weekend. Paco didn't mess with any bears I trust. Don't want to read local blogger punches bear in the nose.

Dmarie said...

what a gorgeous place. beautiful family too! gotta love those close to home destinations!

Greenpa said...

Great to see. "Away" is just harder and harder to achieve these days.

And I gotta tell ya, Crunch, even way over hear in Minnesota, I can hear that little voice you have in the back of your head- saying...

"Get back to work!"

:-) I keep trying to tell mine to just shut up, but it's really hard.

DoUResearch said...

We always have a tough time finding a place with saltwater pools instead of chlorine (Swimming in chlorine increases respiratory issues & cancer rates etc...) Did the place you stayed have a salt water pool? Because we would love to check that out next time we visit the Mountain.

Crunchy Chicken said...

Unfortunately, the pool is chlorinated. But they do heat the pool during the winter (at not a low carbon footprint, I suspect) if that's any consolation :)