Life is Better in the Backwoods

Life is quiet here in Skamania County. The beautiful mountains protect us. The flow of the rivers runs through our hearts. And that’s why we locals call it home. Sometimes we get overshadowed by the bright city lights and the big box stores. But we are ok with that. We’ve got everything we need. Like that of our local business …

Real Stories from the Columbia River Gorge Wildfires

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. – Wendell Berry   Approximately 2 million people visit the 292,500 acres that make up the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area each year. I live on the edge of the gateway to the Columbia River Gorge, but the heart of this incredible creation is …

A Perfect Summer Salad

TOMATO, CUCUMBER AND AVOCADO SALAD from Two Peas and Their Pod

  As depressing as it is to see our days getting shorter and nights getting cooler, it is the time of year when our gardens become full bloom. If your garden looks anything like mine, it might be a little hard to keep up! It’s at this point when I wonder, why the heck did I plant so much? But, …

The Adventures of Bigfoot

Have you heard of any Bigfoot sightings lately? Don’t be fooled, I’m actually being serious. You know the giant hairy creature that looks half-human, half-ape? You may have heard people refer to him as Sasquatch. According to Wikipedia, “Bigfoot … is a cryptid which supposedly is a simian-like creature of American folklore that is said to inhabit forests, especially in …