Wild Edibles!

Inspired by a brilliant gift from our friends the Hasbrouck’s, we took the Waring grandparents on an adventure to create a meal from nothing but locally available wild edible plants. Liam was especially excited and energetic about this idea.

Liam and Reid clipping sumac berry clusters off of the tree for sumac berry juice
Liam and grandma Marie beginning a difficult harvest of burdock root.
Reid and grandpa Topher process this strange but edible can’t tail route. They are Kors are fibrous and have a white starchy paste which can be eaten.
Liam whittles a burdock root down to an edible core.
Topher shows how to extract the center of the cattail root.
After hard work and harvesting and long work in processing this is our meager bounty of starchy fibrous cattail root.
Boil the burdock root for half an hour…
Sumac berries soaking in water. It’s something like lemonade, unsweetened. Not bad!
Our Linden leaf salad which Liam garnished with snapdragon flowers!
I believe we finally ate our meal after all of our hard work and processing at about 1:30 PM!
Liam did some diary on the topic.

Despite the fact that we did not collect very much food, after trying all of our wild edibles our ravenous hunger somehow left us.

Katie’s Yoga

Katie has recently finished a year-long yoga teaching training, and has jumped right in to teaching. She’s currently got five classes a week and is building her clientele!

P1120674
Katie shows off one of the tricky poses she’s mastered. She mastered this before the yoga teacher training, actually.
P1120686
Katie Quirk: Yoga Teacher

The Down East Sunrise Trail Relay

IMG_9156
The team before we head out. We’ve all got a major case of nerves right now.
IMG_9155
The team before Matt starts the first leg.
IMG_9160
Our friendly advice to other tired runners.
IMG_9154
What it looks like just before dawn.
IMG_9158
Dawn, downeast.
IMG_9162
I ran a 4am leg, which was awesome, because the sun rose on my run.
IMG_9163
There it comes, over the salt marsh.
IMG_9177
Brian finished a leg at speed!
IMG_9166
Here’s a hand off point the in the morning. We are getting close!
IMG_9176
Andy finished us off in Eastport.
IMG_9173
And then he and I went for a dip.
IMG_9178
There was lobster, beer, and rest.
IMG_9221
Oh, and we absolutely killed it!

 

 

IMG_9221

Vermont, 2018

IMG_9237
To Vermont!
IMG_9242
Gram’s Topher & Marie
IMG_9244
Frisbee golf under the panels.
IMG_9252
A hike up Wheeler Mountian.
IMG_9262
Hiking crew.
IMG_9268
Reid conquerer Wheeler.
IMG_9275
Reid and I run down Wheeler Mountain, acheiving the third fastest recorded descent ever.
IMG_9281
Orion steals the show.
IMG_9296
Tractor equipment talk.
IMG_9309
Orion and I walk to the stream
IMG_9311
We visit Larry and Sharon in the Dome.
IMG_9318
We build a model of Mordor in the sand at Shadow Lake. Note the Ephel Duath, the Ered Lithui, the plains of Gorgoroth, the Moranon, Orodruin, and of course Barad-dur.
IMG_9325
And we have a whole celebration at the Eley-Warings.

Precipice Trail and Pirate golf!

Good solid summer activities, combined into one fun weekend.

IMG_9366
We started the weekend with a celebratory round of minigolf, all 36 holes.
IMG_9387
This pirate cove place is well done. Pretty fun.
IMG_9397
The next day we went for a bike ride on the Acadia carriage trails. And Reid climbed on a beautiful stone bridge.
IMG_9401
There were plenty of tourists, but we were able to count the license plates of 35 states (including two Canadian provinces).
IMG_9418
We finished with a lunch on Jordan pond.
IMG_9426
Finally, we climbed the precipe trail with the kids.
IMG_9429
This is the most deadly trail in the par, supposedly. And it is very steep. We passed many adult tourists who were clearly out of their league.
IMG_9433
We blissfully climbed to the top, and met a nice family who gave us a ride back to the car! Hooray for friendly hitchhiking!

Summer Track

This was only the second or third time we’ve done summer track. And this year it was different. Reid really loved it. He chose to attend the Saturday track meets, as well. They were both brave at the one meet we could actually attend. Liam competed in the long jump with no training and very little assistance, and Reid ran a relay and a 400m. It was great.

P1120715
Warm up at a track meet.
P1120719
The interminable waits.
P1120722
Reid cooking around the track.
P1120725
Finishing his 400m with speed to spare.
P1120770
Liam flying in long jump practice.

Track is pretty cool, and the Orono track coaches do a great job making it easy to do. We wish we could have done more!