The river of sticks and scared fish

It is the nature of exploration that not every adventure will be the best adventure. Last weekend we drove out to the West Fork of the Duchesne River. We’d heard rumors that this was a worthy river and fishing great, and just our style. It’s a longish drive on pavement and the dirt road is rough, but we figured it was day-trippable from the city. For the first few miles we drove on a forest service road that goes through

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Weekend Cocktail — Red Geisha variation

Variation on the Red Geisha Cocktails

Y’all! Strawberries are back in the house. I’m not a fan of the super fruity, sweet cocktail and this is not that. There is enough berry to have flavor, but the lime and ginger keep it edgy. I was telling my co-worker about this drink and when I told her the list of ingredients she shook her head and said, “too complicated for after work.” Perhaps… I get it. Depending on how your day went, you may not want to

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Special Edition: Kiwi Gin Fizz

The kiwi fizz cocktail
Many years ago, when I was I an art teacher, I had the very best student who quickly became a friend. She was super motivated to make art, was a buddhist, and lived in a beautiful house in the East Bay hills surrounded by an incredible garden. I remember leaving her house loaded down with bags of lemons and persimmons. Kiwis were picked and then lived in a dark room off the garage for a mysterious ripening period. I wasn’t gifted many kiwis, but they always seemed very special.
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3 Cocktails to Welcome Meteorological Spring (It’s a real thing!)

As you may know, out here in the West we have had quite an exceptional winter. Someone told me Tahoe has had 53 feet of snow! I was in Santa Cruz, California last week and saw trees down, rivers where there used to be trails, and crumbling mountainsides. Here in Utah the story is lots of snow, almost everywhere, all the time. Winter is lovely and all that, but I can’t wait for the return of song birds, flowers, sunshine,

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The Vodka Project

You know those scenes of beat down, bedraggled soldiers in black and white war movies? Imagine a couple of enemy soldiers inevitably overcoming their differences and bonding over a bottle of vodka. How did such a rough-and-tumble booze become the drink of sorority girls? The list of hangover inducing vodka cocktails is long: Appletini, Cosmopolitan, Lemon Drop…. But I think the main culprit here is sugar, rather than vodka. Vodka is perhaps a willing collaborator, but not necessarily the instigator.

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