Monday, October 20, 2014

Hunting on the HiLine, Volume 3: River Morning

This time of year, our house becomes a hunting lodge. On weekends we are not in Bozeman, Jeff's buddies or family members are at our house, hoping to find an antelope, deer, elk, or birds. Usually, the company is pretty easygoing and fun to have around. I join them on their hunting excursions whenever I can.

Last weekend was opening weekend for two new animals. Antelope Rifle season and Pheasant season both opened. Jeff and his friend Jeremy went out early Saturday morning and both got their antelope right away. Jeremy had a buck tag and shot a nice animal. Jeff only had a doe tag, but got his right away, too. 

That left the rest of the weekend to go after some pheasants. With the opening of the Lost River Wildlife Management Area last fall, we have found an excellent new pheasant habitat, very close to our house. We also have a great dog to show us the way to the birds! 

The Lost River WMA is about 10 miles from our house, but if you were to simply look at comparison photos of our farm next to some of the WMA, you'd think you were in different worlds. The landscape is completely different, with the Milk River carving out steep cliffs, breaks, and coulees. It makes for some pretty wonderful scenery. Knowing the setting and lighting would be perfect, I brought my real camera and snapped some photos of this highly photogenic place in the morning glow. 

It was a beautiful, crisp fall morning with no breeze to speak of. We spent about two hours hunting and Harvey lead us to several rooster pheasants. As always, what I enjoyed the most was watching Harvey work, and simply being outside in a beautiful place, with people I love, and with nice weather to boot. It was truly an ideal morning! 

Starting off on our hike.

Harvey is surveying the scene.

Jeff and Jeremy.

Milk River, near Canada.

I really wish this photo hadn't turned out a bit blurry. Need to work on improving my camera skills.
Guess I'll have to go back up some morning and try again! 

Milk River.
I do need to continue to refine my camera skills. I have also thought about using Lightroom or some other basic photo editing program to sharpen my images for the blog. But... sometimes I feel like I spend enough time on the computer as it is.

Also, for those few of you who may have already read this posts, sans photos, here it is again! I have been traveling a lot lately and trying to edit and upload posts using the app on my phone. I haven't mastered that yet, either. This is how I had always intended this post to be, with photos. :)

I've got lots of great blog post ideas coming up for the next few weeks, so stay tuned! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How To Break Up With Running Shoes

Breaking up is hard to do!

Many of my blog readers have hobbies and interests they become passionate about. Running has been one of those hobbies for me. As my blog audience has grown, I've gained some fellow runners as readers, too. Sometimes the tools we need to engage in our hobbies and passions become just as essential as the hobby itself. For a runner, the shoes we wear are everything. The right or wrong shoes can make or break a run.  I know I’m not the only runner who has strong preferences toward running shoes. For me, not just any shoe will do.

We become attached to our shoes.  They cover many miles together with us, hopefully as dependable protection and guidance for our feet over all kinds of terrain, through all kinds of weather. The right pair of shoes feels like a natural extension of our feet, part of our own bodies. Our shoes even come to be regarded as one would think of an old friend. It’s an intimate relationship we keep with our running shoes. Especially the pair we wear most often, on long runs and challenging workouts, and through the toughest races. They are with us in victory and defeat, on every pass, and across every finish line. 

So, when my most recently purchased pair of running shoes finally bit the dust, I had a hard time with it. I had worn Asics Gel Kayanos since High School. I still remember when I was first introduced to Kayano. I was in High School, preparing for another track season. I was probably a Junior or Senior, but can’t remember. My mom had taken me to Fitness Sports in Des Moines, the first endurance-sport specific store I had ever been to. I felt a mix of intimidation, awe, and camaraderie among the staff of dedicated runners. For the first time, I was being helped and guided into shoes by a female runner who understood how to fit another female runner into the right shoe.

I had picked out some flashy Nikes and a few other shoes I thought looked cool from their impressive selection of women’s running shoes. The clerk patiently let me try them each on. Then she brought me the Kayano. Oh the Kayano. When I put that shoe on, it felt like running, like shoes, like life suddenly made sense! She had found the perfect pair for me, explaining that as an overpronator, I would benefit from the stability of the shoe, and since I’d put a lot of wear on them over the course of a track season, the light weight would be great on my feet as well. Then she showed me some great ways to tie my shoes to further aid with ankle stability, and keep my laces from coming untied.

I walked out of the store with my Mom and my new Kayanos and began a relationship that would last many years began. I loved my Kayanos from the first day on. I wore them to track practice, to school, whenever I got a chance. I went through pair after pair of Kayanos over the years, from High School through all of College, and into my adult life living in Jackson Hole.

Then I had a little tryst.

Living in Jackson was awesome in many ways, but not on my wallet. Even though I had a good job, I did not have much money to spare. When the time came to update to a newer model of Kayano, I found myself in the local sporting goods store, walking the ladies’ running shoe aisle, searching for Kayano. The store had them in stock in my size, but suddenly the very high price tag had become too much. Reluctantly, I tried on a few other pair of shoes, sticking with my trusty Asics brand, and eventually settled on the Gel Nimbus. I remember being immediately impressed by the cushiness of the shoe, and had also noticed it had just as much stability control as the Kayano I had built my running life with over the years. And, at $40 less in price, the Nimbus fit the bill, even though I felt a bit like I was cheating on my Kayanos.

My fling with Nimbus lasted much longer than I had anticipated. I used those shoes as my primary pair for several years, through a knee surgery and ensuing rehab, and two more moves. Then, at a more financially stable point in my life, and back at a point when I felt like I could really get back into running, I went back to my old beau and purchased another pair of Kayanos.

In my post-surgery running world, I have now found it more important than ever to stick with trusted shoes and truly see it as an investment in my health to purchase good, reliable footwear that will not only keep my safe from injury but will last a long time. I’ve also learned to be in tune with my body, and upgrade shoes when my body tells me to. I noticed I could start to feel it in my knee when I had accumulated too many miles on a pair of shoes.

So it was I went through two more pairs of Kayanos, jogging on the dusty dirt roads of our farm, and working out with high-schoolers as an Assistant Track Coach. The thing of it was, however, it felt like I was going through each pair faster and faster than I had ever gone through them before, even though my mileage really wasn’t increasing.

I convinced myself that somehow I must have been harder on these shoes. Surely my faithful Kayanos wouldn’t let me down. Would they? With my most recent pair, I continued to wear them much longer than I should have. My knee barked every time I wore them. Eventually, I noticed the balls of my big toes feeling very painful after runs, too. After researching the symptoms, it now appeared I was beginning to form bunions! How could Kayano do this to me?!

It finally got to the point where I couldn’t stand painfully slogging through another run or workout. I dug around until I found the old pair of Nimbus I had kept as kickaround shoes, and in a fit of anger toward my Kayanos, gave them another spin. “I’ll show you, Kayano,” I thought, “I’ll go back to my old Nimbuses just to spite you!” The first run I went on with the Nimbuses on my feet, the knee pain and foot pain went away immediately. It was like an epiphany. My feet and knee felt so, so much better. It was truly like running on the puffy clouds the shoes are named after.

Still not wanting to doubt my Kayanos, however, I continued to think of the old, worn out Nimbuses as just a temporary fix and thought I must have been fooling myself somehow that they were better than Kayano. As the months of this summer and early fall went by, I continued to feel great in my knee and feet, however, and finally felt confirmed that the next pair of shoes I buy should be a Nimbus. Like that college boyfriend you stay with way longer than you should have, it was time to say goodbye to Kayano.

Finally clicking SUBMIT on the online order form for my Nimbuses, I felt relief. I had committed to this new, better relationship with a shoe that again felt like it was made just for me. Nimbus still had the support of Kayano but was cushier, and had a wider toe box—both great for my aged body. See Kayano, it’s not you—it’s me! My body and needs in a running shoe had changed, so I had to finally admit that an actual change in gear was necessary, too. Breaking up with Kayano and moving on to Nimbus has been just the right change I needed.

When the new shoes came last week, I felt refreshed in putting them on. I once again feel like I’m running on Cloud Nine with my sole mate! (Puns intended- You’re welcome!)

Breaking up is hard to do. Sometimes we can’t see through our own emotional attachment to the old on to what is really a better fit in life- with lovers or with shoes. 
The new Nimbuses! My feet feel so happy! 
Recent progression of running shoes, from Left to Right: Kayano, old Nimbus, new Nimbus!

I wore these shoes into the ground!
They're dirty, dusty, and flat, but still didn't feel too bad on my feet. 

Bottom tread VERY worn down!

The Kayanos even developed holes! 
All my shoes seem to develop wear at the back of the heel, although I honestly think that's from sliding my custom inserts in and out, and not from running use.
How many miles will we cover together, Nimbus?
Disclaimer: I am not receiving any endorsements for writing about product in this post. All opinions are my own and are genuine. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How Do You Like Them Apples?

After ordering a case of Honeycrisp apples with my Bountiful Basket, I spent significant time on Sunday processing the apples. The case was 40 pounds of apples for $32, which makes them about eighty cents a pound. Pretty good deal, if you ask me!
Opening up the case of apples. Product of Washington!
I have never been disappointed with the quality of Bountiful Baskets fruit.
See, I had ordered a case of apples in the past and never went through them all. This year, I am determined to make sure no apple goes to waste! To that end, Sunday was Apple Day in my house, as I spent time in the kitchen putting up apples. So far, I have dehydrated a few batches of apple rings, baked an apple pie, and also canned some apple butter. I also made pumpkin soup over the weekend that used apples in it! Not to mention, Honeycrisps are DELICIOUS as snacking apples!
BIG, shiny, and delicious!
Right away upon opening the box, it was hard to miss how HUGE the apples are! They are bigger than grapefruit, and range in weight from .75-1.1 pounds! Holy cow! For me, to eat one whole apple was a bit much as a snack. In terms of canning and processing, however, the large size is welcome because it means less effort in peeling. Peeling, slicing, and coring is what takes the most time when working with apples. Furthermore, often with small apples, by the time you get them peeled and cored, there's not much left to work with and, well, it's more challenging to peel a small apple.

Not so with these behemoths.
The apples were actually too big to fit through my slicer. 
Apples washed and ready for use!
Let's take dehydrating as an example. With small or average sized apples, I'd fit 5 or 6 apples in the dehydrator, once they've been cored and sliced. With these, I fit exactly two apples, and spent MUCH less time washing, coring, and slicing the apples. Perfect!

I started a batch of apples in the dehydrator right away, since that was pretty hands-off after the initial prep. If anyone is looking for a gift idea for me, a food mandolin would be GREAT during apple season. I'm often *this close* to chopping off finger tips with my knife when I make apple rings!

Do you prefer skin-on or skin-off for your apple rings? I like to leave the skin on because I like the texture and color the skin adds in the finished product. Plus, it saves the step of peeling the apples. Not to mention, the skin adds extra good-for-you fiber, which I love! Then, it's just a dusting of cinnamon and into the dehydrator for about 5 hours.
Before entering the dehydrator.
Next, I started on the canning process for the apple butter. The recipe I was using called for four pounds of apples. I ended up using almost 5 pounds because of the weights of the apples, and not wanting to use partial apples. Four apples was like 3.75 pounds and 5 ended up at 4.6. (Sidenote: I LOVE my food scale and use it all the time!) Plus, I figured a little extra apple butter wouldn't hurt anyone, would it? If I'm going to go through the effort of canning, might as well make a little more!

Apple butter is so easy to make. It's a great beginner canning recipe to try because it calls for only a few ingredients, and usually they're readily available or things you have on hand already. Basically, you just peel and core the apples, then give them a rough chop and toss into a large pot. I love my dutch ovens for preparing canning recipes because they cook so evenly. Then, most recipes call for use of apple cider or apple juice to simmer the apples in for a while. This was the one ingredient I did not have on hand and had neglected to pick up on a recent trip to the store. Instead, I just used plain old water and threw in a few cinnamon sticks. I decided the only thing I'd really be missing was extra sugar from the cider.
This is the apple butter--after blending but before it had cooked down much.
As it cooked down, it became thicker and more brown in color. 
After simmering the apple chunks for about 40 minutes, I removed the cinnamon sticks and processed the apples and water in batches through the blender. If you had an immersion blender, this is where you would use it. (Again, another great gift idea!!!) You could also use a food mill.

After blending the apples, it's just a matter of returning the puree to the pot, adding some lemon juice, sugar and spices (I like cinnamon and nutmeg) and letting it cook down for a long time. The recipe called for about an hour and a half, but I think I let mine simmer for at least 2 hours. You'll know it's ready when it doesn't leach liquid out when you dab a bit on a plate or spoon. Then, you just hot water bath can. I processed mine in the canner for 10 minutes, due to being at a slightly higher altitude than sea level-- at about 3500 feet.

Now let's talk about pie. Who doesn't want to talk about pie!? Who doesn't LOVE pie?! And what could be more classic in the fall than a delicious apple pie!

Thanks to some efficient baking and fun time spent together in the kitchen when Stennie was here, I actually had two pie crust discs waiting and ready in the freezer. Since I knew I had apples coming, I pulled them down into the fridge to thaw on Friday morning. By Sunday, they were ready to roll. (har har har! Pun intended!)

While the apple butter was in it's long stages of waiting and simmering, I rolled out the pie crusts and prepped the filling. For the filling, I used a mixture of apples. I had one Granny Smith left in the fridge, three Galas that also came in this week's Bountiful Basket, and to round it out, I used one Honeycrisp.
From left to right: Granny Smith, Gala, Honeycrisp, Gala, Gala
For the filling recipe, I consulted my favorite all-knowing book for cooking and baking, The Best New Recipe, from the makers of Cooks Illustrated Magazine, or as I like to call it, The Cooking Bible. It's thick, filled with all the classic recipes, and some good twists. It also explains in great detail why each cooking decision was made and makes good, thoroughly researched suggestions as to what ingredients to use and which to skip.

Stennie and I also got a big kick out of some of the creative writing that went into the Cooking Bible as well. The apple pie recipe included this gem, referring to the recipe author's preferred thickness of apple pie filling:

"A bit of tart, thin juice gives the pie a breath of the orchard, whereas a thick, syrupy texture is dull." - The New Best Recipe cookbook, from the makers of Cooks Illustrated.  A breath of the orchard? Seriously!?
Don't those apples look like they have "a breath of the orchard?!" haha
Awaiting the top crust.
Anyway, just for fun, with the top crust, I decided to emulate a pie I had seen recently in a magazine that used cookie cutters to cut out shapes of leaves and layer them over the top, rather than a standard, vented pie crust or lattice-top. I don't have much selection for cookie cutters, but decided, in honor of our cows shipping in a few weeks, to use a cow-shaped cookie cutter. And because I thought as a non sequitur, it would be kind of funny. I did get a mild chuckle out of my husband, so it was worth it.
Top crust all rolled out...
The pie baked away and the canning process complete, I still had time to watch most of the Bears game on TV, and start a second round of dehydrated apples during half-time. Jeff and I sampled each of the creations as the day went on. Overall, I was really satisfied with each project and felt good about the work I'd put in.

Can't really tell their cows unless you look closely.
The only problem now is... I still have about 30 pounds of apples to go through!

So what's next? Probably more apple rings, since they're so easy and delicious. I'm thinking about another batch of apple butter, and maybe just some plain old applesauce, since that's even easier than apple butter. Maybe some apple muffins or apple cake... Sauteed apples and brats? Caramel apples? DEFINITELY some Apple Brandy!
All in a day's work! 
Do you have a favorite apple recipe? If so, I'd love to hear all about it!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pre-Order Your Montana Women In Agriculture Calendar Today!

Hey, Ya'll!

Remember that super awesome Women in Agriculture Calendar I've written about a few times?

Well, the final proof is in and it's time to begin pre-ordering!!!

Here's a sneak peak at the cover of the calendar....

Beautiful photo of lambs and Montana rangeland!

I have no idea what month I'm in, or what any of the images look like, so it'll be a surprise to me, too, at the unveiling of the calendars coming up in about two weeks at the Montana Farmers Union Annual Convention.

But YOU don't have to wait for the convention. You don't even have to attend the convention (but I hope you consider it! You can register for the conference on the MFU website, right after you order your calendar!). You can Pre-Order your calendar RIGHT NOW on the MFU website by clicking on the words Montana Farmers Union in the above paragraph. Yep. Right up there. Right above this paragraph. Just look for the Women in Agriculture Calendar image as the banner scrolls through. (Hint: It's the second image!) Click on that and it'll take you to the pre-order page! Then, you'll go on to check out via PayPal.

For only $20.00, this beautifully photographed calendar, featuring some of Montana's most beautiful women, can be yours! And, proceeds help fund women's leadership and women's education programs within Montana Farmers Union.

If you don't want to pre-order yourself, you can wait a few weeks and maybe I'll do another post on the calendars once I've seen the final product myself. Or, just let me know if you want one and I'll be sure to include one for you in my order. I'd do that for you.

So, what do you say? Aren't you as curious as I am to see who is featured in each month? To learn about what female farmers in Montana are up to? To see all the many varied types of agriculture Montana possesses?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you need to get one of these calendars.

C'mon-- Help a gal out!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hunting on the HiLine 2014, Volume 2: Without Firing A Shot

On a warm and sunny, if mildly breezy Sunday afternoon, Jeff and I loaded into the pickup with Harvey. Jeff, donning his tan bird vest over a yellow MSU tshirt, and Harvey in his orange collar, were ready for a hunting excursion. The shotgun rested safely (unloaded) in the backseat, the three of us drove a few miles away to an abandoned farmyard to hunt some game birds.
Old vehicle, left in the grass for quite a while, at our hunting site.
We built the anticipation with Harvey on the drive over, asking him, "Are you gonna get the bird?" With each demand, he grew increasingly excited. He began to wag his tail vigorously, jump up and down in his seat, and whine, all while looking with dedication out the front window, scanning for visual evidence of birds. You can't tell me he doesn't understand what we're saying. He sees the shotgun and Dad (Jeff) in his hunting vest and he knows it's time to work. Really, as our family pet 90% of the time, hunting birds is more like play, but don't tell Harvey that!  He loves to hunt. 
Tree-rows are typically a great spot to find some birds.
When we arrived at the yard, Harvey barreled out of the car, ready to get down to business. We had to call him back, to stay still, while Jeff got his supplies ready. As always, I was just along for the ride. I was there to experience nature, spend time with my husband, and watch my dog do his thing. We were finally able to begin our hike through the grassy fields around the house, right on Harvey's tail. As the sun lowered into that magical, warm, golden-hour light, the breeze lessened, and our hike through knee-high Montana prairie grasses took shape, our evening mission was fulfilled.

Harvey's nose leading the way. 
Harvey is making a "soft point," indicating the start of a scent trail.
We traipsed around for about an hour and half, Harvey's nose leading the way through the brushy grass. Several times, he locked up on a scent and followed the trail for quite a while, his humans behind him in close and watchful pursuit. Each time, however, the birds were flighty and flew off early before Harvey could get in a good point and Jeff could prepare to take a shot.
Acting "birdy," or on-scent.
Though we saw probably between 25 and 30 grouse in the waning afternoon light, we never took a single shot. Nevertheless, it was evident that Harvey had a great time putting his instinct and training to work. There's nothing he loves more than to "get the bird," as we say to him while he's hunting. Jeff and I had a nice time, too, watching our dog gracefully run, romp, trot, and stalk birds through the fields. We headed home empty-handed, without firing a shot, but nevertheless fulfilled from a fun evening on a beautiful fall day being outdoors in a place that we love.

That's what hunting is about to me. 
Right before a flock of grouse flew up waaaaay ahead of the dog.

***If you liked this post, check out this very similar story written by Erin Madison, an Outdoors writer for the Great Falls Tribune, which was in the paper recently. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Grain Fed or Grass Fed?

You might remember that I run for TEAM BEEF MONTANA, I've written about it before. As ranchers, Jeff and I feel very passionate about our herd and the ranching lifestyle. We eat a lot of beef, and I also have always had a strong interest in eating healthily and nutritiously. When I saw this infographic posted on the Team Beef Montana Facebook page, I had to share it. I love that it explains the health benefits of beef, especially in terms of fat content, and Zinc, Iron, and Protein. All of which are very important parts of a healthy diet, and super important for fueling a run, or an active lifestyle! I also love that this poster does not point favorites between grain fed or grass fed animals, but simply explains them both and continues to endorse beef as a part of a healthy diet. 

On our farm/ranch, our animals are on pasture for most of the year. In the fall, the herd grazes on grain stubble and grass. In the winter, we feed them hay. Our calves ship in the fall and almost always go to a feedlot somewhere in the Midwest (varies by year.) The animals that we hold back to finish for our own meat-eating purposes, are finished on a mixture of hay and gradually increasing grain ration. So, I guess our calves are grass-fed/on mama's milk for 90% of their lives, then finished on grain. The cows that we keep are pretty much on grass or hay for their entire lives.

We also feed some supplements during difficult nutrition times of the year for the cows-- range cake, lick tubs, etc., so that the cows can continue to get the nutrients they need while nursing.

On a related note, I found this blog post on why Iron is super important for runners on the Oiselle Blog. Iron is especially important for female runners (really, Iron is important for EVERYONE!) Beef is a great source of Iron, as the graphic above indicates, and this blog post, written by a Dietitian and a runner, reinforces this idea.

In case, you needed a quick recipe for a healthy beef entree, I've got that for you right here, too. This recipe actually comes from Jeff's Aunt Linda, and is called Beef-Corn Dandy. This was a 4H specialty of Linda's growing up. I'm going to post the recipe as she has it written, then go through some of the tips and minor variations I often make when I make this recipe.

Beef Corn Dandy
1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 c. diced tomatoes
1 can corn
1/4 lb shredded cheese.

1. Place beef, onion, and spices in a skillet and cook until beef is lightly browned and onion is soft. Drain fat.
2. Add tomatoes and corn. Cover and simmer over low heat for 20 min.
3. Top with cheese, cover until cheese melts. Serve and enjoy!

Katie's Tips:
So, the biggest variation that I do when I make this is that I really load it up with veggies. This dish becomes sort of a clean-out-the-fridge free-for-all when it comes to veggies, for me. I'll add carrots, zucchini, potatoes, whatever I have on hand to really bulk up the variety of veggies in this.

Also, I almost always cook some sort of grain or pasta to serve as a platform for the Dandy.
Typically, it'll be whatever pasta is on-hand. Sometimes I'll layer the pasta on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish, then top it with the beefy-veggie skillet mixture, then top with cheese and into the oven it goes to heat it all through, and serve as a casserole.

Last tip-- get creative with spices and seasonings. A recipe like this is made for experimentation! You can take it almost any direction. I've done Italian with basil, oregano, parsley, and also Mexican with some leftover fajita seasoning, just to name a few examples.

A recent variation of Beef Corn Dandy, including zucchini, potatoes, bell peppers, corn, tomatoes, onion, garlic and green beans as supplemental veggies. Most of which came straight out of the garden, complementing our home-raised beef! 
What are your thoughts? Do you have a preference between grain fed and grass fed animals? Honestly, I don't have a very refined palate, so I can't taste much of a difference when I eat either. In the end, nutritionally, they are pretty similar and....well... EAT MORE BEEF! :)

Friday, October 3, 2014

A Fall Friday

This morning was a lovely fall morning for walking the dogs. Thankfully, with a four-day school week and typically no school on Fridays, I could do that today. Iggy, Harvey and I headed out for a brisk, but windless and sunny 25 degree jaunt down the road. With Harvey, we're trying to reinforce with him that his harness does not = thunder, fireworks, or campfires, so with the bright, sunny morning, I thought we'd be safe.  He was a little hesitant to put it on the first place, but as soon as we got outdoors, he was off like a rocket! The harness didn't seem to bother him at all.

Right now on the farm, we're finally feeling like we're settling into fall. Harvest and fall seeding, which are the two biggest projects of early fall, are both in the books. Daylight hours are getting much shorter and nights are getting cooler, which means workdays are also shorter. We can have several cups of coffee before needing to head outdoors, instead of the single to-go mug that summer often entailed, consumed in a pickup on the way to the farm implement du jour. I actually see my husband again in the evenings and he is around more to help with things around the house. To that end, I've started to label harvest in my mind as Farm Widow Season, because there would be several days in a row where I'd see Jeff for maybe 5 minutes total. Even for an introvert and mild recluse like me, it gets lonely.
Look at that sweet face! 
Those days are over for this year. Now, we're looking forward to yummy fall and winter foods, hunting season, football games, and beautiful fall weather. I am excited to attend some North Star (school where I work) sporting events-- Volleyball and 6-Man Football, here we come! In my running world, September and October have been and will continue to be chock full of races, too. I did three races in September and may get to that many in October, too, depending on how far I feel like I want to travel to get a race in. We'll see.
Hard to tell, but those white-ish blobs are a herd of antelope!
They were on the move, so the photo's a bit blurry.
What's left for the remainder of fall projects on the farm? Well, we have several CSP projects to work on, such as re-spacing some fence wires, and seeding some grass and pollinator mixes in a few of our fields. We're also working on cultivating a large chunk of ground in preparation for spring seeding. And, fall is a little more intensive with the cattle. In fact, next Friday, we'll be doing our fall pre-conditioning, which I'm a little sad I may have to miss. We'll see.
Can you spot both dogs? Harvey is really hard to tell-- he looks kind of like a rock or a clump of grass! 
What does fall mean in your home, or on your farm? Do you have any favorite fall foods or traditions?
I'm looking forward to many more walks and runs with Harvey!