Hualapai Mountains

Posted on September 13th, 2010 by Jean

On Friday Tom and I attended the annual Margarita Festival. One of our clients told Tom that when she googled “Laughlin Margarita”, up popped my blog from last year. Thus, the blog for our business was born! I’ll be posting stories of local events at Around The River Blogs, and thank all of you who have already checked it out.
 
Saturday we drove an hour east to the Hualapai Mountains. Temperatures were much cooler; 78 degrees compared to the 100s we’re still feeling at home.
 
One of our friends owns a cabin in the woods, and loaned us the keys. It felt more like a home, with large screen TVs, plush over-sized couches, a fireplace and pellet-stove, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a sauna. Roughing it? Not hardly!
 
We vowed to plan better and actually spend the night next time. I can picture us roasting marshmallows in the little fire pit out front.
 
After checking out the home, we hiked to the lodge about a mile up the road. We sat on the deck enjoying cold bottled water when a large, female elk caught Tom’s eye. She had just wandered into the parking lot, making herself at home next to a motorcycle. We heard her mew a few times, then just as quickly as she had arrived, she disappeared back into the forest.
 
On our hike back to the cabin, we stopped to sample some paddle cactus growing wild. Tom sliced it with his knife, and scooped out the contents. It has a watery consistency not unlike watermelon, but not sweet.
 

 
It was hard to say goodbye to our little mountain retreat. The girls were actually quite sad, so Tom pulled the car over on the way down the mountain and gathered some green acorns as souvenirs.
 
• How was your weekend?
• Do you ever get a surprise encounter with wildlife?
• Would you eat a paddle cactus?

How To: Raise Hams

Posted on November 16th, 2009 by Jean

“Come on, Tom. It’ll be fun!”, I pleaded. “It’s just you and me. I’ll set up my camera, and you grab your meat, all nine pounds of it.”

Fits of laughter.

“Ok, I’ll take my big cannon and show you who’s boss.” Tom cajoled.

More laughter and innuendo.

The buzz of the evening wore off, but the playful conversation lingered in my head. Was he ready for his close up? Yes, actually he was. While I set up the tripod, he cleared the counter and set up an array of spices and secret ingredients for we were making an instructional video. Not the type Carrie Prejean would record but an honest to goodness How To video for making jerky.

I should call him One Take Tom for he could expound on the subject without missing a beat. It was hard to decide what should fall to the cutting room floor, or be deleted via iMovie. He’s my husband, and I felt a bit guilty omitting recorded episodes of meat grinding, salt sprinkling, and the tearing open of hot pepper packets. But cut I did, and replaced with photos overlaid with text. Even with all the snips, the video runs nearly seven minutes long. I’ll post the YouTube link below for those interested in jerking their meat.

With Mommy and Daddy making videos, it seemed natural when my seven year old asked to record her recipe for a soda drink. She wrote down her ingredients, sending Tom to the store for more Diet Coke. She had plenty of Pepsis which are on hand for guests. Her little sister was her lovely assistant, nodding her head and chiming in at just the right moment. I think my girls had a lot of presence for seven and four. Who else but a child would combine the two powerhouses of cola?

• Coke or Pepsi?
• Carrie Prejean, Donald Trump, or Perez Hilton?
• Behind the camera or in front of it?

Tom’s YouTube debut! How To: Make Elk Jerky

How To: Raise Hams

Posted on November 16th, 2009 by Jean

“Come on, Tom. It’ll be fun!”, I pleaded. “It’s just you and me. I’ll set up my camera, and you grab your meat, all nine pounds of it.”

Fits of laughter.

“Ok, I’ll take my big cannon and show you who’s boss.” Tom cajoled.

More laughter and innuendo.

The buzz of the evening wore off, but the playful conversation lingered in my head. Was he ready for his close up? Yes, actually he was. While I set up the tripod, he cleared the counter and set up an array of spices and secret ingredients for we were making an instructional video. Not the type Carrie Prejean would record but an honest to goodness How To video for making jerky.

I should call him One Take Tom for he could expound on the subject without missing a beat. It was hard to decide what should fall to the cutting room floor, or be deleted via iMovie. He’s my husband, and I felt a bit guilty omitting recorded episodes of meat grinding, salt sprinkling, and the tearing open of hot pepper packets. But cut I did, and replaced with photos overlaid with text. Even with all the snips, the video runs nearly seven minutes long. I’ll post the YouTube link below for those interested in jerking their meat.

With Mommy and Daddy making videos, it seemed natural when my seven year old asked to record her recipe for a soda drink. She wrote down her ingredients, sending Tom to the store for more Diet Coke. She had plenty of Pepsis which are on hand for guests. Her little sister was her lovely assistant, nodding her head and chiming in at just the right moment. I think my girls had a lot of presence for seven and four. Who else but a child would combine the two powerhouses of cola?

• Coke or Pepsi?
• Carrie Prejean, Donald Trump, or Perez Hilton?
• Behind the camera or in front of it?

Tom’s YouTube debut! How To: Make Elk Jerky

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