Not So Fried Green Tomatoes

Green Tomato Pico de Gallo

Last week, I murdered my Roma Tomato plants. It’s true. I have pictures to prove it.

But it was all in the name of that beautiful Pico de Gallo there. And in the end, it was worth it. I’ve included the recipe below, so you too can have a taste of the glory.

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Camping at Camas Lake

A Photo Journal

Tuesday, we backpacked back up to Camas Lake for an overnight camping trip. Since we already told you aaaaallll about Camas Lake in this post, I thought maybe it would be overkill to add another post about it, but we had so many beautiful pictures! So instead of me rambling on and on about things we’ve already told you, this will be more of an “Our Trip in Pictures” kind of post. Look for a new post all about our camping/backpacking gear later this week.

a map of the hike up camas lake trail

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Blodgett Canyon Overlook

Blodget Canyon Overlook Trail Bitterroot National Forest Montana


Friday, we hiked the Blodgett Canyon Overlook. This trail is a favorite of ours for a last minute evening hike, due to the easily attainable 2.8 mile total distance out and back. While the trail itself is not the most appealing trail in the Bitterroot Mountains, the views it provides are nothing short of awe inspiring.

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Hiking Bass Creek

Today being a lovely day, we decided on a whim that we’d go for a hike. Normally, we avoid the trails on the weekends, but after being deprived of the outdoors for close to the whole month of August due to the smoke in the valley, we thought we’d give it a go. We hadn’t hiked Bass Creek yet, so despite it’s somewhat lengthy distance from us (about 25-30 minutes away from home base), we gave it a try.

First of all… don’t hike in the Bitterroots on the weekend if you want a relaxing time to be at one with the wilderness. Weekends are bizzaaaayyy. (Do as I say, not as I do, kids.) The proximity of this particular trail to Missoula probably doesn’t help with the busyness. We probably passed a total of between 7-8 other groups of hikers, which over the duration of two miles out and two miles back, I would consider to be a bunch of peoples.

We didn’t get to stop and take many shots of the trail thanks to an older lady with three off-leash Springer Spaniels on our heels. Diesel’s a pretty good dog, but he definitely isn’t a huge fan of packs of loose dogs. Here are the few that we did manage to get…

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I Spy…

The hubs and I have gotten into the habit of taking our camera out with us pretty much everywhere- a habit we got out of when we started using the big Canon cameras we used (very temporarily) for weddings (and for a much more extended period of time) on commercial/product photography. They were just too bulky to take photos on the fly, and the instances of impromptu photo shoots and family photographs declined rapidly after we started using them.

Then about a month or two ago, we sold off our older (and originally very expensive, but now not worth diddly squat pair of Canons and their lenses) and we’re now toting a single Fujifilm X100T, and we LOOOOOVE it. I really can’t express enough how much we stinking love this camera. First of all, it’s adorably vintage. Second of all (and of course, more importantly), the image quality is phenomenal. But one of the coolest features is its portability, which allows us to pick up with a hobby that neither of us have pursued for years, and we’re having so much fun. 🙂