Bad Eggs

 

french black copper marans chicks

 

Well friends, you win some, you lose some. Unfortunately, this time, I lost three. Out of six eggs that went into the incubator, only three were able to fully hatch.

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Hiking Camas Lake

Yesterday, we played hooky and took our first hike up Camas Creek Trail No. 125 to Camas Lake. It will not be our last. Despite being somewhat strenuous in incline, it was a gorgeous climb that ended in a pristine alpine lake with several excellent campgrounds. We cannot wait to come back and backpack up for a few nights of camping.

Getting There

The drive up to Camas Creek Trail is looooong. The paved part is not so bad, but once you hit FR496, it’s gravel for SIX MILES, which you have to take at 10-20 miles an hour because its full of wicked ruts and your truck is only two wheel drive! (I mean our truck is only two wheel drive. Too bad we couldn’t see the future when we bought it back in 2011.)

Important note about the Camas Creek Trail: FR 496 is close to impassible until the snow has completely melted in the summer. We tried to do this hike in June, but the ice was so thick and slippery across the narrow gravel road that we actually had to back down the mountain half a mile before we found somewhere we could turn around and drive back down to Coyote Coulee, the lower, non ice covered trail at the base of the mountain below. 

Arriving at the trailhead, we found ample parking but only one car. (Awesome!) When we first started hiking in the mountains last year as newly transplanted California suburbanites whose previous relationship with nature consisted mainly of beaches, parks and short vacations at the cabin, we were admittedly unnerved by an empty trail. (We were also afraid of the dark. Eeek, is that a WOLF? What was that sound??? But I digress.) Now, nothing is more exciting than an empty trailhead. Aside from the CRAZY, mind blowing concept of literally being the only people for miles, it’s nice to know you won’t be running into Dolly Dog Wrangler and her eight insane and untrained dogs running amok off-leash. A peaceful, deserted trail is bliss.

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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. 🙂