Deer

Deer Shed, Gambier Island, 2011
Deer Shed, Gambier Island, 2011
Major Matthews
Are there any deer on Gambier Island now?
Miss Wiegand
Yes, many of them.

Early Vancouver, Vol. 7, Major J.S. Matthews

The conversation above took place in 1946 and I can confirm that there still plenty of deer on Gambier Island. I’ve seen them resting in the shadows of a tree in our lower section, I’ve spooked them in the bush and, most recently, I awoke to see two young black-tailed deer crossing the steep slope above our tent. I’ve heard of a cougar sighting on the island, but most sources say the deer have no natural predators, so I expect to see many more.

Survival At Sea

Etueni Nasau, Ingvar Kenne, 2011
Etueni Nasau, Ingvar Kenne, 2011

The May issue of GQ features an incredible story of three young boys surviving 51 days lost at sea with almost no supplies.

There were, as it turned out, three people on the boat. Three boys. Two were 15 years old and the third was 14. They were naked and emaciated. Their skin was covered with blisters. Their tongues were swollen. They had no food, no water, no clothing, no fishing gear, no life vests, and no first-aid kit. They were close to death. They had been missing for fifty-one days.

It’s an amazing story, I only wish it were longer.

Music From Winter’s Bone

The White River, Thomas & Dianne Jones, 2008
The White River, Thomas & Dianne Jones, 2008

The artists behind the soundtrack to Winter’s Bone are touring North America at the moment. I won’t be able to attend the Vancouver show on June 3rd, but you should go and tell me what I missed.

High on a Mountain, Marideth Sisco

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The Well-Fed Backpacker

The Well-Fed Backpacker, June Fleming, 1986 Edition
The Well-Fed Backpacker, June Fleming, 1986 Edition

I picked this up tonight at a fundraiser for our neighbourhood school and it looks like it’s going to be very handy. One really interesting idea is the one-liner — choose one item from up to six different columns and cook them together in one pot. Here are some examples:

Quick rice, tuna, freeze-dried peas, curry sauce mix and flaked coconut.

Couscous, precooked hamburger seasoned with sloppy joe mix and grated Swiss cheese.

Quick brown rice, canned or dried shrimp, freeze dried green beans and teriyaki sauce.

If you think these sound good now, just imagine what they would be like after a long day on the trail.

Grown Ocean

Gambier Island Sunset, 2009
Gambier Island Sunset, 2009

Tomorrow morning, the family and I are off to Gambier Island for a weekend of camping, exploring and relaxing. I hope your weekend has equally good plans.

Grown Ocean, Fleet Foxes

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Riches

The Morel, Holly A. Heyser
The Morel, Holly A. Heyser

To be a mushroom hunter is to be the Indiana Jones of foragers. You must be part scholar and part adventurer, willing to head far off the trail and brave real dangers to return with riches.—Hank Shaw, The Thrill of the Mushroom Hunt

I’ve been following Hank’s Hunter Angler Gardener Cook for a little while now and ran across his essay in the newly launched Gilt Taste. I know the Pacific Northwest has an abundance of mushrooms, but I never gone on a hunt myself. I would really like to change that, though.