Friday, August 29, 2008

St Mary's Peak

Looking out toward the west from the B&B we have a prominent view of St. Mary's peak, which sits at about 9,300 feet. We had visitors at the B&B from Finland and they hiked to the top one afternoon and shared the experience at breakfast. I realized that I had never been up there and was inspired to do it. My wife Shelley and I made the hike with good friends Mike and Janet and our dog Tara. Here are a few photos from the top.

Sunday, August 10, 2008


We have started planting more willows along the river bank in our continued effort to stabilize it and prevent further erosion from high water in the spring. With the help of our neighbors and their visiting family and friends we planted about 100 willows in a couple of hours yesterday. Most were planted near the water, but I planted a few up on the bank. These will have to be watered regularly.

A few of the willows we planted last summer survived the flooding this spring and we hope that we will have even better success this year. As always, predicting what the river is going to do is a gamble. We will plant another 2oo in the weeks to come.