Once again, our grocery store (Fred Meyer’s) is selling chiles from Hatch, New Mexico. It’s the second year, and as soon as I had the chance I stopped in and bought a 25-lb. box.
We’ve had an extraordinarily wet summer. Earlier this month I strapped on a pair of knee pads and crawled through the woods shooting mushrooms. I’ve just now had the time to go through and choose some of the best images. We sure have a wide variety of fungi here…
(It’s grilling with smoke as I post.)
Figuring out when to go to Chitina to dip net for red salmon is always difficult, but this year was particularly challenging. The king salmon run was poor again this year, and they stopped letting you keep them after 19 June. But on average the reds run later than kings, so going early means you might get a king (this year you could keep just one), but you aren’t likely to fill out your permit on reds. That likelihood increases after the 4th of July, and the reds are generally larger then, too. And because the goal is to fill the freezer with fish, we’ve tended to forego the chance to get a king and go later.