Out Your Backdoor

Indie Outdoor Lore 'n' More


Exercising on a Train? ...Theraband!

2015-04-14 Our family has taken a couple long distance Amtrak trips in recent years. (They're pricey but we use an Amtrak credit card for our gas and groceries and every 2 years we find we can book a round-trip adventure for our family of four for free…

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Thanks, NPR, for covering OYB & Roadkill! ...Twice!

2015-03-18 It was fun chatting live with the Northern Minnesota NPR radio people about roadkill. I got to relate a few of the basics. You want to check that the deer is fresh and not damaged. You don't want to overcook the meat…

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Review: Woody's Dutch Oven -- light, compact

2014-11-21 Dutch ovens are huge, heavy, cumbersome cooking tools that people love and have in their families for generations. How do they fit in with canoeing and backpacking? ...Not very well. They weigh 15 pounds! They're round and take up a lot of space…

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Moderation is Key! --Hardcore Enduro Fitness Buffs Unhealthy!

2014-04-06 We always knew this, right? Too much of a good thing. I recently saw this link in Silent Sports Magazine: Gungho lifelong skiers are running into heart trouble. The docs theorize: Is it due to the 4-limb max effort? Or to the self-selected Type-A stress? Skiing has become very detailed-oriented AND highly competitive PLUS max-effort…

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Sourdough Fever: Making Bread, Pancakes & More!

2014-03-15 I'm starting to go crazy with sourdough baking. (But the 2 pics I'm showing aren't of my bread or cakes -- I just grabbed them from the webs as sample pics of sourdough action.) I'm thinking that it's super-easy…

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Balancing Sport and Life...

2013-10-28 Like many, perhaps, I have issues with balancing Life and Sport. It's not that "balance" is so much what is needed -- that can be an essentially skewed concept. I need more importantly to remember just how to do sports right for decent living…

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Sour Beer: the New IPA!

2013-10-17 The buzz is building for sour beers. I didn't understand it when I first heard some of the fuss a couple years ago, but now I'm catching on. IPA's are cool because they offer a big new element for beer taste: bold hops…

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Raspberry Trifle with Sabayon

2013-09-30 Whoa, I'm trying to find the recipe(s) I've been using the past few years to make this jawdropping worldclass seasonal dessert and I can't find them! I thought I'd just used one recipe but I might've blended two…

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Raspberry Time! ...Autumn is the Season for Everbearing Berries

2013-09-30 You know I love my berries. Everbearing red raspberries are great for mid-Michigan. They're hardy, with few pests. I'm hard on plants. In fact, the berries are the last plant standing in one of our garden areas! They've taken over the whole thing…

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All Hail the Picnic!

2013-08-27 I'm a Big Fan of the picnic. You know how with restaurants someone else owns the place and makes the rules? There's waiting and service... And for some of us there's price. Well, going to the Farmer's Market or the store directly for picnic goodies is a great way to go…

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