Gourmet Gorging - Rafting the Bruneau in Idaho

Written by Robert LaGrone

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Things aren't always what they seem. Tom explained thatrepparttar pronghorn antelope grazing onrepparttar 105383 sage byrepparttar 105384 road weren't true antelope but were a different species. In fact,repparttar 105385 sage they were nibbling wasn'trepparttar 105386 same asrepparttar 105387 sage with which we flavor our food. Pioneers had namedrepparttar 105388 plant after deciding it reminded them ofrepparttar 105389 European sage that is used as a seasoning. Tom went on to say thatrepparttar 105390 meadowlarks we saw were not true larks, either. Is nothing sacred? Next someone will tell me that Douglas Fir isn't a true fir! Guess I'd better not open that "field guide to trees" on my bookshelf.

The last mile or so down intorepparttar 105391 canyon was so steep and rough that it was more comfortable (and faster) forrepparttar 105392 passengers to get out and walk. At Indian Hot Springs,repparttar 105393 small stream that issues fromrepparttar 105394 steep bank is spanned by a small wooden footbridge, and with good reason: if you tried wading it, you'd parboil your feet. The spring raisedrepparttar 105395 river temperature just a skosh at our put-in, and that's a good thing. (Rememberrepparttar 105396 term "snowmelt?") Full of turkey burritos, we inflatedrepparttar 105397 rafts and paddled out intorepparttar 105398 current. For this trip we had four boats: one raft propelled by four paddlers, two rafts rowed by guides using long oars, and an inflatable kayak, which I paddled today. Its maneuverability makes it a lot of fun, althoughrepparttar 105399 smaller size ofrepparttar 105400 craft renders it more vulnerable to big rapids.

The gorge soon narrowed into a stunning slot canyon, and we hit our first major rapids. Submerged rocks inrepparttar 105401 stream are an ever-present hazard, and one raft got hung up briefly before its driver freed it. Asrepparttar 105402 sun sank inrepparttar 105403 west, we stopped to gather firewood forrepparttar 105404 evening's cooking. The Bruneau is not heavily used due to its inaccessibility, so wood was plentiful. Farther downstream we stopped at a nice grassy spot with fragrant juniper trees. The cliff behind provided a good vantage point for a photograph, and soon we were casually talking politics over fresh grilled salmon and fruit salad. Kyle's Dutch-oven pineapple upside-down cake was perfect. He told us how on one trip a guide had proudly flipped his Dutch oven over ontorepparttar 105405 tabletop, only to discover he had picked uprepparttar 105406 wrong one. Tamale pie is a little too liquid to be served that way.

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Might Coffee be the most popular drink ever?

Written by Valerie Shapero

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Aside fromrepparttar benefits that have been mentioned above, it has to be said that simply enjoying coffee as a beverage is a delight that will never be easily surpassed. The unbelievable thing is that most people have no idea ofrepparttar 105380 different tastes and delights that this monarch of all drinks has to offer. One ofrepparttar 105381 fastest growing trends of repparttar 105382 past few years has to berepparttar 105383 rising popularity of obtaining coffee viarepparttar 105384 internet. Never before has it been so easy to sample such a huge variety of blends, tastes and aromas, and all atrepparttar 105385 click of a mouse. I order coffee frequently throughrepparttar 105386 internet and I always make a point to recordrepparttar 105387 country, blend and from whom I purchased.

Well now that you knowrepparttar 105388 tale ofrepparttar 105389 mystical beans I hope that if inrepparttar 105390 future you are considering visiting your local coffee shop you recallrepparttar 105391 story ofrepparttar 105392 lowly shepherd and think about just what you might be drinking were he not to have wandered onto that bleak and lonely hillside. Why not take advantage ofrepparttar 105393 internet and tryrepparttar 105394 many different varieties and blends available. Not only will you impress your tastebuds, your friends will be grateful as well.

Valerie Shapero is the webmaster of Fuzzy Coffee which is a premier source of information about coffee. For more information, go to: http://fuzzycoffee.com

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