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Life is slow here in California's Sequoia National Forest. Big events for us are "when a helicopter brought in a new water tank" or "the big rock on the road had to be blown up and everyone brought picnic lunches" or when "the neighbor was caught with 24 marijuana plants and we watched the clean-up with cold beer." The year two Giant Sequoia trees feel and made national news is surely a once-in-a-millenia event.


You can imagine our excitement when we found a road on our property that had been lost for 70 years. It took us only 30 years to find it. These posts chronicle our adventures on The Lost Road.


Kids taste scorpion candy

Kids taste scorpion candy

“We can just eat it but not eat the scorpion part. Are you with me?” asks Alastair and the boys set off on their goal wondering if the dead and dried scorpion is going to sting them while they suck on the sucker. The kids also crowd source an answer to the important question: “Does…

Here are three methods to preserve your lemons with salt!

Here are three methods to preserve your lemons with salt!

Since you are even looking at this post, I assume you either love North African food or you have 337 ripe lemons on your tree in the backyard and you’re wondering what in the world to do with them. I offer you three tasty ideas. Preserved lemons sound exotic to those of us in North…

Opening a can of Pillsbury crescent rolls, like a jack-in-the-box?

Opening a can of Pillsbury crescent rolls, like a jack-in-the-box?

Inspired by the popular Facebook meme, the Half Pints opened a tube of Pillsbury crescent rolls for the first time. Do you remember the first time? It had been many years since I’d even been around a can of rolls or biscuits that I have to admit, it was a lot of fun and brought…

Herbs for Hair Loss – Natural Remedies

Herbs for Hair Loss – Natural Remedies

This post was last updated on November 13th, 2017 at 07:17 amAmanda’s note: Here is another wonderful contribution from Ramya Venkateshwaran who writes from her home in India. Ramya describes natural remedies for hair loss. Find her on her website WildTurmeric.net for more ideas on healthy living. ~~~Hair loss is a common problem for both…

Kids taste “ant candy” and even survive

Kids taste “ant candy” and even survive

What would kids do if faced with tasting ant candy? The Half Pints work it out, eating as little ant as possible. Some quotes: “I think I tasted a little bit of ant!” “Can we get this candy without ants?” “Why would people want to eat ant candy?

A gluten-free quinoa pumpkin breakfast cookie

A gluten-free quinoa pumpkin breakfast cookie

Do you ever struggle with breakfast boredom? It hits me every few months to the extent I would rather just skip breakfast all together. Not good! Not good! I’m always on the lookout for inspiration so when a new tasty idea drifts by, it’s like winning in a scavenger hunt. Here is one of those…

Paper flowers bloom before your eyes (a springtime science project)

Paper flowers bloom before your eyes (a springtime science project)

Here’s a fun springy idea for you, especially those of you still waiting for springtime blooms. Just watch these paper flowers bloom! We got this idea from The Happy Scientist (here). His is a great site for finding science projects, well worth the nominal membership fee.

A survival guide for springtime weeding?

A survival guide for springtime weeding?

Hey guys, don’t give up on us! We have content coming! We’ve been enjoying the exquisite weather that came with spring break. A dark cloud hangs over as I type and I hope for more rain but there is no doubt that spring is here. In fact, the very-weedy outside is a testament to that…

Homemade egg paint with two very simple ingredients

Homemade egg paint with two very simple ingredients

On this week-before-Easter (and spring break) we offer you homemade egg paint. This stuff is a lot of fun and actually does make a great paint. This is the paint that people used before they picked it up in plastic tubes at their local craft store. It is simply egg yolk and food coloring. The…

This simple thing can reduce your stress and build immuity at the same time…

This simple thing can reduce your stress and build immuity at the same time…

If you’ve wonder where you should travel on your next holiday, maybe it should involve a forest. There is actually research that suggests a trip to the forest can reduce your stress levels (no big surprise) but also build your immunity. In Japan there is a tradition of Shinrinyoku — a leisurely visit to the…

Found: After only 30 years. Who “loses” these? Apparently we do… (Friday Food Flicks)

Found: After only 30 years. Who “loses” these? Apparently we do… (Friday Food Flicks)

This post was last updated on July 11th, 2014 at 12:52 pm As part of our emerging “Friday Food Flicks” theme, we chronicle our food adventures in our own backyard. The adventures tie into our adventures in the fall of 2009 when one of the coolest things ever happened to us here on the property:…

Wherein we find a cool dessert ingredient on “The Lost Road”

Wherein we find a cool dessert ingredient on “The Lost Road”

This post was last updated on July 11th, 2014 at 12:52 pm Our Lost Road adventures continue as 5-year-old Alastair joins us in exploring the property. I described how we took a 3-year hiatus to grow him up to such an age when he would have a healthy respect for mountain lions and other wild…

Try some of these bay leaf uses. You’ll be amazed.

Try some of these bay leaf uses. You’ll be amazed.

This post was last updated on July 11th, 2014 at 12:52 pm As part of our adventures on “The Lost Road” (here) discovering new flavors, tracking wild beasts, and simply getting fresh air and exercise, my boys challenged me to use bay leaf in a new way and we have been enjoying bay leaf dessert…

More adventures and flavors on “The Lost Road” (and a remedy for grumpiness…)

More adventures and flavors on “The Lost Road” (and a remedy for grumpiness…)

This post was last updated on July 11th, 2014 at 12:51 pm It was a *very*grumpy* morning for me when I walked into our living room and belted out, “What should we do when your mama is tired and grumpy?” “Go to The Lost Road!” Alastair (5) shouted. “Wow, good idea,” I thought. “That really…

Have you ever tasted pine needles? Here you go…

Have you ever tasted pine needles? Here you go…

This post was last updated on July 11th, 2014 at 12:51 pm Our adventures on “The Lost Road” turned piney with Frederick’s request for harvesting pine needles and turning them into some sort of dessert (read more here). Thanks to some help on Facebook, I discovered that pine needle infusions were a thing and that…

Flavors of the forest, adventures, and #18summers

Flavors of the forest, adventures, and #18summers

This post was last updated on July 11th, 2014 at 12:50 pm And so it has begun. We get 18 summers with our children and quite a few of those summers are usually behind us before we realize it. With our two boys, we have seven summers left with one and thirteen with the other…