I spent all day in Pocatello for work yesterday. The most interesting part was Buddy’s Italian Restaurant because they have this Italian salad where they have this thick, rich, seasony dressing and they marinate it in the iceberg lettuce overnight so it is absolutely overladen with dressing. It was better than I thought it would be, when Mari was telling us about it I imagined this wilty, sloppy lettuce. So I am attempting to reproduce it today, it is marinating in the fridge as we speak. I’ll let you know how that goes. I had totally forgotten how pretty the drive is on I-15 between Malad and Pocatello. There is such interesting rock types and everything was very green and New-Zealandy looking in the fingering hills and misty clouds. It rained the whole time we travelled and the whole time we were there. We certainly are getting lots of good precipitation lately! Amy, Alicia and I went to attend a workshop. It was very entertaining and enjoyable.
And since I am on food, I have been craving pasta salad all summer, so I finally broke down and made some this morning as well. I LOVE this simple recipe that can be thrown together very quickly.
On to the hike. It was cold, and it drizzled rain the entire way up and back. But the wet spring has brought the most lush green colors as you can see from the pictures. And I sure wish I could bottle the smell of wet pine and dirt and the sound of spring running water. We stopped when we first hit snow right at the first set of switchbacks (about a mile up) because our trail was soggy and the rain did not appear as if it wanted to let up at all. I got cold from the wind that picked up, and I never get cold! The bonus in hiking in this weather is that there is virtually no other human around. That is how I like my nature served up………without humans (except for Jeff, and he doesn’t really count). ;P
Here are a few pics from the hike: