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Month: July 2016

Passing of Chimney Rock National Monument

Chimmey Rock Natinal Momument


The thick hard sandstone of Chimney Rock is what is left after the ice age ended and the Piedra River no longer carved out the sea-floor mud. We did not have time to stop and discover the Stone Circle site carved into the Sandstone cliffs the place offers a view of the Great Kiva. It will be a place of interest to spend at least a few hours next time I drive through. 

Durango , Silverton and the Narrow Gage Train Railway

This weekend we made a trip to Colorado to go on the Durango to Silverton on the Narrow Gage Train.  We stayed at a very historic hotel called the Strater Hotel. Built in 1887 the hotel is decorated with beautiful handcrafted woodwork, period wallpaper, and the largest collection of American Victorian walnut antiques which are used to decorate the hotel and guestrooms. It is a beautiful hotel and a wonderful place to stay.  The hotel also has two places to eat that are very popular. 

The Diamond Belle Saloon is a ragtime bar during the evening that is so full you need to get there very early to get a seat. The also serve a late breakfast and lunch. I had a very good broccoli cheddar soup there for lunch.

We had dinner at the Mahogany Grille.  It offers fine dining restaurant decorated with elegant Victorian style. 

Later that evening we walked around Durango.  This city was never a mining town. The new town was founded by the D&RG in 1880. It was a area where miners could go to get supplies and for the railroad meet. Now Dorango is a very busy place with a lot of traffic during the summer and winter with tourists.  Most of the stores are for the tourist trade, dinning and music.  They have a number of realtors. The area is expensive or even Sotheby’s International Realty has an office here.

In the morning after breakfast we told a walk to the sprawling river walk along the Animas River that is very popular with locals, Wilkerson, bikers and joggers. As we walked we watched the white water rafters.

The river is popular among angular fishing for rainbow, brown, Colorado River cutthroat and brook trout. Next time I visit I will need to remember to bring a pole or even better have the time to raft down the river.


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Parking is very limited. We had a parking spot from the hotel. Most other parking is by meter. They even had a parking ticket drop box although I never saw a meter police.


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I really liked the area and want to go back soon.

The Hoen in the Kitchen & Auto-immune Protocol Breakfast Patties

I have had an autoimmune issue that has really show itself in the last couple of years. I had cut back on wheat for a while now but the last couple of weeks I have had some really bad health issues. The Lichen planus has really taken a turn for the worse along with major digestive problems and generally feeling very funky. I decided to start following the Autoimmune Protocol. This is really a life changing way of eating for me. I will not only give up eating nightshade vegetables such as the tomato but also stop eating potatoes and all grains and pseudo-grains. This morning I had homemade pork sausage and a vegetable fruit drink.

Although I have not yet fully started eating this way I am already starting to feel better. The Lichen planus is starting to go away and the itching is not as horrible.

My plan is to begin adding recipes on my blog as I discover new recipes. In the future. I will add more recipes with other ingredients as I am able to tolerate eating more foods.


The pork sausage was very simple. I cooked up a pound and saved the rest for other breakfasts. You do not need to add the turmeric since it does not add any flavor. I use it because it is a great anti-inflammatory.

Breakfast Patties

Ground pork or beef

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

coconut oil


Mix together the meat and spices. Form into 4 patties or 8 small ones. Put the oil in a medium high pan. Add the patties and cook for 7 minutes and turn. Cook for another 7 minutes or until fully cooked.





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