Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Alpine Wilderness

You may have heard the saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” So in the hopes of avoiding this dull state, we boys at Bradrick Family Farms joined five other friends last weekend and headed up into the Alpine Wilderness. The objective…summit Mt. Daniel. A combination of complications held us back from starting on the trail until 9:00 pm. Thursday, July 27. With night falling on us, we donned our packs and started hiking. Over the next two hours and two thousand foot climb we steadily wove our way up the mountain path guided only by the light of our head lamps. When we reached an adequate camping spot we were thankful to rest our heads before another long day of hiking.

The sun playfully broke in through the tent screen with no consideration for our tiredness, and he seemed to laugh thinking how he would beat down on us all day long.

We ate a hasty breakfast, packed up, and hit the trail. On one side of us we could look up and see Cathedral Rock jutting fifteen hundred feet above us and on the other Deep Lake shimmering two thousands feet below us.

Before lunch we reached our final camp site and set up camp beside the ice cold waters of Peggy’s Pond.

As the sun reached the apex of its climb, we set our eyes on the apex of ours and again began hiking. Following a gushing mountain stream we moved towards a steep ridge on the South face of the mountain. Our eyes smarted as the sun glinted off a vast snow field. The steeper the ridge became the slower we had to pick our way across the rocks and snow.

After a very steep scramble up the icy snow pack we made the final assent to the ridge.

From here the view was breath-taking…

But there was still over a mile of knife-back shale ridge to navigate before the summit.

One step at a time, we pressed on.

One step at a time, the peak of Mt. Daniel loomed closer. Soon it was only a half mile, then a quarter, then only a few hundred yards. Loose rocks shifted beneath our feet as we made the final assent. Then that glorious rush swept over us as we placed our feet on the 8000 ft. peak of Mt. Daniel and took in the 360 degree view of craggy rocks, glittering glaciers, sparkling lakes, and rugged trees as far as the eye could see.

And far, far below us we could make out our little camp site— the place where dinner and a night’s rest awaited us.

But with the aid of gravity we made the descent much faster

There is nothing quite like flying at top speed down the snow-covered shoulder of a mountain. And that is exactly what we did.

Although a bit cold, we reached the camp in good time and feasted on a meal of hot spaghetti fixed by none other than my newly acquired brother-in-law, Tim Craig.

The last two days of our trip were spent water skiing, swimming, and relaxing on the shores of Lake Cle Elem.

The whole trip was a refreshing break from the daily rigors of life and a great time to spend with dear friends. And we are quite sure now there is not a dull boy among our lot.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The Back-Yard Grill

Have you pulled out your grill this season and grilled up some Bradrick Family Farms’ beef or lamb? Well, we sure have. Just the other day I stood over our grill in a cloud of smoke, carefully watching a line of steaks as they cooked. At just the right moment, they came off the grill and onto our plates for dinner.

For the next few minutes there was a hushed silence as we each enjoyed our steak. There are few things as delicious as a tender, grass-fed piece of meat sizzling hot off the grill.

If you have not ordered this season and are interested in purchasing grass-fed meat, feel free to contact us or go to our website and download your order form online.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Summer's Bounty

At our house, we men put the “meat” on the table, but it is the ladies who make sure that our diet is enriched with plenty of greens and fruit. As a result of their diligent efforts planting, weeding, water, weeding, fertilizing, weeding, thinning, and weeding some more, our gardens are bursting with bounty and beauty. So, if you have a minute, let me take you on a quick tour…