We are currently on another long distance hike, and the third leg of our "triple crown", the Continental Divide Trail (the "CDT"). Come along with us if you can - if not in person then by following our grand adventure via our "posts from the trail".  Check out our Flickr Photos, which we'll update periodically, and see it through our eyes!

Our Credo...

"Success: To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!" ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Edible Plants along the PCT

Taken from ”Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide” by Sterling Publishing. You can click on any of the pictures for a close-up.

-end of roots can be eaten raw
-Sift pollen through fine screen, use as flour

-Boil fresh for 10-20 min. serve with seasoning
-Use fresh young leaves in salad
Red Pigweed

Lambs Quarter:
-Young leaves in salad or boiled 5 min.
Lambs Quarter

Poverty Weed:
-boil leaves
Poverty Weed

Stinging Nettle:
-boil leaves
-wear gloves while picking
Stinging Nettle

-Pick young leaves for salad or
-boil in salt water 5 min.

Cleavers, Goosegrass, Bedstraw:
-Pick young leaves for salad
(the first photo is of Cleavers, the second one is Bedstraw)

Miner’s Lettuce:
-All is edible
-Leaves and blossoms can be eaten raw
Miners Lettuce

-Use young leaves and flower-bud clusters in salad
-Boil small leaves with butter 2-3 min.

-Pick early leaves
-use bleached undergroung portion for salads

Reed Grass:
-Eat early shoots raw
-use roots same as Cattail

-Eat early berries raw

Peppermint and spearmint:
-Eat fresh leaves in salad
-crush in iced tea
(the first picture is peppermint, the second is spearmint)

Mountain Sorrel:
-eat fresh leaves raw
Mountain Sorrel

Purslane, Pursley:
-Use raw shoots in salad
-cook young plants 10 min.

Beaked Hazelnut:
-Pick fruit, remove husk, shell and eat
Beaked Hazelnut






Clicking on any of these photos will take you to that specific photo on our Flickr Stream, where you can view these and many, many more photos from our latest adventure....or use this shortcut to all photos.....we hope you enjoy them!

People Shots

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Scenic Shots

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Flora & Fauna

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