Happenings and A Feast Remembered

Last Friday we met the health inspector to approve our site for a septic system. He said our test hole was good and now we need to do the percolation test to see how quickly the soil will absorb water. Then, our next step is to apply for a physical address! He gave us some information and suggested we stake out

where everything will go.


 We are not putting in a septic system system right now, so we talked about other alternatives. A neighbor was nice to stop by and give us some information about a couple who have an off grid cabin on the property across the road from us, so we are excited to connect with them and learn how to do this project cheap. He also shared that he was approved for a grey water tank in the subdivision and uses the grey water to water the trees, so I am hoping this is an option.

Then we took Earl to the RV park to dump. Luke has a hard time getting Earl to start and as soon as Jordan tries, it roars to life. I feel bad for Luke because he tries so hard! But, I get tired of waiting and ask him to let Jordan try. Luke is a good sport, he said he warmed it up for him. :-)

We stayed the night, but I missed waking up to the birds. Speaking of which, we had a bird build a nest in our awning. I'm sure it missed its home while we were gone, but happily went about adding the twigs that fell out during travel.


He flew away every time I got close enough for a picture.

We enjoyed our Sabbath day exploring the fishing points and creeks in our area.


 We got our feet wet, but were not too adventurous to explore because we saw a rattlesnake.
We also drove to Cooney Dam to see the lake.


And we went for a hike in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, also known as Woodbine Canyon. It was so pretty!

The rapids were close to the trail and loud so it scared one of my sons. He never wants to go back! However, we want to go back and hike the trail up to the waterfall next time we go!

On Sunday, we had another Sabbath day, and rested for the Feast of Weeks, also known as Pentecost! We had a picnic of BBQ chicken, potato salad and Kettle Chips.


Then we read the Bible together. We read the verses pertaining to the Feast, and Leviticus 23:22
‘When you reap the harvest of your land, moreover, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field nor gather the gleaning of your harvest; you are to leave them for the needy and the alien. I am the LORD your God.’
led us to reading the book of Ruth. Then we read Acts chapters 1 and 2 and the giving of the Holy Spirit. We talked about the fruit of the Spirit and how we are to walk in the Spirit. It was a blessed time of reading and discussing.

We also went on a hike, and were blessed to find what we named "Green Valley." It is a portion of our land that was not affected by the Tussock Moth infestation that killed some of the trees.


And I found another flower - an orange one. :-) I really need to dig out my field guide!

And I discovered what the plant on the left is.

It is a wild rose! Which means rose hips which are a good source of vitamin c!

I also found this plant:


It looks and feels like wild lettuce! Does anyone know for sure? I am so getting a book that has been on my list for too long. It is called Edible Plants in Wild and Not So Wild Places. I am excited to find out what natural edibles we have and will have to incorporate this into our preparedness curriculum, Prepare and Pray.


  1. Sounds like a great weekend! :)

  2. You guys live near some breathtaking landscapes! So nice to see such beautiful pictures from the other side of the country:-). I lived in the West for a while about 12 years ago, beautiful! Your family had a great weekend!!