a walk in the woods

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During a brief summer respite in SW VA, Lowell and I explored Rocky Knob Gorge, an 11 mile hike off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The hike was beautiful, hot, sticky, long, hilly, and lovely.  It was amazing to be in complete wooded isolation for an entire day.    We packed these beet&carrot burgers that were absolutely delicious:

1 shredded carrot, 1 shredded beet, 1 Tbl shredded ginger, 3 crushed garlic cloves, 1 beaten egg, 3/4 c breadcrumbs, 2 tsp coriander, 1 tsp cumin.  Mix everything, form patties, and cook in some oil.

blackberry patch

The unexpected treat was the overwhelming blackberry patch bursting w/ ripe berries atop the final ascent.  We picked until we bled and then came directly home and made cobbler.
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