Hermits in the Mist

Stayed in bed late again this morning because when I first woke up it was cold outside the blankets and the bedroom furnace was working to keep up. So I did the manly thing; rolled over and went back to sleep for two hours.

When the outside gets good and cold overnight, that’s a sign the clouds have gone away. Without a cloud cover the high desert can get very cold indeed overnight. Suspicion was confirmed when the sky lightened enough to see it; the clouds had rolled away and I wouldn’t have to worry about my batteries today.

Then half an hour later…


Low clouds rolled in: Low enough to qualify as fog. And right now it’s thick enough to get you lost, if you weren’t paying attention.


But I think it’s superficial and will burn right off when the sun gets over the local horizon. Should be a sunny, and possibly a busy and unusually social day. I have to make rosemary bread, early enough that I can revert to Plan B if the oven won’t light.

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8 Responses to Hermits in the Mist

  1. Robert says:

    Plan B is…?
    Aside: my cooking Plan B usually involves copious swearing. I hope yours is more civilized.

  2. Mike says:

    I hope that you don’t have to fall back on plan B for the bread, because plan B’s are never as good as a plan A.

    Great photos. If you have ever read For a Foggy Night by Larry Niven, you’ll never look at the fog in the same way again.

  3. Ben says:

    Extra points for today’s title Joel.

  4. Cederq says:

    Wanted to ask Joel, do you use a bread machine and if so, what kind of machine?

  5. Mark Matis says:

    So did the oven light?

  6. Joel says:

    I don’t have a bread machine: Having worn out a couple of thrift store machines I learned to do it the old-fashioned way.

    No, the oven did not light. That means that 3 out of the last four times I baked bread I had to take it over the ridge to Ian’s place. Expect much talk about a new oven, which is in the early stages of happening.

  7. Norman says:

    Coleman, and others, make “camping ovens” to – theoretically – cook “oven-type stuff” on camp stoves and such (the pictures of perfect pies and smiling cooks on the package wouldn’t lie, would they?) If they work on a camp stove, they might work on top of a wood stove. Never owned, or used, one so no idea if they’re any good, and if they did work they’d be useful only during winter, but that’s something. Maybe.

  8. Terrapod says:

    Don’t recall if you posted a photo of your oven/range or not. What brand and what does it look like size wise?

To the stake with the heretic!