Happy Birthday, National Park Service!

Thank you for caring for so many beautiful places, and for making them available for us to explore.

Shenandoah Path

These from our trip to Shenandoah National Park last week.

Shenandoah Sunset

A treasure, indeed.

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Haverford Reserve Walking Trails

Huh. I’d scheduled a week’s worth of posts to publish while we were out of town last week, but apparently I did it wrong, because they’re all still sitting in my drafts box. Being in the mountains, I never had a strong enough signal to check. Oh well, I can publish them this week while I edit the Shenandoah pictures down to a (somewhat) reasonable number to share here.

A few weeks ago I made another trip, an escape to Pennsylvania to visit my best friend. It was my birthday, and wanting a low-key celebration this year, a hike with Sarah was just the thing. She took me to Haverford Reserve, which has lovely walking trails.

Path in Woods

Ferns

Path with Ferns and Leaning Tree

Queen Anne's Lace

Rainbow

With Sarah

Thanks for putting up with me lo these many years, Sarah. Here’s to another decade of ridiculous fun.

And when I got home, my family had made me cake! And books!

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Zucchini with Basil and Mint

Zucchini with Mint and Basil

This is a simple summer recipe that takes advantage of the fresh vegetables and herbs available now. Because I am not good at planning meals ahead, we eat this often. If I have zucchini I know I can raid the herbs on the balcony and I’ve got the ingredients. Exact amounts aren’t important.

Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 8-10

4-5 medium-sized zucchini

A handful of mint and basil leaves. It’s okay if you have a little more of one than the other.

1 Tbsp olive oil

¼ tsp salt

Snip or chop the herbs into thin strips.

Slice zucchini into ¼ inch thick circles, discarding ends.

In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add zucchini and sauté approximately 6 minutes, until the edges become bright green.

Add salt and herbs and sauté approximately one minute longer, until herbs become fragrant.

Remove from heat. Garnish, if desired, and serve.

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