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Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, Alamogordo NM

Breakfast at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, Alamogordo, New Mexico, January 29, 2008
Breakfast at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, Alamogordo, New Mexico, January 29, 2008

John's pretty good oatmeal

Ughh!!.... oatmeal!
can I have Cheerios?.

My aversion to oatmeal has stuck to me as tenaciously as mother's oatmeal stuck to my ribs back in the day. I'll bet you remember the stuff - a glutenous glob sitting in a puddle of milk with some brown sugar tossed on it. Ughh!!

It's taken me over 50 years of eating some pretty bad breakfasts to finally get up the gumption to overthrow mothers presence in the kitchen and make oatmeal my way. Oatmeal is a good thing - it deserves a place on the table now and then. Especially so now that I'm back on my healthy eating kick after falling off the wagon for a while.

John's pretty good oatmeal

John's pretty good oatmeal isn't your mother's oatmeal. This is post-mother's oatmeal. Oatmeal for the new millennium. Oatmeal with some kick. A lighter, punched up oatmeal.

Cook together

Put the pot on the stove and bring it to a boil, shut the heat off and cover the pot for a few minutes to let it steep.

Decant the resulting thick oatmeal soup into your favorite cereal bowl.

Top it with

John's pretty good oatmeal

There you have it - John's pretty good oatmeal

I haven't gone very far here today but you get the idea - lighten it up and punch it up. Excuse me, my oatmeal is getting cold.

Night camp

Site 8 - Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, Alamogordo NM

Crayfish Chimney

Late one afternoon I sat upon my camera case beside the path where it wound through the darkest part of the woods, down near the pond, and watched a crayfish building his "chimney," the land entrance to his underwater tunnel. He had just started to work above the ground when I first arrived. He came up through the moist black earth, carrying a ball of it between his two enormous fighting claws. Using the claws as hands, he spread the soil around the hole to form the base of the chimney. He then backed down the hole and after several minutes came up with another armful.