Milder winters are making this mountain wilderness easier to explore and enjoy outdoors. Foraging and hiking and fishing and hunting and camping and cooking outdoors and sometimes even snow. With the summer’s produce all canned, frozen, dried, pickled, fermented or still left in the ground it’s time to rest and sit by the fire. Cooking rich savory soups and stews with the old fashioned slow cooker…a big cast iron dutch oven sitting on the wood burning stove. Or a big pot hanging over the outdoor fire pit. What satisfaction and joy to relax and know the fruits of your labor during the summer will sustain you over the winter. A simple healthy living up here away from the big cities.