Diana Coogle http://ijpr.org en Stepping Through Time: Hiking In The Applegate http://ijpr.org/post/stepping-through-time-hiking-applegate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The hiking season is here!</span></p><p>I guess any season is hiking season in the Applegate area of Southern Oregon, but when the snow melts on the higher elevation trails and you can put on your hiking boots and take off for the mountains, excitement rises.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 22:18:27 +0000 Diana Coogle 13268 at http://ijpr.org Stepping Through Time: Hiking In The Applegate Cheeses, Chocolates, And Wildflowers http://ijpr.org/post/cheeses-chocolates-and-wildflowers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Like the Syrah grape leaves that wrap a wheel of Rogue River Blue cheese, our taste buds, leaf-shaped on the tongue, wrap around the cheese as we put it in our mouths. Then, like the judges at the 2012 World Cheese Awards, who rated Rogue River Blue one of the sixteen best cheeses in the world, we might say we could “sense the cows and the grass in the cheese.” One of the best tastes my tongue ever wrapped around was fresh goat’s milk in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, where I met a young couple backpacking with their herd of goats. I emptied my water bottle so they could fill it with milk, the freshest, most delicious milk I have ever tasted. I could sense in it the wildflowers and shrubs of the Trinities.</span></p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 17:25:06 +0000 Diana Coogle 311 at http://ijpr.org Cheeses, Chocolates, And Wildflowers Taking The Frenzy Out Of Christmas http://ijpr.org/post/taking-frenzy-out-christmas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are those who love Christmas. I am one of them. I love the Christmas tree with its special ornaments, the evergreen-scented wreaths, the bells, the carols, the lights. I love making pies and cookies, making presents, wrapping presents, and giving (and, yes, receiving) presents. It is all so much fun.</span></p> Sat, 01 Dec 2012 21:18:53 +0000 Diana Coogle 344 at http://ijpr.org Taking The Frenzy Out Of Christmas Wilderness Godmother http://ijpr.org/post/wilderness-godmother <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While backpacking in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, my hiking partner and I came to a broad river crossing with thigh-deep water. With hardly a second thought, always confident in water, I took off my boots, </span>resecured<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the belt of my pack, and started across.</span></p> Tue, 01 May 2012 17:23:11 +0000 Diana Coogle 310 at http://ijpr.org Meeting Scrooge http://ijpr.org/post/meeting-scrooge <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I was walking through town the other day, humming the tune from the Little Drummer Boy and ticking off in my head the exciting list of things I had to do for Christmas, when I ran into Tom, Dick, and Mary Scrooge. “This could be a sour note in a merry day,” I thought, but stopped to say hello anyway because, after all, it is Christmas.</span></p><p>“Hello,” I said, “and merry Christmas!”</p><p>“I hate Christmas,” they said, as I had expected.</p><p>“How too bad,” I sympathized. “I love Christmas.”</p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 21:17:12 +0000 Diana Coogle 343 at http://ijpr.org Birds In The Cherry Tree http://ijpr.org/post/birds-cherry-tree <p>On one solitary, late-spring walk through a village in the south of France in 1964, I came upon a tall yellow brick wall around some private estate. Over the wall drooped the graceful arms of a cherry tree, well studded with doublets of dark red cherries dangling over my head like the original fruit of sin. I didn’t need a serpent to suggest I take eat. In a wink I had snatched a double handful out of the leafy green and azure sky and was walking again, popping forbidden fruit into my mouth. The cherries were darkly sweet, as rich as pudding, bursting with juice. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 17:30:09 +0000 Diana Coogle 313 at http://ijpr.org Moving Day http://ijpr.org/post/moving-day <p>I know that some people move every few years, but I don’t know how they do it. How do they face that disruption of an old life, that chaos between living here and living there, again and again? It’s driving me batty.</p> Tue, 01 Jun 2010 17:28:22 +0000 Diana Coogle 312 at http://ijpr.org Page Turning http://ijpr.org/post/page-turning <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Computers are useful for keeping track of schedules, but I like beautiful, nature-photograph desk calendars. Last year’s was by </span>Ansel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Adams. Week after week I turned the page to another black and white photographic marvel — the grand foamy cloud of spray from Yosemite Falls, snow hummocks looking like powdered biscuits on a platter, the long curve of very white ice on a very black lake. Every turn of the page was a new delight.</span></p> Fri, 01 Jan 2010 22:20:29 +0000 Diana Coogle 285 at http://ijpr.org