Possible meetup this weekend in Taos

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  1. NM_Coyote

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    Anyone here going to the Southern Rockies Bioregional Wild Food and Medicinal Gathering in Arroyo Seco (near Taos) this weekend?

    If so maybe we could meet up in person. Unfortunately it sold out shortly after I bought tickets so I can't invite. But I'm always looking to meet other bushcrafters in the area. I think it must be a fairly small event. But is apparently done every year.

    In any case I will post about my impressions so maybe next year.

    Coyote Ron
     
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    won't be there, but if you overnight at one of the campgrounds along the Hondo, perhaps you can report your experience? :)
     
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    My daughter and I are going and will be camping 2 nights. I plan to try the Rio Hondo first but camping there is somewhat limited. If too crowded will move over to the Rio Fernando de Taos canyon. I will post a detailed trip report with pictures and impressions of both the camping and the event.

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    here's to hoping the Hondo Canyon accommodations are to your liking, but ya do what ya gotta do

    that's a pretty lil stream!
     
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    I hope so too. I've never actually seen the stream though I've been in the canyon many times. Spent my teenage years in Moreno valley. A bunch of us would pile into an old junker (with bald tires) to slither up to the Taos Ski area on a regular basis. The stream was always under several feet of snow. Looking forward to seeing it in the Summer.

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    ahhh...the Moreno valley

    now that's some nice country!
     
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    Yeah! It really is where I fell in love with what we now call bushcrafting. But as Louis L'Amour said "It's @#$% on women and horses."

    Coyote Ron
     
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    being camped up there just inside the edge of the treeline (where the rangeland and trees meet, halfway up the mountains) has always appealed to me :dblthumb:

    the entire valley is right smack dab in the middle of paradise!

    so much to see, so little time!
     
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    [watching this space]
     
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    I promised a review of the event with pictures. The first day I focused on listening and taking pictures of plants identified and didn't think of taking photos of people or scenery until second day. I forgot to turn off my phone so the second day my phone was dead. So the photos will be limited, but here goes.

    First, the camping. We ended up staying in a campground on Rio Fernando. My daughter needed to attend a very early class on Monday morning so we needed a campground with a shower. The Sierra Village (was a KOA when I was a kid) was quiet and clean with an adequate bathhouse. No fires allowed :(. But we didn't have much time in camp anyway.

    Second, The event. This was incredible! The event was sponsered by Oso Negro Wildcrafting school and Taos Herb Co. I easily doubled my knowledge of wild edibles and medicines. The speakers included University Professors (ethnobotany), professional survival instructors, professional herbalists, and a traditional Curandismo (native healer or shamen).
    There was a total of around five hours of plant walks. The walks took place in Arroyo Seco, Taos Ski Basin, and Bull-of-the-Woods trail.

    The topics covered were:
    Phytotherapy/Medical Herbalism theory
    Identification and collection of specific plants
    Hands-on workshops for compounding of infusions, salves, and tinctures
    Food preservation by fermentation
    Native practices for gathering/using plants
    Ethical harvesting and conservation

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    Plant walk and lecture in Arroyo Seco.

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    Wild Chicory.

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    Second most poisonous plant on the planet (Poison Hemlock).

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    thanks for the account, Ron

    hate that y'all had to drive so far to find lodging, but at least you were outside

    sounds like a useful event that I would like to attend in the future

    lots of attendees?
     
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    There were 18 of us. The drive wasn't too bad. Especially since one of the days we wanted to stop in Taos for dinner at a favorite restaurant. (Did that on the way back to camp.)

    Coyote Ron
     
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    Bella's is our favorite after-wilderness food in Taos! Love their chile rellenos! And their watermelon agua fresca!
     
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    It looks like you guys had fun and informative... I AM JEALOUS!!
     
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    I'll tell ya @redneckron , I'm feelin mighty forlorn because I had 3 trips planned to NM this summer and they were all ambushed by circumstances.

    Though I already have a group trip planned over here the weekend of 9/30, a rendezvous with you folks in the Jemez woulda been nice

    Maybe next year!
     
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    I confess that I am hooked.

    I hope to learn enough to be competent to lead plant walks to help others learn. Maybe that is a realistic goal for next year.

    Right now there are a few things that I would feel comfortable showing others but others need more experience with an experienced guide.
    It is critical with any of these plants to make a positive and accurate identification. As someone pointed out, with plants like hemlock you don't get a second chance to be wrong.

    Coyote Ron
     
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    We had some schedule movement at work and still managed to get he Sept Rendezvous dates off. I have been high jacked to attend training in OK city in December for a week of training. So, I am heading your direction Baylis!!
     
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