The Rogue River is noticeably lower than it was when these pictures were taken about 7:00 this morning.
As I was weeding inside the hoops on the tomatoes today, I noticed that a lot of the plants have tomatoes that are about the size of golf balls. People often ask what we do with the tomatoes. Many – most, actually – will be served to guests of Illahe Lodge.
At lunch and dinner, we slice the tomatoes and put them on big platters. Many of the tomatoes that aren’t sliced will end up being turned into juice that our guests enjoy at breakfast. We’ll also dehydrate quite a few tomatoes and turn some tomatoes into soup or sauce. No matter how we serve it, it sure is hard to beat a vine ripened tomato!! If we have extra tomatoes after using all of these options, we sell tomatoes to members of the public.
I finished weeding inside the tomato hoops and each tomato now has weed fabric or newspaper with manure. The corn is growing and will be in the tassel soon.
A group of 11 guests stayed with us night before last as part of their hike down the Rogue River Trail. They enjoyed sitting on our front porch, visiting, catching up on reading, sharing stories, and going for short walks (to the Rogue River and to Foster Bar).
Two groups of the guests decided that they wanted to get out on the water for a boat ride and story telling session with Ernie Rutledge. Ernie runs a “Rogue River Long Boat” that he designed and built. This design was created just for its use on the Rogue. Ernie is the only person who still runs that style of boat.
We are providing meals and guest rooms to several groups who are floating the Rogue River, hiking the Rogue River Trail, and running the trail in the spring and summer.
When we don’t have guests staying with us overnight, my father and I often work in the garden or on projects around Illahe Lodge.
Yesterday afternoon, skies were mostly clear. Towards evening, the thunderheads started building. When I went down to the garden to turn off the sprinkler, it was raining and there was a double rainbow.
The rain has continued and it has been foggy today.