The Subway In Color   Leave a comment

One of the most popular backcountry hikes in Zion National Park, The Subway is not to be missed. This unique slot canyon was sculpted by the Left Fork of North Creek, and moving water chisels the rock floor, leaving behind shallow potholes. This amazing photo by Tiffany Nguyen captures the size and scale of The Subway. To explore The Subway, visitors must get permits, and it’s subjected to daily limits. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 7/29/15.

One of the most popular backcountry hikes in Zion National Park, The Subway is not to be missed. This unique slot canyon was sculpted by the Left Fork of North Creek, and moving water chisels the rock floor, leaving behind shallow potholes. This amazing photo by Tiffany Nguyen captures the size and scale of The Subway. To explore The Subway, visitors must get permits, and it’s subjected to daily limits. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 7/29/15.

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Posted August 28, 2015 by henrymowry in National Parks

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My Mother, Who Is Grand   3 comments

Cruzn To The Street FairMy mother was selected to be the 2015 Grand Marshall of our hometown parade at the Graham Street Fair. It seems only fitting, as you will learn, since she helped plan the first Street Fair 64 years ago.

Here is her story, as told by her in the “Cruz’n To The Fair” program book for the 2015 Graham Street Fair:

Letha Maria Mowry, preschool RTLetha (Shull) Mowry was born southeast of Graham on the 2 March 1930 to Lee Edison & Ruth Mary (Decker) Shull. Dad was a renter so we moved from my birthplace to northeast of Graham, then moved west of Maryville and then southwest of Maitland. It was from there I started school, in a rural school at the ripe old age of 5 years.

I later went to Maitland Elementary School for a couple of years, and then moved to the farm the folks bought northwest of Graham. I attended Elkhorn rural school until it closed and we went to Graham for my eighth grade year.

James Woods Decker. Graham High School teacher, principal and Grandfather.

James Woods Decker. Graham High School teacher, principal and Grandfather.

It was quite an experience to have science taught by my Grandpa Decker – and to be scolded by a Senior girl for not paying respect to Mr. Decker! He then announced in each class that I was his granddaughter and could call him Grandpa!

The Pipeline Booster Station was being built near our house northwest of Graham, and a better road was needed. In the fall of 1943, the hedge on either side of the road was bulldozed out into the road in preparation … October came and it rained and rained and rained. No school bus could go up that road, and we were 3.5 miles from the blacktop. My third grade little sister, Mary Nelle and I couldn’t make that walk twice a day, so it was determined Mom, Mary Nelle, James Leroy and I would go to Maryville to live with Grandma (Cora Baugher) Shull. I enrolled in Horace Mann High School, and Leroy was enrolled in Kindergarten there. Mary Nelle couldn’t go there (they had limited enrollment and the third grade was full), so she had to go to Eugene Field Elementary School.

The Shull Kids, 1940

The Shull Kids, 1940

Mom and the kids went home for the summer, but I had to work, so I stayed on with Grandma. I baby-sat and cleaned houses for the hefty sum of a quarter an hour! I chose to stay on to graduate from HMHS as there was work available – and I though the opportunity for college was here, too.

Letha Shull, Senior Picture, 1947 Horace Mann High School, Maryville, MO

Letha Shull, Senior Picture, 1947 Horace Mann High School, Maryville, MO

My senior year in High School I went to college in the morning and high school in the afternoon. I went to college that summer and ended with 29.5 college credits. That fall (1947), I taught at Lincoln rural school north of Oregon, MO.

I was offered a contract for the next year, but declined as Bob Mowry and I were married 16 June 1948 in the Methodist parsonage at Maitland, MO and I became a farm wife.

I was active in the Good Luck Club and joined Decker Rebekah Lodge # 843 in 1952.

In 1951, when the Graham Street Fair was started, I helped with that also. I was the Good Luck Club representative. The Lyle Club was responsible for the planning. We met at Cora Lyle’s home to begin the planning for that first fair.

Robert & Letha Mowry, 1948

Robert & Letha Mowry, 1948

Bob and I remained living southeast of Graham where our children Mary Elizabeth (16 Oct 1951) and Henry Lee (15 July 1956) were born and grew up. Both are graduates of Nodaway Holt R-VII. In 1971, Bob and I bought a home in Graham and lived there until Bob’s death 28 Oct 1985. By then, both kids were gone from home and married.

While living in Graham, I became active in the Graham Historical Society. In fact, when the first history On The Banks Of The Elkhorn was put together, it was assembled around our dining room table by Earnest & Ardith Kneale and Bob and I. It was about that time that both Earnest and Bob threatened us with divorce if we did another book.

The next volume came out a year later but no divorces – nor was it assembled around a dining room table.

After Bob’s death, I needed to go to work so I was determined that I needed more education. I enrolled in the NWMO Technical School in Maryville, MO under the Displaced Housewives program. I was enrolled in the secretarial education class to learn computers. My education cycle had come full circle – my teacher was Elizabeth! I DID earn my grades!

1 Jan 1987 I began work as Deputy Recorder of Deeds working under Donna Carmichael, Recorder. Commuting from Graham to Maryville each day was not easy for a widow woman, so in the spring I purchased a home in Maryville and moved there in April.

Graham is still “down home” in my heart and will remain so!

Letha, with Henry & Elizabeth. 2006.

Letha, with Henry & Elizabeth. 2006. This is the photo that will forever be known as Mom’s attitude photo! It was Sis’ fault, honest.

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Vista   Leave a comment

America’s Best Idea   Leave a comment

Happy 99th birthday to National Park Service – America’s best idea! On this day in 1916, the National Park Service was created to care for the country’s special places. Pictured here is Lower Falls at Yellowstone National Park, our first national park. Photo by Kallem Phillips. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 8/25/15.

Happy 99th birthday to National Park Service – America’s best idea! On this day in 1916, the National Park Service was created to care for the country’s special places. Pictured here is Lower Falls at Yellowstone National Park, our first national park. Photo by Kallem Phillips. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 8/25/15.

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Yellowstone National Park

How Wolves Change Rivers

North Twin Lake

Old Faithful

Steamy

The Animals Of Yellowstone

Traffic Jam

Twin Lakes

Uncle Tom’s Trail

Feathers   Leave a comment

Posted August 24, 2015 by henrymowry in Photography

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Oh, Those Stars   2 comments

Slinkard National Wilderness Area   Leave a comment

Slinkard Wilderness Study Area in California – taken by BLMer Bob Wick on July 20, 2015. The view – from a 9,000 foot peak just south of Monitor Pass – looks towards Topaz Lake, Nevada.

Although the winter had record low precipitation levels in the Sierra, moisture in late spring and summer has resulted in a good wildflower bloom. A note from Bob: I did not adjust the color saturation on this; it was just one of those “saturated” mornings!

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TGIF   Leave a comment

Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 8/20/15.

Things Were Different Then   Leave a comment

Many Yosemite National Park visitors have heard of (as well as witnessed) the famous Firefall, a cherished tradition in which a bonfire was pushed over the edge of Glacier Point, creating a fiery spectacle. But did you know there was another Firefall? In the 1920s, there were a few evenings when the Firefall was relocated to a different Yosemite landmark: Half Dome. Using pack mules, Curry Co. staff would haul gallons of used motor oil up to the summit, ignite the face of Half Dome, and “Let the fire fall!” Photo courtesy of the Yosemite Research Library. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 8/13/15.

Many Yosemite National Park visitors have heard of (as well as witnessed) the famous Firefall, a cherished tradition in which a bonfire was pushed over the edge of Glacier Point, creating a fiery spectacle. But did you know there was another Firefall?
In the 1920s, there were a few evenings when the Firefall was relocated to a different Yosemite landmark: Half Dome. Using pack mules, Curry Co. staff would haul gallons of used motor oil up to the summit, ignite the face of Half Dome, and “Let the fire fall!”
Photo courtesy of the Yosemite Research Library. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 8/13/15.

Velda’s Spent Grain Burger Buns   1 comment

These buns made – my words – the perfect sandwich. I don’t use those words lightly in Velda’s kitchen, so, please, enjoy these buns!

Ingredients

  •  1 cup water, lukewarm
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp shortening
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp molasses or honey
  • 1 cup spent grain
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp vital wheat gluten
  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 large egg yolk, beaten

Directions

  1. Combine melted shortening, butter, water, molasses and egg in a mixer bowl. Beat together, then add spent grain, white flour, vital wheat gluten, yeast and 1 cup of whole wheat flour. Mix.
  2. Add salt. Switch to dough hook, and add remaining whole wheat flour to form soft ball and knead for 10 minutes.
  3. Form into ball and let rise til double 75 to 90 minutes.
  4. Punch down and let rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Cut into 8 pieces. Roll each into smooth ball, then flatten to 3-4″ circle (should be about 1/2″ thick).
  6. Prepare baking sheet with non-stick spray and semolina. Place buns on baking sheet to rise til slightly puffy, about 15-20 minutes.
  7. Prepare oven to 375*. Brush tops with beaten egg yolk and sprinkle sesame seeds (or, King Arthur Flour Harvest Grains Blend makes a perfect topping!) on top.
  8. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until golden brown and internal temperature is 198-200 degrees.

Posted August 19, 2015 by henrymowry in Recipes

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