Audrey got to visit the horses and the chickens at the barn, there's a baby swallow in the birdhouse, Audrey and I walked to the pebble beach (and she rode on my shoulders all the way back up the hill). We got to meet PNG, the dog, a fantastic little keeshond.
And then last night we took the community's private ferry over to see the amazing fireworks show at Lopez Island. That was the #2 show that I've seen in person (but the #1 show was my senior year of HS, and has a bunch of nostalgia wrapped around it, so judgement there may be clouded). It was a huge display, and well put together. And it just kept going, with a couple of false-climax finales, and a truly tremendous finale. Being on the boat, close enough to feel the launches, was pretty amazing. Alas, the photos I took (many) are all crap. Way too much handshake and movement from the boat. I may post them as abstract curiosities, but they're not good by any stretch.
I took about 350 photos (most were fireworks shots that didn't come out), and cut them down to 50 or so, and then Aleatha cut those down to these (and I added back a few of the less-well-composed ones because I liked them even with their flaws).
This is a small old abandoned house on the outskirts of Arco that we came across.
I'd turned off the middle and rear burners, and set the front on low, with the tray of wood chips directly on the "flavor bars" (metal covers over the burners that provide the radiant heat for cooking, and give a surface for drippings to vaporize off of (to flavor the meat with).
I used a meat probe in a breast of each chicken, and an ambient probe in the middle of the grill.
Interesting, I found that on low, the front burner didn't give even heat left/right. It was hotter on the right (which was the gas inlet side). I confirmed this when I swapped the chickens from side to side and the "hot" one stalled out for a long time, while the cold one continued to cook.
3-4 hours at 225 degrees, with lemon slices under the skin, after a day of sitting with salt, pepper, thyme, and sage under the skin, after having been spatchcocked.
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