Quarterly Update - 2019 Q2

Hope you are doing well.  Q2 was fantastic and the recent warm weather has me feeling good!

As I mentioned on social media and via postcard, this email is my attempt at:
  • Better communication
  • Building a community
  • 360° Self
P.S. If you didn't get a postcard, send me a note back with your address.

The start of spring for me is defined by turkey season and steelhead running in the rivers.  I cannot believe how incredible the steelhead fishing is in NE Ohio.  We have blue ribbon trout streams running across the entire NE corridor of the state.  It is rightfully deemed Steelhead Alley.  Unfortunately, we didn't bag any turkeys this spring but we picked up a lot of mushrooms, may apples, and leeks.  Here are a few photos with light commentary from the past quarter:

Early morning turkey hunting.

Morel and Pheasant Back (Dryad's Saddle) mushrooms.

Map of Steelhead Alley

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Dad picked up a hog

in the same hole
behind the same rock
that I had just fished 30 seconds earlier.
And that's life.

Picked up a couple blue gill out of Hinckley Lake.

Celebration dinner at BRIM Brewery with Melissa, Michael, and Jen after passing my Series 24 (allowing me to supervise and manage branch activities at a broker-dealer).

Forest's bachelor trip weekend in Ohiopyle was awesome.  We spent a long weekend white water rafting, rock climbing, rappelling, and fishing.

We ate well and drank better.  Casualties of the trip include: my knife and flask to the river, 15 lbs of crawfish (pictured below), a few Japan wagyu steaks, Larceny bourbon, and a 6 pack of Smirnoff Ice--sorry, Nate.

I'll leave out the details of Dad hanging from a 50ft cliff for 3 hours (read: 20 minutes) because his prusik knot cinched down on him and our novice climbing skills left him stranded...

In June, Melissa and I took a vacation to Arizona and spent time floating the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.  We backhauled 15 miles from Lee's Ferry to the Glen Canyon dam and spent two days fishing in a tandem kayak.

Melissa caught her first fish.  Not many people can say their first fish was a rainbow trout in the middle of Horseshoe Bend.

We camped out in the canyon with at least one desert kangaroo rat and a frog visiting our campsite.  In the morning, I woke up before Melissa and thought I would get a line wet.  The first cast brought in this slot rainbow trout which we cooked for breakfast over an open flame and washed it down with some bourbon.  If only every morning started out that way.

On June 22nd, Forest Galloway married Kate Sabin at the Arcade in Cleveland--a spectacular wedding.  This is my sister on the right, not Kate, which may be confusing to non family members given the family of towheads.

All of our family was in town and it was a blessing to be surrounded by our loved ones as we celebrated (the new) Mr. and Mrs. Galloway.

You guys are awesome.

A note from Trevor Clatterbuck at Fresh Fork Market, a local farm buying club, on our Spring weather (June 11th):

The Bad Side of the Wet Spring
The very wet spring has created many challenges for farmers. Currently, nationwide only 67% of the corn crop is planted. Last year at this time it was 96%. It doesn't take an economist to predict the future there - supply will be short, making prices high, driving up the price of meat, dairy, and eggs this fall. 

For our specialty crop (produce and fruit) farmers, it has created challenges getting produce in the field. Even for items that are in the fields, such as strawberries planted last year (for this spring's harvest), the wet conditions have brought on issues with a variety of molds and fungi ranging from blight to leaf spot and fruit rot. For organic farmers this spring, most were caught off guard and lost a big portion of their crop. I was just reading a trade publication that showed the success of treating these conditions with steam - but that requires a costly investment in equipment to create and deliver steam in the field!

The Good Side of the Wet Spring

On the flip side, the spring rains are filling irrigation ponds and the water table, and most importantly to me as a grass based farmer grazing beef and poultry, it helps the pastures grow back quickly. Our beef are eating well right now and I'm actually struggling to get them to eat everything fast enough! By August, I will likely be doing a rain dance!

Upcoming Travel & Events
  • July 27th - Copley Men's Soccer Alumni Game
  • August 12th - Summer Bash + 5k + PorchRokr
    • Summertime and the living's easy. It's Forest, Dad, and Grandpa Taylor's birthday month, it's the end of Melissa's sabbatical, and it's PorchRokr! So we are having a party...
    • We are running the PorchRockr 5k in the morning, doing free yoga in highland square, and then coming to my place down the street to grill out and have some libations before heading to PorchRokr for the shows.
    • Feel free to invite others.
    • BYOB + Side Dish
    • 5k Registration ($25):
  • September 20th -  Week long grouse hunt in Wyoming with Dad

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