An Overview of Homestead Crater, by Alma Tuck

Homestead Crater

Fed by the Midway Hotsprings, Homestead Crater in Utah is a truly striking structure. The 55-foot-tall limestone rock is shaped like a giant beehive, and it hides a lovely geothermal spring whose water maintains a year-round temperature of 90 to 96 degrees Fahrenheit.

A tunnel through the rock allows ground-level access to the crater. Decks let visitors enjoy the crystal-clear springs in a variety of ways, including swimming, snorkeling, or simply taking a guided tour of the natural wonder. Adventurous guests can try a unique paddleboard yoga class or experience the thrill of scuba diving in the only warm-water diving destination in the continental US. The calm water and comfortable temperatures make Homestead Crater the ideal location for a diving certification course.

About the Author: Alma Tuck is a Utah-based software and Internet developer. Educated at Utah Valley State College, he counts diving Homestead Crater as one of his most memorable experiences.

From the Desk of Alma Tuck: Braising Meat in a Dutch Oven

posted at article.wn.com Public Domain How to Cook With a Dutch Oven : How to Bake Dutch Oven Cinnamon Pecan Rolls Braising is a great way to turn an inexpensive, tough cut of meat into a delicious feast, and the technique is perfectly suited to Dutch oven cooking.

Season the meat with salt and pepper. Cover the bottom of the Dutch oven with oil, and heat the oil until it’s almost smoking. Cook the meat quickly, turning it often, until it’s brown on all sides.

Pour in liquid to reach the halfway point of the meat. For example, if you’re cooking a roast with a thickness of 3 inches, add about 1½ inches of liquid.

Nearly any liquid works fine, including water or canned broth. However, this is a chance to be creative. Braise the meat in apple cider or tomato juice, or a combination of liquids. Add a splash of beer, wine, whiskey, ketchup, or Worcestershire sauce. If you have vegetables such as potatoes or chunks of carrots or turnips, throw those in as well.

Cover the Dutch oven and put it over low heat so the liquid simmers gently. Check the meat occasionally and add liquid to replace any that evaporates. Cooking time varies depending on the level of heat and the thickness of the meat, and a large roast may take as long as five or six hours. When the meat is so tender it falls apart when you poke it with a fork, it’s ready to eat.

A busy businessman, entrepreneur, and volunteer, Alma Tuck enjoys a number of activities in his free time, including aviation, ham radio, and music. Weekends often find him outdoors, where he likes hiking and snowmobiling.

An Overview of the Homestead Caldera By Alma Tuck

As an experienced scuba diver, I recommend Homestead Caldera in Midway, Utah, to all divers looking to explore an exciting new location. A dome spanning 55 feet, the Crater, as it is known, consists of a natural hot spring within the confines of the dome. Upon immersing yourself in the Crater’s warm waters, you will not spot any aquatic life, as the warm temperatures do not accommodate it. Instead, concentrate on the hourglass-shaped walls made by mineral deposits accumulated over thousands of years. Underwater lights cast eerie glows about the cavern, making for an atmospheric and warm scuba trip. Even so, pack a dive light, as the cave’s natural darkness remains quite thick.

About the Author: Knowledgeable in marketing, information technology, and business, Alma Tuck most recently served as the founder and co-owner of City Site Builders, a Salt Lake City-based marketing company created to acquire medium and high-end websites. In his free time, Alma Tuck enjoys scuba diving, aviation, and various outdoor pursuits.

Alma Tuck Discusses Snowmobiling Yellowstone National Park

Primarily located in Wyoming but branching into Montana and Idaho, the 2-million-plus-acre Yellowstone National Park is part of the National Park Service. Although the organization officially started in 1916, Yellowstone National Park holds recognition as the country’s first National Park having received this designation from then-President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872.

While people can witness Yellowstone National Park’s flora and fauna all around the year, they can also go on one-way or roundtrip snowmobile tours during the winter. From the middle of December until the middle of March, the park keeps certain roads opened and plowed for individuals who want to experience the area and see the snow-covered landscapes while riding a snowmobile. Visitors who participate in this activity must travel on a commercial snowmobile or accompany a professional guide because the park does not permit private or unguided vehicles. The five most popular snowmobile tours bring ticket holders to the natural wonders, such as Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Visitors can also travel “Specialty Treks,” such as the Firehole River Tour and the Winter Wildlife Tour.

About Alma Tuck:

An avid outdoorsman, Alma Tuck has traveled to Washington, Alaska, and Sydney, Australia, among other places. One of his favorite activities involves snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park.