We discovered some new camping food favorites on our recent camping trip.
Firstly, Teddy is our resident fire man… he is in charge of gathering the supplies we need to start the fire. He sets the fire expertly with crumpled up newspaper on the bottom, twigs and kindling arranged like a teepee over the paper and then thin logs on top of the kindling. He lights the paper with a match and stands back to watch his creation burst into life. I can see by the look on his face that he feels immensely competent when he sees his fire grow. He watches it and judges when to put the next logs on. Wheeler Gorge (where we camped) is in the throes of a desperate drought and we were asked to keep the fire very small. I was so proud of Teddy for his restraint in keeping his fire small. For sure, 7-year-olds CAN be trusted.
The kids LOVED cooking these ‘Little Smokies’ on sticks over coals. They cooked them until they were roasted brown and plump and the dripping fat sizzled on the fire. Kids sure do love to cook their own food!
We mad the most delicious steak sandwiches. BBQed steak cut into thin slices, roasted asparagus and fresh heirloom tomatoes… a sprinkling of salt and, gosh, they were good!
Kitty discovered a new way to roast marshmallows. She stuck a piece of chocolate on the stick with her marshmallow and carefully roasted it over the warm coals. She was very careful (after a few mishaps when her chocolate dripped off) to turn her roasting stick constantly to allow the chocolate to melt down onto the marshmallow. Imagine how yummy they were… just like roasted marshmallows dipped in melted chocolate.
We were bothered a little by yellow jackets on the first night but, luckily, the campsite was full of white sage which is a natural bug deterrent. We made bundles wrapped tightly in grass and set them on a stick over the fire. We placed a small burning ember in the center of a sage bundle and watched it smoke its wonderfully fragrant, bug-repelling, smoke. Soon, our campsite was a sweet-smelling haven, free from yellow jackets.
Try this next time you are bothered by them.
My Good Man needed to get a little work done and we loved his new ‘office’. He said he’d never been more productive in his whole life.
While at the river, Teddy had a happening of great proportions… a beautiful blue dragonfly alighted on his finger and stayed for a full few minuted.
And here are some more pictures of us enjoying the gorgeous wilderness.
As Teddy, and Elizabeth Gilbert, can attest, moss and lichen is exquisite.
Blessings and magic,