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Monday, August 15, 2005


I totally spaced it, but I was going to put up a post letting my loyal readers know that I was going to be outta town for the weekend. So sorry.

But here's a post on our adventures.

I went on a fishing trip with my nephew and this guy. We had a great time. That is, after we got all of our things dried out from the MAJOR hail and thunderstorms we encountered on the way up. Here's a brief rundown.

On the way up friday morning, we ran into some hail and rain, and pretty much everything in the back of the truck got fairly soaked.
There was a brief lull in the storm so we got the tent set up, which of course told the rain gods that it was ok for them to stop sending rain.
But, they decided what the hell, and sent a lot more our way all afternoon and evening. Lighting a fire or even charcoal was a major accomplishment. So dinner was a little late. But that probably made it taste all that much better. Of course, dutch oven cooking is always good. The lamb stew was delicious.

Anyway, some canopies I had bought at such a deal were shit, so we weren't able to use them. We did manage to rig up a sort of canopy with one of them to shelter the fire pit a little so we could eventually get a fire going.
The tent leaked a bunch during the night, which soaked some things even more than the ride up in the back of the truck.

So saturday morning was spent setting up clothes lines to dry clothes. After drying out the clothes and the tent was taken care of, we got some better canopy covers rigged. The sun was out, it was nice and warm, breakfast was cooked, and it was time to go fishing.
It was gorgeous out saturday, so we got some fishing in. Back for a quick lunch and we were on our way fishing again. All in all, we had pretty decent luck.

Back to camp to make another dutch oven dinner. This time we had pork ribs.
If you've never had dutch oven cooking, you don't know what you're missing. But suffice it to say, we had some full bellies when bedtime rolled around.

A little bit of rain during the night, but not enough to cause grief like it did the night before. We and all of our equipment stayed dry.

So we pack up sunday morning and head home.
It was a good weekend, we all had a good time. The rain was a big pain in the ass, but we survived and enjoyed.


As always... Rachael said...

I'm not sure I know what a dutch oven is... especially one designed for outdoor cooking.

Glad the train didn't soak all the fun out of the weekend. I didn't read anything about beer... what kind of camper are you?? lol

curmudgeon said...

A dutch oven is a very solid cast iron pot with a heavy lid, specifically designed for cooking on an open fire of some sort.
You can put hot coals (wood coals or Kingsfords) under it and also on the lid and it maintains a steady heat. The heavy lid sort of seals and retains moisture that would escape a regular pot.

Beer? Of course.
That's just one of those things that goes without saying!