Saturday, August 25, 2012


There are few things in life sweeter than the taste of victory.  After two national championships and hundreds of competitions, it's easy to say that I thrive on competition.  This week however, the thrill of victory was different.  I was able to take part of something very special while camping with a very good friend of mine and her five year old daughter at Timothy Lake in the Mt. Hood National Forest.  This week, the little one got some of her first victories.  First time camping, first s'more, first campfire, first campfire hotdog, and my favorite...her first fish caught!

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"What took so long mom?"

snack time

"Piggy" was added to my tent as my nightly watch guard

Tough outdoor chicks


Beautiful old growth trees are not uncommon here

The famous "PCT"

First campfire hotdog

Campground buddies


And she says while pulling the earthworm out of the bucket..."This one has it's name on it."

Her first ever fish!

This fish later earned the nickname..."Bait".  She wanted to stay longer and catch the boyfriend..."Slick".

Proud of my little fisher-chick

Mom isn't used to people getting her jokes.

Her first s'more...and of course after tasting it, she wanted s'more.

Cooking "hobo breakfast"

The hobo breakfast goes like this....make sure your campfire is stocked with nice hot coals.  Using two lunch-sized brown paper sacks (one inside the other), layer the bottom of the sack with packaged hash browns, crack an egg or two on top of the hash browns, and throw in some of your favorite chopped breakfast meat (bacon, sausage, etc).  Carefully make a one inch fold at the top of the bag, fold two more times to get a good seal.  Depending on your fire stick, carefully make hole/s in the middle of the folds with scissors, knife, etc. just big enough for your stick to slide through.  Now, while hanging your sack over the hot coals, find the fine line between cooking and setting your breakfast on fire.   After ten minutes or so, steam should start coming out of the holes.  This is a good indication you found the right cooking spot on the coals.  Rotate the bag in different spots of the fire to ensure equal cooking.  Monitor your bag!  If it's turning are too close.  It takes about 25-30 minutes of cook time, but it's worth it.  Peak in the bag around the 20 minute mark to check progress.  It's done when the eggs are cooked.  Tear off the top portion of the bag,  season to taste, add some cheese, and dig in - delicious!

The happy little camper, hiker, fisher girl!

"The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have." - Vince Lombardi

(Please, please, please pick up after yourselves and keep these treasured areas pristine!)

1 comment:

  1. Loved this! The memories you made will last a life time. Best times my boys and I had was not washing dishes, going to Disneyland, or the movies, it was year after year of camping trips. Kids need to get dirty and play in the fire!