Camping Food

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I have to admit that one of the main draws of camping for me is the food. Simple food, cooked over a flame, and eaten outdoors sitting around a campfire.

One of my camp favorites is shish kabobs. I usually cut and marinate the meat at home and then just put it on sticks before cooking at camp. But since we were extended camping and meat from home wouldn't exactly last for long in a cooler, we actually bought these shish kabobs that were already marinated and on sticks in a grocery store deli.

As a side, we stuck some potatoes in the fire. To help them cook faster, I cut them into cubes, added butter, seasoning, wrapped twice in foil, then buried them in the embers of the fire. They came out soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, and so tasty dipped in BBQ sauce.

Okay, now I'm hungry. And want to go camping.

Around Banff — Part II

Monday, October 13, 2014

Almost every day of our trip, we were scrambling to get camp set up and cook dinner before it got dark. And days don't get any longer than in June. There were just too many things to do and see before retiring to camp for the night. Dinner was usually cooking around 9pm, when some of our more elderly camp neighbors were already asleep. After dinner we'd sit around the campfire, wrapped in blankets, reading books with the help of headlamps, and go to bed when our eyes got heavy.

In the words of John Muir, “The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”

- Julia

Around Banff — Part I

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I guess there's a reason I kept hearing about Banff. It's an incredibly scenic place. Jagged peaks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains protect the town from all sides, and there are endless mountain lakes and hikes and wildlife to discover.

Seeing animals in the wild gives me such a thrill. It's nothing like going to a zoo, where you don't have to work for it. Anytime we spotted an animal while driving, one of us would yell and/or slam on the brakes (like true tourists).  I lived 25 years of my life without seeing a single grizzly bear, then saw three grizzly bears in three days. All were spotted from the side of the road so it wasn't scary. If I bumped into a bear on a hiking trail, I imagine I wouldn't be as excited. We also saw many deer, elk, mountain goats, and closer to Waterton National Park, a red fox. Spotting them in nature really made us into kids again.

Every night we camped somewhere new. Since our car was getting worked on in Calgary, we rented a car and camped in a traditional tent for a bit, taking a break from the rooftop tent. It was really nice to have both options.

We're kicking ourselves for not blogging these photos sooner, but have a lot more we want to share and remember from this trip, so be expecting many more posts from Banff, Waterton, and Glacier.

- Julia

Our first grizzly bear. Spotted on the side of the road just outside of the city!

Fire toasted croissants with Nutella or jam... a must when camping.