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Hiking Hacks: Keeping Warm On The Cheap

I am a frugal person in life. To the point it can be eye rolling. Kirk often has had to tell me that I worth the real thing, and to just spend money on quality. But there are times when my hiking gear hacks work just the same. And I save a lot. And so… Continue reading Hiking Hacks: Keeping Warm On The Cheap

Trail Cooking

Backpacking Recipe: Cheesy Grits and Bacon

Savory comfort food, for the cold mornings or nights? Grits are the creamy and warming bowl of yum for backpacking. I have made a different version of this recipe before, this one is streamlined for easier prep, using powdered cheddar cheese. Cheesy Grits and Bacon 2 packets instant grits In a snack bag (if doing… Continue reading Backpacking Recipe: Cheesy Grits and Bacon

Trail Cooking

Backpacking Recipe: On The Trail Fruit Crisp

This is an open ended backpacking recipe. You can swap it up by adding different fruit and berries, and by switching up the granola. You can even use it for fresh berries, when it is huckleberry season on the trail. And more so, this recipe might be thought of as a dessert, but it works… Continue reading Backpacking Recipe: On The Trail Fruit Crisp

Trail Cooking

Backpacking Recipe: Peas & Pesto Pasta

Backpacking is for me when I can eat carbs, and just simply enjoy them. Pasta dishes to me are comfort food, for dinner after a long hot (or cold) day of hiking. This one pot recipe is quick to make and fills the belly up. The peas add in a punch of protein and fiber.… Continue reading Backpacking Recipe: Peas & Pesto Pasta

Hiking · Trail Cooking

There I was….Trying To Eat The Worst Freeze Dried Meal

The year is 2003. It's summer, in the middle of July. My oldest son had just gotten out of school and graduated kindergarten. The summer was upon us again, and we were on the trail once again multiple times a week. It was his first year backpacking with me (not just doing long dayhikes). He… Continue reading There I was….Trying To Eat The Worst Freeze Dried Meal