Category Archives: Travel and Camping

Ripe toast

One of my fond memories of living in Reno is a waitress in a hole-in-the-wall cafe who always wrote “ripe toast” on my ticket rather than “rye toast.”  What a sweet lady she was, and how wonderful was that ripe toast!



Crooked tree with canoe tip

I nestled into the canoe seat and the moment my paddle touched the water I felt it: a calmness, a serenity drifting over me, settling over me like a cloak. Despite the raucous calls and splashing from other happy lake-goers, all I heard was the soft plink of droplets falling from the paddle and the nearly inaudible ssshhhhhh of the canoe gliding over the surface of the water. Tranquility.

Camping’s Top Secrets

Camping’s Top Secrets by Cliff Jacobson

Rating:  * * * *

A compilation of useful tips for everything from treating hypothermia and blisters to packing sourdough starter for a trip to sewing cozies for cooking pots.  I have the 2nd edition, copyright 1998, but there is at least one subsequent version.  These are great tips, detailed but not exhaustive.  Other books by Jacobson provide greater detail on almost everything in this book.  I look  through this book about once a year and focus on something I’ve only skimmed before.

Lip Smackin’ Vegetarian Backpackin’

Lip Smackin’ Vegetarian Backpackin’ by Christine & Tim Conners

Rating:  * * * *

The original Lipsmackin’ Backpackin’ is my first and most-used camping cookbook (5 of 5 star rating), but this is a close second. The at-home and at-camp instructions are clear and concise. Recipes range from extremely simple to quite advanced, and also range from no cooking time at all to requiring several hours to prepare. Useful tips and tricks are included.  Serving size and nutritional info are included.

I use these recipes for both canoe camping and car camping, as well as lunches for work.

If you like this book, you might also like A Fork in the Trail by Laurie Ann March.

Mentzer’s Used Cow Lot

Sign on a livestock auction barn in Drummond, MT

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