The magical word for me when it comes to camping is E-A-S-Y. We eat simple meals with prepared foods we would not usually eat at home, we camp with our car nearby, and we usually choose locations within an hour of home. I'm even using the same meals menu for all our trips lately. We headed home a day early from our latest trip (and skipped our first night on the one before that) because of rain. I used to be more of a purist on these matters ("Only BACKPACKING in which you haul your barebones gear up a mountain side is 'real' camping") but purity, like perfection, is the enemy of progress.
I promised to share my standard supplies list and here it is. I even include the dog poop bags, though I forgot the eating dishes on our last trip so user error is inevitable.
Oh, and also-I interrupt this very serious post to let you in on a truly useful secret: toaster oven s'mores are only about 100% superior to campfire ones and it's all about the melting of the chocolate. I have never enjoyed campfire s'mores b/c the textures felt incompatible: hard chocolate, overly sweet, gooey marshmallow, crisp graham cracker that isn't any good on it's own, even. But, as a consolation prize to the boys for aborting our most recent trip to Kerr Lake after only 1 night, we discovered toaster oven marshmallows. Now THAT'S a dessert I can get behind. Don't tell anybody I told you; I fear fanatics bearing flaming marshmallows on sticks!
|Little Paul Bunyan learning to split wood|
|Kerr Lake from our tent|
|What it's all about: fire and companionship|
|The only way I consume s'mores!|