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Internet Kitchen: Backpacking!

by Nick

Betsy and I have been pretty good about tackling Colorado life, but one thing that we haven’t been doing is taking many backpacking trips.

I used to be pretty into backpacking. In fact, I spent a summer in college with a good friend backpacking around the Wyoming wilderness.

There’s really nothing like hiking into a remote place and setting up a camp site and spending a few nights away from all of the hustle and bustle of life.

It has been hard for us to find time to do it this year (especially with my knee surgery), but this weekend we are making it happen. We are doing a short trip to the Gunnison national forest to hike into a remote lake called Henry Lake that sits a little under 12,000 feet. We are going to have to go slow due to my knee, but I think we should be able to make it.

And we are obviously bringing Porter so I think he will have a blast.

I’m taking my camera so I’m hoping to get some cool nature shots. I even bought a new polarized lens filter! If I get some good ones I’ll post them sometime next week maybe!

If there’s not a new Macheesmo post on Tuesday… send out the rescue squad!

The Poll

The Links

Why Big Food Wants You to be Fit – A really good editorial that digs into why all of the food companies shilling sugary and fattening foods have advertising campaigns that encourage an active lifestyle. Good read. (@ PLOS Blogs)

Wild Rice Salad – I really love wild rice in place of standard rice. It has such a great flavor and texture that you can almost make a meal out of it. I would make this salad for weekday lunches! (@ The Purple Foodie)

Taiwanese Grilled Corn – When it comes to grilling corn, I’m pretty boring. Throw it on with some salt and pepper and butter and call it good. This just changed the game for me though. Definitely trying it soon. (@ Tiny Urban Kitchen)

Chorizo Grit Tart – Some kind of a amazing smash up of flavors and textures. I kind of want to serve this for brunch with poached eggs on top… (@ The Food in my Beard)

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Have a great weekend everybody!

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9 comments on “Internet Kitchen: Backpacking!

  1. Have you been to Black Canyon of the Gunnison? My husband and I camped at the bottom. It isn’t a large camp area. This area is amazing.

    The first night we were there my husband and I were sitting next to the fire quietly listening to Native American music. like from R. Carlos Naki from one of the other campers. The whole camp area was really quiet except for this music. Then my husband and I looked up and a Doe was looking at us from about 4 feet away. There was a stream behind our tent and she came from that area. She looked at us for a few moments and turned and walked away. I tell you what it was one of the most magical moments of my life.

    Of course there was the time we were camping outside Rocky Mountain National Park and a bear ran past our tent. LOL Um, that was an interesting camping weekend. LOL

    Another area you and Betsy might like is Baby Doe Campground. We camped right on the lake.

    http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Baby_Doe/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70233

    1. That’s awesome Anne! We aren’t going to the black canyon exactly, but very close to it. Technically we will be in the same national forest but the black canyon is a very specific area.

  2. hi Nick,

    Since you’re taking Porter, you might enjoy a little book called “Following Atticus” (as in Finch) about a guy who climbs all of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot peaks in winter with his miniature schnauzer, Atticus. Fun read. Granted, the Whites are far short of what you’ll be climbing, but winter climbs even here are a challenge — and imagine a little dog doing them!

    Have fun.
    Jean

  3. Thanks for the link to the PLoS blog article, Nick. I am very interested in the connection between our western diet and western health problems and am always interested in more details about the science behind it all (although the article was more about business and politics, the science is critical). As a scientist, my work generally leans more toward developing novel therapeutic compounds to treat illness, but it seems that in the case of many of the “lifestyle” diseases, a proper diet is really the best medicine!

  4. I 2 would like to hear what you will be eating on your trip, not knowing what to cook has always made me concerned about going backpacking. I’m a wuss, but hope to have a few trips into the Sierra this summer.

  5. I am way behind in my feed reading but I guess this will help for your next backpacking trip: Packit Gourmet, all the way, man. It is hands-down the best camping food I have ever hand, particularly the Austintacious Tortilla Soup (my fave) and the Bangers n Mash or Cottage Pie (the husband loves both, hooray for pub food in the backcountry). Even the just-add-water lunches (chicken salad and cheese spread) are great.
    They also have a “general grocery” so you can collect up ingredients to build your own backpacking meals without having to buy a dehydrator. I have a couple camping recipes like that I have been meaning to blog this summer but work + trying to buy a house have created a camping vacuum and stolen a lot of blog time :( so I have to live vicariously through you….
    (I don’t work for them or get free stuff from them, just an outdoorsy foodie who sings Packit’s praises whenever I can. Plus I honestly think you’d like their food.)

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