Winter Leaves

For what ever reason, I often enjoy hiking by myself. Finding trails and areas that are not being highly traveled. This can also be achieved by hiking in extreme weather or early or late in the day. When hiking during the winter extreme low temperatures of around 10 degrees Fahrenheit or less starts to...

My Bird List 2019

This isn’t a complete list but it is definitely a list. I consider this my first real year of birding since my goal was to bird as much as possible and identify at least 50 species. My birding year started out pretty good birding in the Dominican Republic in February. I definitely learned a...

Celebrate Winter

“WINTER IS NOT A SEASON, IT’S A CELEBRATION.” – ANAMIKA MISHRA The start of winter (Astronomical), December 21, 2019. A comfortable day to enjoy a hike on the shortest daylight and longest darkness of the year. There isn’t much color in the winter landscape of Wisconsin apart from some red berries usually associated with...

Sunflowers

Sunflowers seem to have a presence about them, not in an anthropomorphic fashion, but in a grand, exciting way. Maybe it’s the bright color or the numbers of them when they are planted in large groups. Some are very tall reaching heights of over 20 feet but more likely to be about 6-8 feet...

Dutch Oven Temperature Guide

How many briquettes do you use for a dutch oven (DO)? First question is, how large is the DO? There are a few ideas on this and you will find that many people hold very strong beliefs on the correct use and care of DO’s. If I differ from your point of view, please...

Dutch Oven Cooking

What is a Dutch Oven? There are basically two different kinds of Dutch oven’s, there is the Camp Oven which is usually flat across the bottom with three legs and the lid has a very slight crown, and a flange on the outside to hold the charcoal or ash in place on the lid....

Granola Recipe

This is a simple recipe but don’t let simple deceive you. This is a filling and fun food to eat on the trail or at the office. So many options for ingredients and flavors....

Why Food Is Important

When I think back to some of my favorite memories hiking, backpacking, camping, etc, they all involve memories of food and the friends or family I was with. Whether taking a break and having a snack, starting or ending your day with a meal. Food can make or break your trip, especially if you...

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