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#29 – Campfire pouch dinner

So here’s something that’s never happened to me before; we did a list item, but I FORGOT it was on our list and didn’t take any photos.  Oops.

When we were kids, we would go camping for 6 weeks in the summer with a few other families.  Usually, the Dads would come up on Saturday mornings, stay until Sunday night, and then it would be us kids with the Mums for the week.  Usually every weekend we’d have a big delicious camp fire pouch dinner; chicken and veggies and baked potatoes all cooked in foil on the fire.  Which is a fair amount of work to make it turn out right and it always felt like a special night.

So when we were planning our first family camping trip, and my brothers decided to join us for the last couple days, I thought it would be great to do a pouch dinner (I planned it, organized things so we’d have the ingredients, and then forgot we were doing it for the list! Baby brain, guys, it’s the gift that keeps on giving).

Our last day camping it rained all day long, but Will made a roaring fire; Eric, Will and Sam put together super delicious pouches, and cooked them to perfection.

Here is the only photo I have; my brother Eric stoically sitting in the rain to ensure the pouches didn’t burn.  What a champ.

#29---Campfire-dinner

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#69 – Go canoeing

We rented a canoe for the last two days of our camping trip.  Henry seemed to really like the canoe/water, but really fought the life jacket, so we only went out once for a quick paddle.  We would have tried a few more small trips, except the canoe we rented was one of the heaviest monsters in existence, and the 10 minute hike to the water from our site made multiple treks unappealing.  But, still fun!

#69---Canoeing

Details: We rented our canoe from the Killbear Mall General Store.

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#53 – Make pizza over a campfire

As we were fighting with sticky dough last weekend camping, Adam asked how this one made it on the list and I honestly don’t remember whether we saw it somewhere or it was added on a whim.  Either way, it was a near fail and we were sure we were going to go hungry due to A. not really having a plan on how to cook the pizza or B. not thinking to bring a back up meal.

Regardless, this semi-worked and ended up as something mildly edible (throw enough cheese on something and it’s always edible, amirite?)

#53---Pizza-on-campfire
Details: No one should try doing this the way we did it.  It was just lucky we got the dough to cook.  Here are two recipes using raw dough, but using a dutch oven and a campfire calzone type pocket.

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#49 – Camp at Killbear Provincial Park

I swear we are knocking things off our list at a faster rate than I’m posting about them.  This baby is slowing me down more than I expected and there’s not a lot of energy left after a day of work.  BUT!  I am going to try to catch up before the weekend.  Fingers crossed.

Killbear Provincial Park is basically where I grew up; every summer from the time I was a toddler until I was in high school, my family would go camping here for three weeks (and then we’d go to another camp ground for another three weeks).  90% of my childhood memories are here, and it feels like coming home every time.  This is the second time Adam and I have gone together, and it was a little bittersweet; our last camping trip just us.  But we’re so excited to bring our little one here next summer.    We knocked a few more things over our camping weekend, so lots more photos of Killbear to come!

#49---Killbear

 

Details: Killbear Provincial Park is located about 30 minutes outside of Parry Sound.  Information and reservations can be found here.

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#3 – Make Bannock over a camp fire

We used the most basic recipe available (and one that didn’t include lard).  I have no idea if we were successful or not, but the end result was pretty tasty, so I give us a pass.

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Details: The recipe we used can be found here.

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#4 – Go Camping

Adam and I both grew up camping a lot and love to go as much as we can.  We have our favourite camp grounds and had never been to Awenda Provincial Park, which was suggested as part of our road trip itinerary.

Awenda was beautiful, the sites were well spaced out (to the point that we couldn’t even really hear our neighbours) and the beach and glacier lake in the park are lovely.  Our only complaint was that the camp sites are quite a hike from the beach, so you either plan for a long walk (which we were into) or plan to drive over.

We spent the (very chilly) night concocting different S’mores recipes and made fresh baked bannock on the fire for breakfast.
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Details: Park details can be found here.

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#7 – Go on a road trip with a destination

Scenery, heart-to-hearts, nearly missed turns, missed turns, loud ’80s music singalongs.

We found a great weekend road trip itinerary put together by The Grid TO, outlining three two-day adventures out of Toronto; one west, one east, and one north.  We picked the North route, as it was the most budget-friendly and it also included a couple other list items.

We followed the itinerary laid out fairly closely, though we didn’t go to either restaurant suggestion on the Sunday (they weren’t kidding about Wendy’s butter tarts).

We started early on Saturday; our first stop was Rock Gardens Farms for some food for the weekend (and some cuddles with their seriously adorable cat).  Then we were off for Mono Cliffs Provincial Park to hike on the escarpment; stopped by Creemore Brewery to grab some beer for Saturday; flew kites on Balm Beach (recently renamed to Tiny Beach); played arcade games at the 80-year-old Georgian Grill; then on to Awenda Provincial Park for a night of camping (and making s’moreos!).

Sunday morning we baked bannock for breakfast and then explored the camp ground’s glacier lake.  Once back on the road, we stopped for Wendy’s butter tarts; played a little frisbee golf in Penetanguishenewandered around the Roadshow’s 400 Antique Market; and walked through Holland Marsh’s board walks before heading home.

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Details: The Grid Escape Clause itinerary can be found here.  Balm Beach seems to have been renamed, so if you are counting on a GPS, you’ll have trouble finding it.

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