What can cure the blues better than nature?
I asked myself this question over the last few weeks. I couldn’t come up with anything else other than a trip to Italy, and that wasn’t going to happen last week! So instead we headed into the North Maine Woods for some wilderness camping. Deep into the woods we traveled to the edge of the river. You see, when we camp we go for not only the experience, but the art of dutch-oven cooking….yes dutch-oven! Just like the chuck-wagon cooking out West. The only thing we lack is the “chuck-wagon”.
The first night we enjoyed sitting by the campfirewith friends Cathy and Kevin, or lovingly know as “Mr & Mrs H”. We have known these folks for many years, and we enjoy our yearly camping experience with them. Our first nights dinner included grilled pork, fire-roasted veggies from their garden and homemade apple pie cooked in the dutch-oven with coals.
Dinner was great, and so were the black flies that night, because it rained on us. But rain never disrupts seasoned campers. hehehe! So after playing dice into the wee hours of the morning we retired to our tents for some sleep. Only to be visited by a friendly chipmunk and a overly-friendly deer-mouse. Sleep came quickly and when we woke the sun was shining on our magical place in the woods on the river.
That day we decided to stay low and rest. We sat by the fire all day and watched the river run by, wondering were it was going. Numerous local whitewater rafting companies also shared the river with us that day. We waved as the floated by and wondered what they thought of the tent/tarp city they had seen sitting by the river. What a sight, I’m sure.
After more dice games and reading we decided it was time to start planning dinner, for we had guests coming to visit us on the river. There was work to be done, dutch-oven baking to be completed and more wine to be consumed! We had decided on grilled rib-eye steaks, garden veggie stir-fry, homemade biscuits, mac & cheese, and tollhouse pie (cooked in the dutch-oven). After all, no one besides us would be so stupid but to drag a dutch oven into the wilderness, but US!