To some, my passion for camping seemed sudden; as if I was going through a mid-life crisis or attempting to find some inner peace. Truth is I have always loved camping, but for years I could not find the time. Once my National Guard career ended I finally started to find the time I needed to camp. This last year has been incredible and I intend to keep it going next.
In October I went to a secluded spot to camp. During the trip, I kayaked and cooked. I try two new freeze-dried meals and cooked fish in a cast iron skillet.
My dad has been telling me for years how great a cast iron skillet is. My friend Warren brought one when we camped on the I&M Canal near McKinley Woods. My dad was absolutely right, everything tasted better on cast iron. I talked about it so much that my mother-in-law couldn't resist buying me one from a market.
I picked up the Garlic rub (pictured top left) from Renaissance Fair. It has worked really well on seafood for me. The tropical fruit I used in the skillet was not as good as the pineapple I used at McKinley Woods. My wife bought me the Founders Porter as an anniversary gift. It is a great beer and definitely makes my top 10 list. Both of the freeze dried meals tasted good; I can always count on Mountain House. Backpacker's Pantry was new for me, I plan on sampling more next year. The brats I cooked up for a midnight snack came from Indianna; the mushroom and swiss mixed in them gave them an unique taste.
My inflatable kayak has surpassed all my expectations. It has opened up new experiences for me while camping. I was able to get some great scenic shots on lake (above) as well as some wildlife pictures (below).
everyone who has supported my crazy idea of solo camping.