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In Case of Fire... 
Aug. 16, 2011 5:58 pm 
Updated: Aug. 17, 2011 1:52 am
I will bring the marshmallows and graham crackers, if you get the Hershey's.

I was just thinking about camping. My entire childhood revolved around Summer Vacation. As soon as school let out my parents would pack up our little travel trailer, 3 wild-eyed girls, 2 dogs, and whichever wild animals I had fostered for the year (a raccoon, a robin, wild rabbit-they do NOT travel well-) and head for the forests and campgrounds of Wisconsin.

It was all about the fishing, swimming, cooking, horseback-riding, and new friends.  Dad played the banjo and sang.  He knew a lot of songs, and wherever we camped, other campers would show up to share our fire.

For Dad, it was a working vacation, as he covered a territory which he visited daily, dressed in a suit and tie.  After work, he was back, launching the boat and wagering who would catch the most fish.  Looking back, I cannot imagine how my parents handled all of this! 

It was the BEST way to grow up!  The trailer was quite small, barely fitting all of us inside, so rainy days were quite cramped, unless there was a tarp outside.  Preferably with a fire going at one end. And covering the picnic table, of course...  Then there was reading, card playing, singing, "Rain, rain go away." 

And when it finally did, there was SO much to do:  Explore the trails, finding out that bees which nest in the ground really DO like it if you take honey to them, but get indignant (and sting)  when you become bored and remove it...using flattened-out cardboard boxes to slide down a hill... looking for tadpoles (pollywogs, as we used to call them) because you know your parents will let you keep them until they grow up into frogs... fishing, always... go to the lodge, if there is one, play the jukebox and DANCE... beg the parents to take you to the nearest 'dude ranch' so you could go horseback riding... swim until your lips turned blue... beg the parents for money to buy 'All Day' suckers and/or a root beer Popsicle.  And always, ALWAYS, wait for Daddy to come home! 

Then it was time to cook!  All the wonderful food!  Mostly grilled.  Steak and corn on the cob with baked potatoes.  Fish, if luck was with us (looking back, I wonder how many tiny bluegills I caught and scaled to present as "dinner").

Aug. 16, 2011 6:51 pm
Thank you for sharing the memories...sounds enchanting.
Aug. 17, 2011 1:52 am
My family never went camping when I was growing up, girl scout camp was the only camping experience I ever had. However, I married an outdoor man who introduced me to the joys of living in a tent for long weekends. We raised our three boys from tents to camper camping, along with some great cherished memories. Just recently my eldest son, who is now married and has a son of his own, told me how much he treasures those memories of our camping vacations. So thanks for sharing the memories of family camping outings.
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Born in Goldendale, Washington, I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and went to high school in Wheaton, where I attended school with John Belushi, and his future wife, Judy Jacklin. Now I live on the Columbia River in Oregon (the windiest river in the world, I'm told). My son is retired from the army, and daughter is working in Ca. after graduating from Harvard Law. I am a retired R.N. and married. Love my absent-minded husband, who has quit the kitchen altogether since we got together. He always thanks me for making dinner, even if it is a grilled cheese sandwich. He is a total computer geek and we sit side-by-side at computers most of the time when home. We are kept company by our 3 dogs, who we love for their goofy behavior.
My favorite things to cook
Love chicken, and think I could eat it just about every day. Anything with cheese appeals to me, and I've recently been hooked on Gorgonzola. Just love it. DH knows that I have to have my cheese fix daily, and is (pretend) upset that I taught him to like good -as opposed to cheap- cheese. I cannot live without my own cheese ball and/or cheese potato soup which MUST be in the fridge or I freak out.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Favorite family traditions of course mean the holidays. But in my family, it also means firing up the grill. Everyone kind of congregates around the food prep area, taking tastes of whatever is handy, joking, getting in each others' way. I love my family. And cooking together just gives us more opportunity to hang out together.
My cooking triumphs
The family has an annual picnic outing where we all meet at our ancestors' cemetery. (Sounds weird, I know, but it is so beautiful there. WAY out of the way on top of a hill, and nobody else is there.) We bring a grill and all kinds of food for after we tidy up the graves. One year I brought a special recipe I seldom make, Rainbow cake. It was just beautiful and the relatives really didn't believe that I had made it, until Mom stood up for me. Another triumph was the first year I had Thanksgiving at my house and roasted a 43 pound (grew it myself!) turkey. Everything came out perfectly and on time, for a change!
My cooking tragedies
Thankfully, few! Although I give up on souffles! There was one bread recipe I COULD NOT get to rise and bake properly. Tried over and over. I swear I must have cried at some point, I was so frustrated! Eventually I switched something and it came out just beautiful! I even took a picture. Another tragedy was when I was in High School and tried to make chicken and dumplings. Dad always made them perfect, but was out of town. I looked up a recipe and followed that... They were horrible little lumps of dough. My sisters sure had a laugh and still throw it in my face from time to time.
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