This is my second camping trip and we went there in January. Who camps during winter season! Really? Is there any crazy people camping in winter? Is there? Yes they are! and that is Mike my intrepid husband! let me introduce you to Mike’s world: the weekends are almost full of adventurous things instead of relaxing unless I plan them, but if he does, forget about relaxing! In Mike’s world there only exist Camping, hiking, backpacking and beer brewing and some other things if we are lucky maybe watching a movie. So this is Mike:
At the begging of this 2012, Mike announce me: we are going to take vacations which I pictured sandy beach, warm and exotic ocean and drinking margaritas! until he say WE ARE GOING CAMPING! oh those scary words!
So we drove from LA to Montaña De Oro, so far the weather was great, the campsite was OK no flush toilets, but available pit toilets which where decent and no smelly so it wasn’t that bad after all. We got there early morning in a Friday we choose or campsite and set the tent and everything else. That day we just relax and spend the evening drinking wine and reading books.
Saturday morning Mike making coffee and me still sleeping, to early to get up I need my 9 hrs beauty sleep like every princess! I got up and like an inexperience camper not knowing what to cook and what to bring, I brought my makeup! so I did my beauty routine which consisted in washing my face with special facial soap, ointing my face with anti aging lotions and then the makeup after all that routine finally I start cooking breakfast. When Mike realize that I brought Light bagels, Light cream cheese and No sugar added jam. He say: Are you kidding me this is like a 200 calories breakfast! and I say: I know isn’t that great not fattening at all!.
The thing is I didn’t know how much calories you need to go hiking! If I would it know I wouldn’t worry about calories in the first place, so we went hiking after our “light breakfast” and OMG! I was starving when we where hiking! so I learned my first lesson on hiking: Get a good breakfast at least 500 calories for short distances or hikes with small elevations!
The calories burned per hour hiking depends in part of your body weight and if you are carrying a day pack and the weight of the day pack, but in general a 160 lbs person burns between 430 to 440 calories per hour hiking this without carrying a pack. So the more you weight the more amount of calories you will burned.
We took the COON TRAIL for hiking which was great with beautiful landscape and full of little bridges to cross the river, everything was so green and they where yellow mushrooms everywhere I don’t know what kind of mushrooms they where but I wasn’t going to figure out, what if they where hallucinogen mushrooms? mmm… maybe I should it figure it out they will make my camping experience a whole new level.
In the evening we had for dinner a cooking invention, thank God I didn’t bring more LIGHT MEALS, we were starving! so I cook the Pioneer potato feast! which consist in potatoes and kielbasas, you can find it in the recipe section, It was a really good dinner and everything fits in a pot! so we decide that the invention was a keeper and that is how I start my quest for cooking recipes while we are camping, I dedicate myself to try more inventions and let my imagination to fly! and it has work so far the recipes have being good after all so, Let’s the Feast Begin!!!