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October 2, 2013

A feast to pack and take on fall hike

September and October are two beautiful months for camping and hiking, and there are plenty of areas locally to do just that.

My son Mark found the joy of hiking years ago. Besides hiking in many areas of New Hampshire, he has hiked in Hawaii, Alaska, and the Northwest. Now living in the “Four Corners” of Colorado, he enjoys weekends of great hiking in the San Miguel Mountains.

Serious hiking demands frequent snacking. Just a handful of trail mix when you stop for a rest keeps your energy high. You want a mix with a base of low-fat, low-sugar granola, and items such as pitted dates, dried apples, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and dried apricots. (Bring enough to share and you will be popular.) Avid hikers have learned not to be tempted with high-fat, high-sugar foods, which can give you a sluggish feeling.

Another tip I can pass on is that if you only pack Pop-Tarts or granola bars, you will be sorry for sure. You want good and wholesome food to look forward to after a strenuous day of hiking. Eating a good meal around the campfire weaves people together and makes it a warm experience that is a huge part of hiking and camping. That’s where I come in! With a little planning ahead it’s quite easy to prepare a satisfying meal fit for a king.

Make sure you share these recipes with any hikers, campers, and Boy or Girl Scouts in your family. It’s a complete out-of-doors-meal that can be prepared ahead at home, kept cold in the refrigerator or cooler, and then thrown on the grill or campfire for 20 minutes.

Camper’s Foil Dinner

Makes 2 dinners

2 potatoes, peeled and sliced thin

3 carrots, peeled and sliced thin

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