I had recently watched a great video about the Pacific Crest Trail. As It Happens: Pacific Crest Trail was filmed during a 2500 mile thru-hike from Mexico to Canada in 2011. The film is beautifully done and well worth a watch. I could not think of a better post to bring in the new year.
Here is a new page with instructions on how to make your sleeping bag warmer with a simple modification. Click here!
Completed bag.The stitch lines are marked in yellow.
Here is one of my favorite trail recipes (especially for pizza lovers). It is easy and fast with no cooking required, perfect for those days when arriving at camp late and the last thing you want to do is fumble around with a stove and complicated dinner preparation.
Pizza sauce (Contadina pizza squeeze works well)
Individually wrapped mozzarella sticks
Contadina Pizza Sauce, Mozzarella Sticks and a Bagel.
You can repackage the pizza sauce in a smaller container or double ziplock the required amount. It should stay good on the trail for at least a couple days even in warmer weather.
I have had good luck with mozzarella sticks in hot and humid weather, they should stay good for a couple days out of the fridge. They do tend to sweat a bit in hot weather, just drain the liquid off when opening.
Spread the equivalent of one or two tablespoons of pizza sauce on each bagel halve. Dice or peel one mozzarella stick per bagel halve and ad to top.
If you would like to get creative try adding different toppings such as pepperoni, dried pineapple, sun dried tomatoes or Jack Link’s Flamin’ Buffalo Style Chicken Nuggets. You can also try different varieties of bagels to mix things up.
Brilliant colored leaves in Tobyhanna State Park.
I had the opportunity to spend last Saturday helping with a clean up in Gouldsboro and Tobyhanna State Parks for National Public Lands Day. The weather was perfect and the foliage was incredible! I can’t believe how ahead of schedule the leaves are turning this year, about two weeks early.
If anyone is interested in volunteering in the future to help Pennsylvania state parks and forests you can get more info here: https://www.volunteers.dcnr.state.pa.us/index.aspx
More info on my experience with this well designed Ray Jardine ultralight backpack:
Ray Way Backpack page
The Ray Way Backpack hauling out a load of heavy trash during one of my seasons as an Appalachian Trail ridge runner.
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