Monday, September 17, 2018

Meal Prepping, a Life Update, and Rock Island

Greetings and raise a glass of your best Oktoberfest beer to the (almost) start of fall! The trees here in Wisconsin are slowly starting to transform into glowing art pieces of copper, crimson, red, orange and sulfur as the temperatures also begin to plunge ever so slightly. I just returned from a trip out west to Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park, and Buffalo Gap National Grassland which turned out to be the best place I have ever car camped at. More on that to come.

Anyways, next weekend is an exciting one, as I'll be traveling to another Wisconsin state park to write about for my book: Rock Island. Located at the very tippy top of Door County, accessible by two different ferries, is a remote island alone off the northern end of the peninsula past inhabited Washington Island. I've never explored this place and it's been incredibly intriguing due to its anticipated solitude. For three full days and two nights I'll be backpacking and hiking on Rock Island. Since there's little to no services in this primitive state park, the majority of my meals, if not all, will be along the likes of the dehydrated pouches type. I'll fill up a few water bags at the ferry landing, which drops you off along the shore of Rock Island by foot, and hike out to my site on the southeast ridge of the island. I'll use that water and collect water from the lake, filtered, to boil and fill these meal packets full of tasty wonders. I chose several meals from Mountain House, my go-to maker of on-trail delicacies. These will be easy to pack, easy to cook, easy to put away when done. After recently trying out one of their hottest new meal pouches for review on my blog, I did some shopping:

  • Pasta Primavera
  • Chicken Fajita Bowl
  • Chicken and Dumplings
  • Spicy Southwest Breakfast Hash
  • Breakfast Skillet
Those dehydrated pouch above, plus some granola and trail mix, and fresh ground coffee should keep my stomach full and happy during the trip. Needless to say, I'm pretty stoked about cooking up that chicken fajita bowl pouch and watching the sunset across Door County.

In the meantime, I'm hoping to get a few more blog posts up on here before leaving, including a review of this sweet product Yakima mailed me to put on my station wagon's roof rack and a couple trip recaps from Pinnacles National Park in California, way overdue sadly, and a post showing the best campsites at Wildcat Mountain State Park. On the guidebook project front, I'm busily writing away the chapter about Nelson Dewey State Park, a place I sincerely hope you get a chance to explore as well.