We recently enjoyed some time in the mountains. It was wonderful to enjoy the fresh air, hike and during the week send the boys to art camp in the afternoon. Coming home to a heat wave of 100+ degrees was not so pleasant!
While we up in the mountains we enjoyed (well mostly enjoyed) a camping trip. This was a first for the boys and me. Sure, I went to Girl Scout camp when I was younger, but we slept in tents and had bathrooms.
This time we are talking about hiking a mountain, carrying EVERYTHING, pitching a tent and sleeping in it. That brings me to the topic of this post. Do you know what it takes to feed my three sons on a hike/camping trip??!
Like I said before, the biggest challenge is that we had to carry everything. Remember, the boys are only 7, 6 and 4 years old. They didn’t carry too much! Sean lasted less than five minutes with his backpack!
This excursion required three bottles of water per person, so 15 total. Water is heavy! Don’t forget snacks, that would be trail mix, beef jerky and lots of power bars. Dinner too, beans loaded with ground beef. And for a special treat popcorn and brownies.
In addition to the food we had wipes and sanitizer for cleaning up, camp dishes and pots, flash lights, fire starters, a phone (for pictures, no reception up there!), a tent, long sleeve shirts as it would cold at night, salt and oil for the popcorn, the tent, two mats for Josh and me to sleep on, a duvet cover, three sleeping bags and of course toilet paper! More I’m sure but it is all a blur now!
Oh right, how could I forget a way to warm up the food? Josh borrowed some neat aluminum can stoves from somebody at work. All we needed to add was alcohol for the fire. It was tempting to have a sip at the end of the night, but frankly Everclear wasn’t what I wanted.
I’ll skip straight to dinner, who really wants to read about the hiking, kids whining, hot sun….. We pitched the tent and it was time to start the fire. By fire I mean the little stoves, no actual camp fires allowed here.
It took a couple times with the starter and sparks ignited the alcohol. The stove was pretty neat, we will make some of them I’m sure. Well, Josh will make some! The beans heated up well and the boys chowed down.
Once the sun started going down it was time for a popcorn snack. The first batch burned a bit. The alcohol stove gets very hot very fast! Batch number two turned out better.
If the boys want to eat or drink more they will need to start carrying more though! Growing appetites are going to require some carrying strength! Have you ever gone camping with kids, how did you feed them? Josh wanted to take the freeze dried meals or dehydrated meals but I refused. Next time I will have to come up with something else. It isn’t easy though, it must be packable and heat up well in small batches. Plus finished, any leftovers must go in the bear safe (don’t want the bears getting you and your food in the middle of the night)!