I played hooky from work today so I could enjoy my birthday Last year I had to work because we had a training day on the 8th So I packed up some stuff in my new Danish military pack (I blame you all for my new obsession with backpacks! especially military packs!) and headed to my waterfall camp. I took my new leather bag that @Kacie and @Morning Crow sent me as well First things first - I headed down the bank to get my waterfall picture. It's actually running again! Those 2 days of rain have really helped here! We need much more, but that was a welcome relief. I brought along some cooking gear this time. I've been looking forward to some outdoor cooking, and I was excited that it was finally wet enough! I have my Firebox Nano and my little Esbit alcohol stove, which I used together for the first time today. I really like that setup! I had to put up a wind block. You can kind of see my odds-and-ends tin, which is Swiss surplus. It's a work in progress, but it was kind of inspired by some videos I've seen of folks carrying bedrolls (historical reenactment, kind of) with their other gear inside, and only having a few things outside of their sleeping gear. I like a bunch of separate kits as much as anybody, but I like the idea of having a very small box of things. If that makes any sense. I'm overstuffed on birthday food, and I'm rambling Here's what's in the tin: I've discovered that turning one leg of the Firebox Nano out (my pot is too small to turn them all out) allows me to stick the lid in to put the fire out. It just took me a few minutes to boil up some water for oatmeal, and then I had my first meal in my super-duper-awesome woods bowl from @T. Pollock With my bowl in my lap, I sat and read awhile. I'm finishing Wind in the Willows. After I ate I tramped around a little with just my leather bag and a knife (and my stick) but didn't get any pictures. I just enjoyed the sunshine and breeze, and wound through the woods until I didn't know which field I was heading out into It's wonderful having a farm I don't know well yet I ended up heading home to paddle around the lake for awhile, which was fun except for trying to write in my notebook when the wind was blowing me all over the place It was a fun birthday! I'm glad I decided to take the day off I might get spoiled though - now I want to go to my camp again tomorrow! And the next day! For supper we made homemade ice cream Peach ice cream I ended up turning the tub inside the ice with a ratchet because the little plastic gear that joins the bucket to the motor was stripped out... Luckily my aunt had an ice cream freezer and we could finish it in there. Here - I'll make y'all jealous Thanks for joining me!