Ohio spring campout (John Bryan)

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  1. jswi2374

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    Bring some food and beverage to share and come on down!
     
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    Awesome, will do, requests?

    I've for sure got dessert covered. What do you boys want to drink? Need any appetizers before stew?
     
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    This is a bit silly but with two extra people... I could use a few more potatoes.
     
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    Want me to being fixings for baked potatoes and wrap them up? I can still bring some for the stew as well. And what do you boys want to drink?
     
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    More the merrier.
     
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    What does the hanging situation look like?
     
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    It depends on the camp site we pick, but in general the options are limited.
     
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    Is it 2 vehicles per site? How much is the site? Should we get a second?
     
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    2 per site. Extra parking is nearby—walking distance. I’ll pay for a site. I’m truck camping so I’ll need to park at a site.
     
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    Looks like were going to the Old Town Trade Fair first, then heading to camp when were done there. Likely to hit camp mid afternoon.
     
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    It was great hanging out with you guys.

    John Bryan State Park is a nice place, but park officials should put up signs warning people about the masked donut bandits.
     
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    Didn't get many pics. Too busy fending off the doughnut bandits.

    Gallery of all the pics if anyone wants to view them. https://jlhodge.smugmug.com/Other/2019-BCUSA-Ohio-Spring-Outing-Mar-2-3/n-Fd9V4B

    Pronghorn stew and bread cooking. Thanks for cooking the stew, @jswi2374 . Bread was great, @hlydon .
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    Dessert provided by @Red Wing and @BreakTime . Cinnamon rolls wrapped around a stick and cooked over the fire. Hit the spot.
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    Big thanks to @BreakTime for introducing us to Even William's Honey. :4:


    Edit to add - Did leave out one small detail. Used a hollow handle knife to baton several pieces of firewood into kindling. Not talking small branches or such. But, that split wood, fireplace size stuff in the back of the one picture. It was a knife I'd been given a while back to put through its paces and come back with a write up of the adventures. It took quite a beating, the edge was still good afterwords and the joint between blade and handle was still solid. Was actually kinda surprised.
     
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    Damn doughnut bandits. Gotta give it to them with there persistence :18:

    Was a great time. Nice meeting you guys!
     
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    I had a great time: bought and tried out some new gear, practiced some skills, enjoyed some food drink and fellowship.
    I even made it to church on time Sunday morning!
     
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    So, what did we all learn?

    After every campout, I like to think back on what worked, what didn't, and what to do different next time. It's even better learning from others in group camps.
    I saw how to make fresh baked bread. That French bread cooked in loaf pans was amazing and looked pretty easy.
    We all learned the importance of keeping a clean camp... though the little masked donut bandits were fun to watch.
    Anyone else want to share what they learned or noticed?
    (@hlydon : I'm curious how you set up your truck bed for sleeping and how it worked out...)
     
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    For my truck camper bed, I made a crude raised platform out of some scrap lumber. It was about as wide as a bed roll. I put a moving blanket on top of the platform to give a barrier from any splinters. Then, I put an inflatable pad down with my two-bag military sleep system on top. I used a pillow which I don't normally do when camping. I was extremely comfortable. The temperature dipped to about 28, but I was plenty warm and sheltered from the wind. It was a great set up. Oh yeh, I also had a bucket for obvious reasons. LOL.

    I learned that the trick to baking bread over a campfire is to enclose the dough in metal e.g. the foil pans we used. But, you have to make sure hot air can circulate around the dough, so you need a raised pan of some kind inside the enclosure. I used aluminum foil for the raised pan. The dough would quickly burn if it sat on the metal that was being directly heated by the fire. I plan to try making bread/biscuits in a steel pot next time. I'll use aluminum foil to make a raised pan inside the pot.

    Thanks to @Red Wing for showing us how to bake cinnamon rolls by wrapping them on a stick. I'll be doing that again.

    Thanks to @jswi2374 for the metal straw. It's amazing how a little bit of directed air can get a fire going fast.

    Lastly, I learned that I am not 21 anymore, and bear bags aren't just for bears. Dang adorable doughnut bandits.
     
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    So more water and less booze next time? Didn't we all say that last time?

    "Then, I put an inflatable pad down with my two-bag military sleep system on top."
    I'm going to get an inflatable pad soon. Maybe. What kind of pad do you have? Any thoughts on what I should get?
     
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    Bite your tongue.

     
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    Inflatable pads tend to be a little pricey. You can buy the one I have for about $50 if you catch it on sale. It’s insulated and has worked well on the ground, in my hammock, and in my truck.

    ECOTEK Outdoors Insulated Hybern8 4 Season Ultralight Inflatable Sleeping Pad for ... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GZ599KK/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_i_xvzGCb53Z6N2S
     
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    I brought a gallon of water and didn’t even crack the seal.
     
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    My browse bed needed to be wider and longer. My torso and head were fine but my hips and legs needed more insulating. And I rolled off the lump of leaves in the middle of the night. 4"x 7"x12' minimum
     
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    Same.

    I did feel a lot better this round than the one before, the next morning.
     
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    Still cant believe you really slept in that:18:

    Very impressed. Just to attempt it is impressive in those temps.
     
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    I learned raccoons love donuts and @WY_Not drinks used motor oil

    Also @hlydon special thanks for making me buy a new knife before I even used the one I bought before the campout.
     
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    I learned what pronghorn taste like. Learned raccoons are hilarious. Learned it's a small, weird world. On our bushcraft gathering @BreakTime and I had to run into town and ran into @ScrambledO . What're the odds. Was great meeting you Martin and it was a great outing. Lots of laughing, it was awesome.
     
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    I was tempted to try the motor oil.

    We have an awesome 4/12-4/14 canoe/kayak campout scheduled. Don’t miss it. Don’t worry if you don’t have a kayak or canoe. We will have extras available.
     
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    @BreakTime Don't let the motor oil fool you. It in no way representative of my usual product. ;)
     
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    I'll keep that in mind. I'm going to the smokers that next weekend but I'll try.
     
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    I’m envisioning @LoneWeb’s campsite he set up for our April 12-14 trip to look just like that.
     
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    Guys I improved the cinnamon roll on a stick tonight haha 20190318_212523.jpg
     
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    I've got a acre or two of pine woods if we want to have a go at building a few of these. Just have to clear some brush to create a spot.

     
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    Haha I’m to lazy to build anything more than chairs and tables, but i might lend a hand.
     
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    I made an actual browse bag for the next camp. No more leaves everywhere, I have a mattress now!
     
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