Tuesday, May 27, 2008

10 Years of Grease and Grit

Sara, Mac and I spent a recent afternoon going through all of our field cooking gear. We knew that some things were in pretty bad shape, so that's why we brought it all back to Cincinnati with us this off-season for a good cleaning. WOW! We never expected to find the grit and grease that had created a shellac-like coating on EVERYTHING.

After a bottle of dish soap, scrubbing pads and a lot of elbow grease, Sara ended up pulling out a chisel and rock hammer...and we still couldn't get everything clean. So, we have some more steel wool pads and some more "intense" cleaners in hopes of getting it all clean.

On a more positive note, we will be having a special guest at camp for the first two full weeks...a professional camp cook! Not that we can't fend for ourselves (Sara has learned how to cook chicken parmigiana), but having some well-cooked meals will be a nice step up for those of us on site. For the "Field School" participants coming in from around the country (and Europe), you will also get to join us one night for a field-cooked meal...although it probably still won't compare to the wonderful meals that you will be enjoying at the YBRA camp, lovingly prepared by Jeanette...the camp "mom" who cooks for more than 100 people during peak weeks.

Just 4-1/2 weeks until departure...

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