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Discussion in 'Hunting' started by ohihunter2014, May 13, 2019.

  1. Laphroaig

    Laphroaig Member

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    Wow, I didn't think that you'd go that far. You can cook some great meals in a dutch oven. Its definitely the best way to cook over an open fire. Stew, pot roast, lasagna. Then clean it out and make some cobbler for desert later on.
     
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  2. rdnktrkr

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    My wife and I have done a few camping trips on a motorcycle with a small trailer, I like having an easy up to cover a table to cook and eat under, you can also make something with a rope and tarp using trees, we use the blow up mattress sleeping on top of a sleeping bag to stay warm. I suggest a stainless coffee pot over the aluminium ones. I second the grate over the camp fire coals. You Will need pot holders of some kind
    I freeze blocks of water and use it in a "food" cooler with frozen food and use another cooler for drinks and condiments when we go camping in the truck, ice usually last 5 or 6 days if covered with a reflective cover. Take plenty of drinking water and cleaning water, get a good first aid kit
     
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  3. ohihunter2014

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    That's all her! I don't even know what the heck a Dutch oven was until last night. I told her leave all that and we will figure something out.
     
  4. John Joseph

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    If part of her impetus for camping is cast iron cookery, then by all means go for for it!
    IMHO, money spent on cast iron cookware is never wasted.
    Lodge sells pre seasoned stuff if you don't want to DIY. You can get liners for dutch ovens, which simplify clean up. Hobo packs are even simpler.
    Walmart seems to have the best prices in my 'hood for skillets and frying pans. Sportsman's Warehouse for Dutch Ovens. Check around! Sometimes the local ACE has a sale,
    Kingsford or Royal Oak briquettes may give you better accuracy with hitting desired temperatures. IIRC there are even some cast iron cookbooks that specify how many briquettes above and below the oven for different recipes, but dutch ovens are very forgiving (as long as you don't touch 'em when they're hot:what:)
     
  5. John Joseph

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    FWIW, I think one of the times when my bride looks her most beautiful is when we go camping and she emerges from the tent on a cold mountain morning without her makeup and wraps her hands around a mug of hot coffee.
    She's got the best smile in the whole wide world.
     
  6. ohihunter2014

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    This is funny...

    I come out of the bathroom at Walmart and she is in the camping section trying to shove a 24'' high queen size air mattress under the cart. I said ehem! what are you doing? She jumped and turned around with a giant smile and started laughing! She says I am getting ready for our camping trip! lol. I said I don't know if that giant mattress will fit inside my tent. Oh, well we need to buy a bigger tent then don't we? I told her lets set my tent up, make sure its not crap, get the air bed and see if it fits and if it does we will use what we got. She started grabbing pots and pan sets, lanterns, grill stuff, etc. I said slow down killer one thing at a time.
     
  7. bds

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    She must like you. ;):D

    She is "nesting" to spend quality time with you and create happy memories.

    I knew when I was dating my wife she had potential to be my wife when she showed interest in my hobbies (camping, riding sand dunes with quads/4x4s, hiking mountains, fishing/oceans, shooting/USPSA, BBQ, etc.) and my dog.

    She WANTED me to be HAPPY, pursuing my interests and hobbies because they DEFINED who I am.

    After 24 years of happy memories camping all over the state, I too have returned the favor and helped my wife pursue her interests and hobbies so she too can be HAPPY defining her self.

    At our retirement acreage with 150-200+ feet redwood trees she says she is "camping" everyday, just with a really big 1800 sq ft tent along with her chickens, turkeys, mini piglets and 3 dogs.

    My next retirement project is to build her a tree house to take her afternoon naps. :D

    "Nesting" is good. If you like her, do whatever you can to make her comfortable. Since we camped often, I quickly ditched my small tent for a large stand up dome tent and bought a 3" thick queen size memory foam mattress topper and 2 comfy zip-together sleeping bags. Believe me, everyone is happier when girlfriend/wife gets a good night's rest. ;)

    While cooking over open fire is romantic, I always packed propane stove and non-stick frying pan. Wife likes her coffee in the morning and percolator on propane stove is eazy. And of course, wife's favorite ribeye steaks were always the highlight entree along with Hebrew National beef hotdog/sausages for me.

    Whether "rough" camping or pampered at resorts, as long as you are with the right person, it's the companionship that will matter whether you are dining on hotdogs cooked on open fire or eating ribeye steaks at high-end steakhouses.

    Some of fondest memories from our 20s-30s dating are from sleeping in my old 4x4 truck eating cheap food but enjoying the same mesmerising star lit night sky over a campfire. Good times.
     
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  8. readyeddy

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    Get the bigger tent so you can fit the queen size mattress. Trust me.
     
  9. MihiT

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    Without reading through the replies I say this:
    Spring clothes pegs and paracord come in handy for a multitude of things. Pack plenty.
    Yes cast iron should be seasoned..
    I pack a stovetop espresso maker.
     
  10. bds

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    Translation: Maybe she WANTS YOU to be COMFORTABLE too. ;)

    Translation: She picked out the bed to give you a clue to build the tent around the bed. For men, bed is often an afterthought, a place where we crash. For women, it means much more, perhaps "mating chamber" or comfortable snuggle place of intimacy.

    Yes, we went through the "Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus" only to find out men are indeed from Mars and women are indeed from Venus! :eek: We are wired differently and have different perspectives. Which by the way, is not bad and sometimes OK. Now, when men starts acting like they are from Venus and women are forced to act like they are from Mars ... Trouble for relationship/marriage. :D

    Did I mention she is "nesting"? Perhaps she is not only fulfilling her "dreams" but also trying hard to make the camping trip memorable FOR YOU as well?

    I did lightweight packing and solo hiking in my early 20s before I met my wife. When we started camping together, my lightweight gear got set aside for HEAVY but COMFORTABLE camping gear. Our camping trips became less of hiking journeys and more and more tailgate/campsite camping which moved towards family centered camping as children came along. In fact, our baby daughter slept through the night for the first time when we camped at the beach campground. Being able to hear the ocean waves crashing instead of a screaming baby was confirmation that we were meant to be camping at the beach instead of toiling at the house for the weekend sleep deprived.

    Who knows, maybe it's just a camping trip. But I bet it's way better to be sleeping next to your girlfriend than couple of hairy snoring hunting buddies. ;)
     
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  11. ohihunter2014

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    I agree with you on all accounts. I have most the stuff and offered to buy everything but we battle all the time because she always wants to buy stuff.
     
  12. Patocazador

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    Are you ready for marriage? .... Because that is what she's getting ready for.
     
  13. ohihunter2014

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    Not quite yet. Still have another year of school to finish up and then maybe. She is great and even if the trip went to hell it would be fun cause I’m with her. She wants to go when we hunt and I said no. She’s city girl and loves animals so last thing I need to do is bring back dead animals.
     
  14. joseywales76

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    If you go primitive.. Bring lot of babywipes. Like 3 or 4 big packs.

    Start at the top of your head and work south. Women should always wipe front to back.
     
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  15. ohihunter2014

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    Well this isn't going to work very well. The state campground we wanted to go to is booked every weekend for the next 6 months. They offer free primitive camping and when they say primitive they mean it. 4x4 trucks needed and all. If we must go this route I will setup a smaller tent with a porta jon in there for her. There is a private campground that's $40 night with a crap ton of restrictions that I'm going to look into. I may call the state campground and ask what the deal is with tent sites being booked months in advance.
     
  16. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Simple answer is the campgrounds are popular.
     
  17. jmorris

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    I think I would start with a $40 private one first, unless you know someone that owns land.

    We have had lots of first time campers at our farm in my lifetime and even more before I was born. More than a few didn’t make it through a weekend without coming to the cabin but some never even set foot inside.

    I have only camped public a few times and how that works out is very dependent on who is around you. Booked for half a year sounds like a place I would avoid for a romantic getaway or even just quiet time.
     
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  18. Loyalist Dave

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    Ah well you're rapidly approaching glamour camping aka Glamping. You might as well look into bed frames you can modify to break down and put on the roof of your car.
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    Cause this is where it sounds like she's headed

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    LD
     
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