A second group of scouts did a longer Sierra Trek on the western side, out of Courtright Reservoir. The trek covered 55 miles in 8 days with about 9,000 feet of climbing across two major passes (including the aptly named ‘Hell For Sure Pass’). While our historian was on the shorter trip (see his “Younger Scout Sierra Trek 2017” article) for the longer trip, we’ll just have to do with ‘a picture is worth 1,000 words: Older Scout Sierra Trek 2017 Video
Penne ala Norma – Serves 4 to 6
1 pound penne rigate
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 large eggplant, cut into ¾ inch chunks
1-1/2 pounds plum tomatoes, cored and cut into ½ inch chunks
2 tablespoons tomato paste
½ cup torn fresh basil, plus more for garnish
¾ cup ricotta cheese
- Cook pasta in large pot of boiling water until al dente. Drain pasta and return to pot.
- Heat oil in large skillet, add onion, garlic and crushed red pepper; cook until softened.
- Add eggplant to skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until eggplant begins to release juices. Uncover; cook until tender.
- Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and ¼ cup water to skillet; cook until softened.
- Toss sauce and basil with pasta, gently reheat if necessary. Top each serving with a spoonful of ricotta and garnish with more basil.
Properly packed, well-organized Food Supplies makes meal prep and cleanup much easier. Plus they minimize second-guessing when you dig through your pack (or Bear Proof Canister): “Is this the bag with the soup or the energy bars?” Smart packing also helps cut down on the amount of trash and leftovers you have to carry. To get organized, try these tips:
Plan your menu: Construct a day-by-day trip menu, complete with plans for each meal as well as snacks, drinks and condiments/spices.
Make a shopping list: Check your cupboards, fridge and camp gear for items you may already have. Make a new grocery list and go shopping.
Pack your meal bags: Some people pack foods into general breakfast, lunch and dinner bags. Other pack individual meals into their own separate, re-sealable plastic bags. No matter how you choose to organize, make sure you eliminate as much packaging as possible to save space and weight in you pack.
Try pre-measuring: Pre-measuring portions will make cooking easier, while pre-mixing ingredients that can be stored together (granola and powdered milk, for instance) can save space and time.
Include instructions: Write down whatever cooking instructions you need for each meal, then slip the notes into the right meal bag or tape them onto the front. Durable freezer bags make great meal containers, and they can be reused trip after trip.
Planning a long trip? You may want to group individual meal bags together (either as breakfasts, lunches and dinners, or Day #1, Day #2, Day #3).
Share the load: It’s a good idea to spread food supplies out among group members. If anyone gets separated from the group, they’ll have a food supply with them.
Choose plastic: For food storage, plastic containers are lighter than metal and more impact-resistant than glass, and can be washed and reused many times.
The scouts enjoyed an overcast morning at The Playground last Saturday, July 2nd. Lots of rock hopping, scrambling and of course searching for and exploring the “cave”. The sun never did come out up there, but that was fine. A quick check by ASM Pinner on the status of the scout’s preparedness of the Hiking Essentials showed mixed results, some with just about everything, some with almost nothing!
Guest Nathaniel S
“The boy is not governed by don’t, but is led by do.”