Camping Capers

View from the campsite

View from the campsite

Aloha friends!

I hope everyone had a chance to relax on the long weekend. I was excited for a weekend outdoors, since I planned a camping trip with one of my besties up at Sauble Beach, Ontario. Sauble for me brings about a lot of nostalgia because my parents used to take me there often as a kid -- it is safe to say I have a soft spot for that place. When I started to go camping with my friends we always went to a family owned campground called the Winding River Campground. The owners are very friendly, the sites are really nice, and it is super close to the beach and the main strip. I will admit that it definitely is not 'roughing it' kind of camping, but it is good enough if you are just looking for a weekend away at the beach and to sit by the fire at night. 

It was pouring rain the morning we were leaving. We decided to take our time packing to wait out the rain, while crossing our fingers that the rain would stop by the time we drove up to Sauble. Just our luck the rain had stopped when we got to the campground, but midway through us putting up the tent a huge downpour came. We threw the tarp over our un-pitched tent and literally leaped into the car because the rain came on so fast. Thankfully, that was the last of the rain we saw all weekend!

Home sweet home for the weekend.

Home sweet home for the weekend.

 I had to include this. My friend was super proud that she got the tarp up, as this was her first time ever putting up a tarp! (FYI- we don't normally do any kind of roughing it camping, so every little step towards that is success in our eyes.

 I had to include this. My friend was super proud that she got the tarp up, as this was her first time ever putting up a tarp! (FYI- we don't normally do any kind of roughing it camping, so every little step towards that is success in our eyes.

The weekend was warm and sunny, with the exception of an annoying wind. On the first night there was no place we could sit comfortably around the fire without getting smoke in our face repeatedly. But that didn't stop us from making s'mores and staring at the night sky. The next day we went to a local flea market to go on a little treasure hunt to see what we could find. I picked up a cute jewelry dish and a few Archie comics (more nostalgia), while my friend bought a bunch of records to add to her collection. Afterwards, we decided to take an afternoon drive to Tobermory to do some hiking at the grotto, but the park was full and they were turning away cars. Booourns! Instead, we drove back to Sauble to grab a bite to eat by the beach before heading back to the campground. A waste of a drive, but hey at least I got to frolic in random fields of yellow flowers:

A lot of places in the surrounding area had fire bans, but not in Sauble. This was good news for us because our dinner was based on that the fact that we could cook with the fire. So let's get down to business and discuss what we ate while we were camping. I like to think ahead to make sure the whole weekend doesn't include bad eating. This is based on past experience. Back in undergrad, there was one year where I have no clue what was going through everyone's minds (probably nothing hah) when we were packing our food. We packed Roma Pizza (found locally in Hamilton, ON; this is a pizza that everyone must experience at least once in their life), kielbasa (I assume because some of us are Polish so why wouldn't we pack this!?), homemade pickles (....just because?), and chips. Let's just say after a weekend of all of that, we were all feeling pretty miserable when Monday morning rolled around. Last year my friend and I went up to camp for just one night, so we did not put any effort into food prep and just ate hot dogs, s'mores, and chips. Another regret.

This year I went shopping ahead of time and prepped food for the weekend to make sure we ate better than we have in the past:

LONG WEEKEND CAMPING MENU

  • Breakfast
    • Bagels + peanut butter + sliced bananas, hard boiled eggs, and a side of chopped watermelon (this was so incredibly refreshing in the morning).
  • Lunch
    • We bought lunch meat to make sandwiches 
    • Quinoa salad -- quinoa mixed with chopped cucumbers and peppers drizzled in a vinaigrette (apple cider, olive oil, honey, garlic, salt and pepper) and crumbled feta on top.
    • Roasted Red Pepper Hummus -- Chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt, tahini, and roasted red peppers (mix all to taste)
    • Chopped veggies (cucumber, peppers, and grape tomatoes)
  • Dinner
    • Marinated chicken kebabs -- olive oil, garlic, rosemary, thyme, oregano, lemon juice, salt and pepper
    • Tzatziki -- 1/2 cup shredded cucumber (sprinkle with salt to bring out the water; drain out in a sieve), clove of garlic, salt to taste, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1.5 cups plain Greek yogurt (Courtesy of Canadian Living)
    • Baked potatoes -- We loaded these with butter, cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper (sadly I forgot to bring fresh chives from my garden)
  • Dessert
    • S'mores -- To make things easy we bought marshmallows and dark chocolate covered cookies. We cooked the marshmallows over the fire and threw it on top of a cookie. Easy and delicious!
    • Chips -- Yes you heard me! This is my guilty pleasure, and we indulged in a bag of dill pickle chips.

We were so glad we prepped food ahead of time this year. The meals may have been simple, but they were all delicious! Hopefully, this gives you a bit of inspiration for your next camping trip.

Happy camping!

xoxo Michelle

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