Our little rendezvous at Ingersoll Scout Reservation this past weekend was full of fishing, hiking and freezing. However, we had a fabulous time and despite our years of camping there were some lessons learned.
Now, we did not forget anything pertinent to our survival but there were some things that would have been helpful. 🙂
Lesson #1: Fire before fishing! Yes, fishing is important especially if you want to eat dinner. Nevertheless, locating firewood (dry firewood to be exact) is vital to warmth on a cold May evening.
Lesson #2: The age of a match! Busting out an age-old patrol box and replacing ancient matches with new ones is very beneficial! Thank goodness there were two boxes and two persistent ladies present.
Lesson #3: Know your friends! When the ladies who actually get the wet firewood burning are in need of warmer sleeping bags the gentleman should be willing to relinquish their own. Just when you thought you could count on your fellow man.
Lesson #4: Frying fish requires batter! The fish have been gutted and cleaned. Dinner is about to be fixed…no batter to fry the fish. No worries Venturers can make batter out of anything: Corn Chex and Graham Crackers to the rescue.
Lesson #5: Check for seasonings! Homemade sweet potato chips are the best! Seasonings for said chips make them even better! Never fear, the dregs from the pretzel bag will work in a pinch.
All in all a superb weekend! The hiking was amazing, the fish delicious, the potato chips seasoned perfectly, the nights still freezing and a patrol box soon to be updated!