What do you do with freeze dried tomatoes, eggs and sausage? Add water and scramble to make a wonderful breakfast for the most ravenous of hikers...my 8 year old nephew. Now if Greg likes a meal you know you have a winner and when he asks for seconds it confirmed that I had a new meal.The day was spent backpacking uphill along the Herman Creek trail in the Gorge. We had planned to hike through Jefferson Park in central Oregon but snow in July changed our plans. I am not talking about a patch of snow here and there, that we could of managed. But the snow pack at 5000 ft was still a solid four feet thick and every where. With a change of plans we found our selves in the forest of the Gorge hiking amongst the forest with gifts of waterfalls and trillium. At camp for dinner Greg cooked up some beef stroganoff with gusto. He is a professional noodle taster and after half a dozen Country Pasta noodles tasted/tested we were served a wonderful, tasty bowl of stroganoff.
And for dessert my niece Allison got creative with chocolate graham crackers and instant vanilla pudding. A trick I learned a long time ago and one that she mastered this summer. A package of vanilla pudding and dry instant milk added together in a zip lock. At camp add water and spend the next ten minutes mixing, squishing and tossing the zip lock (praying it stays sealed) around to mix the pudding. As it sets grab the bag of graham crackers and smash into tiny bits. Pour a layer of crackers into your bowl, cut a corner off the pudding bag and squeeze some pudding onto the crackers. Dig in.
It has been fun to see my niece and nephew backpacking and to hear them talk along the trail. On the way out back to the car, Allison was hot on my heals. I turned around to see how she was doing and she had stopped. She was looking out into the forest across the valley we had just hiked. She said that she thought " Only a hundred or so people have seen all these trees" I confirmed her thought and told her that I thought what we were looking at was how Lewis and Clark saw it over 200 years ago and how I hoped she would become a steward of these forests so that the next 100 people could enjoy it.