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Hello Hungry Hikers. We are so excited to be back online and getting people excited for the 2014 season. We have traveled all over the world getting inspired and spreading the good news of Hungry Hikers. 

Let's start with what to pack in your kitchen spice kit. 

The Trail Trinity…

Cooking on the trail can be both amazing and frustrating. Amazing when you get off from a long day of pushing yourself to get to that perfect clearing, set up camp and begin to cook your meal. You are at once transported to another world with rich smells of exotic places and hot cooked delicious food you can’t wait to put in your mouth. It can also be frustrating if you find yourself at that perfect clearing and you begin to cook your meal and all you have to add to it is water.

Let me share with you the trinity of spices that every cook kit should have right next to the basics.

Curry- It warms the belly and feeds the soul. The smell and richness, it adds to just about anything and can spice up the meals you bring on your trip. If you're one that says “I hate curry, it’s too spicy” I encourage you to try your basic grocery store curry bottle. It adds flavor, not heat... that’s a whole other topic to talk about later.

Tarragon- Ahhh my favorite spice. Tarragon is a great addition both to your camping cook kit and for your home. It adds a subtle sweetness and can be paired with just about anything you would add basil or thyme to. Try it in soups, tuna, red sauces, creamy sauces heck.. just try it.

Smoked Paprika- Now if the first thing you think about is that red stuff that you see when you sit down at Grandma’s house and it’s covering those delicious mashed potatoes or those yummy deviled eggs and you have no idea what it is… this is not that. Smoked Paprika is a rich, smoky and fragrant spice that will add a pinch of exotic to any trail meal you bring. People will be pawning all over you for your “secret ingredient”.

 


 

Memories to Last a Life Time

 Tucked away in the western corner of northern California are the Trinity Alps and the Marble Mountain Wilderness -in between is the Russian Wilderness. The Klamath National Forest Service, headquartered in Yreka, CA are the guardians of this forest. Growing up in southern Oregon the trip to the Marble Mtns. was about an hour. Now living in northern Oregon the trip is more like six and a half, but worth every minute. My brother from Seattle and his family, wife Roxanne, Zach (13) and Konrad (10) along with their four year old chocolate lab Kona joined us for the trip. On July 3rd we hit the road and arrived in Yreka late that afternoon, checked out the Klamath Nat'l Forest headquarters and found a camping site along the Scott River. On Independence Day, July 4th we drove to Lover's Camp trail head and started our adventure. 

                                                

We hiked six miles to the Sky High Lakes the first day. The second day we hiked up the ridge onto the Pacific Crest Trail for a minute to Shadow Lake. The boys enjoyed fishing catching a dozen trout that second day. They were taught the value of catch and release and the sport of fishing and not necessarily counting how many you keep. 

                                                          

The snow had recently melted at 6,000ft so the flowers were beautiful along the trail; columbine, Indian paint brush, snow lilies, lupine, pretty yellow and white flowers, lush green meadows. We hiked to Deep Lake the third day and spent all day Saturday exploring and of course more fishing. The boys said that the best part of the backpacking trip was the fishing and the food. Hungry Hiker meals were served up every evening- Murray's Hurried Curry was a crowd favorite, along with Stroganoff and a couple of experiential dishes with pasta and rice. 

                                

                Memories to last a life time