Getting ready for camping

We are packing up most stuff today in the tent trailer and then tomorrow we’ll pack the Santa Fe. We have really learned how to minimalize our camping food, equipment etc.

For instance, we use to pack everything under the sun including all our food. Now we just do basics like cream, butter, eggs(our own). Then as we plan a meal, I’ll go to the market. In Capitola, where were camping, a Nob Hill is maybe 3 miles away. So if we’re going to do grilled chicken, I go get it plus whatever else. It really makes it easier. Now if we were boondocking somewhere remote this, of course, wouldn’t work. But we don’t tent trailer that way. If and when we get a hard body, I would definitely do some different style camping. Or when we go up the coast to Bodega Bay to camp, there are no stores nearby. There is a tiny market but it’s more for travelers. At Bodega Bay we do pack a lot more.

I do plan out our dinners and this time we’re using the Lodge every night. I have one night not planned and we may do something else. So far here’s the menu:

  • Lodge dutch oven mac and cheese and a salad
  • Lodge dutch oven pizza( we did this at Tahoe last year and it was great)
  • Lodge dutch oven chili and cornbread vegetarian( I might cook up a small amount of beef but I’ll wait and see how we feel)
  • Lodge breakfast casserole
  • Lodge  lasagna( this is the fall back meal if I want to cook a 4th night)
  • Lodge double stuffed baked potatoes is a possibility too.

I usually buy packaged salad and that is a side.

I’m off to the gym this morning and then to Grocery Outlet for a few things. If you get a chance go read this blog frugaltexasgal

It’s pretty darn good.

 

 

Tahoe

Of course, by my blog name Tahoegirl, you know I love Tahoe.  It’s where I want my ashes scattered when it’s time to leave the earth body behind.

But it’s been lovely. No wind and the lake is always it’s beautiful blue. We’ve had a great 3 days alone. WE went bike riding and took the kayaks out yesterday. Kayaking is a lot of fun. Getting in and out of the kayak , not so much. I look like a beached something trying to hoist myself out of the hull. Oh well, it was fun.  Today my daughter arrives with the 2 doggies and then my son a little later with girlfriend in tow. We’ve got the tent set up for them and my daughter sleeps in the  one side of the tent trailer.

We love looking at the different RV’s and saw a Coleman tent trailer that’s quite a bit bigger. I looked on line but Coleman stopped making tent trailers in2012. So no luck there and when I looked at  used, nada, zilch. I’m guessing people won’t be giving theirs up.  So we keep looking and it’s fun to see different set ups.

Lake TahoeI’ve made one Lodge camp dutch oven meal so far. Mac and cheese. It really came out good. Not dry. Tonight I’m going to make the corn bread first and then a chili.  I have black beans for the vegetarian….

We’re headed to the store and then stopping at Red Hut ,which is iconic here in South Lake Tahoe, to buy Todd Borg’s new book. I wanted to get to a book signing but the times don’t work so I’ll get one there.  If you like mysteries that talk about real places, his books are great and we discovered a number of places due to reading his books.