20 October 2013

You Don't have to Go Camping to Have Apple Cobbler

Today was just a great fall day with clear blue skies and a bit of coolness in the air. You don't have to go on a fall camping trip to enjoy apple cobbler cooked in a dutch oven.

Start off with a good seasoned dutch oven. I do line mine with foil to ease with clean-up.

While you are putting everything together start up the charcoal to get some good hot coals.

Next add apples. You can do this a bunch of different ways. But I am just using four cans of fried apples. Two plain and two with cinnamon.

Next I add some sugar.

Next add your favorite yellow cake batter.

The cooking process. I find that the normal cook time is between 30-40 minutes. But I am going to make the first check in 15 minutes.

Almost done, just need to brown the top.

This is good!

It is just amazing what you can cook in a dutch oven. It just seems that the food is just better! Any of the cobblers are easy to fix. There are many ways to mix and cook a cobbler in the dutch oven. They is just a method that I use.

Now let me get another bowl!

06 October 2013

GORUCK Challenge Class 800

Not to long after I made this post "Blog Post Dump I was so anti mud run and was looking to do an event that had more meaning to it than trash my clothes and drink beer and have a party.

I soon found what I was looking for, a GORUCK Challenge. You ask what is a GORUCK Challenge. Well its just best that you go here because that is where I started. You can search the web to find out what others have posted and you still might not get a good picture of what it is all about. That's a good thing because part of the not knowing is part of the challenge. A GORUCK Challenge is both mental and physical and the metal is going to get you to the end. Well as they call it on the GORUCK website its "Good Living".

My plan was to do the event with my stepson since he just got out of the Marines and GORUCK was having a Challenge on his birthday. I know most people would not want such a gift! Well that did not workout and I had to make plans to do one on my own.


Lets talk about gear. I did not go out and purchase one of the GORUCK model of packs. Instead I use my pack from work which was a Kelty Strike. I also used a Source Reservoir. I had an older model Petzl Tikka. I also packed a Adventure Medical UL/WT .3. Some food, ID and $20, a runners belt, gloves, a pair of socks and a glow stick. Oh, I almost forgot the most important piece of gear of all 6 bricks. If you are under 150lbs you carry 4 bricks. I did not weigh my pack because it didn't matter I had to carry 6 bricks plus water and everything else that I listed. I guess the pack was around 45-47 lbs.

The only item that I did not use was the socks because they where wet....Learn from my mistake.

The challenge is not a race but a team event. Everyone needs to work together as a team to get everyone to the end which might be 8 to 10 hours later. If you are doing the challenge with a buddy then you will walk away with a strong bond and stronger friendship. If you were doing the event by yourself then you a have a team of friends for life. I came away with something different. One of the places that we stopped at was the Virgina War Memorial. We took about 10 minutes or so to look at the names of all the Heroes on the wall. I had a friend that was one of those Heroes Staff Sergeant Darryl Booker. This was a very hard thing for me and I had to leave the Memorial to regain composure.

After starting with 17 individuals class 800 finished as a team 9 hours and 26 minutes later.

On the steps of the Virginia State Capitol

I can now take my place as a GORUCK Challenge Alumni and I will wear my GORUCK patch proud!