Camping, Take 2

July 23, 2008 at 12:35 pm (*) (, )

aka GFCF Camping

After a wonderful getaway with my amazing husband, we decided to take the kids camping again.  (I am on a mandatory five day vacation where I work.)  The last time we went camping was in May, right before we discovered Benjamin’s gluten/casein intolerance.  That trip started with a big gluten-stuffed meal at IHOP.  Nothing like loading your child full of junk that will make him sick, eh?

This time, we headed out fairly early for a breakfast of smoothies and Lara Bars, courtesy One Stop Nutrition…a much better way to start the trip.  Of course, I had to make a caffeine stop, but still much better than IHOP.

I had commented to Jarid that we should get gas while we were still in town, as it is quite a bit cheaper than near the freeways.  We both spaced it, and before we knew it, we were looking at prices of $4.19/gallon.  No matter, though, since there was one more gas station out in the toolies…surely it couldn’t be more than $4.19, right?  Except that it was $4.45.  As in four dollars and FORTY FIVE cents!!!!  Out of sheer principle, we decided to chance it, even though we had less than a quarter tank of gas.  If it was a straight shot, no big deal.  But to get to Payson, we’re looking at climbing several 6% grades.  We literally coasted in neutral on the downhill portions…right into Payson where we were greeted with $3.97/gallon!!!

From there, we were off to our next mandatory destination: the Payson Wal-Mart.  Even though we have created a packing list, there were still a few items we needed before setting up camp.  Flip-flops for me (those are a must have, camping aside!), a fishing license for Jarid, sinkers, fishing poles for the kiddos, velveeta cheese for bait, marshmallows, and ice…and we were finally on our way!

I’d like to divulge the location of our favorite campsite, but then I’d have to kill you. 🙂  Fortunately, our particular site was vacant, so we got right to work.  Within minutes, the tents were up…and we were hungry.  Since it was early afternoon, we didn’t want to start a fire yet, so we popped open the portable grill and slapped down the meat.  For Jarid, top sirloin; for the rest of us, hotdogs from Applegate Farms.  Oh, and cantaloupe.

Then it was off to the creek to catch some fish.  As expected, the little ones got bored quickly, so daddy was left to bring home the bacon trout himself.  With the attention span of our children, there was only time to catch one.  But oh the joy of watching daddy kill, behead, and gut the poor thing.  As this production continued, I decided to try my hand at fishing.  Considering that I grew up in Montana, it’s really sad that this is my first time fishing.  Beginner’s luck?  Maybe…

When we finally decided to call it quits, Kaiya was soaked head to toe, Benjamin had long since forgotten his fishing pole, and Jarid had a trout in the net.

After all the hard work, of course, we were hungry again.  So we started the campfire and Jarid finished off the steak, and we all had cilantro-lime-chicken-onion-bell pepper-potato packets.  (Ben’s was potato-less, as we are avoiding potatoes, apples, and raw tomatoes for him).  As we grilled the corn, the sky began to darken and the rain came.  So we at corn-on-the-cob in our tent.  And raw coconut.  Yum.

We had planned to roast a few marshmallows (which are gluten-free for sure, probably casein-free!), but by the time the rain stopped, our little troopers were tuckered out.  We moved them into their tents and they fell fast asleep.  We weren’t too far behind.  Camping is hard work!

Last time we camped, we all froze.  I ended up climbing in with Ben and Kaiya to make sure they stayed warm enough.  This time, Jarid and I didn’t actually crawl into our sleeping bags until sometime in the middle of the night.  Even then, it was just a bit chilly.

Breakfast consisted of eggs and pure maple syrup, along with a huge load of watermelon.  After-breakfast dessert, as promised by daddy, was roasted marshmallows with a bit of gfcf chocolate (which is surprisingly good) and peanut butter on top.  Fake s’mores!

After taking some time to pack up, we took a quick hike up to the top of the hill, with Benjamin as our guide.  A quick wipe-down and a fresh change of clothes and we were on our way home.

GFCF camping?  Doable, for sure.  Easy, in fact.  A little planning and fresh food, and you’re good to go!

Enjoy the pictures.  If you click on them, you’ll be able to see a larger version.  Be sure click on the one with my big goofy smile to see my “catch”.



  1. sara kay said,

    I’m so proud of you! Somebody in our small group suggested camping earlier this summer, and I backed out. Just thinking about the meal planning made me tired. You are my hero. 🙂

  2. Kelli said,

    Cute pics. I might even print out the ones of them eating those hotdogs. You never told me how long Kaiya’s hair was. Good grief!! Looks like you had fun. We’d still move to Payson if we could.

  3. Brandi said,

    Glad you had fun. I am sure if Mark reads this he will be trying to force thoughts of “I wish I had married someone who like to camp.” out of his head. I want a vacation with no work. Hey, let’s save up and go to Disneyland next year!!!???

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