The weather today was unusually warm (especially for January) and it almost, almost, felt like Spring. This little tease from Mother Nature was both cruel and wonderful all at the same time. It brought about thoughts of camp but at the same time teased me. Reminding me that Spring isn't really right around the corner. However the sun shine and warm air was inspiring! It brought about ideas for new garb, camp dinner menus, and memories of lazy days in the sun with wonderful people.
I've always enjoyed planning things. Call it my (one of my) strange obsessions. Planning something gives me a great satisfaction and brings about an odd feeling of joy and serenity. Making lists of gear to bring and dinner menus. Cooking at camp feels to me like meditation. It brings a peace and joy to feed those around me.
Especially when cooking over the fire on my tripod in my well worn cast iron pots. Simmering something slowly all day, watching it brew and bubble into something tasty, and the excitement when everyone enjoys eating it at dinner time. The wonder of slow cooking is something often lost these days. Getting back to the basics of truly slow cooking is such a wonder. Watching the fire to make sure its just right and the things cooking aren't boiling over or even worse not cooking at all! It really is a delight! So with thoughts of slowing down and taking a moment to savor every minute you can with those you love I leave you with this picture of me getting ready to cook at camp. The picture comes from Northern War Camp 2011 taken by Chris Manoharan.