May 12, 2013

Provisions: Perfecting campsite cooking

A guide for what you need to buy, read or consume to enhance your recreation and travel experience

A guide for what you need to buy, read or consume to enhance your recreation and travel experience


"The New Trailside Cookbook: 100 Delicious Recipes for the Camp Chef," by Kevin Callan and Margaret Howard

Firefly Books, $19.95, 192 pages

Rarely are the words "camping" and "haute cuisine" used in the same sentence. But this book, written by an avid camper and a dietitian/cookbook author, aims to change the pork-and-beans reputation of cooking under the stars. There's even a section about foraging for wild "edibles" and how to make primo camp-stove coffee.


Fleet Feet Sacramento Trail Running Training Group

Known for its road races, Fleet Feet Sacramento for several summers has offered a trail-running class that encourages beginning trail runners as well as those with experience who want to try new trails, including several that are used in the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run and the Way Too Cool 50K. It's a little pricey at $135, but it's worth it to run alongside coaches such as ultra-running legend Tim Twiet-meyer and national age-group champion Mo Bartley.


Top 10 Coastal Drives

To hardly anyone's surprise, the travel website Virtual Tourist has listed the Pacific Coast Highway as the top "coastal drive" in the world. Here's the list:

1. Pacific Coast Highway, Monterey

2. Kuhio Highway, Kauai, Hawaii

3. Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia, Canada

4. Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

5. Ring Road, Iceland

6. The Garden Route, Western Cape Province, South Africa

7. The Atlantic Road, Norway

8. Overseas Highway (Highway 1), Florida Keys

9. Northeast Loop, Phuket, Thailand

10. Kotor to Sveti Stephan, Montenegro


"I don't think that we've got drug dealers on the corners or anything like that," said Yosemite's deputy chief ranger Julie Byerly, responding to an Adventure Journal story reporting that, between 2010 and 2012, there were 2,393 arrests for drug use in Yosemite, compared with 500 in Yellowstone.

– Compiled by Sam McManis,

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