Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Redneck Sports: Canal Waterskiing

For this month's edition of Redneck Sports, we headed to the canal. The long, hot nights of July force people into some inventive situations. You have to take stock of what you have and see what you can do with it. We had:

A four-wheeler
Water skis
A rope
Two very willing boys

Add in a canal and you can kill some time. Nobody went more than 10 or 15 feet. But at least the driver didn't drive into the canal (that would've gone viral). 


For those of you trying this at home, the canal was only waist deep and very slow moving, and we had about four or five adults all lined up and down the canal.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Flash Floods in Lake Powell

This waterfall formed after maybe ten minutes of rain. We were boating up Forgotten Canyon in Lake Powell when the blinding downpour drove us into a small cove. Waterfalls streamed down the rock walls on all sides as we tried to secure the rain cap over the boat.

I was too focused on snapping the cover down to see anything beyond the walls spinning in front of me as the boat tossed in the current. Spouts of water appeared from the high edges above us (sometimes out of the wall itself). I barely heard the crack of thunder but I sure heard the yells of my family, "Move the boat, move the boat." My dad gunned it just as the waterfall exploded, spraying water and mud across our hull. (The houseboat isn't us).

Once the cover was secure we could sit back and watch the awesome power of Mother Nature as she cleansed herself. While the adults were feeling a bit nervous about the situation, my four nephews and niece were just perplexed about why they couldn't swim. The five-year-old asked, "If the boat sinks, what do I do with my hat?"

The day before, the storms hit a bit more gently and we swam through the waterfalls of Clear Creek Canyon. I told my nephews that they will probably never see anything quite like that again. I took the video below in Clear Creek Canyon.


Monday, July 2, 2012

Cowboy Breakfast over the Fire

After a long day of hiking or boating, I love eating scrumptious meals cooked over a fire. My favorite, and oh so easy breakfast, is below. I use frozen steak fries, which makes prep and cooking time much shorter. Don't worry if the fries have defrosted in the cooler by the time you go to cook them. I've opened them up to find them floating in water and it still tasted delicious.

Cowboy Breakfast

1 pound Italian Sausage
1 bag frozen steak fries
Garlic powder, to taste
Cajun seasoning, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
6 Eggs
Anything else in your cooler that sounds good

In a large frying pan, crumble sausage and begin frying over fire or campstove. Once meat has started to brown add in french fries and break apart with a spatula. Mix seasonings in.

Once meat has browned through, crack eggs over top and scramble in. Cook until eggs are cooked through. Move to a lower heat and sprinkle cheese over top. Once cheese has melted, serve warm.

This blog is part of a thread. To find more great campfire recipe blogs go here.