Safety First

Lately we’ve been driving on some un-maintained dirt roads in locations without cell service. The farther down the road we go, we both quietly think to ourselves what if something happens.

Yesterday I finally said something. After work, we drove about 10 miles down this perfectly graveled Forest Service road (pictured above) and then another 6 miles down a pretty bumpy and rutted dirt road. It turned out Brian was thinking along the same lines. He was wondering where our jack was located, while I was thinking about how far we would have to walk to find a house that would have someone home. I was also hungry.

At least we brought water and had Curtis with us. After Brian read The Devil’s Highway we always bring water. Yesterday, we agreed that we should also always have food as well, and maybe someday we should get an emergency locator beacon.

Our worries were for nothing, if not some good planning in the future. We also found another lake with free camping.

Dinner Last Night:
When we got home from our adventure I made Black Eyed Pea and Mung Bean Stew for the second time. Every time I smell turmeric, I can’t get over how much I love it. I need more recipes that use it.

I also made naan from scratch. It was awesome. I used my Klean Kanteen as a rolling pin and cooked it on the cast iron skillet. It was delicious and really easy to make.


2013 Cost of Camping:
73 nights paid camping
137 nights free camping
210 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $1,822.48
Daily average cost of camping: $8.68

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  • Reply John and Pam Wright July 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    We thought the same thing when we were in Anza Borrego SP. One day we had driven the Jeep back 15 miles with three water crossings, then hiked five miles. No one would have found us. We never saw another person. So we started emailing our daughter with exact directions on where we would be. I sent a message when we were out. If she didn’t here by midnight her time on the east coast, she would call for help. I felt much better knowing that someone knew we were out there. Next trip west next year, we are getting the STOP button for just this reason.

    Stay safe and be careful:)

    • Reply Leigh July 30, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      What’s the STOP button?

      • Reply Jessica July 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

        SPOT maybe? If I lived where I could trail run more often, I’d get one.

  • Reply terrie July 31, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    those worries are just yourselves well grounded in reality….going back to your post to read the link to emergency locator beacon….stay safe….

  • Reply Richa August 6, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    so glad you made the stew and Naan! stay safe.

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