I actually have time to catch my breath today, so I will explain this whole crazy food week a little better. This is a "Volunteer Adventure," organized by the North Country Trail Association, and hosted by our chapter, Spirit of the Woods. People have signed up to come work on a big trail project for a whole week (or parts of one). They are volunteers; no one is paid. But they are fed by the host group. That's where I come in.
I haven't been able to do very much for my chapter the past couple of years, as I was off hiking so much. So when I learned that we were hosting this work week, and that it was after I would be home, I said I would cook for them. I knew it would be a big job... but that's ok.
Pictured above is a canopy borrowed from another group. It hasn't rained yet, but this would have been a lifesaver if it had, and it also provides shade.
So, every day I am going to the site at about 6 pm with the next 24 hours of food in my car. That is supper, breakfast, stuff for them to pack their own lunches and morning snack, and an afternoon snack for when they finish work. I set up dinner, serve and clean up when everyone is done. Then I have been staying overnight, cooking breakfast and putting out the lunch stuff. Then I pack it all up (can't leave food out in the open in a camp site!), come home and get the next 24 hours worth of food done again. The trip is 22 miles one way.
I know this just looks like a bunch of people at a picnic table to you! But these folks have worked all day digging post holes, sawing boards, drilling holes, and bolting them in place. The project is more of the boardwalk we've been building for 2 years. There's a link below for more about it, and I'll show you some pix of the new work next week, but I haven't even had time to go out there, with this food project! Oh, this is where Vicky and I went for the frog walk.
The food is winding down now. Most people are going home tonight or in the morning, although some are staying through Sunday morning. Today I made snickerdoodles for the last lunch bags. The main course is going to be hamburgers. Big hamburgers!
The dessert tonight is apple crisp. I'm glad I've tortured you all, all week. It's been kind of fun!
|See Getting Sterling Marsh Out of the Mud
See Vicky and Joan Go Frogging