One of my favorite places to camp is in central Pennsylvania near Raystown Lake. Here’s just a few photos from late September last year. The flora really bursts before it lets winter settle in. These were take behind the visitors center at Seven Points Marina.
It was the year of propane accessories. This one was the Coleman 30-inch Propane Distribution Tree. If only we were in Texas, we would have bought from Hank Hill. But instead, we bought from Pittsburgh’s very own Dick’s Sporting Goods, since they are only up the street.
When we first connected the pole to the propane tank, both my husband and I thought it would be taller. Remember, 30-inches is under 3 feet. With the height of the tank added, most people are still looking a bit down at the lantern on top. However, the Coleman gas lanterns (which we’ve used for many years with the small propane tanks) give off nice light, so we thought it would work fine. Also, on first connection, the gas takes a bit to push out the air in the post. It will sound like it is flowing, but wait for the smell. Turn it off for a few minutes for safety and then light. Don’t risk an explosion if too much gas has built up in the lantern before you smelled it and turned it off.
The post has a distribution system so you can use other propane devices such as the cook stove at the same time. The hose to connect these is not included! You will need to buy that separately.
Thanks to Amazon reviewer Jester64 for recommending that the valves be dried after each use. It makes perfect sense that rust could be a problem, as the condensation can really build up.
You can also find the Coleman 30-Inch Propane Distribution Tree on Amazon. This may be a good item to add to your camping kit if you already have large propane tanks available and need a source of light.
Since we bought this in 2016, we have since stopped using it, as the plethora of LED lanterns out now are easier, safer and no longer eat batteries the way old ones did. It just didn’t makes sense to continue to drag this along on our trips. Now we keep our propane attached to CampChef tucked under its cover and don’t need to move it to add the light. We’ll look at a few of our favorite lanterns in an upcoming post.
Let me start by saying we don’t use our sink in the A-liner. It is small and since we live in a climate the freezes, we don’t find it worth the extra work it takes to drain in for the off-season. For clean water, we look elsewhere.
In the past, we would stock up on gallon-sized jugs of water from Costco before camping to ensure that we would have clean water for just about everything, from filling the dogs’ water bowls to cleaning dishes. These took up considerable space in the vehicle and also created bulky trash. But you need clean water.
On our way home from Tennessee after watching the eclipse, we headed north into Kentucky and stopped for the night at Twin Knobs Campground. We were sorry we were only there for one night. It was not crowded and the sites were wooded and clean.
Twin Knobs sits amidst the Daniel Boone National Forest, north west of Lexington, Kentucky of KY-801.
After a very long drive we arrived at Davy Crockett Campground, our home for then next couple nights as we visited to take in the eclipse. Located in Crossville, Tennessee, this campground is about halfway between Nashville and Knoxville.
The campground was very crowded that weekend and they had people packed in where they could.
So let’s say you aren’t exactly in Texas and you aren’t quite sure what makes toast Texan either. I’m here to tell you now that it doesn’t matter. This medley makes Iceland feel like Texas and will have you thinking everything (including your belly) is getting bigger with every bite.
It may sound odd, but this combination of deli-sliced beef, thick bread, mustard, green peppers and a few seasonings creates quite good eats.
While I usually run from anything that requires bring special equipment to camp, this is good enough to make an exception. We’ll just have to try some different uses for the Lodge cast iron biscuit pan. Thanks to the Jelly Toast Blog for this awesome recipe. Continue reading “Sausage Peppered Biscuit Breakfast”
Here is a good one. I a bit different than typical sandwiches, this is a puffy pastry that tastes a bit like a donut. It will be a welcome change of pace for a breakfast or even a snack. It is super easy, but be careful with the heat. You want a delicate browning and with a hot fire, you can easily burn these.
The Mountain Pie Cook-Off is back! The entries are lining up. In the breakfast category, we have Mountain Monkey Bread in pie iron one…
Mountain Monkey Bread? Yeh, Mountain Monkey Bread. And it’s good. Here’s what you do.