D20: "The Fart Cake"...and then some Rice & Beans

Trip Start Jul 07, 2012
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Trip End Sep 27, 2012


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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Hooray for a layover day...much needed in my opinion. Got about 10 hours of shut-eye and felt quite rejuvenated. The morning produced a joy that I didn't think could possibly exist: decent oatmeal! I found that by adding cocoa on top of the brown sugar anthill already sitting on top of the meal allowed me to focus on the chocolate instead of oatmeal's dreadful swamp-like mushiness.

The day was dominated by classes with one 3 hour break in the middle for mentor/mentee meetings. In the morning, we did 2 first aid classes. In the afternoon before dinner, we learned how to write RAD (Route and Description) Plans, which carefully outline both the plan for the hike and where the X will be. To create them, you identify three points of reference for the start and end points, then describe the journey in detail over 1.5 mile segments. They really help you visualize the hike and make sure that you have a good sense of where you are at any particular point. We created these for each hike throughout the rest of the trip and they helped my navigation skills tremendously.

During the 3 hour break, the group who had helped distribute food on the previous day snuck away in order to concoct a culinary surprise for the entire group: Yellow cake mix with peanut butter, chocolate chips, and grape nuts. We had extra food because we were now in 3 groups instead of 4. They decided to make great use of those ingredients. I was lucky enough to stumble upon them as they were cooking and got to soak in the sight of two frybakes full of sugary goodness. We each got a huge piece before the RAD Plan meeting. I had so much that I was actually able to savor the taste. Not because I ate it slowly and really tasted it and all that nonsense, but because the large piece took a decent amount of time to fully consume. There was one not so positive effect of this delectable dessert: Flatulence took the group by stranglehold. Of course, by this time, we were all too used to odd smells, but the chorus that ensued caused us to provide the dessert a truly applicable name: "The Fart Cake". And if I had the recipe, I would make it in the frontcountry regardless of the consequences, it was that good.

For some reason, our group was not content with the already disseminated results of the cake and decided to cook a heavenly Rice, Bean, and Cheese chili. There are few words to describe the deliciousness of this particular meal. I shall leave it with a 13-letter, completely dictionary-legal word of my own creation: "Yummmmmmmmmmm".

In our group meeting before bedtime, Annemarie read us the Lorax by Dr. Seuss. I'd never heard it before or seen the movie. If you haven't either, it's very much worth a read (http://sneakertalk.yuku.com/topic/53436). The message is simple: That we as a human race must be wary of the toll that uncontrolled greed has on this planet we call home. When you hear a story like that in the wilderness it's certainly amplified, thinking about what a beautiful meadow might be if not protected by the laws of the land. And then you think about the beautiful meadows that once existed and are now are gone forever because of infrastructure that has already been built. It's something everyone in this country would do well to think about.
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