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Old 11-10-2009, 04:02 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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... Figuring out dinner for our first time, might just take up enough time that getting bored won't be an issue. We're keeping it simple....hot dogs and chips.
consider some other options to add to the fun
cooking on the car (truck) engine. I like the idea of a cross country trucker cooking his Thanksgiving turkey that way. Also check out 'splendid table' for fun alternatives to dogs.

Cooking great meals with your car engine. The heat is on. | Wise Bread
How to Cook Food on Your Car's Engine: 9 steps - wikiHow

The Recipe Box: The Splendid Table
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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I Like to get my head lamp and go hiking at night sometimes could be something to do?
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:05 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I Like to get my head lamp and go hiking at night sometimes could be something to do?
OK, that would scare the you know what outa me if I saw you coming!!!
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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... We're keeping it simple....hot dogs and chips.
Nothing against hot dogs and chips... as long as I haven't already had them once in the past year. But you wanted to occupy some time. We only have hot dogs when we're not going to have time to make a proper fire and cook a proper meal.

Get with it, CM. Take some pride as a camp cook. And let your friend take some pride as a firestarter. If you need recipes for campfire dinners, I know some of us can help you out.
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:10 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Buy a couple nite vision glasses & Take a hike!!
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:06 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Buy a couple nite vision glasses & Take a hike!!
But watch out for the guy wearing the head lamp!

I think we spend most of our time " cooking" but it's not the chore it is at home. It's fun. Just plan ahead and make clean up as easy as you can.
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:11 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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By the way... where are you going???
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:23 AM
 
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With the right light system you can do pretty much anything at night that you can do during the day.

We like to mountain bike at night. You could also strap on a headlight and hike or trail-run. Haven't done it in awhile, but I used to like to go spelunking at night. I always figured that any of the inhabitants were out doing their nocturnal thing.
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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Well, there have been a few good suggestions thrown out already. About the only thing that came to mind that I didn't hear was fishing. It's not legal everywhere to fish at night, but in some of the places where it is legal, there are plenty of people that do so. Most of the fish that are caught at night are catfish, at least among those people I know that fish at night. You might have some luck with other species of fish, as well.

I agree with the others who mentioned cooking after dark. Since it gets dark so early this time of year, you can do most of your "daylight" activities while you still have daylight, and save the stuff like cooking and cleaning up for after dark. I generally prefer something other than hot dogs, too, but you're the one who will be camping, so fix what you like.

One other thing to keep in mind is the moon. When there's a full moon, the night isn't really as dark as it would seem. That could make hiking at night a bit easier, since the trail would be better lit than on a moonless night.

I also like the idea of stargazing. It is best with a good telescope, but it can also be done with binoculars, or even with the naked eye. There are some websites that will help you identify things to see, such as this site:
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/ataglance

Finally, don't forget music. I enjoy sitting around the campfire while someone (not me!) plays the guitar, and we all sing along. This is a longstanding campfire tradition among several groups I've camped with. Marshmallows, S'mores, and hot cocoa all go well with campfire music.
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Old 11-12-2009, 02:43 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Oh, yes, stargazing while lying on a hot rock (best in August and best I've found in WY)
vedauwoo - Google Images

But this must not be the place, weekend forecast = 20F and snowing (and probably 40 to 60 mph winds)
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