The rain has begun the leaves are turning color and fall is here. We enjoy many fall colors here in the PNW and as you drive around the foliage changes and so do the colors.
We took the new Jeep out for a road test in Capitol forest to see how she would do. We aired the tires down to 25 lbs as we were mostly on gravel roads and wanted to have a smother ride.
Here we had reached our goal Capitol Peak just below the radio towers.
Since we were at the top and it was lunch time we parked and had a sandwich and enjoyed the fresh air and views.
This is truly what a tree farm looks like yes clear cuts replanting and harvesting a needed resource and trails for hiking, four wheeling, horse back riding,Trail bikes and really just about any means of transportation you want!
Sadly all fun events end and this is the way back out to one of the main highways and back home. Near the end of this power line right of way is parking and restrooms for those that trailer their four wheeler’s or trail bikes. Maps for this area can be had at the DNR website or any DNR headquarters!
We went to Mount Rainier, Randal, Packwood Morton and surrounding areas on a one day trip. We packed a lunch and ate it in a rest area just out of Packwood. The new Jeep did well and was averaging almost 19 miles per gallon. We only saw one deer and a few birds but the scenery was great as usual with the fall colors just starting. This was a shakedown trip preparing for a longer trip to Beaver Utah and surrounding areas.
So I ordered a Trangia gas burner that works in my new Firebox Gen 2 multi fuel stove to try out. I wanted to have a gas burner that was adjustable for cooking things that require low heat and the ability to sear and fry meat in one unit.
Let me say now I am very happy with the burner and the stove. The burner fit properly and the little stove as you will see is very sturdy. I first fried the pork chop in a little butter with a rub my wife makes for spices. I was able to control the heat and did not burn the meat but it was cooked to perfection. I then cut the pork chop up into bite sized pieces and added my home dehydrated vegetables, onions and a couple of jalapeno pepper rings along with four cups of water to make my soup. So below are four images from starting the pork chop to simmering the soup in my camping pot. It made three lunches for me.
The pork chop in the skillet ready for frying
The Trangia burner not at full flame but just right to brown and fry the pork chop.
The finished pork chop ready to be cut up and added to the Pork Chop Soup. I tasted a piece from the skillet and it was done and not dry, very tasty!!
And the camping kettle with all of the ingredients simmering away. This was the real test as I could really control the heat to my needs and also I did not have to worry about running out of fuel.
The Gen 2 Firebox nano is now capable of using four different kinds of fuel to cook with and boil water to make it safe to drink. One is of course scrap wood and branches, two is an Esbit Alcohol burner, three is fuel tablets and the last but not the least is the Trangia Gas Burner.
Side note: The Trangia gas burner uses the same fuel canisters as my Jet Boil so in essence I have the ability to have two gas burner stoves with the same fuel supply (one container per stove).
Today I tried a theory of mine for using my Jetboil stove and my REI cook set and a cooling rack my wife ordered for me and the final item parchment paper. While I did scorch the paper the bread came out fine and now I will work on a heat diffuser so nothing gets too hot before the bread is done. Added some chopped up dates and walnuts to the batter for flavor. The bread after the bottom was lightly scraped was delicious it would go well with any meal in the back country.
The Firebox Nano on it’s first test run making soup with less than 2 ounces of Alcohol and simmered for over thirty minutes with the Esbit stove. The soup was comprised of my own dehydrated vegetables and Beef Jerky and the stove combination worked as advertised and had a lot of fuel left when the soup was finished.
Yes I used the simmer ring after the soup came to a boil, the liquid was over 3 cups and the vegetables and water were direct from the refrigerator.
I personally will use the stove with the Alcohol burner only and not wood as I see it as a quick hot drink or soup type meal stove at this time.
I know it would burn wood just fine but I have a larger Emberlit that can also use the alcohol stove or smaller pieces of wood so now I have a wood burner and an alcohol burner for emergency use along with a Jet Boil that I plan to use for actual cooking.
But to have a fire box stove that will fit in my shirt pocket is very nice!
I am posting this picture in loving memory of our friend and pet Baileysue. Bailey fought illness for over two years before loosing the battle. She was a real fighter and many dogs would have given up a longtime ago but she loved life even if it was taking a nap in her bed as I worked on the computer. Dogs are so unselfish in their life and mostly only want to make “you” happy, so they forget about their aches and pains. Bailey you are already missed and will always be loved by us. Mike and Sharon “we are proud of our girl”!
The calls here are custom made and come from the State of Washington and the state of Missouri. There are pot calls, scratch box calls and one crow locator call for your enjoyment. The background is from one of my camouflage shirts. The crow call is made in Tenino Washington, the wood is African Black Wood. The turkey feathers are from real wild turkeys.
I was on my way to Yakima on a business trip when I decided to eat my lunch in the Yakima canyon and watch some drift fishing (flies only catch and release only) if I was lucky. As this raft went by it made a perfect image to adjust when I got home. This is converted to CMYK with the black sharpened and the other colors slightly blurred to give a nice effect. I have enjoyed this image for a number of years but not all images are going to work for the above method of processing. Enjoy.