Showing posts with label camping. Show all posts
Showing posts with label camping. Show all posts

Saturday, October 18, 2014


or what we do when there's NO time to camp.....

June's 2014 set-up including a new porta potty tent, perfect with a 4 yr. old in tow
We did get out one time when the grand daughter stayed this passed June to Kiasutha with the Winnebago.

Work has been all consuming for dh's business which is truly super but, not so good when it comes to taking a weekend here and there for a getaway.

He is a busy man pounding those nails day in and day out, building all that awesomeness :) ;)

Elly fishing on a rainy Friday

Visiting local or not so local craft breweries or distilleries for the day is what we have been occupying ourselves with.  Pretty cool, right :)  We think so.  Those day trips take place on Sundays for the most part with a rare Saturday here and there.

CJ Spirits in Kane, Pa.  August 10th

tasting and lounge area next to the distilling area

One gorgeous Sunday morning, since we missed their opening during Art in the Wilds end of June, we came 30 minutes before they opened but, still talked our way in ;)  The owner was very informative and super nice while giving us the tour of the distilling area.  The vodka still is so beautiful with all that copper and stainless!  I can't even imagine the investment involved just on machinery and equipment alone.  

purchased a bottle of Rock Sov vodka, sooo very smooth and wonderful

Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, NY September 7th

Our favorite Beverage shoppe of choice is in Kane, Pa., Kinzua Beverage.  Kinzua Beverage has the best craft beer choices available locally.  After chatting with one of their awesome and knowledgeable  employees about the closest craft breweries he mentioned STBC in Lakewood.  We were like Lakewood.... dh and I trek that direction at least once a month and never spied it.   On the next Wegman's run, through Sugar Grove, before landing in Lakewood, there it was on the left right off the main road.  We were totally shocked, driving up the road toward the entrance, to see such a fabulous brewery just a stone's throw away.

inside the main entrance

my first flight experience-- hard cider, Pumking, Unearthly and Gemini was the set-up
I really loved the Unearthly and Herb here trying his first ever nitro tapped style beer 

live music mostly on Saturdays in their wonderful seating and eating area

above my sandwich choice The Kincaid-    the perfect sandwich

Voodoo Brewery Meadville, Pa., September 28th

Great bar!  Love the doors on the ceiling and also music streaming choices that day.  
I have been in a Pearl Jam state of mind the last few months with Pandora streaming PJ and Eddie Vedder most of the day so this was just a great time continued, lol.


Winona's Big Brown Ale, White Magick of the Sun, Goodvibes, Voodoo Love Child, Pil-zilla, Big Black Voodoo Daddy and the Gran Met here on the flight

great organic menu choices

breakfast stout that I HAD to try,  great stuff-  pancakes, syrup, and sausage all in one sweet brew
so bummed that I did not check the battery..had to use the cell

Cool restaurants to find tasty craft brews :-)

Olga's Cafe and Bistro/Gallery  in Coudersport 

DH-  Flying Dog Brewery Dogtoberfest  and I always love Dog Fish Head 60 minute IPA

DH- Yard's Brewing Company's Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce and then I indulged in Elysian Brewing Company's Night Owl
another gallery upstairs filled with yarn and paintings
DH- Founder's Dirty Bastard Ale and then I enjoyed Ommegang Three Philosophers quadruple ale

All of our choices at Olga's were extraordinary.  By clicking on them you will be swept away to the land of all things beer and the Beer Advocate to soak in some interesting critiques.  

Beer is Proof that God Loves Us and Wants Us to be Happy.   ~Benjamin Franklin

Laughing Owl Press GRAND OPENING this Sunday! Facebook EVENT page

 New trail stop on the list for available SDAJ originals, The Laughing Owl Press located in Kane, Pa.  

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

loving dutch oven cooking

IMG_3410 by Stephanie Distler
here we are getting the oven temperature to 450 degrees with more coals on top and less on the bottom equaling about 8 on bottom and 12 on top of the lid.  We did use some off of the campfire as needed and also made another chimney full.  The coals last a good 25 minutes then replace as needed with turning the lid a quarter turn opposite the bottom part of the oven keeping the baking even with NO hot spots.
On our last camping trip we spent 4 nights at Twin Lakes with the cold and rain first weekend in June but, in between the storms and rain drops we made some delicious dishes. The glamping was not so glamorous for National Glamping weekend during our stay ;)
During our time out it was still wonderful to get away and try out our dutch oven set-up and new kitchen configuration.
dh starting the charcoal in the starter which is fabulous by the way and very efficient 

We ended up making 2 fresh dough pizzas one with mushrooms/pepperoni and the other onions/pepperoni.  The whole process is so simple and amazingly good that we are thinking of many ways to use this method camping and our home outside kitchen!

my youngest where you can see all the cast iron hiding during a long spell of rainnnnnn.  We bought a new hotplate also which came in handy of course ;)

We did not have our new Marti's Awnings awning during this trip but, will on our next in which I think we will be going to Clear Creek State Park which is an absolutely gorgeous park to debut in.

Sunday, November 13, 2011


The Shasta is now in the yard finally, where it will be slumbering until Spring. This new location will be quite wonderful for the upcoming Spring camping season and needed renovations. The renovations will include interior and exterior fixes from fan-tastic vent installations to reupholstring and cabinet repairs.

Monday, November 07, 2011

I am not READY....

IMG_0512 by Stephanie Distler
IMG_0512, a photo by Stephanie Distler on Flickr.
The thought of leaving for the weekend in our tiny vintage mobile cottage, that can be just that a 'cottage' any place in the country, makes me very, very sad. This thought is especially sharp at the moment with our crazy lives not ALLOWING a precious needed getaway.
The Shasta is finding it's way to the backyard where it will be safe and sound tucked in for the winter. I can use her in the Spring for retro style parties and early stacations to get us started ;)
This thought will keep me going anyway, while the snow covers us for months...


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