The Hungry Kayaker
I can hardly believe that so much time has passed by since I first sat in a kayak 17 years ago. Wasn’t it just yesterday that I gingerly lowered myself into a burgundy Current Designs Solstice GT feeling the slight tippiness of a rounded hull on something so sustaining as the ocean. The moment I took hold of the paddle and pushed away from the dock at Sea Otter Kayaking where a good friend was a guide, I felt right. I had not even taken one paddle stroke when this sensation of rightness hit me like a ton of bricks. Then the joys of self-propulsion as I found my new wings in the seat of a kayak on a cool late fall afternoon. Little did I know how many kilometers I would travel and how much this thing called kayaking would take over my being.
The years of kayaking along wilderness shores with friends of like-mind or soloing gifted me with some insights that I had not had before my kayaking life. I also discovered, usually the hard way how to avoid some of the pitfalls and discomforts of wilderness camping and kayaking. The evolution and transition into all things kayaking was simple though and is my passion. As is eating. I love a good meal at the end of a paddling day, so the idea was born not long after I began kayaking to write a guide for those entering at the novice level as I had done. I had hte advantage of paddling and camping with people in the know and wanted to pass on a bit of what I have gathered over time.
The end result is the Hungry Kayaker-a common sense guide to cooking an camping.
With the weekend adventurer in mind, as not all of us can get away for longer trips I give some good old fashioned advice and tips for entry-level camping in the great outdoors. These tips are not for those hanging about parks but for those who go to find that out of the way notch in the shore line to pitch a tent for a night or two. There may not be an outhouse close by but that is not the end of the world. I will guide you through a set of routines that will have you out of the kayak and sitting comfortably in front of your campstove in no time.
The second part of the book is dedicated to eating. Seeing as you are only out for the weekend it is easier to bring the whole nine yards, kitchen sink and of course those yummy fresh ingredients that will take your camp cooking experience away from freeze-dried noodles, to something a little more interesting. In the Hungry Kayaker you will find several easy to create recipes for the camper. Most of which can be cooked on a single burner camp stove. With a little forethought, you and you paddling gang can eat like kings as the sun sets on another perfect day in the kayaks.
Spring is around the corner, and with it the start on another camping season. With that in mind, I invite you to head over to the link below and there you will find the Hungry Kayaker and a few more of my goodies.