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March 29, 2011

Don’t Cook Bacon Naked

One of our many jobs as parents is to pass on to our kids some of the wisdom we’ve accumulated in our travels over the years.  Often times we do this through sayings or phrases we’ve picked up along the way, some more known than others.  There is of course the classics like “two wrongs don’t make a right” or less familiar family sayings like “he didn’t lick it off the grass” (for more on this one click here). Sometimes we’ll pull from the movies and do our best Star Wars’ Yoda, “Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try” leaving our kids walking away more confused than when they started.

As I was watching Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations the other night, he was enjoying a meal in Austria and alluded to how you just “don’t cook bacon when you’re naked.”  He was being quite literal, but it got me to thinking about how that phrase actually has a lot of wisdom wrapped up in it.  I won’t spoil it for you and give you all the deep interpretations, but be sure the next time the Little Man comes to me with some vexing question, I’ll pause, put my hand to my chin and rock his world with “You just don’t cook bacon naked.”

March 4, 2011

Dad vs. Wild

One of my favorite memories as a kid, was our family summertime camping trips.  We were a car-camping family and so the trips included riding a few hours (or more) in a stuffed full station wagon (the family truckster as we called it) to a reserved camping spot in some state or national forest. 

We hit the usual suspects (Yosemite) and some of the not so usual suspects (Eagle Lake, Lake Siskyou).  There was fishing, hiking, swimming, campfires, smores and dirt.  What more could you ask for as a kid?

 I recently saw some new “lanterns” from Kelty that looked pretty cool and got my camping juices flowing.  Of course “back when I was a kid” we actually had gas lanterns and cooktops, not these fancy LED lanterns and fusion powered camp stoves. 

Not your father's lantern...

Nevertheless, childhood nostalgia aside, now that I’m the Pater Familias I’m feeling that the Who’s Your Daddy clan needs to put my many hours of watching Man vs. Wild and The Wild Within to good use and hit the backcountry.  Plus, what better excuse to do what us dads do best and buy some new gear?

Be sure to share your favorite camping spots or memories in the comments below.