We went camping over the weekend, just for one night, at a state forest that is on the border of Maryland and West Virginia. It was quite charming and autumnal although it is bow hunting season so there was a mild frisson of danger especially with regard to our very deer-colored dog.
If you want to have a Halloweeny camping experience you can borrow Lenny. As soon as it gets dark he spends the whole time staring fixedly at a point in the woods and growling at whatever murderer / bear / alien / ghost / murderous alien / ghost bear / alien ghost murderer is lurking in there. It is quite unsettling even though he does have a reputation for barking at stumps, wind, and strangely-shaped leaves.
I made an amazing discovery which is: fire-roasted brussels sprouts. You just wash them and trim their bottoms at home, then put them in a container with olive oil, salt and pepper. Then when you are at the campsite, transfer them to a foil packet and cram it in the embers with the baking potatoes. You do have to peel it open and examine them with a flashlight once in a while but they are delightful. We had them with baked potatoes and tofurkey hot dogs aka plastic dogs.
We also made s’mores of course, with Dandies (you can mash them together to make a normal sized marshmallow) and rice milk chocolate. Also we ate a whole box of Clif bar crispy peanut butter granola bars, those things are delicious.
Tonight I am going to make pot pie and I am going to cram everything I forgot to use from my CSA into it. So that should be good.