Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Scenery and S'mores

We should have spent Labor Day weekend cleaning and organizing our very messy house. Instead, we headed back up the coast for some late summer camping.

On our way to Cobscook Bay State Park, we stopped along Route 191 in Cutler to hike 1.4 miles through the woods to a rocky cliff overlooking the Bay of Fundy.

Canadian Grand Manan island was easily visible on a clear, cool afternoon. Stunted pines leaned out over the Atlantic, their roots grasping at patches of soil on the rocky cliff. Humpback, Fin, and Minke whales feed here, though I've yet to see them. The Bold Coast system of trails leads four miles south along the cliffs, to primitive campsites with spectacular views, but no running water or latrines. If you go, bring your camera and some bear repellent.

With nighttime temperatures in the 30s, we needed a warm breakfast to get going in the morning. Grits with Earth Balance, nutritional yeast, and tomato hit the spot. I'd heard so much about Teese that I decided to give the cheddar a try, but I found it just as bouncy and strange as other vegan cheeses and opted to leave it off my grits. I'm afraid non-dairy cheese will never be my thing.

For lunch we enjoyed salad greens and sliced veggies from our CSA, topped with chickpeas and my favorite tahini dressing.

I compromised my principles and bought a bag of Dandies vegan marshmallows, even though they're full of corn syrup. End-of-summer camping only happens once a year, right? The gelatin-free marshmallows charred and tasted just like the real thing, and made perfect s'mores.

The yard work, unpacking, and home repair projects were waiting for us when we got back. We're still living in complete disarray, but the long season of indoor weather will be here before long. If we don't get the bedrooms insulated in time for winter, at least we have warm sleeping bags.


  1. Aw, that looks so lovely! The first fire picture is really neat!

  2. Rats! Thats exactly what we had hoped to do - Literally, this very place on that very weekend.

    Unfortunately we had some concrete slab to pour in preparation of a new brick stoop (read: no camping next weekend, either). Ah the joys of owning a fixer-upper!

    That lunch looks awful tasty. Do you by chance participate in the Fisher Farm CSA?

  3. Hi SeanG,

    Our CSA is Parker Produce out of Winterport. Is Fisher Farm your CSA? How do you like it?

  4. How wonderful! Lovely scenery, healthy & tasty breakfast and the s'mores = I love them all. I wish I were there!!!:)

  5. Hey Mary,

    I am taking the Master Food Preserver series through the Cooperative Extension. Their preservation workshops are winding down, but here's the list of upcoming workshops:
    Which adult ed class did you take? It might have been an extension workshop!

  6. Hiya,

    We love our Fisher Farm CSA! They're also from winterport, but drop off on a porch in downtown Bangor (which is key for me since I work downtown). Unfortuantely the shares are quite large so we split it with another couple. You even get flowers with your weekly box! I know one of the farmers through an organization I volunteer with, so there's an extra connection.

    Fishers can often be found at the little Saturday am 'farmers market' in the greenhouses next to the Bangor Auditorium, though they generally sell out pretty early.

    Hey, I took that Canning class Kate mentioned when my wife worked at the Extension. It was fun and very educational!

  7. Mmm, I sure do love those Dandie's marshmallows. I used them to make smores once as well. They came out perfect!


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