Forest Coffee Break

Out for a romp

Out for a romp

I was out for a romp in the forest today with two of my favorite hiking buddies.  Travis and Booker picked me up at noon (just after Booker got out of preschool) and we hiked out into a very foggy forested woodland for a little bushcraft coffee break.  Ok, technically it was a tea and cocoa break, but you get the idea.

Booker had his animal tracking guide so we didn’t miss an opportunity to examine every paw print, hoof track, and animal scat we came across.

Tracking lesson: Note the toenails

Tracking lesson: Note the toenails

Lush and green

Lush and green

Eventually we diverted off the trail we were following and bushwhacked back a ways into the cedar forest.  Travis found a spot he liked under the protective cover of the trees and we started on a little (a very little) fire.  I had brought some dry tinder from home so we had the fire going without much of a fuss.  I had also fashioned a crude wire rack to support our cooking cups above the flames.

My wire rack

My wire rack

We huddled around the mini blaze, and enjoyed some hot drinks.

sittin in the coffee shop

sittin in the coffee shop

Marshmallows  too...

Marshmallows too…

Travis and Booker planned this hike as a treat for my upcoming birthday, and they knew exactly what I would like to do for my special day.  I had a few little special treats in my bag of tricks for those boys too.  I’d packed mini marshmallows for the cocoa, and Bookers favorite food in the whole wide world – Bacon!  Yep, the kid loves bacon.

Bacon on the grill

Bacon on the grill

Yummy!

Yummy!

After we finished our bacon and emptied our tea cups, we cleaned up our site and slipped away back into the woodlands.

There were still lots more animal tracks to investigate.

Back on the forest path

Back on the forest path

All tuckered out

All tuckered out

Well, if there is one sure measure of a successful hike in the woods, its that once you get back to the car and get your little 5 year old partner buckled into his seat, he immediately falls asleep.

Check!

Happy trails, Kat

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About Jeff Katzer

Welcome friends. I'm a cyclist, hiker, motorbike rider, kayaker, photographer, videographer, ukulele player, snowshoer, XC skier, and BEST of all - a grandpa. Somewhere in that list above you'll find the theme of the Adventure Journal.
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4 Responses to Forest Coffee Break

  1. BUZZY KATZER says:

    That is beatiful.. Buzzylove

  2. Kevin says:

    Great story JK.
    love you and wish you a happy birthday tomorrow!
    love, KK

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