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Geotagged photos by MJ Klein
Recently, my wife has developed an interest in camping. I try to encourage her to experience new things and cultivate new interests, so, we took our camping gear that we’ve acquired over time (at my suggestion) and went camping with her sister (shown here holding Phoenix), Hui-lien. This is a shot of our tent setup, and our VW van next to it. Notice the gravel surface.
Camping in Taiwan is not like camping in the USA. In Taiwan it’s not about the wilderness, or the solitude – but about the socializing. Everything is spoon-fed, from the wooden tent platforms (no, I’m not kidding) to the restrooms with showers. No digging a latrine, or hanging a bag of water over your head! This shot shows me using the provided grill base to start a charcoal fire for cooking in the Dutch ovens.
A common area for cooking and socializing, away from most of the tents.
This is Hui-chen’s sister’s tent.
Preparing the 12″ Dutch oven on the fire.
I’ve added most of the ingredients at this point.
A few more vegetables and then a layer of green onions.
While that is cooking, I’m heating up the second oven.
Not shown, but I’ve added stuffed peppers to the 10″ oven, and have it set on the fire. One problem that I’ve encountered is that the charcoal fire burns very hot – much hotter than from whole wood. Food tends to burn and overcook when using this lump charcoal, so I have to be very careful.
Meanwhile, its getting dark, and the camera ISO speeds are starting to go up.
Meanwhile I’m trying to cook slowly, but just look at those embers! This fire is so hot!
Finally I took everything off the fire and served it.
This is the chicken dish,
and these are the stuffed peppers. The food turned out just OK. I don’t cook with Dutch ovens very much anymore and I’m off my game, quite frankly.
Later, we sat around a table and sampled some whisky.
I enjoyed talking with Alex, who was also drinking whisky.
Notice the CC Lemon we were using for a mixer.
Someone else took this photo, and the one below, but I’m not sure who.
During the day, the kids were down by the river, catching river shrimp.
This river is one of those “improved” versions, with a concrete wall.
Shooting shrimp, perhaps?
Our youngest camper had a good time. Phoenix really liked being in the tent. She got so excited that she wouldn’t go to sleep!
This is a group photo of everyone we went with.
I’ll leave you with this preview of the next installment. This is a fire pit and where I did the cooking.
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