I lived in Yosemite National Park for over eight years. I climbed a lot, backpacked a lot, but I was also able to pursue many projects that I thought up.
One of these ideas was a bear-proof composter for myself and other residents. I didn't have much support from NPS or the concessionaire, the company that runs the lodging and dining in the park, so I had to be creative. I couldn't find mention of a composter like this having been made before, so I didn't have much of a reference. I looked over the web and talked to a bunch of people, but nothing really materialized until I went to the dump one day. A bunch of old bear proof trash can pieces were being thrown away. My solution began to solidify.
The simple, insulated, lightweight coffee mug pictured below is one of my favorite pieces of equipment. I've had the same type for about two decades. It's served me better than any other. It weighs about 4 1/2 oz and keeps my coffee warm without burning my lips just about anywhere. I'll generally store in an outside pocket of my pack, upside down to keep debris out. It's always ready for a break and some Iskate while we're traveling.
It's also very durable and inexpensive. Until the Nomad Ventures website is back up, I'd suggest buying it from Campmor.
In our town, we have these local yardsale Facebook pages where people sell the stuff piling up in their garage or handmade crafts and whatnot. You might be able to find something similar by doing a search in Facebook for groups that are in your town.
One local woman started selling the flatbreads that she was baking. We ordered a couple after confirming that they did not have any animal products in them. These flatbreads are so good, we wanted to eat them right away, but the flatbreads are about 12" in diameter and would make perfect pizza crusts! We piled up our favorite toppings and threw them into the oven at 400°F for 15 mins on the middle rack. They came out so great! Homemade pizza crust, some marinara sauce, Daiya cheezy topping, mushrooms, olives, and garden-fresh kale and onions.
These turned out to be a delicious, easy, wholesome, and inexpensive dinner. This could easily become a weekly treat!
We just posted a new trip report about last week's 3 day trip to Crocker Point, Yosemite National Park.
You can read it here.
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