The helicopter returned as we walked out of the work center and we watched it touch down. With all the activity on the road between the work center and Cold Springs, we decided it would be a good idea to get out of the way of the firefighters and leave the area ASAP. Two more semi's pulling showers and the caterer passed by as we waited to pull out on the road. As we neared Cold Springs, we noticed a rig pulled off the road and some people watching the moose, who by now had stepped out of the water and was standing on the opposite shore. He almost looks like a water buffalo.
A little farther down the road we stopped at 4th of July Creek, where a large wooden pack bridge spans the river. Rum and Allie joyfully splashed around on the shore while Sam and I kicked off our sandals and waded into the river. Ahhhh! The afternoon temps were pushing 100 degrees and the cold river water felt so good. While Sam played with the dogs, I wandered around searching for signs of interesting river life.
After the dogs dried off we all jumped back into the pick up, arriving back at our camp by mid-afternoon, just in time for a quick nap. Woke up in time to start dinner; pot roast slow cooked over coals in a dutch with corn on the nob, followed by dump cake. Yum! By 9 p.m. we were stuffed, satified with our memories of a very full day, followed by a very full dinner.
DUMP CAKE NOTES: Use a well seasoned cast iron dutch oven. No need to grease and flour your dutch. You can use fresh fruit or pie filling. We added the cinnamon and sugar only because we used fresh apples (and pineapples); peaches are wonderful, as are blueberries, cherries, raspberries, etc! Other variations include dump chili corn bread cake; instead of fruit, fill bottom of dutch with onions and 1 can chili, add 2 boxes Jiffy corn bread mix, add one can beer instead of lemon-lime pop. It's very good!
Cooking time: 45-75 minutes, depending on size of coals and number used.
Sunday morning as we sat around the fire drinking coffee, Rum was feeling a bit insecure and decided to crawl up on my lap. He still thinks he's just a little puppy, even though he's seven years old. Sam fixed breakfast (I love camping because the guys do almost all the cooking :) what more could a girl ask) and after clean up, it was time to pack up everything and head home. :( We arrived back home around 2 in the afternoon and it took the better part of the day to unload and unwind from the trip.
Another wonderful weekend in the mountains. Oh yeah...
~~Nature has been for me, as long as I can remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion. -Lorraine Anderson~~