My family actually enjoys primitive camping. We’re not exactly pros, yet, but we like to get out in the wilderness in our tent, cook over our rocket stove, and try our best to minimize the number of times we have to go to the bathroom! (No trenta green teas from Starbucks on these trips!)
This last weekend we went camping with a few family members and one of them made a momentous discovery that changed our entire weekend. You see, the nighttime temperatures were about ten degrees cooler than we had expected. The days were cloudy and windy, and my toes were icy for hours on end. One evening around the campfire, our friend, Shelly, had the brainy idea of putting a few hot coals in a cast iron skillet and then placing the skillet directly beneath the seat of the canvas camp chair my sister-in-law was sitting in. A look of total bliss came over my sister-in-law’s face as the warmth from the coals began creeping over her body.
“It’s just like sitting in a car with heated seats!” she said.
Well, monkey see, monkey do, and pretty soon we all had hot skillets beneath our rear ends. My daughter’s reaction, “OH YEAH!!!”, was the funniest. It made the next couple of hours so much more comfortable, and we could focus on the fun of the experience rather than the misery of the cold.
When everyone was ready for bed, we emptied the pans of cold ashes over the remainder of the campfire.
So, on your next chilly camp-out, pack a skillet or other metal pot or pan for each person, crank up the camp fire and then put those coals to good use!
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