Next Long Trail Hike – June

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This is the next section my friend Brian and I are going to tackle. June 18-20.

Posted on 26 April 2010 in Hiking, Long Trail - Comments Off on Next Long Trail Hike – June

Eggs Benedict

Diane requested a fancy Sunday meal, so today I made the brunch classic: “Eggs Benedict.” There are many different accounts of the origins of this dish, and the recipe can be tweaked to include various meat and herb combinations. The classic recipe includes two halves of an English Muffin, topped by slices of Canadian Bacon, a poached egg, and a slathering of hollandaise sauce.

Creating this dish was a lot of fun. I followed the instructions in my CIA manual. Here’s the Youtube video of the preparation:

Poaching Eggs:

Preparing Hollandaise

The Verdict: Two big Thumbs up from Diane!

Posted on 31 January 2010 in Food - Comments Off on Eggs Benedict

Grilled Yellowfin Tuna Steak

Grilled Yellowfin Tuna Steak

Marinate 45 minutes in:

1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup white wine
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 minced clove of garlic
1 tablespoon chopped thyme (or whatever you want)
1 tsp pepper.

Grill in an oiled grill pan over medium heat for 5 minutes or so per side.
Removed when internal temperature reached 120degrees.

Awesome tasting and a great source of protein. Pricey though!

Posted on 24 January 2010 in Food - Comments Off on Grilled Yellowfin Tuna Steak

Long Trail Division 1 Stats and Stuff

Days hiked: 2.5
Total White Blaze Miles hiked: 14.3
Total Blue Blaze Miles hiked: 3.7 (Pine Cobble + Seth Warner Access Trail)
Total Trip Miles: 18.0
Hikers passed on trail: 15
Dogs passed on trail: 1
Hikers we saw who had beards: 4
Hikers who looked like Santa Claus: 1
People staying in shelters (besides us): 2
People tenting at shelters: 6
Nights with campfire: 2 of 2
Mountain House Meals consumed: 3
Bears spotted: 0
Woodpeckers spotted: 1
Ducks spotted: 3
Clif Bars consumed: 6
Clif shots consumed: 2
Ounces of whiskey consumed: 8
Cigars consumed: 4
Bags of trail mix consumed: 1
Summer sausages consumed: 1
Blocks of cheese consumed: 1
Nestle chocolates consumed: 12
Number of marshmallows consumed by coeds: Approximately 20.
Cups of Starbucks Via Instant Coffee consumed: 5
Beaver dams: 2
Varieties of wild mushrooms observed: More than 10
Number of mice that climbed on our sleeping bags: (at least) 2
Number of mice kicked with an audible thump: 1
Average morning temperature: 42 degrees
Total starting packweight carried: ~80lbs

Posted on 19 October 2009 in Hiking, Long Trail - Comments Off on Long Trail Division 1 Stats and Stuff

Long Trail – Div 1, Day 3

Long Trail Miles: 14.3
Remaining Long Trail Miles: 258.7

Day 3 dawned cold and dry. Temperatures were in the mid to upper 30’s. We had scheduled to meet up with Diane and Lauren at the Rte 9 parking lot at noon, so we needed to get up and get started by 8:30.

After packing our gear and saying our goodbyes to the other hikers, we hit the trail…

Congdon Shelter
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Posted on 19 October 2009 in Hiking, Long Trail - Comments Off on Long Trail – Div 1, Day 3

Dragons Breath Chili

I made a big batch of chili yesterday, and let it cook all afternoon while I watched football. The name of this recipe is “Dragon’s Breath Chili.” While that sounds daunting, the end result isn’t too spicy…just a nice, moderate warming. I suppose the name stems from the fact that there are 5 different types of pepper in this recipe. From Guy Fieri, on the Food Network. This is the second time I’ve made it, and the only real negative is that there is a LOT of prep work to do. I think the end result is worth it. Note: you may want to swap out various cuts of meat…it’s ok, so long as the final quantities are the same. This would be interesting to try with turkey or pork.

Dragons Breath Chili


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons bacon grease, or canola oil
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 jalapenos, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 3 Anaheim chiles, roasted, peeled, chopped
  • 3 poblano chiles, roasted, peeled, chopped
  • 2 yellow onions, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 head garlic, minced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 pound boneless chuck, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 2 pounds ground beef, coarse grind
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 2 teaspoons granulated onion
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons hot paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 12 ounces lager beer
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 (15.5-ounce) cans pinto beans, with juice
  • 2 (15.5-ounce) cans kidney beans, with juice


In large stock pot over high heat, add butter and bacon grease. Add bell pepper, jalapeno, chiles and onion and cook until caramelized, about 5 minutes.

Add garlic and saute a minute longer. Add chuck and brown. Add ground beef and sausage to brown and stir gently, trying not to break up the ground beef too much. Cook until meat is nicely browned and cooked through, about 7 to10 minutes.

Add in granulated onions, granulated garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin, coriander, cayenne, salt and pepper and cook for 1 minute.

Add in tomato sauce and paste and stir for 2 minutes.

Stir in beer and chicken stock. Add beans, lower heat and simmer for (a minimum of) 2 hours.

Posted on 19 October 2009 in Food - Comments Off on Dragons Breath Chili

Long Trail Videos

Here’s a link to the videos I shot while on the trip. High def, so dialup users probably won’t be able to watch. 🙁

Posted on 18 October 2009 in Hiking, Long Trail - Comments Off on Long Trail Videos