A few weeks ago now Jonathan and I took our first ever trip to the amazing Algonquin Park! It was SUCH a fun trip, different to our whirlwind East Coast trip last year (arriving at a different campsite each night after dark!)... So great to set up our things and know we were staying there for the whole 4 days!! We did a bunch of fantastic hikes, seeing the landscape and amazing ecology of Algonquin. Super fun was our canoe rental for 24 hours, taking a long paddle out, as well as an evening trip and also a REALLY early morning one! (That's right, 6.15am paddle kind of early!)
Quite honestly we ate better (not healthier) on this trip that in our normal lives! Definitely not healthier, but I figure we were walking and canoeing - that balances out the s'mores and snacks right?! But our meals were much better planned out and it was just so much fun cooking outdoors and getting everything ready al fresco!
Super yummy and kind of fun!! A different twist on breakfast today! Pulled out of our freezer was 4 leftover waffles, and a pack of brown sugar and maple syrup breakfast sausages we had stored in there from a while ago. Nice and easy - two things we already had and didn't need to shop for.
The waffles had thawed slightly, but toasted up just fine on the grill, and the sausages we cooked in the pan, and also cooked and saved some to have cold in a sandwich!! YUM!
Today was our canoeing day, we enjoyed our picnic lunch on an amazing little section of beach just for us!
We had originally planned corned beef and jacket potatoes (cooked in the fire) for this evening, but we had a couple of hot dogs leftover and another caesar salad bag so we just did that! This meant we left lots of room for a lot of s'mores! Roasted marshmallows with chocolate digestives YES!
Our final cooked meal of the trip :-( Pretty sad to leave our little campsite home! We picked a great spot, pretty private from other campers, nice and quiet and very close to the beach! Just steps away which was perfect. We'll definitely book that spot at Pog Lake again :-)
Our final decadent breakfast was pancakes and maple syrup. Using our wee little frying pan on the burner we made delicious fluffy pancakes (thanks to the powdered mix from Loblaws!). I am not a cake mix kind of person, but this time - for camping we thought we would try out a pancake mix, and for this it worked perfectly and I'd definitely use it again - they were delicious!
The box came with way more powdered mix than we actually needed on the trip, so in a tupperware box we measured enough to make 8 pancakes (hehe)... there was a lot of extra room in the tupperware but we wanted to use the box as a mixing bowl when we added the water! 2 birds with 1 stone here - storage for the mix and a mixing bowl on the day we prepared them :-)
Yummy fluffy American pancakes with some maple syrup (that had definitely leaked out of it's container, but luckily not the extra ziploc...I had a feeling it might happen!) was such a great way to end our campsite cook out!
Another reason this was our final day's breakfast was as this meal required no cooler to keep anything cold.
Lunch ~ More sandwiches then home!
We did another couple of walks after packing up our campsite and even caught a tiny far-away glimpse of a moose before heading home.
So there you go, our 4 day getaway to the incredible Algonquin Park - what we ate and how we prepared it. Nothing too fancy or too crazy, but delicious nonetheless, and definitely simple to prepare and cook :-)