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The craftsman
Vol. XXIV, Number 3 (June 1913)

Home comforts in outdoor life,   pp. 340-341 PDF (855.0 KB)


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COMFORTS FOR OUTDOOR LIFE
fastened by tacks, and then the pad should
be put in place and the box filled with hay
or straw, leaving a little nestlike place that
will snugly enclose the covered pail or pot
in which the food is to be cooked. A
cooker made along these lines will be found
as efficient as any more workmanlike con-
trivance, and will prove a great saver of
time and labor. Cereals, fruits and vegeta-
bles that require long cooking can be pre-
pared satisfactorily in a fireless cooker, and
stews made in this slow-cooking manner
are delicious. It is necessary to have the
food cooking briskly for several minutes bc-
fore putting it into the cooker, which should
be placed in some sheltered position so that
draughts and winds cannot reach it.
   With a fireless cooker to shorten the
hours of service, the camp cook can often
share walks and bathing and fishing and
rowing trips that would otherwise be barred
if the campers craved variety in their menu.
A box fitted up in this way could also be
made to serve as a sort of refrigerator, an-l
milk and other liquids could be kept in it at
a comparatively even temperature for sev-
eral hours.
   If camp is to be made near the shore of
a lake or a stream large enough for boat-
ing, a light-weight canoe could be packed
and taken along, thus affording endless
pleasure and healthful exercise in paddling
and drifting in alternating cool shadows and
bright splashes of sunlight.
  If there are lovers of fishing in the party,
and this sport finds enthusiasts among both
men and women, there are endless acces-
sories that can be carried on a motor trip.
While traveling the fishing basket will hold
the landing net for the larger varieties of
fish, as well as the hooks, lines and gay
flies that tempt unwary trout to nibb!e their
deceptive gorgeousness. The fishing pole,
of course, conies apart in sections, and will
occupy but a fraction of space.
  For trips of but a few hours, in picnic
fashion, there are lunch baskets that will
stow away cutlery and dishes enough for
a number of people, and       refrigerator
baskets that will hold a large piece of ice
for several hours without melting, as we'l
as affording space for food and drink that
must be served cold in order that its flavor
may not be impaired; for only the appetite
of extreme youth appreciates lukewarm
liquids and salads and wilted lettuce in the
sandwiches. If hot drinks are desired be-
fore starting for home on cool evenings, a
tiny alcohol stove will heat water for bouil-
lon, tea or coffee in an unbelievably short
time.
   It seems a pity that picnickers on foot
are debarred from enjoying out of doors
most of the comforts that have been trans-
planted from the home into life in gypsy
style, but most of the accessories that ren-
der picnic fare more toothsome are too cum-
bersome to carry except in a vehicle of
some sort. Some genius ought to solve the
problem of rendering compact appliances
still more compact, and thus make it pos-
sible to carry them with the expenditure of
very little effort.
   There is one modern contrivance, how-
ever, that has been brought within the reach
of picknickers in humble fashion, as well as
those who ride in state; this is in the form
of the vacuum bottles that keep liquids hot
or cold for hours. These bottles are made
in various sizes, small enough to slip into a
coat pocket, holding refreshment for the
solitary tramper, and of a capacity great
enough to supply a party of several people
with liquid regalement. For comparatively
short trips, where it is not considered de-
sirable to pack a stove, even of the diminu-
tive alcohol variety, one or two vacuum
bottles can be relied upon to furnish bev-
erages either piping hot or ice cold at any
needed moment. If desired, two sets of
bottles may be taken along, one holding hot
coffee and the other stone-cold water, lem-
onade, grape juice or any other refreshing
drink, and both kinds of liquid will be at
exactly the right temperature for the fullest
enjoyment when poured.
  However, jaunting in woods and moun-
tains in motor cars is daily being brought
within the reach of and made more attrac-
tive to a greater number of people than ever
before. We are learning in this wise to
know the stars from a new viewpoint, lying
secure in their twinkling companionship
high up on mountains or out on rolling
plains; we are beginning to understand in
fuller comradeship the message that the
trees and the streams and the birds and
other woods creatures have for us, and we
are being given opportunity to gain a wider
knowledge of and a closer friendship w;th
the people who live through these experi-
erices with us while sharing the comfort of
the same campfire. And all of these things
make for a fuller understanding of life, as
well as a better and sturdier physical de-
velopment.
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