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Our Camping Adventure

Updated on September 18, 2014

A Beautiful Sunrise


Summer Camping Fun

Crystal clear skies breathe taking sunsets, and calm evenings to relax by a campfire. This is camping at its best.

We have spent many of our summer weekends and holidays with good friends camping. No we didn't pitch tents, we rented cottages at a beautiful place called Canadohta Lake.

I know what you're thinking, real campers don't rent cottages. Well these cottages weren't exactly the Hilton either, but it was a step up from a tent.

We would get together with 2 or 3 other families and have some great fun over a summer weekends or a long holiday weekend.

This created some memories that I'll never forget, slamming into the dock with the boat that came with the cottage, watching the kids just slightly off shore loose the motor off the back of the boat. Watching that motor sink into the water, now that was priceless.

The lake is located outside of Meadville Pennsylvania just south of Lake Erie, and is the second largest natural lake in Pennsylvania.

There is a link provided below with all the information you'll need if you're looking for some great and exciting outdoor fun.

Some Items You May Need For Camping and Cooking

Coleman Classic Propane Stove
Coleman Classic Propane Stove

In case you don't want to wait for the campfire.


The Family Tent

Wenzel Klondike Tent - 8 Person
Wenzel Klondike Tent - 8 Person

I always wanted to buy a tent for camping. This one is a great choice for a large family


Who wants to roast marshmellows?


The Camp Fire

Bobby and Grandpa Building The Camp Fire

Watching the flames dancing in the air against the dark night, and listening to the crackling of the wood. Sit back relax and enjoy the camp fire. In the backdrop the lake, so calm and smooth at night, as if you could just go out and walk on it.

After a day of fishing, playing with the kids and cooking a great meal outdoors, the sun begins to sink behind the lake. Now is the time to start the camp fire.

The cottages at Canadohta Lake all had a nice beach area, this where we gathered for our camp fires every evening. Having a glass of wine or a beer and laughing about the days events.

After a while it was time to make the mountain pies. While in the process of writing this amazing story, I find, that a lot of people have never heard of mountain pies. So I decided include a recipe of how to make them. Below are just a couple of my favorites.

Mountain Pies

You can make these with any kind of fruit filling that you like. You don't have to go camping to make mountain pies. All you need is a camp fire and mountain pie irons, right in your own back yard.

I especially like the pizza mountain pie, but the options are endless as you can fill them with whatever your heart desires. My next favorite would be the apple and cheese.

In the below recipe you can substitute the pizza sauce and pepperoni with and kind of fruit you like.


  • The Pizza Mountain Pie:
  • 2 Slices of bread, buttered on both sides
  • 1 or 2 tbps. of pizza sauce, your favorite fram a jar
  • 2 or 3 slices of pepperoni
  • 2 tbps of shreeded cheese


  1. Place one slice of your bread, butter side down in your mountain pie iron.
  2. Add your favorite filling and cover with the second slice of bread.
  3. Connect the other half of your pie iron and close it together.
  4. Now place your pie iron in fire, holding it by the wooden handles
  5. Turn the pie iron frequently and slightly open the check it
  6. When your mountain pie is golden brown it's ready to be enjoyed.
  7. Let it cool for a few minutes, as your mountiain pie will be very hot.

Mountain Pies

5 stars from 2 ratings of How To Make A Mountain Pie

Here Are Some Great Choices for Pie Irons

Remember you don't need to go camping to enjoy mountain pies. All you need is a fire and the right equipment.

All kinds of Recipes in this book

Pie Iron Recipes Book
Pie Iron Recipes Book

If you haven't heard about mountain pies, or even if you have. This book is full of pie iron ideas.


Pie Irons with Wooden Handles

Rome's 1805 Round Pie Iron with Steel and Wood Handles
Rome's 1805 Round Pie Iron with Steel and Wood Handles

These are exactly what I have, and I've had them for years. They make the best mountain pies.


Stuck in Traffic


On Our Way Home

Caught In A Traffic Jam

One Sunday late in the afternoon my wife and I decided to leave the lake a little early. So we packed up our things, put the kids in the car and off we were on our way home. Our home was only a one and half hour drive from the lake, south on I79 towards

Pittsburgh. As luck would have it there was road construction on I79 south, that's why we left a bit early. Well leaving early didn't seem to make a difference as we got tied up in bumper to bumper traffic anyway.

Now here is the best part, I knew that we needed gas before we left the lake, but I made a brilliant decision to wait until we were on I79. I thought okay, I'll get off at one of exits to fill up.

Not meant to happen!! Sitting in traffic we ran out of gas, in our Volkswagen Rabbit. Who runs out of gas in a Volkswagen? I did, we sat there for about 2 hours and finally our friends came by so we hitched a ride home.

The moral of this story is, if you need gas don't drive by any gas stations!!!!

Do You Have A Camping Experience To Share? - I'd Love To Hear It

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Smine, Give it a try sometime, a lot of fun and great memories. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend:)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I have never gone camping iny life. Zaire makes me want to.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Glad to bring back good memories to you Susan, We haven't done this in a few years ourselves, sure do miss the fun we had. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day :)

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh what a fun time. Your article brought back so many good memories. We've not camped in quite a few years now and I miss it. I'd go the cabin route too. Getting too old to sleep on the ground :)

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      ron-brake-94 4 years ago

      Great camping adventure!!! Thanks

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      @susan369: Susan, So nice to have you drop by, Thanks for taking the time, I'm sorry you had some bad experices camping Thanks Again:)

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      susan369 4 years ago

      I love the idea of camping. However, I'm so used to my creature comforts, I would find it difficult to sleep more than a couple of days in a tent. I have bad memories from when I was a child. We just didn't have the right gear and ended up cold and wet and miserable on three different occasions, so I never tried it again. Perhaps in a caravan...

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I loved camping! It did seem like nearly every time we pitched our tent it would rain. Sweet memories. Fun and interesting lens, as always.

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      Sounds like you had great fun!