- Sports and Recreation
Our Camping Adventure
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.
The Canadohta Lake Business Association
- Canadohta Lake Business Association
In this link be sure to read Canadohta Lake Colorful History. The lake is the second larges natural lake in the state of Pennsylvania. Along with many other interesting facts of the lakes history.
Some Items You May Need For Camping and Cooking
In case you don't want to wait for the campfire.
The Family Tent
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.
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
- Place one slice of your bread, butter side down in your mountain pie iron.
- Add your favorite filling and cover with the second slice of bread.
- Connect the other half of your pie iron and close it together.
- Now place your pie iron in fire, holding it by the wooden handles
- Turn the pie iron frequently and slightly open the check it
- When your mountain pie is golden brown it's ready to be enjoyed.
- Let it cool for a few minutes, as your mountiain pie will be very hot.
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
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
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!!!!