On our road trip we cooked and ate pretty much every night together. We had a nice little stove that requires propane. We’d crank it up. Put on whatever we had prepped (we cut most of our proteins and veggies before we left and put them in labeled Ziploc baggies: we are efficient). Sat down in chairs around our camp area. Prayed. And ate, all while we took in the amazing views around us.
When we pulled into Yellowstone it was a little later in the day and we had, had a full day of travel. Going across Wyoming. Through a set of mountains. Up for a scenic drive through the Bear Tooth Mountains, to arrive at Yellowstone’s Northeast entrance. Here we went straight into the Lamar Valley area. It is none for it’s wildlife. Pretty much right away we spotted two buffalo. We had to stop. Zach was most excited to see all the wildlife on our trip. Of course he wanted to venture closer, but Yellowstone (and other future parks) were pressing about telling us that buffalo were dangerous and to allow more distance for them and bears, compared to other wildlife (also not to take selfies). Finally I reassured him that we would see more. Sure enough, further on down the road, we ran into valleys of hundreds and hundreds of buffalo. We even had to stop and wait for them! Feel free to watch this video that Zach took.
Once we drove further down the road and the high was fading, we realized we were starving. We pull over at a picnic area and get down to making these awesome fajitas.
While we are sitting there a group trio in a Utah vehicle pull-up in front of them and start prepping food too. Once they get back from a short hike, and while we are thoroughly enjoying our meal, we hear them excitedly explain that they had seen a baby grizzly cub. They debated on going back to get pictures. Hello, where is the mother? Of course Zach and I are curious and eager to see wildlife. We peek at each other all throughout dinner. Deciding nonverbally on whether we want to go and if we want to ask the other one to take the risk with us. Obviously we do venture that way. We see their picture. Listen to their directions and peek over the edge of the ravine to see if we can get a glance. I’ll just confess now too that we did not see it. However, while I was gazing around, I happen to look down in time to see a fox sauntering behind me, fluffy tail headed towards Zach. I manage a whisper warning to him, so that he too can see it, just within feet of us.
So good food is not just about food, it’s nice too when there is a little story to go with it. And this is our selfie with buffalo. They had a sign entering the park that said not to take selfies with buffalo today, tomorrow or ever, but we figured the car was safe while we waited on them to cross the street.
Camping Fajita Bowls
- ½ lbs. ground beef
- ½ yellow onion, sliced
- 1 orange bell pepper, sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp bacon fat
Let’s Make it Happen:
In a skillet melt the bacon fat.
Slice peppers and onion. Mince garlic. Toss all this in the skillet to saute.
Add ground beef. Cook until it is browned and no longer pink. Season with salt and pepper.
That is it! Eat and enjoy!!