They don't call it the "great outdoors" for nothing. Camping really grew in popularity during the lockdown, and it's not losing any steam.
LawnLove crunched the numbers to find the best places to leave conveniences behind and connect with nature. They compared the 50 states based on 25 metrics, such as campsite access, acreage, and trails.They also considered safety, supplies, camper satisfaction, and affordability.
The West Coast-- California and Washington-- take the top two spots. But... you need to be a real-deal camper to enjoy the experience. Both states lack phone coverage and have high rates of park deaths. California holds the record for the most park deaths between 2010 and 2020 at 300. Always check the weather before venturing out, and bring enough water to last your journey. Let's not turn into a Lifetime movie, okay?
Perhaps you just want to camp near your current homestead, or even in the backyard. We vote for backyard camping because we're going to end up sleeping inside. Anywho, here's a tasty campfire breakfast you can whip up, courtesy of Fresh Off the Grid.
Sausage Breakfast Sandwiches
1 pound ground pork
2 teaspoons dried herbs: thyme, rosemary, sage, etc
1 teaspoon salt
SRIRACHA HONEY SAUCE
½ cup honey
2 tablespoons Sriracha
6 slices cheese
6 English muffins
PREP THE SAUSAGES: Mix the ground pork, herbs, and salt in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Form into 6 equal sized patties, keeping in mind that they will shrink slightly while cooking.
PREP THE SAUCE: Combine the honey and sriracha in a small bowl and stir together. Set aside.
COOK: Heat a griddle or skillet over your campfire or stove top. Once hot, place the sausages on the surface and cook until browned, 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until browned, 2-3 minutes more. Meanwhile, cook the eggs as desired and toast the English muffins.
ASSEMBLE & SERVE: Spread the Sriracha honey sauce on the English muffins, then layer with a sausage patty, egg, and slice of cheese.
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