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Fall Draws Near

The long awaited beginning of fall draws near. The vacations of summer, with trips to the beach or favorite campgrounds for summer fun, are coming to a close as we prepare for the cooler months ahead. Over the summer, Southeast Camper folks have been busy with both DOGs and PuPs alike.

While we have our normally scheduled events posted for all to attend, you never know when a PUP will come together. A PuP, being a reference to an unofficial or mini DOG, Or, a spur of the moment gathering that “PoPs” up.

Every now and then someone will suggest, coordinate and host such an event. Pick a campground, ask who is available or interested and you often are rewarded with an afternoon of good fun or even a weekend camp out among friends, old and new. Many chapters start this way and its just good fun. Not to mention an extra excuse to hang out with friends and be in the outdoors. You never know when something of this nature will become an annual event. So, go forth. Share a meal and a good time with good, like minded folks.

Earlier this year, a member of our group hosted such an impromptu event between the Spring and the Mile High DOG’s. A grand time was had by all who had the opportunity to attend. There is usually a similar event that takes place around the middle to end of August as well, between the Mile High and Fall DOGs.

Outside of our official calendar, there are opportunities to engage in events organized by other groups too. The two most common of these are a Shrimp Boil in the spring and another event in the Fall. Keep a lookout on our Facebook page for these types of events as well.

As this article reaches us, the scheduled 2017 DOGs have come to an end and we find ourselves fondly reflecting upon the memories of those events. As we were putting our Fall DOG behind us and began discussing plans for next year, it was apparent that the cooler weather had been eagerly anticipated, For the tone of recipes reflected this to follow our favorite flavors of the season. Perhaps this is why the Spring and Fall DOGs tend to be the most popular.

Come join us at one of our DOGs, a PuP or other event. And, Come join us on our Facebook page. You are always welcome.

Until then,
With warm thoughts and warm pots…..

Randy Bowman
Southeast Camper

Summer is In and School is Out

Just a quick update here, from the gang at Southeast Camper. We wanted to let everyone know how things were shaping up for the group, now that the year is half past us already.

It has been a stellar year so far with only a couple of hiccups to contend with. Several events have become memories and a few recipes have been tucked away for sure.

As the first day of summer is upon us, we look back at our events from the first half of the year. We have kept with tradition and enjoyed our “Cabin Fever DOG”, to start with. 30 plus pots for the evening feast appeared on this beautiful day.

Following quickly on its heals was the “Two State DOG”. This was a monumental occasion as the newly formed “Capital City” chapter took on the hosting of the event which also included the “Olde Dominion Chefs” chapter from Virginia. Three chapters in all.

Not far behind came the ever anticipated “Spring DOG”. One small hiccup, due to park maintenance to the road leading in, bridge work caused us to postpone the event by a week. This resulted in a grand time with the exception of a smaller than normal crowd. Not everyone can switch gears that quickly when planning around vacation/work schedules and family. None the less, the rain held off for the day until evening and those able to make the date enjoyed a wonderful afternoon. A Mexican Lasagna that came to the table that afternoon was truly note worthy btw.

With the warmer weather coming early this year for us here in the Carolinas, many from the group have been seen out for adventure with every opportunity. Camping, cooking and general shenanigans to be honest. Everyone seems to enjoy the tales of adventure along with the pictures that are often times shared via our Facebook page.

From time to time, a note will come about, offering a suggestion or invitation to collaborate on some sort of impromptu gathering of friendly folks with a desire to be outdoors, maybe do some camping and share a meal with friends. The first event of summer looks to be one such event. One of our own has put together and is hosting a new event for the last Saturday of the month. This will be held in a less than familiar park to some and it seems to be of high interest. Many are appearing to have plans to attend. One never knows when or if one of these impromptu events will become a permanent part of the event line up.

Those of you reading this should come join us on our Facebook page and introduce yourself. There are several events yet to come and you are always welcome to join us.

Until our next update, Keep your iron hot and your coal dry.

Randy Bowman
Southeast Camper

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