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On the Edge of Summer

Spring has come and we are on the edge of summer. It is time to get fired up and get out of the house and go camping. For most of us at Southeast Camper, we have been on 4 or 5 camping trips or a DOG or two this year. This year will be jam packed with events. Visit the Event Calendar for more information.

So far this year we have had 3 DOG’s or Dutch Oven Gatherings, The Southeast Camper “Cabin Fever” DOG, The NC-VA 2 State DOG and The Southeast Camper “Spring” DOG. We have many more planned.

Some of our club members will be going to The National Dutch Oven Gatheing at The Kansas State Fairground in Hutchinson, KS. The NDOG 2018 is going to be BIG, and if you’ve never been to one, it is well worth it to go.

If Cook Offs are your thing, sign up for the Mast General Store Mountain State Fair Dutch Oven Cook Off in Fletcher, North Carolina. It will be held in September. (see event calendar)

Keep your ovens clean and ready for cooking. Join a DOG near you.

Dan Milam
Southeast Camper Dutch Oven group

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

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