Dear Family, Friends, and Followers,
We hope you’re enjoying the holidays. This is a time of the year that brings about both celebration and reflection, and for the Gourmet Girls on Fire, 2016 was our year to get the Gourmet Girls Go Camping Cookbook printed, delivered, and make holiday sales. Thanks to everyone who ordered!
Beyond that, one of our favorite things to do is to take road trips, which got me reminiscing about a trip Gourmet Girl Denise and I took to Wyoming a few years ago. We made side trips to Zion National Park and Bryce (we’ll save those memories for another blog post) before arriving in Big Piney, Wyoming, at my friend’s ranch where we had rented cabins. It’s about 20 miles or so outside of the town, and the road can be iffy without 4-wheel drive (which I don’t have), depending on the weather. I’d been there many times before, but this was Denise’s first time, not only to the ranch, but also to Wyoming where she grew up! Aside from the rumor that a grizzly bear had thwarted a spring wedding reception at the ranch, we settled in comfortably. And despite the thundershowers in the early evenings, we were able to cook gourmet meals on our camp stoves and Volcano grill under the easy-up tarp we had thankfully thought to bring along. (Being prepared is not only a motto, it’s also a necessity!) An amusing anecdote involved where to install the tarp. Neither of us wanted to look out our cabin window to see it. After much maneuvering, we were able to position it between the two cabins so that we each had a pristine view of the nature surrounding us. Another feather in the cap of the Gourmet Girls resourcefulness (or stubbornness, as the case may be!).
By the way, we grilled Cornish game hen, a recipe that made it into our cookbook, and steak, of course, as well as veggie skewers (also in the the cookbook).
Here are a few photos of the ranch for you to enjoy.
This place is heaven on earth. Personally, I’ve yet to find another spot in our Universe that takes me to another realm. It’s a place to reflect, to think about slowing down, and to connect with Nature’s divine beauty.
Our next post will come in 2017! So we’ll take this opportunity to wish you a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year.
Until then …
Gail, Denise and Lindsey
The Gourmet Girls on Fire