Team Bakun Recipes enjoyed at Starved Rock State Park

Peach Dump CakeLarge Dutch Oven

2 cans diced peaches in lite syrup
1 box white or yellow cake mix
1/4 stick butter
chopped nuts, optional
Pre heat the dutch oven. Place the peaches and juice in the dutch oven. Sprinkle the cake mix over the peaches. Do not stir but level the dry mix gently over the peaches.  Dot with chips of the butter and sprinkle the chopped nuts on top, if desired.  Cover and cook in hot coals, about 16 on the bottom and 12 on top, for about 45 min. or until the peach juice is bubbling and the cake is nicely browned. (If you have a small oven, use 1 can of peaches and 1/2 box of cake mix. Save the rest of the mix and second can of peaches for the next trip!)
Hot and ready to be eaten.  Ready for the Peach Dump Cake. I think I am.

Hot and ready to be eaten. Ready for the Peach Dump Cake. I think I am.

Dutch Oven Peach Dump Cake,with lid just removed.

Dutch Oven Peach Dump Cake,with lid just removed.

Pizza

Pizza cooked over hot coals at Starved Rock State Park,cooked and eaten by Team Bakun

Pizza cooked over hot coals at Starved Rock State Park,cooked and eaten by Team Bakun

12″ Cast Iron Pancake Griddle
1 tube Pillsbury thin pizza crust, you will only need half of the dough unless your pan is larger tun 12″
1 8 oz can pizza sauce
pepperoni sausage
shredded cheese
Preheat the cast iron pan.  Spread the pizza dough on the preheated pan (careful—the pan will be very hot) and cook over the hot coals for about 15 min.  Remove from the heat, spread the pizza sauce over the precooked dough, place pepperoni on top and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Return to the hot coals and continue cooking until the cheese melts.  You may need to cover the pan with a dutch oven cover or tin foil to contain the heat for the cheese to melt but you should not have to put any coals on the top.

Amazing Camp-Land Race Happenings Week of Juneb 17-23

Team Bakun Camps  at Starved Rock State Park.  Team Bates has fun at Green Briar Lake  ,Dugger, IN(Sullivan County)

Here are a few photos from the weekend.

Team Bakun's home weekend of June 21-23 at Starved Rock state Park.

Team Bakun’s home weekend of June 21-23 at Starved Rock state Park.

Team Bakun  getting ready to have fun at Starved Rock State Park.

Team Bakun getting ready to have fun at Starved Rock State Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A young member of Team Bates with, her blue gill she caught in Green Briar Lake.

A young member of Team Bates with, her blue gill she caught in Green Briar Lake.

A team Bates youngster with another Blue gill

A team Bates youngster with another Blue gill

 

Team Bakun Intently Geo-caching at Starved Rock state Park

Team Bakun Intently Geo-caching at Starved Rock state Park

Team Bates beating the heat at Green Briar Lake.

Team Bates beating the heat at Green Briar Lake.

The children of Team Bates swinging over the lake.  Do they drop into the lake?

The children of Team Bates swinging over the lake. Do they drop into the lake?

 

Amazing Camp- Land Race Activities June 21-23 2013

Team Bakun Leading Scoring Team for this week.

Team Bakun led the week in scoring with 25 plus points.  The amount of bonus and cooking points will be determined, when they get their Starved Rock State Park photos to us.

The leading team is still Team Bates.

Now is the time and weather to go out and have camping fun.

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Amazing Camp-Land Race Team Challenge : 5 Bird Pictures

Team Bates bird photographs.

Here are Team Bates bird pictures.  They were taken at Starved Rock State Park, and Brown County State Park.

A Wild Turkey..Photo by Team Bates, at Starved Rock State Park. Near Utica,IL

Wild Turkey..Photo by Team Bates, at Starved Rock State Park. Near Utica,IL

A visiting Pelican. Stopped on its migration.Photo by Team Bates, at Starved Rock State Park. Near Utica,IL

A migrating Pelican..Photo by Team Bates, at Starved Rock State Park. Near Utica,IL

American Barn Owl ,picture taken by Team Bates at Presentation at Brown County State Park by Indiana Raptor Center

American Barn Owl ,picture taken by Team Bates at Presentation at Brown County State Park by Indiana Raptor Center

Eastern Screech Owl. Presented by Indiana Raptor Center. Presentation at Brown County State Park.Photo by Team Bates.

Eastern Screech Owl. Presented by Indiana Raptor Center. Presentation at Brown County State Park.Photo by Team Bates.

Red Tailed Hawk. Presented by Indiana Raptor Center. Presentation at Brown County State Park.Photo by Team Bates.

Red Tailed Hawk. Presented by Indiana Raptor Center. Presentation at Brown County State Park.Photo by Team Bates.

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Additional challenges for The Amazing Camp-Land Race Participants June 11, 2013

Here are some new challenges. 

1)      Take photos of five different bird species while on a camping trip and identify them.  (3 points)

2)      Take photos of five different insect species and identify them. When you send the photos with the identifications let us know what park you were camping at.(Where were the bugs) (3 Points)

3)      Take a picture or pictures of five different sea or lake creatures on the shore and identify them, while on a camping trip.  That maybe tough, so we will accept a photo(s) of you in Amazing Camp-Land Race tee shirt and the sea or lake creatures at the Shedd Aquarium, Sea World, or the Indianapolis Zoo. (3 Points).

4)      Take photos of five different Butterfly or Moth species and identify them  (3 Points)

Good luck and keep having fun

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AMAZING CAMP-LAND RACE TEAM STANDINGS AS OF JUNE 10,2013

Much of the camping season is still in front of us.   Two of the teams have gotten out, even with the non camping friendly weather. They have participated in numerous race activities.  Teams Bates and Sayers have enjoyed themselves.They have found birds nests,have gone geocaching,cooked,have taken  pictures of flowers,water falls, frogs, snakes, and camping at Starved Rock State Park  .   This is what camping fun is all about.

Team Bates at Starved Rock State Park Enterance

Team Bates at Starved Rock State Park Entrance

Currently Team Bates leads the race standings with 76 points, followed by Team Sayers with 48 points .  You other teams; there is still plenty of time to have fun and catch the leaders.

Sayer's campsite at Starved Rock State Park

Sayer’s campsite at Starved Rock State Park

 

Partial List of Amazing Camp-Land Race Destinations

camping at Indiana state park

Twin Bridges at Indiana’s Turkey Run Park

DESTINATION CAMPING SITES for THE AMAZING CAMP-LAND RACE 

Following is a partial list of Destinations and other Challenges for the
Season-Long Game of Camping Fun and Adventure.  The Outdoor
Hobbies and Activities Challenges will be found in a separate post.
Proof of fulfilling the Destination Challenges will be a photo of a family
member in their official Race Shirt by the Park entrance sign and a
second photo with your tent or camper at your campsite.  Bonus points
for visiting a landmark in or near the Park will require two photos proving
you were there.  Please note that if you are camping at a camp site
other than the designated Park, you could still score the Bonus Points
by visiting the Bonus Landmark as a Day.

DESTINATION STATE PARKS IN OUR FOUR-STATE AREA (IL, IN, MI, WI)         
[25 Points, Possible bonus of 5 points]

ILLINOIS CAMPING SITES

  • STARVED ROCK STATE PARK                                                           BONUS: Visit a waterfall.   
  •  LINCOLN’S NEW SALEM STATE HISTORIC SITE                     BONUS: Visit inside the Blacksmith Shop
  • NAUVOO STATE PARK                                                                        BONUS: Visit nearby 1846 Historic Nauvoo visitor
         Center http://www.historicnauvoo.net/  and the Browning Home and Gunsmith Shop in Historic Nauvoo    
  •  APPLE CREEK CANYON STATE PARK                          BONUS: Take 2 good photos of a family member in the Canyon 
  •  PERE MARQUETTE STATE PARK                                                    BONUS: Take a guided Nature Hike with a Ranger

 

INDIANA CAMPING SITES

  •  INDIANA DUNES STATE PARK                            BONUS: (a) Visit the Nature Center or (b) Visit the platform on Mt. Tom 
  •   TURKEY RUN STATE PARK                                   BONUS: Float down Sugar Creek in a canoe 
  •  McCORMICK CREEK STATE PARK                       BONUS: Hike to the Twin Bridges rock formation 
  •  SPRING MILL STATE PARK                                    BONUS: Visit the Mill 
  •  BROWN COUNTY STATE PARK                            BONUS: (a) Enjoy the view from West Lookout blockhouse or (b) Visit the  nearby town of    Nashville, Indiana

 

MICHIGAN CAMPING SITES

  • GRAND HAVEN STATE PARK                                 BONUS: Visit The Musical Fountain 
  • HOLLAND STATE PARK                                            BONUS: Photograph the Windmill in the town of Holland
  • TAHQUAMENON FALLS STATE PARK        BONUS: Take a photo of the falls from 2 different view points
  • WARREN DUNES STATE PARK                               BONUS: Photos on top of Mt. Randall
  • PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS WILDERNESS STATE PARK                    BONUS:  Visit Lake of the Clouds

 

WISCONSIN CAMPING SITES

  •  COPPER FALLS STATE PARK                             BONUS: Waterfalls on Doughboy’s Nature Trail 
  •  DEVIL’S LAKE STATE PARK                               BONUS: Balanced Rock Formation
  •  PENINSULA STATE PARK                                  BONUS: (a) Eagle Bluff Lighthouse or(b) Peninsula two-step Geocache 
  •  KOHLER-ANDRAE STATE PARK                     BONUS: Visit Sanderling Nature Centerand photograph the piece of the keel of the “Challenge”
  • KETTLE MORAINE STATE FOREST-NORTHERN UNIT              BONUS: Reach the top of the Parnell Tower

 

FEATURED  NATIONWIDE CAMPGROUNDS  [25 Points each, Possible 5 point Bonus]

  • MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK          BONUS: Take a funny picture inside the cave.
  • ACADIA NATIONAL PARK                              BONUS:  Acadia has 12-foot tides.  Safely explore the intertidal zone at low tide. Take two interesting photographs of what you find.
  • LIBBY’S OCEANSIDE CAMP, York Harbor, Maine  • Libby’s Oceanside Camp, York Harbor, Maine   http://libbysoceancamping.com./    (Bonus:  Make photo with lighthouse in the background)   BONUS:  Take  photographs with the lighthouse in the background)
  • GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK   BONUS:  Safely take a picture of a Black Bear  (not a close-up)
  • LOUISBOURG RV PARK on the Waterfront     http://louisbourg.com/motorhomepark/   Cape Breton Highlands Park, Nova Scotia —    BONUS: Visit Louisbourg Fortress (Score a double-bonus if you are lucky enough to photograph a live musical performance at the Louisbourg Playhouse next to the RV Park.)
  • YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK              BONUS: Take a photo of Yellowstone Falls & one of Old Faithful erupting.
  • ZION NATIONAL PARK                                   BONUS: Take a trail ride on a horse
  • GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK           BONUS: Ride a mule down into the Canyon
  • EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK                  BONUS:  Photograph an Alligator and a white bird.
  • PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE    BONUS:  Photo of yourself either surf  fishing or posing with a surf fisherman  (for a special treat, try camping on the beach at South Beach Campground –no hookups anywhere in the Park)

 

More About the Amazing Camp-Land Race

Campfire cooking

Share camping recipes, cooked over a fire or on the stove.

The Season-Long Game of CAMPING Fun and Adventure will reward you for completing Challenges.

You don’t need to complete any specific Challenge, but any one you do complete adds to your  point total for the season.  Reaching certain point goals during the summer will win prizes and personal satisfaction.  Having the highest totals  at the end of the season will win bigger prizes – AND SOME GLORY!

Challenges that earn points will include the following:

  • Favorite camping recipes and campfire cooking
  • Camping hobbies & activities (Everything from Geocaching to fishing to leaf collecting & more)
  • Overnight or longer camping visits at any campground  in the US, Canada or Mexico
  • Camping at specially targeted National, State or Private Parks within our 4-state area of IN, IL, WI & MI.
  • Overnight camping at specially targeted National, State or Private Parks outside our 4-state area.
  • Bonus points for visiting designated places & landmarks within the targeted Parks
  • Camping at targeted Events like festivals, rallies, etc

Participants will receive helpful information about exciting places to camp  in the 4-state area surrounding Chicagoland-NW Indiana, as well as some more distant camping destinations.  Also, ideas about activities that will make your camping trips more interesting for yourselves and children of all ages.

More details will be coming soon.  Stay tuned!

The Amazing Camp-Land Race!

Waterfall in Srarved Rock State Park

Visit a waterfall in Starved Rock State Park in Illinois.

Camp-Land’s season-long game of camping fun and adventure will be starting soon!  The game is open to everyone in the Chicagoland-NW Indiana area that loves to go camping —  families, couples, solo campers.  Everyone, young and old.  Whether you camp in a tent, a trailer, a 5th wheel or a motorhome, you are invited to join the fun. 

 There will be prizes for reaching goals throughout the season as well as some competitive winners at the end of the summer.  It’s a little like a camping club that doesn’t have meetings, a little like camping with friends that you may never see, a little like the real TV Amazing Race, but mostly it’s about  discovering new camping places and new ways to enjoy camping.  There will be information and ideas about places to camp close to the Chicago area, as well as some that are farther away.  You can score points by just going camping, cooking your favorite camping recipe, visiting a waterfall, going fishing with your child or grandchild, making a leaf collection or doing dozens of other things that are fun.

Details will be posted here on the Camp-Land RV blog over the next few weeks.  A scoreboard will also be posted here as the game proceeds through the summer.  The Race is scheduled to begin in early May.  Check our blog often for further details.  The fun will soon begin!