Outdoor and culinary enthusiasts. Rambling our way around America. Hiking. Camping. Cooking. Eating.

Happy camping this weekend!
This was one of our favorite spots on the trip, camping right on Little Lava Lake in Deschutes National Forest, complete with a view of Mt. Bachelor. 

Happy camping this weekend!

This was one of our favorite spots on the trip, camping right on Little Lava Lake in Deschutes National Forest, complete with a view of Mt. Bachelor. 

What We’re Cooking - Hobo Packs!!

One of our favorite ways to cook over the campfire is to wrap foods seasoned simply with any combination of olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, fresh herbs in aluminum foil and place the not-so delicate wraps in the campfire’s hot embers until all the natural goodness is released resulting in the easiest and most perfect meal to enjoy in the wilderness. 

During this particular evening, we decided to use this technique for potatoes and salmon. I call this my Fire-Roasted Baked Potato and Salmon Hobo Packs.

When backing a potato in the campfire, all you really need to remember is to pierce the potato with a fork to release the steam as it cooks. After that, just place it on top of the foil, sprinkle with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and any other seasoning you might desire, then wrap it up. 

With the salmon, I drizzled on olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and topped with the fresh parsley and a few lemon slices. If you happen to have capers in your cooler, you can add those in too! 

The potato cooks for about 45-50 minutes while the salmon only for abut 5-10 minutes depending on desired doneness. 

As a special topping, I used non-fat Greek yogurt, which we always have around. Spiced up with fresh garlic, parsley, and lemon juice, it was quite tasty on the baked potato and even the salmon, a great substitute for sour cream. 

Give these a try on your next camping getaway! Mix it up with trout, cod, halibut, and even chicken, just let it cook longer!

Scenes from the Road
A storm chases us up Route 71, the Sawtooth Scenic Byway. (at Sawtooth National Rec Area, ID)

Scenes from the Road

A storm chases us up Route 71, the Sawtooth Scenic Byway. (at Sawtooth National Rec Area, ID)

This exact time last year, we were hanging with these guys. 
What an amazing year it was on the road. We are looking forward to many more adventures in the Pacific Northwest. 

This exact time last year, we were hanging with these guys. 

What an amazing year it was on the road. We are looking forward to many more adventures in the Pacific Northwest. 

Sunsets in Portland. 

Sunsets in Portland. 

Weekend walks through Forest Park, a 5,000+ acre wooded area with trails for hiking, biking & bird-watching right in Portland!

Weekend walks through Forest Park, a 5,000+ acre wooded area with trails for hiking, biking & bird-watching right in Portland!

Sparky's
Hatch, New Mexico The Owl Bar & Cafe
San Antonio, New Mexico The Owl Bar & Cafe
San Antonio, New Mexico Buckhorn
San Antonio, New Mexico Buckhorn
San Antonio, New Mexico Buckhorn
San Antonio, New Mexico

Thrillist recently published an article on their take of The 33 Best Burgers in America. It got me thinking about all the luscious burgers we indulged while driving cross country this past year, specifically our Green Chili Cheeseburger taste test in New Mexico. 

It all started in Hatch, New Mexico, known for the famous Hatch Green Chili we started getting a hankering for cheeseburgers topped with the tangy chili sauce. Driving down Franklin St., we spotted Sparky’s Burger, Barbecue, & Espresso. With a decent line and live music pouring out of the dining area, we had to pull over to try our very first Green Chili Cheeseburger. Simple, elegant, juicy, and spicy, I could have eaten four of them. The green chili was the perfect balance of flavor and heat and the ratio to chili, cheese, and burger was perfection, resulting in one of our favorite burgers on the road. We were hooked and had to continue searching for more green chili cheeseburgers in New Mexico. 

As we continued on, we drove through San Antonio, New Mexico. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that in this small town there are two restaurants across the street from each other offering competing burgers just begging for the question to be answered, which do you prefer??  The Owl Bar & Cafe, a local institution with rich history and a local following for their green chili or Buckhorn Tavern, featured on the Food Network and winner of the 2009 Throwdown with Bobby Flay?

We had to stop and give it a go. We shared one burger from each establishment and came out with a clear favorite. While Sparky’s will always be my number #1, Buckhorn Tavern came out on top for us. The addition of the mustard mixed in with the green chilies, the combination of lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onion, and the quality of the meat used for the patty blend just made this superior for us. The Owl’s burger was tasty and classic, but a bit lackluster compared to the other burgers and sad to report that there wasn’t chili in every bite. 

If you are passing through the area on your next road trip or attending the the Hatch Green Chili Festival in September, take a side trip to this little community and give these burgers a try. I would love to hear which one hits the spot for you. 

Taking the afternoon to smell the roses.

One of our favorite #lunch spots complete with a crunchy Asian slaw with grilled chicken.  #tbt #BigBend #nationalparks #americanramblers

One of our favorite #lunch spots complete with a crunchy Asian slaw with grilled chicken. #tbt #BigBend #nationalparks #americanramblers

I love the Pendleton Outlets in the area!
I made sure to pack my Pendleton blanket for this trip and it quickly became one of our top ten road trip essentials. I will be sure to fill you in on the other nine in the coming days!

I love the Pendleton Outlets in the area!

I made sure to pack my Pendleton blanket for this trip and it quickly became one of our top ten road trip essentials. I will be sure to fill you in on the other nine in the coming days!