This Memorial Day weekend, we camped a the camper cabin at Bruin Lake at Pinckney Recreation Area. If you don't have a tent, a camper cabin is a great way to start camping.....it's a 3 room structure...2 bedrooms and a common area with a futon. Ours had a coffeeee maker and a microwave, and a coffee maker. We have a popup camper, aka a tent trailer, but all the campsites were booked for the weekend.
You'll need to bring all your cooking gear - we're big on dutch ovens in our house - but there's a grill to cook on if you don't want to bother. Here's some dutch oven recipes for you to try:
Dutch Oven Potatoes
10 inch oven
6 Russet potatoes, cut in 1 inch cubes
4 cloves garlic, minced
Heat 22 charcoal briquets (cheapest you can find) until they're gray. Cook for 30 minutes in a dutch oven with 8 charcoals on the bottom, 14 on top.
If you have any left over, use them the following morning for
Mountain Man Breakfast
1 lb bacon, diced
1 green pepper, diced
4 cloves garlic
1 onion, diced
1 dozen eggs
Leftover potatoes and cheese
salt and pepper
Heat 30 briquets in a charcoal chimney until gray. Put 8 on the bottom of of your grill, and cook bacon until brown/ Add 8 more coals, and vegetables, cook until soft. Add one dozen eggs, scrambled, with cheese and potatoes, salt and pepper and replace lid. Top with 14 coals and cook for 20 minutes or until eggs are done.