S’mores Are a Delicious Dessert Treat Easily Made Over Campfire

     “Over the years, answering the phone for the Shaver Lake Visitor’s Bureau has raised some interesting questions,” said volunteer Debora Delaney. “One of the more off the wall questions is ‘where do I get s’mores.’”
     Well we have the answer for you. You don’t really get them anywhere. They are special. You have to make them.
     The making of a s’more is very educational. You can teach the kids some valuable camping skills. But, first you need ingredients: a box of
graham crackers, a bag of regular sized marshmallows, some Hershey Bars and a long roasting tool.
     Part of the excitement in creating s’mores is cooking them over a campfire. So first you have to start one. Show the kids how to make a safe campfire in a provided fire ring. Next you pile different sized sticks and dry pine needles into a tee-pee shape.
     Then have the kids light the pile under adult supervision. Toast the marshmallows to a “crispy, gooey state.” Put the marshmallow on top of a chocolate bar and place that in between two graham crackers. Yummy!
     Nobody agrees on where s’mores came from, but seriously, would anybody over eight years-old ever think of squishing together a chocolate bar, a toasted marshmallow, and a pair of graham crackers to make a dessert?
     So now you know you can’t just buy a good gooey “s’more” at your local grocery store!  However, it is a wonderful experience for a kid.

Tall trees at McKinley Grove.

Bring Binoculars to Watch for the Birds

     The Sierra Nevada is one of the premiere bird watching regions in the west. This is the home for over 300 species. Most are migratory.
     It is only natural that bird watchers come from far and wide to get a glimpse of these birds. The conditions are excellent for the birds.
     You’ll see a variety of hawks, Bald and Golden Eagles, Osprey and other birds of prey.
     You can watch the mischievous Mountain Jays scold nearly anyone and everything! If you don’t have your own, many of the merchants in the Sierra Nevada carry a variety of bird watching books. See how many you can identify!
     Please remember to keep your comfort and safety in mind when heading off into the wilderness to enjoy birding.
     Always take a heavy coat with you. Walking sticks are great for balance in those tricky places along the trail.
     It is also good to carry plenty of water, some sunscreen and some sort of snack for energy.