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Wacky Otter Campfire Stories
10/28/2009 10:59:04 PM

Put on a Snuggie, grab some friends, light up the campfire, make some s'mores, and share some Wacky Otter Campfire Stories.  Below are some Wacky Otter Campfire Stories. Please feel free to add additional stories of your own.  

               On a dark and stormy night, Jennifer was on her way home from a party with her boyfriend Jack. Neither of them were tired, so Jack suggested that they take a little drive. Jennifer eagerly agreed and turned on the radio as they drove off into the darkness.

                They drove past isolated houses that disappeared behind them in the night. Eventually, Jack pulled over in a secluded area. He turned to Jennifer and smiled. He had waited all evening to be alone with her. Jennifer smiled back and reached over to turn off the radio. At that moment, a news bulletin interrupted the song. “Attention all listeners! A mentally disturbed man has broken out of Brady Mental Asylum. He is believed to be armed and extremely dangerous. Please remain inside with your doors locked. We will continue to bring news as it breaks.”

                “Did you hear that? We have to get outta here!” Jennifer proclaimed.

“It’s nothing. I’m sure the police have already found him. We have nothing to worry about.” Jack explained. However, Jennifer continued to insist on leaving and eventually Jack reluctantly agreed.

                “Alright, we’ll leave.” Jack said, “But I need to take a leak first.” Jennifer tried to persuade him, but nature called. “I promise I’ll be right back,” he reassured her. “Just lock the doors and stay here til I get back.”

                Ten minutes later Jennifer began to worry. After an hour came and went she wanted to go out to check on him. Then she remembered the radio’s warning. Eventually, Jennifer decided to get in the back seat and try to get some sleep. In the morning she would figure out what to do about Jack.

                Jennifer awoke hours later to a faint scratching sound on the roof of the car. She reasoned to herself that the noise was from the rainy and windy weather outside.

“It’s just a branch scratching the roof because of the wind,” she thought. Satisfied with her explanation, Jennifer fell back asleep.  A short time later she was awakened yet again. This time it was due to red and blue flashing lights.

“Great, the police are here! Maybe they can find Jack!” Jennifer thought as she sat up and looked out the back window.

                “You… In the car! Listen to me very carefully,” a voice from the police car instructed. “I want you to get out of the car and walk towards my voice. But whatever you do, do not turn around. Just walk toward me.”

                Jennifer was extremely confused. Still, she opened the car door as instructed. Upon stepping out of the car Jennifer again noticed the scratching noise.

                “That’s right, you’re doing good!” the voice encouraged. “Keep walking.”

Jennifer continued to nervously walk slowly toward the police car. With every step she took, she became more and more confused. The walk seemed to take an eternity to complete as suspicious thoughts were whirling around inside her head.

 “Why are they making me walk toward them? Where is Jack? Why can’t I turn around?” Her last question stuck with her and she couldn’t shake it.

                “Almost there!” the voice announced. “Don’t look back.”

Jennifer simply could not understand. “Don’t look back? Why not? What’s going on? Something’s not right,” she desperately wondered to herself.

                The police car was only a few steps away when Jennifer’s curiosity came over her. As she turned around the next moments of her life seemed to occur in slow motion. There in the tree next to the car was the source of the scratching noise… Jack!  He was hanging from a branch by his neck. As his body swung back and forth in the wind, his shoes were lifelessly scratching the roof of the car. Scratch.


.....more to come

Wacky Otter Camping Safety Series
10/27/2009 8:11:43 PM
Did you earn your Camping Merit Badge? If not, or if you need a little refresher on camping safety, check out the Wacky Otter Camping Safety series. Feel free to share your own tips.

1.   Before You Leave
a.     Tell someone where you will be camping.
b.     Packing
         *Emergency Kit- flashlight, batteries, cell phone (remember to program I.C.E on your phone), bottled water, map, compass, blanket, carbohydrate snack foods, and reflective clothing.
        *First Aid Kit – gauze, antihistamine, snake-bite kit, bandages, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, adhesive tape, first-aid instructions, and any prescription medication. An all-in-one kit can usually be purchased at your local pharmacy.  
2.   Campsite Safety
a.  If camping in the backcountry, secure a permit from the National Park Service ranger station.
     *Register at the trailhead and sign out when leaving.
b.  Camp in designated areas.
c.  Cook downwind from the tent.
d.  Stake the tent about 100 yards from water.           
    *Running w
ater is a watering hole for animals and stagnant water may breeds mosquitoes. 
e.  Prepare for animals.
    *Animals may range from raccoons to bears.
    *Bear canister may be advantagous to take on your trip.
f.  Protect your valuables.
    *Place valuables in your backpack and take them with you when you leave your campsite for the day.
g.  Be aware of your surroundings.
    *Keep a log in your mind of where you’re at at all time. 
h.  Have fun!
…more to follow
Wacky Otter Recipes
10/9/2009 2:23:46 PM
Going camping soon? Try out some of the Wacky Otter's delicious camping recipes. Feel free to share your favorite camping recipes with us.

-Pie Iron
-Pizza Sauce
-Shredded Mozzarella
-Toppings (Pepperoni, Onions, Green Pepper, Etc.)
-Crushed Red Pepper (Optional)
Butter one slice of bread and put it buttered side down in the pie iron. Then spread pizza sauce and add the cheese and toppings to the other side. Finally, butter another slice of bread and place on top of the other with the buttered side facing up. Close the pie iron and set on top of warm coals for 10 minutes or until bread is toasted golden brown.
Breakfast Burritos
*These need to be made before the camping trip and keep in resealable bags on ice.
-Large Tortillas
-Other Ingredients (Onions, Green Peppers, Etc.)
Chop up the potatoes and boil them. Then cook the eggs scrambled style and fry the sausage. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, potatoes, sausage and any other ingredients (diced). Take the mixture from the bowl and add to the tortillas, topping them with cheese. Fold up the tortillas into burritos and then wrap each in aluminum foil. After them have cooled, place the wrapped burritos into resealable bags and keep them cool until they are used. To heat the burritos, simply place the foil wrapped burritos on warm coals for 10 minutes or until tortillas are golden brown.
Sheppard’s Mess
*The ground beef and potatoes will have to be cooked ahead of time.
-Ground Beef (Cooked)
-Onions (Diced)
-Potatoes (Chopped and Boiled)
-Carrots (Chopped)
Spread out a sheet of aluminum foil. Then add all the ingredients (ground beef, peas, onions, corn, potatoes and carrots). Fold up the foil with the ingredients and then place on warm coals from 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Unwrap the foil and serve. Salt and pepper to taste.
Peach Cobbler
-Flour (2 cups)
-Sugar (2 cups)
-Peach Filling (2 30 oz cans)
-Butter (1 cup)
-Vanilla (1 tsp)
-Pecans (chopped)
Pour the peach filling into a Dutch oven and spread across the bottom. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, vanilla, butter and pecans. Spread this topping over the peach filling. Place the lid on the Dutch oven and set on top of warm coals and add some coals on top of the Dutch oven. Bake for about 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
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