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Backpacker Magazine – November 2011

Rip & Go: Iron Mountains - Little Dry Run Wilderness, VA

Score quiet views of the southern Virginia highlands on this lush loop.

by: Peter Rives

Hike through forests of maples and hemlock. (Peter Rives)
Hike through forests of maples and hemlock. (Peter Rives)
Comers Rock (Peter Rives)
Comers Rock (Peter Rives)
Wintergreen (Garden World Images / age fotostock)
Wintergreen (Garden World Images / age fotostock)

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On The Menu

Lunch 1
On the road
Dinner 1
Horse Heaven Hash
Breakfasts 1 & 2 Cheese grits
Lunch 2
Comers Rock Chicken Salad
Dinner 2
Mac n’ cheese
Dried cranberries, granola, dark chocolate

Horse Heaven Hash

Gourmet breakfast for dinner

1 8-oz. bag frozen hash browns
2 6-oz. pouches of pink salmon
1 small onion, diced
1 small green pepper, diced
1 garlic clove
Olive oil
Salt, pepper, cayenne to taste

Fry potatoes in olive oil for three minutes over medium heat. Add onion, pepper, and spices and cook two more minutes. Add salmon and garlic, and cook for one more minute. Serves two.

Comers Rock Chicken Salad   
Full horizon, full stomach

9-ounce chicken pouch
2 pitas
2.5 ounces slivered almonds
½ cup dried cranberries
2 mayo packets
1 relish packet
1 mustard packet
cumin, cayenne, salt to taste
Drain chicken and combine all ingredients. Cut pita in half and fill. Serves two.

The Grocery List (Aisle # in Nearest Store Below)
[  ]  garlic (produce)
[  ]  green pepper (produce)
[  ]  onion (produce)
[  ]  dark chocolate bar (1)
[  ]  pita bread (2)
[  ]  granola (2)
[  ]  slivered almonds (2)
[  ]  6-ounce pouch of salmon (3)
[  ]  dried cranberries (3)
[  ]  chicken (3)
[  ]  instant mac n’ cheese (3)
[  ]  hash browns (8)
[  ]  instant cheese grits (5)

Pack Olive oil, spices, condiment packets

PIT STOP Wake up your taste buds with a blackened blackeyed pea burger and a side of fried pickles
at the WhistlePig Bistro and wash it down with a limeade. Dessert? Blueberry and lemon trifle.
425 Douglas Dr., Damascus, VA; (276) 475-3194;

Food City
568 East Main St., Independence, VA
(276) 773-2751

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