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Backpacker Magazine – October 2011

Rip & Go: Cranberry Loop - Monongahela National Forest, WV

Circle an upland swamp rich with views, solitude, and wild edibles.

by: Amy Reinink

Cranberry glades (Photo by Paul Rezendes)
Cranberry glades (Photo by Paul Rezendes)
Trailside ferns (Photo by Pat and Chuck Blackley)
Trailside ferns (Photo by Pat and Chuck Blackley)
Fall colors (Photo by Paul Rezendes)
Fall colors (Photo by Paul Rezendes)

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On the Menu

Breakfast 1
On the road
Lunches 1 & 2
Apple and cheddar sandwiches
Dinner 1
Cranberry Salmon
Breakfast 2
Glades Oats with Pecans
Trail mix, dates

Cranberry Salmon
Savory sweetness

2 6-ounce salmon pouches
¾ cup couscous
2 green bell peppers, diced
¼ cup cranberries (harvested or store-bought dried)
1 tablespoon olive oil

Boil water and add couscous, oil, cranberries, and diced green pepper. Cover, remove from heat, and let sit for five minutes, then stir. Pan fry salmon filets until warm, then place on top of couscous. Serves two.

Glades Oats with Pecans
The tartness is local.

1 cup instant oatmeal
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon pecans, crushed
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup cranberries (harvested or store-bought dried)

Stir oatmeal, brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon, and cranberries into one cup boiling water. Let stand until water is absorbed. Serves two.

Grocery List (Aisle # In nearest store below)

[ ] green bell peppers (produce)
[ ] apples (produce)
[ ] dried cranberries (register)
[ ] wheat bread (1)
[ ] salmon pouches (2)
[ ] instant oatmeal (2)
[ ] dates (2)
[ ] trail mix (3)
[ ] pecans (3)
[ ] cheddar (6)

Pack Couscous, brown sugar, cinnamon, olive oil

NEAREST GROCERY STORE Fas Check Supermarket 916 3rd Ave., Marlinton, WV(304) 799-6336

Drop by Dirtbean Ohana for the chicken and portabello wrap and a smoothie, and don’t forget an energy-dense super cookie for the road. 217 8th St., Marlinton, WV; (304) 799-4038;

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