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Backpacker Magazine – September 2011

Rip & Go: Godwin Trail to Inspiration Point - Shawnee National Forest, IL

Cross deep, vine-laced forests to bluff-top views over rivers and prairie.

by: Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

Inspiration Point (Photo by Tyler Neu)
Inspiration Point (Photo by Tyler Neu)
Hawk (Photo by Rob Curtis)
Hawk (Photo by Rob Curtis)

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Breakfast 1
On the road
Lunches 1 & 2
Big Muddy River Wraps
Dinner 1
Snakes Alfredo
Breakfast 2
Oatmeal with dried cranberries
Crackers and cheese, trail mix

Big Muddy River Wraps
A deli classic for the trail

4 whole wheat tortillas
2 avocados
6 ounces Swiss cheese
2 6-ounce packets of tuna
2 packets ranch dressing

Slice avocado. Place tuna, cheese, avocado, and ranch inside tortillas and wrap, burritostyle. Serves two.

Snakes Alfredo
A cheesy, creamy pasta dish

8 ounces fettucine
1 cup broccoli, chopped
1 packet Alfredo sauce mix
½ cup powdered milk
7-ounce packet chicken
¼ cup Parmesan cheese

Cook noodles and add broccoli four minutes before pasta is al dente. Drain, reserving 1½ cups water. Stir in Alfredo and powdered milk; simmer three minutes until sauce thickens. Add chicken and sprinkle with cheese. Serves two. 

Grocery List (Aisle # In nearest store below)
[ ] dried cranberries (produce)
[ ] avocados (produce)
[ ] broccoli (produce)
[ ] ranch dressing (1)
[ ] tuna pouches (3)
[ ] fettucine (3)
[ ] Alfredo sauce mix (3)
[ ] chicken pouch (3)
[ ] powdered milk (4)
[ ] oatmeal (6)
[ ] crackers (11)

NEAREST GROCERY STORE Kroger 550 E. Industrial Park Rd. Murphysboro, IL; (618) 687-3481

PIT STOP Sample what Bon Appétit recently named the best ribs in the country at 17th Street Bar & Grill, where the baby back grand champions come slow-cooked and sprinkled with “magic dust.” 32 North 17th St., Murphysboro, IL; (618) 684-4722

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Oct 13, 2011

This is a beautiful hike in a beautiful part of the State. However, be aware that it is now hunting season throughout Illinois, so bring your blaze orange.


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