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Backpacker Magazine – March 2011

Rip & Go: Turkey Creek Trail

Hike through three ecological zones in east Texas's carnivore country.

by: Casey Lyons and Charlie Williams

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Big trees in Big Thicket (Laurence Parent)
Big trees in Big Thicket (Laurence Parent)

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ON THE MENU
Breakfast 1 On the road
Lunches 1 & 2 Summer sausage and cheddar wraps; apples
Dinner Chicken Noodle Soup
Breakfast 2 True Slough Pancakes
Snacks Celery sticks with PB, banana chips

RECIPES
Chicken Noodle Soup    
Bird in broth
 
1 Lipton’s Chicken Soup Mix 
6 cups water
1 7-ounce pouch chicken
8 ounces macaroni
Salt and pepper (to taste)
1 stalk celery (optional)
 
Bring water to a boil. Whisk in soup mix with a fork. Add chicken, macaroni, and chopped celery. Return pot to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Serves 2.

True Slough Pancakes    
Filled with PB and chocolate
 
1 cup pancake mix
½ cup peanut butter
1 cup chocolate chips
1 tablespoon canola oil
 
Combine pancake mix with water (per instructions), and stir in chocolate chips and peanut butter. Grease pan with oil, and spoon ¼ cup of batter onto the pan over medium heat. Cook until bubbles appear. Flip and cook two more minutes (until golden brown). Serves 2.
 
[  ]  banana chips (produce)
[  ]  apples (produce)
[  ]  celery (produce) 
[  ]  summer sausage (market)
[  ]  tortillas (market)
[  ]  sliced cheddar (deli)
[  ]  Lipton’s Chicken Soup Mix (2)
[  ]  chicken pouch (2)
[  ]  peanut butter (3)
[  ]  pancake mix (3)
[  ]  semisweet chocolate chips (4)
[  ]  elbow macaroni (5)
 
Pack Salt, pepper, canola oil


NEAREST GROCERY STORE  
Brookshire Brothers
155 Monroe St., Kountze, TX
(409) 246-3804

PIT STOP Texas-size appetite, meet Texas-size meal: The Pickett House Restaurant serves up all-you-can-eat fried chicken, mashed potatoes, turnip greens, peach cobbler, and more (if you can handle it). It’s worth the drive. 157 PR 6000, Woodville, TX; (409) 283-3371; heritage-village.org

 

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Ryan F
Sep 05, 2011

I'm thinking about doing this hike in January.
South Texas bees are known for being very aggressive in the winter months. Has anyone had any bee problems on this trail?


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