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Backpacker Magazine – May 2011

Rip & Go: Twin Valley Trail - Five Rivers MetroParks, OH

Ramble along a wide river to quiet, old-growth hollows.

by: Tammy York

Bobcat (Photo by ISTOCK)
Bobcat (Photo by ISTOCK)
Black Diamond Orbit (Photo by Steve Howe)
Black Diamond Orbit (Photo by Steve Howe)

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On The Menu

Breakfast 1 On the road
Lunches 1 & 2
Tuna wrap with cheddar and chips
Dinner 1
Gem City Mushroom Penne
Breakfasts 2 & 3
Oatmeal with dried cherries
Dinner 2
Lentils by the Creek
Snacks
Trail mix, dried fruit, pretzel nuggets

Gem City Mushroom Penne
Big carbs for long miles

8 ounces penne
½ cup dried mushrooms (sliced)
½ cup Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter (pre-packed in a zip-top bag)
¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Boil 4-6 cups of water and cook penne per package instructions. With 4 minutes left, add the mushrooms. When pasta is done, pour off water but reserve a cup. Stir in the butter and dry ingredients and salt and pepper to taste. Serves 2.

Lentils by the Creek
Relax with this belly warmer

1 cup lentils
1 packet instant tomato soup
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon dried onion
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder Cheddar (cubed)

Add all ingredients except cheese to 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes (until lentils are soft). Top with cheese cubes to taste. Serves 2.


The Grocery List (Aisle # in Nearest Store Below)
[ ] dried fruit (produce)
[ ] dried cherries (produce)
[ ] dried mushrooms (produce)
[ ] tuna (2)
[ ] lentils (2)
[ ] instant tomato soup mix (3)
[ ] penne (3)
[ ] instant oatmeal (4)
[ ] pretzels (11)
[ ] trail mix (11)
[ ] potato chips (11)
[ ] cheddar (12)
[ ] butter (12)
[ ] Parmesan cheese (12)

Pack: Garlic powder, chili powder, dried onion, oregano

PIT STOP
After your hike—or during it if you want to hike 1.1 miles (each way) on Main Street—hit The Florentine and try the blackened tilapia. 21 W. Market St., Germantown, OH; (937) 855-7759

NEAREST GROCERY STORE
GERMANTOWN IGA PLUS
2313 OH 4, Germantown, OH
(937) 855-7797 



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Matt P.
Aug 15, 2011

I went on this exact trip this weekend. It was a great trip. I do have to say that I was a little off set with the connection trail through Kercher Park, but there was a great spot with a rope swing into the Twin Creek. I didn't go for a plung at my first pass but totally took advantage of it on the way back to the southern loop of the trail. These trails were very easy to nav. but it is easy to get yourself lost if you don't pay attention.

Be sure to check out Germantown either on your way to the south loop or on your way home. It's a cool little town and everyone was very friendly and always have a little history about the town for you. There is a small guest house right off Main St. to relax at before or after your trip. Do check it out.

I am an avid backpacker and this was my first backpacker magazine trip and it was worth it. The best part is that half of the prep was done by Backpacker. Thanks Backpacker

Matt P.
Aug 15, 2011

I went on this exact trip this weekend. It was a great trip. I do have to say that I was a little off set with the connection trail through Kercher Park, but there was a great spot with a rope swing into the Twin Creek. I didn't go for a plung at my first pass but totally took advantage of it on the way back to the southern loop of the trail. These trails were very easy to nav. but it is easy to get yourself lost if you don't pay attention.

Be sure to check out Germantown either on your way to the south loop or on your way home. It's a cool little town and everyone was very friendly and always have a little history about the town for you. There is a small guest house right off Main St. to relax at before or after your trip. Do check it out.

I am an avid backpacker and this was my first backpacker magazine trip and it was worth it. The best part is that half of the prep was done by Backpacker. Thanks Backpacker

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