Naomi and Ruth

JERKY!

This weekend was all about jerky. Our neighbor Adam Chedester was one of our first trail angels of this adventure by letting us use his commercial convection oven to dry our beef jerky. THANK YOU!

Jerky Steaks?

But, we are getting ahead of ourselves. (please read the rest of this paragraph in a dramatic voice) This story starts at camp on Wednesday afternoon when Alison brought the meat from the store that we were to use for jerky. As soon as the box was opened Renee exclaimed “are we having jerky steaks?”. The meat was too thick. Oops. Alison’s inexperience of jerky making reared it’s ugly head. To give a comparison, the meat was about 5/8 inch and should have been 3/16 inch. After several texts back and forth with the above mentioned expert, we figured our jerky would be more round than flat, but we could work with what we had.We cut and cut and then marinated. A sticky mess for sure.

half done

laying out the beef

Fast forward to Saturday. At 09oo hours (Alison is a nurse and uses military time) we drove the arduous mile to the Chedester’s farm. After a quick tour we got the beef into the oven and proceeded to wait. And wait. If we would have had the correct thickness of meat the process would have only taken about 30 minutes for each batch. As it was, we had some in there for over 3 hours. During the wait we worked on our chapel for tomorrow, learned the ins and outs of jerky making from Adam and made friends with his cat. We really like that cat. By 3 pm all the jerky was dried and packaged.

all packaged

The rest of the day included trying to find Renee’s bedroom floor and moving items to the shop for storage. You may have noticed that Alison is not wearing her red shirt in this picture. Renee strongly recommended the red shirt not be worn. Contrary to what it looks like, Renee was there, but was taking pictures.

Renee is officially done at camp on Friday and there will be much moving and cleaning to do before she can leave. And one very large 6,000 piece puzzle to finish. There also might be much waling and gnashing of teeth. She shall miss that place. So far we are at 3% of our fundraising goal. Check out our fundraising information on the tab above. It is not too late to give.

Oh yeah…the title of this post comes from a conversation where Alison said that she will follow Renee wherever she will go. So we have dubbed ourselves Naomi and Ruth until the trail names us something else.

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About Renee

I enjoy adventures. Whether running marathons, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, working with Service Adventure, or working with youth as Program Director of Swan Lake Christian Camp for 9 years, I have encountered many an adventure. On this site I will try to capture the big and small ones for you. Enjoy!

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