Vol. 24    December 2019     End-of-year musings

Author:  Bill Morse, SOLAR Historian


SOLAR Bags the Bronze!

Backpacker Magazine held a ‘Bag Night Contest’ in 2001, allowing organizations to record how many nights their members spent in sleeping bags for the year. Dozens of entities participated. SOLAR member Karl Overheul entered his group. I previously mentioned that in July 2001, SOLAR was in fifth place, and our folks were holding their own with well-known outdoors groups. I know you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the final result, and now you know. Third place in the Olympics merits a bronze medal, so it was a medal-winning performance. Gloria Fontaine, Pete Lamb, Tom Oloffo, and A.J. Pastula are just some of the SOLARites who participated. To all who were involved, great job!

If you’re wondering…The monthly membership meetings for SOLAR were previously in Southfield. Now they are in Livonia.

Other items of interest in the December 2001 issue of the club’s newsletter, the SOLAR Ray:

Hocking Hills trip report…Peggy Medved organized a trip to Hocking Hills, Ohio, a land of beautiful cliffs, running rivers, and grand waterfalls. A group of SOLAR friends enjoyed lots of fall color during their October visit, and stayed in cabins that included hot tubs. Peggy brought along lasagna that was a big hit, and Laura James helped get many involved with stargazing. Margaret Martin commented how scenic overlooks appeared around every bend as they walked along trails, and ‘how cute everyone looked walking around with ladybugs on their buns!’ A highlight was a 2-hour horseback ride along a gorge. Margaret reported that it included ‘winding through narrow wooded trails, cantering through the more open areas, wind in our hair, squeals of joy and delight…My horse, Star, was sweet and actually followed directions. She did show a preference for galloping up hills!’   (Does Hocking Hills sound like a place you’d like to visit? My first visit there was on a trip that Margaret organized in a later year. And many SOLAR members will be joining Leslie Cordova next May on a trip that she is organizing.)

Licensed Graphologist…. That’s a person who analyzes handwriting. Randy W. Hall, a certified graphologist, donated his skills and time by appearing at the December 2001 SOLAR winter party.

Jumping ahead a few years, here are pictures from the 2007 winter party. You might recognize some of these celebrants.

Everyone needs to eat, especially when on a backpacking trek. The SOLAR Ray sometimes included recipes to assist those out on the trail. Here are two recipes from 2006. The prices of the ingredients are listed, though they are probably different today!










Do you like corn bread? Check out this recipe, from the September 2007 issue of the Ray. You can do this at home or at the camp site…


And here’s one more, that you can do at home. Tom Poster shared this back in September 1998.

Monster’s Favorite Cookie!

2 cups butter
4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 cups sugar
5 cups blended oatmeal
24 oz chocolate chips
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 bar 8 oz Hershey Chocolate Bar (grated)
4 lg eggs
2 tsp baking powder
3 cups chopped nuts (any type)
2 tsp vanilla

Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey Bar, and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for ten minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.



And…. That’s all for now, folks! The next edition of Past Tents will appear next year.

The editor/SOLAR Historian (aka Bill Morse) hopes everyone has a chance to make merry, take time off, visit with friends and family, be outside a lot, or do whatever you like to do as the year closes. See you in 2020!


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