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Ice cream camping

March 30th, 2005 · 3 Comments

There’s been talk of both a camping trip before Gnomedex, as proposed by Robert Scoble, and also a Bowen Island FamilyCon in Canada sometime this summer. I’m not sure if we will be able to go to either of these but we’d like to. We’d need to work out the dates (also prepare for Gnomedex enough in advance) and borrow equipment. Chris and Ponzi have already beat us to shopping for fashionable hiking boots although Don Park posted different recommendations:

If you are just starting to get into camping, my advise would be to get as little as possible. Part of camping fun is learning about what you need for the next trip.

He also shared a list of essentials. This tip I found curious If you enjoy hiking, you would already have the right shoes and cloths. If you don’t, don’t get any so you won’t have to hike. Hmmm. Fortunately the recommended bigger car probably the most expensive item mentioned, we already own…

While flipping through a recent L.L.Bean catalog today I saw something that would be fun to take along on these camping trips: UCO Ice Cream Ball.

Dip into a sweet, cold bowl of homemade ice cream after a long day of hiking or on a hot day at the beach. Fill the bottom of this durable, lightweight Lexan® plastic ball with ice and rock salt, add ice cream ingredients to the top and just shake, pass or roll the ball around your campsite. In 20 minutes, scoop out about a pint of soft serve. Ice cream recipes included.

Ted was less than enthused when I showed him the bright blueberry ball on the catalog pages, but since my lactose-intolerant love can’t eat ice cream, I probably shouldn’t expect a roaring response from him. I wonder why this UCO Ice Cream Ball didn’t make Don’s list. Has anyone tried it?

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 timbu // Mar 30, 2005 at 2:49 pm


    I think Girl Scouts have been making ice cream for years with two diffferent sizes of coffee cans using the same principle.

    Granted two coffee cans are not quite as attractive as the lexan LLBean version.

    The campout is such a cool idea.

  • 2 Don Park // Mar 31, 2005 at 9:59 pm

    Two reasons why ice cream is not in my list of bare essentials:

    1. I eat ice cream very rarely, only when the ice cream mood strikes me. We have ice cream in our fridge because I don’t know when the mood will strike. Unfortunately, it’s usually when there aren’t any. One day I would see the ice cream while looking for something else. 10 hours or 30 hours later, I’ll feel like having some ice cream but when I open the fridge, its gone. What my wife needs is an advanced version of the spider-sense. “Hmm. I think Don will crave ice cream tonight…”

    2. We just don’t have any room to eat anything else after our usual Korean BBQ. There is always room for beer but I have a separate stomach for beer.

  • 3 Steve // Apr 20, 2005 at 7:45 pm

    I’ve used the LL Bean ball and it makes great ice cream…just make sure you use cream when making the recipes provided. It is ready in about 20 minutes!

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