Bang, Boom, Bang!

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 032016

That’s the soundtrack here in northern Indiana this weekend. Elkhart is the home of the recreational vehicle industry, and while I don’t know how all of that business is doing, I’m pretty sure the people selling fireworks are making a killing.

I was out by the dog run here at Elkhart Campground and somebody was complaining to me about how much the noise always scares her dog. Another lady who had a friendly little mutt I was petting said that she bought her dog a ThunderShirt and it has really helped not only with fireworks, but also during thunderstorms. As I understand it, they make the dog feel like it’s being held and give it a sense of security. If you have a pet that doesn’t handle that kind of noise, it might be a good investment.


Speaking of the dog run that owners Bob and Gita have added to the campground since we were last here two years ago, here it is in the lower right of this picture, and that’s our Winnebago motorhome parked next to it. The picture only shows a part of it, the dog run is huge, and lots of folks and their pets are taking advantage of it.

Elkhart Campground July 2016

Did I mention that the campground is really full this weekend? And they don’t even have a rally going on right now. They have been getting a lot of rallies, though, and they have one in August that’s going to fill the entire campground. We will have to go someplace else for that week, probably up to Muskegon, Michigan to see my cousin Berni Frees and her husband Rocky. I believe there will be a game or three of Mexican Train in our future.

Elkhart Campground July 2016 3

Last summer when we were at the Thousand Trails campground in Seaside, Oregon our friends Wil and Cyndy Olsen invited us over for dinner and Wil cooked cedar planked salmon that was absolutely delicious. Yesterday Miss Terry decided to give it a try, and I have to tell you, it was one of the most spectacular meals I’ve ever had.

Many years ago when I lived on the Washington coast, I had a friend who was a taxidermist who specialized in trophy salmon. I was constantly amazed at how many fishermen would land a monster salmon and bring it in to be mounted, and didn’t want the meat. So my friend the taxidermist always had a couple of freezers full of salmon steaks and filets, and was constantly giving them to me because at that time he could not donate them to a food bank or anything like that. I ate salmon until it was coming out of my ears, and actually got to the point where I didn’t like it anymore, familiarity breeding contempt and all that. Over time I got to the point where I now enjoy it once in a while, but after yesterday’s meal I’m hooked all over again.

Terry marinated it in a mixture of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, olive oil, rice vinegar, and sesame oil, with just a drop of sriracha. She put it on cedar planks on the grill and cooked it for about thirty minutes. It came out moist and delicious. I may have to go up to the Pacific Northwest again just to catch some salmon!

Salmon on Grill small

Salmon on Plate

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  3 Responses to “Bang, Boom, Bang!”

  1. For those who don’t want to go to the expense of the name-brand Thundershirt, you can use an appropriately sized t-shirt on your dog. Put their front legs through the sleeves, head through the opening and cinch it up on their back. They do work well and even this “makeshift” shirt will too.

  2. Nick, are those photos of the park and your rig taken with your drone?

  3. Rub a couple of drops of peppermint oil into one of their front paws. It calms them down and makes the motorhome smell good!

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